Good evening, everyone! We’ve come to the end of another weekend. It was an amazing time with friends and family and basking in the new blessings and mercies of God. Isn’t he amazing? I’m thankful for all that he is and all he’s done for me.
I’d like to end this weekend with another sermon snack courtesy of Pastor Josh. These notes are from last Sunday’s second service. Grab your plate and the Tupperware.
There’s a reason to be alive. God has given us himself. It’s not just a piece of his heart but the whole thing. We try to live a life that’s fulfilling only to realize we have to give it all to him. There are all kinds of problems, but there is one answer: Jesus Christ. He is the one person that matters. He gave the full heart of a loving father when he died on the cross.
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”
Colossians 1:13-15 NKJV
He has forgiven us and nailed our sins to the cross. God had an idea to create us. He is infinite in what he knows and the plans that he has for us. He redeems us when we are born again. We are not dead. We are no longer the property of the prince and power of the air. Jesus conquered him and death. We must love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves. We must love God and show that love to others. We were dead but not anymore. Christ triumphed over them when he died on the Christ. The devil has no power anymore. Don’t let him runny you down. Jesus came to set us free. He is the name above all names. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess he is Lord.
Jesus came and got it right. He took death willingly so those that receive his sacrifice can have life. It’s the greatest transaction on this earth. Sometimes pain and brokenness hinder us from seeing how wonderful God is. We have to let others know this message. God is holy and he is love. God couldn’t get close to us because of sin. He had a plan and it started with the tabernacle. It was a way to get close to his children. We are created in his image and it hurts him when we reject him. He has a high value on us. That’s why he sent his son. Light and darkness cannot come together. God wants to be with us and help his people build the tabernacle. The next thing was Solomon’s temple. Sacrifices had to offered once a year to atone for everyone’s sin. Once a year wasn’t enough for him, so he sent Jesus. The New Testament is the fulfillment of God being close to us.
“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”
Hebrews 9:24-28 NKJV
Give him an opportunity to be close to you. No one could have done what Jesus did. He offered himself for everyone’s sin, past, present, and future once and for all. There’s power in the message of the gospel to transform your mind. The enemy will try to get you to blame God for the things he does. The temple and the tabernacle weren’t close enough. How close does he want to get?
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
I Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV
If you’re not serving the Master, you’re serving somebody. Jesus doesn’t want prayers for a better life. He wants to become your life. He’s in love with you. Because if Jesus, we are now clean enough that the Holiest of Holies resides in us. We can now cry out Abba Father. God is our dad and we are his children. Don’t let your head get in the way of the fact that Jesus has changed everything. Jesus wanted his presence in a temple that moves. Grace is the power to transform your life. It takes you from brokeness to wholeness, the victory that Jesus walked in himself. Gates don’t come to you. You go to them. God is love and he will show you what real love is. Talk to him as a person. He is power.
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
Hebrews 2:14-15 NKJV
Don’t let it be about you and your failures. Focus on the fact that God can’t fail.
“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
II Corinthians 12:8-10 NKJV
We can’t mess this thing up. At our weakness is when we’re strongest.
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
II Corinthians 2:14-15 NKJV
When we use his fragrance, Jesus is seen in us. Only you can make the decision of Jesus is Lord of all or not at all. We are not our own. We are his. If more would grasp that truth, the world would change for the better. When God gives us something it’s good. Being in a relationship with God is like nothing else we will experience. God loves you. He’s not into it for what he can get out of it. He knows there’s a better way of living that’s available to us. We have the choice to let Jesus live in us. Jesus went to hell for and took the keys. Trust him. Death no longer can hold us. We are loved by the one who is love.