Coca-Cola is one product that has far outgrown its humble beginnings. In 1886, Dr. John Pemberton first introduced Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia. The pharmacist concocted a caramel-colored syrup in a three-legged brass kettle in his backyard. He first "distributed" Coca-Cola by carrying it in a jug down the street to Jacobs’s Pharmacy.
After little more than 130 years later, surveys show that 97% of the world has heard of Coca-Cola. 72% of the world has seen a can of Coca-Cola. 51% of the world has tasted a can of Coca-Cola. All due to the fact that the company made a commitment years ago that everyone on the planet would have a taste of their soft drink.
We should stand up and take note here! 97% of the world has heard of this sugar and water concoction while 2 billion people worldwide have no access to the good news of Jesus Christ! It is estimated that 17 million people die every year without having heard the name of Jesus!
This Sunday we will continue our series Loving the 757. There are many persons right here in our community who do not know the good news of Jesus. There are many people who are hurting, seeking, and searching for something or someone to fill the void in their lives. We believe that Jesus is the answer and that, “If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation!”
How do we spread the word about who Jesus is and what he does in our lives? How do we live so that our lives are a living testimony to the Good News of the Gospel? What are we doing as a church to spread the word so that the people in our community can “taste and see that the Lord is good?” (Psalm 34:8)