Sermon Notes


4 21   Look, Learn, Tell

Luke 24:1 – 9 “But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.  They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.  So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.  As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.  The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?  He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”  Then they remembered that he had said this.  So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened.”

 Look

 The women went looking for Jesus

 But what they found was not what they expected!

They went looking for death

 What they found was LIFE

            Empty Tomb

 Many today are looking for something, someone to make a difference in their life.

 Many say they are looking for Jesus, but they find Someone much different than they expect.

 They go looking for a Grandfather figure, an ATM, a magician or a king on a white horse bringing vengeance.

 What they find is the Holy Lord God, the Great I AM who calls us to repentance and change.

 Some draw close, but many go look for someone/thing to meet their human needs their human way.

Like the thieves on the cross, those who chose Jesus find the hope and joy they need while those who reject Jesus find pain and loneliness.

 Learn

 They learned what happened

 Well, they LEARNED that they already knew what had happened, They just didn’t listen well enough

            Maybe they didn’t think Jesus really meant what He said when He told them “, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”  

                But here they were – seeing what He had said becoming REALITY right before them

 Then they remembered what Jesus had told them

 They learned that Jesus is exactly WHO He said He was and would DO exactly WHAT HE SAID

 Are you learning about Jesus, His Word and His Ways?

 Tell

 They ran to tell:

            Tell the ELEVEN, yes

                        They were His inner Circle

            Tell EVERYONE ELSE

                        They need to hear OUR SAVIOR LIVES

 They had GOOD NEWS and they were going to share it!

 The tomb is empty

He ain’t there

HE IS RISEN

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4-14                 IF        Luke 23:32 – 43

Luke 23:32-43 “Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him.  Finally, they came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there — Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people, because they don’t know what they are doing.”  And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.   The crowd watched, and the leaders laughed and scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Chosen One, the Messiah.”  The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine.  They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”  A signboard was nailed to the cross above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”    One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself — and us, too, while you’re at it!”  But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you are dying?  We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”    And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”    NLT

  • Remember the Cross.
    • Not as a beautiful decoration or piece of jewelry
    • But, as the cruel, bloody instrument of death it really is
  • Remember the Savior
    • Not as a good man who helped people
    • Not as a spiritual leader
    • But, as God Almighty submitting Himself to die for your sins and mine
  • Remember what happened that dark day so lone ago
    • 3 men heading to die – nailed to Crosses – Jesus between 2 thieves and surrounded by a crowd of family and fiends, people and politicians, soldiers and sufferers.

Were you there when they crucified my Savior?  (Hymn 181)

I see many of us in this scene

Like the 2 criminals, we are all guilty of transgressions

People, like us, cry out the same things today as this long ago yesterday

  • “Let Him save Himself, IF HE IS REALLY GOD”S Chosen One.”
    • A lost world still wonders “IF” Jesus really is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”.
  • IF you are the King of the Jews, save yourself”
    • People today still ask why He had to die if He was truly God and had all of God’s power.
    • Believers know that He did not “HAVE” to die and neither was He “FORCED” to die.
    • He chose to give His life for our opportunity for salvation.
    • He, THE King of kings and Lord of lords, The SPOTLESS Lamb went to Golgotha WILLINGLY
  • IF YOU REALLY ARE...“Prove it by saving yourself – and us, too, while you’re at it”
    • Two things here
      • People still struggle with the idea a humble Savior who would give His life for theirs
      • People look to others as a means to GET WHAT THEY WANT
      • IF you are God – GIMME, GIMME, GIMME
    • There was one guy though, one guy in this narrative that gets it right – MAYBE AT THE LAST MINUTE, but one guy who finishes well
      • “Don’t you fear God even when you are dying? We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”   
    • Jesus did not respond to the sign or those who were mocking Him and having a good laugh at His expense.
      • He spoke to this one man, a truly guilty criminal about to die.
      • And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
      • Maybe you feel like God’s not listening, or certainly not speaking to you
        • Try believing in Him
        • Try humbling yourself and admitting your guilt and repenting
        • Try telling others about Him!

Were you there when they crucified my Savior?

5 5 2019                   The Joy of Knowing                   Luke 24:35 – 43 +

Luke 24:35-53 “Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.  And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. He said, “Peace be with you.”   But the whole group was terribly frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!  “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why do you doubt who I am?   Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do!”   As he spoke, he held out his hands for them to see, and he showed them his feet.  Still they stood there doubting, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”   They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched.  Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me by Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must all come true.”  Then he opened their minds to understand these many Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah must suffer and die and rise again from the dead on the third day.  With my authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to me.’  You are witnesses of all these things.  “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”       The Ascension     Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven.    They worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.  And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.”

Merriam-Webster defines Joy asthe emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires

John Piper writes, “Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.”

  • These are words that I do not believe can be fully understood or defined outside a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
    • It is way more than a feeling or AN EMOTION
    • JOY IS A GIFT!
    • A joy so deep inside that is deeper and stronger than your DNA – SOUL JOY
  • It is an absolute, sure thing, ..NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS Joy

Today we will find that “There is JOY in Knowing”

            Knowing is WAY MORE than HALF the battle

  • The two from the road to Emmaus were telling others about their experience with Jesus
  • Once we come to understand WHO Christ is and that HE IS AMONG US we should be telling folks
  • Once you start telling people about Jesus YOU WILL SEE JESUS AMONG YOU!
    • His peace spreads
    • He will open their eyes that He is “not a ghost”
    • He will prove to them He is real
  • Some may still doubt
    • God, through His Holy Spirit, will keep working so they can see Jesus
  • Here Jesus used a few different ways
    • He ate some food (BAPTIST)
    • He reminded them of what He told them directly
    • He taught them Scripture
    • He, through the Holy Spirit, opened their minds
    • He told them what was next
  • He gave them a mission
    • Go and tell others, beginning in Jerusalem
    • Tell them about forgiveness for ALL who turn to HIM
    • Tell them what you have seen – your story
  • The people:
    • Worshipped Him AND Followed His instructions
  • Now that they knew “THE WHOLE STORY” they were filled with great joy
    • The JOY of the Believer
  • You are not to believe JUST ANYTHING, BUT the right thing!
  • And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah must suffer and die and rise again from the dead on the third day. With my authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to me.’ 

4 – 28              Walking with ???

Luke 24: 13 – 16 “That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem.  As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.”

Blessed to be asked to be part of Cub Scout Pack 93and Girl Scout troop 1056 on their 10 Commandment Hike yesterday.

These young men and women walked together across town stopping only to hear about the 10 Commandments.

Who are you walking with?

Do you know?  Do you REALLY KNOW?

  • Who are they?
    • Do you really know?
    • We all know friends who act completely different at times
    • Maybe they are not who you think they are!
      • ACTING to gain your approval, trust, or some advantage over you
    • In our test these “followers” of Jesus were walking with Jesus Himself, but didn’t know Him.
      • God had kept them from recognizing Him
        • We need to understand that we may be walking with Jesus unaware
          • Maybe our sins prevent us from seeing it is Him reaching out to us.
        • Hebrews 13:1 – 2 Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.  Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!”
      • What do they really believe?
      • Where are y’all walking towards?
        • What is your destination?
      • IS THIS A PATH YOU REALLY WANT TO BE TRAVELING?
        • Or are you just following along because……..
      • These “followers” of Jesus may have been walking together, BUT they were walking in the wrong direction
        • Jesus intervened
          • He need them to speak about who they believed He really was and what had just happened.
            • “HAD HOPED”
              • They had given up
            • Jesus brought them correction/conviction
              • Jesus TAUGHT THEM again from the Word of God
            • Jesus revealed Himself to them through a meal
              • He BROKE BREAD and GAVE IT TO THEM
            • They REPENTED

Who are YOU WALKING WITH?

WHO is GUIDING your life?

Are you really headed in the RIGHT DIRECTION

It is NEVER TO LATE to change

These weary men had just walked a LONG WAY but they KNEW they needed to GET BACK ON THE RIGHT PATH!

They ate and headed BACK to Jerusalem

We talk, sing and write about knowing that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us.

We say we believe He is everywhere.

Do we really believe this is truth?

Does our life reflect to possibility that our Savior Jesus Christ, The Messiah, is walking with us?

5-12-2019        Mothers Day

  • We often forget that a Mother is more than willing to sacrifice for her child.
    • Sacrifice their body to carry the child.
    • Sacrifice their time to raise a child.
    • Sacrifice their everything so their child could have more, know more, be more

In our text we find two women living together and raising their children

Probably never ideal.

Problems will arise.

1 Kings 3:16-28  “Some time later, two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled.  “Please, my lord,” one of them began, “this woman and I live in the same house. I gave birth to a baby while she was with me in the house. Three days later, she also had a baby. We were alone; there were only two of us in the house.  But her baby died during the night when she rolled over on it.  Then she got up in the night and took my son from beside me while I was asleep. She laid her dead child in my arms and took mine to sleep beside her.  And in the morning when I tried to nurse my son, he was dead! But when I looked more closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t my son at all.”  Then the other woman interrupted, “It certainly was your son, and the living child is mine.” “No,” the first woman said, “the dead one is yours, and the living one is mine.” And so they argued back and forth before the king.  Then the king said, “Let’s get the facts straight. Both of you claim the living child is yours, and each says that the dead child belongs to the other.  All right, bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought to the king. Then he said, “Cut the living child in two and give half to each of these women!” Then the woman who really was the mother of the living child, and who loved him very much, cried out, “Oh no, my lord! Give her the child — please do not kill him!” But the other woman said, “All right, he will be neither yours nor mine; divide him between us!”   Then the king said, “Do not kill him, but give the baby to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!”  Word of the king’s decision spread quickly throughout all Israel, and the people were awed as they realized the great wisdom God had given him to render decisions with justice.” NLT

WE so often villainize the one mother and sympathize with the other.

I think of the mother who actually lost her child often

The pain and hurt would have been overwhelming.

In her pain she did something we would consider unthinkable

But the unconsumable must have made some sort of sense to her

She wanted a child so much

She sacrificed her character, her morality, her….everything for a second chance,

Horrible – yes

Criminal – yes

Unbelievably cruel and heartless – yes…and maybe no

The King had a radical solution to the problem

But a mothers sacrifice saved the child’s life

A Mother willing to sacrifice raising her son, so he could live.

Reminds me of another mother, many years late

John 19:25-27 “Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Woman, he is your son.”  And he said to this disciple, “She is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.” NLT

A mother willing to watch her Son die, so WE COULD LIVE.

5 19                        What God Hates – Watch Out!                   Proverbs 6:16 – 19

Proverbs 6:16-19 “There are six things the LORD hates — no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord among brothers.”  NLT

There are six things the LORD hates

         — no, seven things he detests:

haughty eyes,              a lying tongue,

hands that kill the innocent,                   a heart that plots evil,

feet that race to do wrong,          a false witness who pours out lies,

a person who sows discord among brothers.”

 

  • Haughty Eyes [part/action]
    • Proud look
    • Arrogant
    • Superior [I am better than you]
    • Pompous, vain, stuck up
    • Rolled eyeballs and nose in the air
  • A Lying Tongue [part/action]
    • Liar
    • Little lies, big lies, lies of convenience
    • Lies to make us look good, lies to make other look bad
    • Lies for no reason, lies for any reason
  • Hands that kill the innocent [part/action]
    • Murderers
    • Abortionists – killing THE most innocent – unborn
  • A heart that plots evil [part/action]
    • Wicked imagination
    • I believe that there are people who spend time plotting crimes, scheming against innocent people, with a goal or just to hurt them, or just planning crimes.
    • Evil
  • Feet that race to do wrong [part/action]
    • Some are anxious to go hurt people
    • Some are anxious to commit a crime
    • Bad behavior is their LIFESTYLE
  • A false witness who pours out lies [action]
    • Fake News and/or False reports
    • Pulling a fire alarm, calling in a threat
      • We had this in Roma just this week
    • Posting something on social media as fact when we really have no facts
  • A person who sows discord among the brothers [in a family][community] [person/action]
    • For some reason there are people who just want to see destruction
    • They are jealous or arrogant of what someone has so they will say or do anything to bring discord
      • Gossip, rumors, lies

Verse 12 describes these as WORTHLESS and WICKED people

Their life is MARKED and IDENTIFIED by their SINFUL LIFESTYLE.

 God HATES these traits. God hates THESE SINS

 Paul warned us about the consequences of living a life following the desires of our sinful nature in Galatians 5:  DEATH.  They will NOT enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

 In Romans 6:23 we are taught that “…For… the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”   NLT

 Watch YOUR life, and if you begin to display the lifestyle traits GOD HATES, WATCH OUT!

So, we know we are all sinners.

We know that we have all been guilty of some of these SINS God hates

Is there any HOPE?                Will God HATE US INTO HADES?

Soon after Jesus became an adult, withstood the enemy’s temptation and was baptized, His FIRST Message was:  Matthew 4:17 “From then on, Jesus began to preach, “Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”   NLT

The time to REPENT is at hand!

STOP IT, TURN AWAY, TURN TO JESUS

Your HOPE is in JESUS!

4-1       “But if He don’t”                    Phil 1:19 – 26

Philippians 1:19-26 “…. I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die.  …..”  NLT

We should live with confidence

We should live with confidence even when we are not confident

There are times in this earth that things happen.

We don’t understand why.

We don’t understand why they happened to WHO they happened to or HOW they happened

We don’t understand why they happened when we know that SOME or MANY were praying for WHATEVER to not happen.

We are told to pray, to intercede and to fervently pray.

We are told to pray for the sick, the broken and the hurting and to believe that God will bring help, hope and healing.

But, what if He don’t

I have struggles with his from time to time.

I have prayed earnestly for people I cared about and believed God would bring healing, only to be attending a funeral a few days later.

I have prayed for people I care about to make better life choices and repent; believing God was moving in their lives and change was coming, only to be disappointed once again.

And I, like you, have been left crying before God asking “WHY?”

Intellectually, Spiritually and by my faith I know that God is smarter than I am and He is at work in ways I could never know.

Saving someone from terrible pain by calling them home.

Working out the deliverance of someone who keeps falling.

Meeting needs in ways I could never even imagine.

Sometimes our prayers can be so selfish.

It is hard sometimes to separate the painful emotions God has given us to deal with tragedy AND His Perfect and Loving Will

Sometimes our prayers can be so worldly.

We pray for what we want

We pray for what we think other would want

We forget to pray for God’s Will to be done REGARDLESS of our will

So what should I do when God don’t do what I want?

You see that is the real issue.

We can act so spoiled and entitled.

We fail to realize that OUR WAY is RARELY the BEST WAY!

We forget that God is God and WE AIN’T GOD!

We forget the GRACE of the release from earth’s pain in God’s time.

We forget the STRENGTH of a lesson learned without ENABLING another failure.

We forget the MERCY of SECOND CHANCES

So…What if God Don’t?

We live with confidence that GOD IS GOD

We don’t like to think of our Mighty, Loving Lord saying “NO!”

But all parents know that it is important to tell our children NO, usually quite often and for their own good.

We say NO to those we love, so does God.

2 Corinthians 12:5-10 “I have plenty to boast about and would be no fool in doing it, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it. I don’t want anyone to think more highly of me than what they can actually see in my life and my message, even though I have received wonderful revelations from God. But to keep me from getting puffed up, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from getting proud.  Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.  Each time he said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”   NLT

Be encouraged that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, the Spirit of Christ will work it all out for our deliverance.

What if He don’t?

Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.  Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil.”   NLT

  1. TRUST HIM ANYWAY!
    1. Keep the faith
    2. Pray
    3. Serve
  2. Trust God more than you trust yourself
    1. He knows better
  3. Trust God as GOD
    1. He does not have to answer to you
    2. He does not require your approval
    3. Psalm 128 says “How happy are those who fear the Lord – all who follow His Ways!”
  4. Seek His direction
    1. AND GO THAT WAY
  5. MAKE CHRIST LOOK BIGGER
    1. Both to YOU and to OTHERS
    2. Share the Gospel
    3. Live a life that makes OTHERS better
      1. That will make you better
  • Asking wrong – screwdriver vs hammer – causes more damage – makes it harder to correct
  • Doing it wrong – Tightening instead of loosening “Righty tightey – Lefty Loosey) – will make it harder to correct – may even break the bolt
  • Not the right fit – Not yours to do – flathead vs Phillips vs. Prince and Reed – strips the slots – causes more problems
  • Asking wrongly – asking the wrong person
    • If you need a wrench DQ is not the place to go
      • It may be cool and tasty – soothes your soul (and belly)
        • BUT nothing gets done
      • No or Bad information – Last night I was following the feeds about the Trooper who had been shot.
        • Many were saying he had been killed but gave no reference other than “THEY said” and “THEY” are usually wrong so I didn’t post that information UNTIL several news agencies and LEO folks posted it.
        • Turns out they were ALL WRONG! Fake News
        • He was in surgery, is out of surgery in STABLE but CRITICAL CONDITION
          • Keep praying!
        • Everyone THOUGHT they knew – but DID NOT
      • Demanding our own way – regardless of the damage
        • Keep doing or asking for the wrong thing
      • We forget the person or thing we are praying for in our “Much Wailing”
        • What is best for them?
        • What is GOD’S WILL for them
        • Perhaps the answer is NO because God is wiser than you know

Trust God – NOT YOUR OPINION of what or who God should be

Don’t make God small

Remember that His GRACE is all we need

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