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I. Attention: We live in an age where depression runs rampant and suicide is on the rise, to what can we attribute the cause? What could possibly cause millions of people each year to give up hope? People give up because of loneliness and despair.
Preview: But despite life\'s hardships there is someone who can give us hope through our despair and friendship in our loneliness.
II. Need: According to the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association, 10 % of all teenagers between 14 - 18 suffer from depression, a total of 17.6 million people in the United States alone. Depression can have many different causes, the loss of a loved one, divorce, marital problems, grades, and break ups. The circumstances that cause depression plague suffers with feelings of hopelessness, despair, intense sadness, self doubt, low self - esteem, and little self - worth. The depressed person may consider these feelings unbearable. The ultimate culmination of loneliness and hopelessness is beyond depression. It\'s final and there\'s no turning back, it\'s SUICIDE. People with untreated depression have a 15% suicide rate, states the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association. But there is hope for a new tomorrow with out loneliness and despair, there is hope in the healing love of Jesus Christ.
III. Satisfaction: With Jesus Christ one can have hope. He can ease your pain. Jesus claimed that He was God and He asks us to believe in Him as the Son of God. "… believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." John 21:31. Jesus died that we may have life, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16. Jesus Christ came to Earth with the sole purpose of dying a terrible death to free the world from their sin. Sin being, all the things we do that are not pleasing to God, because of our sin we are separated from God, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23. He died so that we may have a relationship with Him. Jesus wants us to lay our burdens at his feet. He wants us to come to Him in our need. He doesn\'t wants us to ever be lonely or with out hope, He wants us to have life in Him. "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." says Jesus in Mark 11:28-30.
I know of the healing power of Jesus Christ. He has carried me through some of the toughest most trying times of my life. I came to know Christ as my best friend my freshmen year of high school. Since then my life has gone steadily down hill. Over the past three years my parents have grown increasingly more hostile towards one another, fighting constantly. I can\'t tell you what it feels like to wake up in the morning knowing your parents hate each other or going to bed at night praying for them to get a divorce. As my parents relationship deteriorated so did my security and ultimately my life. My grades dropped, my friends didn\'t understand, and I felt alone. Over Christmas through a certain turn of events my parents finally decided to separate. Unless you\'ve been through it you can\'t understand how this can destroy your world. But through it all Jesus has been there for me. He\'s there for me at night when I cry myself to sleep, He\'s there to pick me up when I fall, and He loves me when no one else cares. He has given me the strength to proceed.
Despite the peace that Jesus can give, people refuse to accept him as the Son of God calling him a great moral teacher and prophet but not God. Jesus did not just teach the world moral lessons, He claimed He was God. If He\'s
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