The greatness of the resurrection, the greatness of His commission, and the greatness of His promise all point to the greatness of the King! Jesus died and then came back from the grave. No one has ever done this, and no one has ever claimed to be able to do this. There is power in the resurrection, and the resurrection validates who Jesus said He is!
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God in the flesh subjected Himself to death on our behalf. He was unjustly punished for our guilt, doing something that we could never do of our own power. Jesus made it clear that He freely laid His life down. As a result, no one is to blame, and yet we are all responsible. May this lead us to wait in anticipation of Him, and may we always be hungry for more of Him in our life.
At our Lord’s darkest hour, He was abandoned by all, and our hearts of darkness were revealed. But through it all, Jesus was still in control and showed pure humility and grace beyond measure!
As Jesus’ death approached, He was grieved and sad to the point of despair. But not because of the coming physical anguish, but because He would become the curse of God’s wrath against our sin and would be separated from God. Yet through all of this, He desires to be obedient and humble unto God’s will over choosing His own well being. And in the midst of this, He takes the time to instruct His disciples to continually watch and pray.
As a follow up to last week’s message, the only test to see how much we love Christ is to ask ourselves, “Have we given up everything to Him?” It is important to note, though, that all true love is simply a response to the love God has already given us! His love fuels us, and His perfect love casts out all fear.
Jesus’ worth is illustrated in the contrasting attitudes of Mary and Judas. To Mary, Jesus was of immense worth, and this was shown in her extravagant love for Him. To Judas, however, Jesus was not worth much, and his love for Him was frugal. The more we sit at the feet of Jesus, the more we will love Him, value Him, learn from Him, and submit to Him. And we need to choose to make time sitting at His feet! How important is Jesus to us?
In these parables, Jesus teaches us about the importance of being watchful and being good stewards of the resources God has given us. What does that look like? Rightly living in the reality of His truth. Rather than let fear, guilt, and shame motivate us in our Christian life, we can look to God’s love and have all of the motivation we will ever need!
First, Kevin Menezes from Every Nation Ministries shares about God’s work in Mumbai. Then today’s message addresses how God’s judgment is coming, and how we ought to live in expectation of Jesus’ return as tomorrow is not promised. God is in the present, and we must be about His business now.
The deity of Christ is seen in the Godly wisdom He displays when dialoguing with His critics. His wisdom is different and superior to that of man. Man’s wisdom is ever changing and variable, but God’s wisdom is constant and enduring.
Jesus humbly comes first as a priest, not a king, when establishing His church and kingdom. He teaches about His church through parables of obedience, fruit, and righteousness.
As Christians, we are invited to share in the suffering of Jesus that it may increase our intimacy with Him and lead to genuine praise of Him! We are not promised a life free of suffering. But in midst of experiencing it, we can always remember the Gospel and keep our eyes fixed on our incredible Savior.
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We often use legalism in our lives as justification, validation, or entitlement for our salvation. But Jesus informs us that we are not saved by the law, but by grace! Salvation is only possibly through God.
Jesus not only establishes and builds His Kingdom, but He will also protect it. And it is protected by the requirements for entering it. He protects those in His Kingdom from sinful influences and from going astray. He also offers protection for those in His Kingdom from relational issues. Finally, He protects us from unforgiveness, for those of us who have been forgiven by Jesus are compelled to forgive others.
Be encouraged to listen to God as we allow Him to work in His ways. Oftentimes, His ways are not our ways, and He redirects our plans. We are blessed when we listen to Him.
We are spiritually blind due to our hard hearts and our pride. But God can give us spiritual sight when we come to Him in faith. When we surrender to the Lordship of Jesus, we are able to see clearly.
Like the Canaanite woman, may we have hearts that desire to pursue God humbly, persistently, and without reservation.
We should be encouraged to always focus on Jesus, even in difficult circumstances. We should look to Jesus and His provision. We do this by worshipping Jesus as worshipping Him builds up our faith!
Whoever we give ourselves over to, we are subject to their rule. So the question becomes: to who are we going to turn, Jesus or the world?
Understanding God’s Word (and the parables of the Kingdom) comes from the Holy Spirit, and is granted to those who are willing to submit to it. The Kingdom is of immense value, and Jesus gave up everything for us so that we can have it!
God is sovereign, and we ought to have a high view of our God! As the Parable of the Soils describes, may we be good soil as we hear the message of the Gospel and build our entire life around it!