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Living in Grace and Peace

After John’s introduction to his letter he greets the seven churches by praying for them grace and peace. Think about that, living in grace and peace. What does that mean? Where do grace and peace come from? How do grace and peace come to life in us? Over the next two weeks we will consider what it means to live in grace and peace. I. What are grace and peace? (Revelation 1:4) A. What is grace? - the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. 1. By grace we are saved by faith – It is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8, 9) 2. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3) 3. In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28) B. What is peace? - a quiet and calm state of mind 1. We have peace with God through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1) 2. We have peace about stuff because God takes care of us (Matthew 6:31, 32) 3. We have peace about the future (Matthew 6:34) II. Where do grace and peace come from? A. God the Father (Revelation 1:4) 1. He is, has always been and always will be 2. He is unchanging (James 1:17) 3. Every good and perfect gift B. God The Holy Spirit 1. In His fullness 2. I will send a Helper/Comforter (John 14:16) 3. He will dwell with us and is in us (John 14:17) C. God the Son - Jesus Messiah (Revelation 1:5) 1. He is the faithful witness a. Whatever the Father told Him to say He said (John 12:49) b. Whatever the Father told Him to do he did (John 5:19) 2. The firstborn from the dead 3. Ruler over the kings of the earth 4. Through Jesus the Godhead redeemed us (John 3:16) III. How do grace and peace come to life in us? A. We are saved – washed in the blood 1. Blood had to be shed to pay for sin (Hebrews 9:22) 2. The life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11) 3. Death was required for sin (Romans 6:23) 4. He offered up His own blood (Hebrews 9:11, 12) B. We live in grace and peace because 1. Jesus satisfied God’s demand for justice 2. We have been reconciled to God (Romans 5:10) So, John says, grace and peace to you FROM God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son in the person of Jesus Christ. God is the source. God is where grace and peace flow from. Our dependence and trust on God and on the relationship that Jesus won for us is how we live in grace and peace.

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What Revelation Reveals

Today we begin our adventure into the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John late in his life while he was imprisoned on the isle of Patmos. He was the last of the Apostles left alive. To him was given a unique revelation of Jesus and the end of days. Today we will study John’s introduction to this book. What does he say about this unique revelation that was given to him? What is its importance to us? I. John says that this is a book of revelation A. Revelation of Jesus Christ (Jesus the Messiah) (Revelation 1:1) 1. Reveals Jesus in His ascended majesty 2. Reveals Jesus as the Just Judge 3. Reveals Jesus as the King 4. Reveals what His second coming will be like B. Revelation of things that will come about shortly 1. Given from the Father to the Son 2. The Son humbled Himself 3. The Father exalted the Son (Philippians 2:8-11) 4 The Father has exalted the Son and through Him will do what is revealed in this book II. Given through John A. Sent through an angel (Revelation 1:1) 1. Angels played a role in transmitting this book to John making it unique in the NT 2. Just as angels were involved in giving the law (Acts 7:53, Gal. 3:19) B. John was on Patmos (Revelation 1:9, 10a) 1. He had suffered for the cause of Jesus Christ 2. He was on Patmos for punishment 3. He was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day C. In this book he bears witness (Revelation 1:2) 1. To the words of God 2. To what is said about Jesus Christ 3. To what he saw III. Given to His bond-servants A. What is a bond servant? (Revelation 1:1) 1. One who chooses to serve (Ex. 21:5, 6) 2. This revelation is given to believers B. There is a blessing promised to those who spend time in this (Revelation 1:3) 1. Read it and hear it you’ll be blessed 2. Keep what is written and you will be blessed C. Written to the seven churches in Asia (Revelation 1:4a) The time is near for the things revealed in this book to happen. We need to see Jesus as He is. We need to be ready for the last days. As His bond servants we need to read and hear and obey what is written here to the Church. There is a blessing to be had by studying this book.

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Justice and Mercy at the Cross

Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. In fact we meet on Sunday’s every week for worship because that was the day that Jesus rose from the dead. To get perspective on Jesus’ resurrection I want to look back to the cross for a moment today. For Jesus to rise from the dead He had to die. On this day we needed to be reminded of the purpose of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus was the only one who could save us from the consequences of sin. He opened up a breach in the wall that separated us forever from God. I. We are separated from God by sin A. He is just and righteous - He is truth 1. They are the foundation of His throne (Psalm 89:14) 2. He is a God of truth without injustice (Deuteronomy 32:4) B. We could never be justified before God 1. The law will silence anyone who would claim to be good (Romans 3:19) 2. All the world becomes guilty before God C. By the deeds of the flesh no one will be justified 1. The law simply gives knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20) 2. All have sinned and fall short (Romans 3:23) 3. All our righteousness like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) D. We live below the wall of separation 1. There was no way through or around it 2. God had to show mercy to us without violating justice II. We are justified by the One who opened a breach in the wall A. Jesus made it so we could become righteous without keeping the law (Romans 3:21, 22a) 1. Jesus provided the righteousness demanded by the Law and Prophets 2. The righteousness demanded by God comes through faith in Jesus B. Jesus justified us freely – He satisfied God’s just standard (Romans 3:24) 1. By His grace 2. Through the redemption that is in Jesus C. The Father gave Jesus as a propitiation for our sin (Romans 3:25) 1. The fact that God even gave us this chance demonstrates His righteousness 2. He doesn’t justly judge sin the moment it happens 3. In Jesus God’s justice is satisfied (Romans 3:26) 4. This puts on display God’s righteousness III. At the cross we witness a way opened up A. The believing thief saw it (Luke 23:40, 41a) 1. He saw his sin a. Don’t you as a sinner fear God? b. We are getting what we deserve 2. He saw Jesus - He has done nothing wrong (Luke 23:41b) 3. He reached out for mercy (Luke 23:42) a. A mercy outside of himself he didn’t deserve b. Remember me when You come into Your kingdom B. Jesus grants him life 1. Today you will be with Me (Luke 23:43) 2. He is the Way the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) At the cross justice and mercy meet. One man chose to receive justice for eternity and the other chose mercy. Those who choose mercy will pass through their Savior to eternal life while those who choose justice will find no way through. God’s justice is satisfied by Jesus and God’s mercy is extended to us through Jesus.

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Living by Dying

The day we celebrate as Palm Sunday was a great day in the life of Jesus but also a sad day. On that day many celebrated Jesus for who He was, but they celebrated in ignorance believing that Jesus was the “Promised One” about to set up an earthly kingdom. His followers and the crowds on that day were guilty of thinking about their lives on earth and how Jesus could improve their lives on earth instead of thinking about the forever kingdom that was coming. I. When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem there was great excitement A. His disciples were excited (John 12:12, 13) 1. They did not understand that what they did fulfilled prophecy (John 12:16) 2. John recounts the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled (Ps. 118:25, 26, Zech. 9:9) 3. They understood after Jesus was glorified B. The people were excited 1. They were going out to Bethany to see Jesus and Lazarus (John 12:9) 2. Many believed that He was the Messiah C. Even a group of Greeks wanted to see Jesus (John 12:20, 21) D. The enemies of Jesus were in turmoil 1. They were plotting to kill Lazarus (John 12:10, 11) 2. They despaired that the whole world was going after Him (John 12:19) II. Jesus tells them He must die to produce fruit A. The Son of Man was about to be glorified (John 12:23) B. He would be like a grain of wheat (John 12:24) 1. Buried in the ground 2. Springing forth to produce fruit C. His soul was troubled by His death (John 12:27) 1. Should I ask the Father to save Me from this? 2. No, this is why I came D. Jesus knew that He must be lifted up (John 12:32, 33) 1. He would be lifted up on a cross 2. He would draw men to Himself by His death III. Jesus teaches that we must die to produce fruit A. What happens to those who love their lives? (John 12:25) 1. They lose everything they worked for 2. Hate your life in the world and you will have eternal life (Acts 20:24b) B. The person who truly serves Jesus 1. Will follow Jesus (John 12:26) 2. Will die to himself like that seed of grain 3. Then we will be where He is 4. The Father will honor us C. We are told that many believed but they didn’t confess their belief (John 12:42, 43) 1. They were fearful that they would be thrown out of the synagogue 2. They loved the praise of men more than the praise of God The followers of Jesus, the people in Jerusalem and the religious leaders all had their eyes on success and a kingdom in this world. Jesus told them that they needed to die to the desire of having a kingdom here and die to the desires of this world if they were going to bear fruit.

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What do you want of Me?

Today we examine an interesting question that came up while Jesus and His disciples journeyed to Jerusalem on the way to Jesus’ crucifixion. What do we want from Jesus? Jesus had just taught that to follow Him you had to give everything up and that it is really hard for rich people to do that. This discussion causes Peter to ask a question (Mark 10:28). I. We have given everything up, what will we get? (What do we want from Jesus?) A. Jesus talks about what His followers get now (Mark 10:29, 30) 1. If you leave your home and your family for My sake and the gospel 2. You will receive more than you have given up now 3. More family and homes B. Jesus talks about what His followers get in eternity 1. They would rule with Him in the kingdom to come (Matthew 19:28) 2. We will inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:29) 3. Not to mention the family we get for eternity II. What did James and John and their mother (Salome) want of Jesus? A. Jesus asked them, “What do you want of Me?”(Mark 10:35, 36, Matt. 20:20) B. They wanted to rule at the right and left hand of Jesus (Matt. 20:21b, Mark 10:37) 1. Jesus asks if they are willing to pay the price it would take to do that (Matthew 20:22) 2. They say that they are ready 3. Jesus confirms that they will but that God has chosen these positions (Matthew 20:23) C. The other disciples were upset when they heard about this conversation (Matthew 20:24) D. He teaches them the rules of leadership in the kingdom (Matthew 20:25-28) 1. If you want to be great serve each other 2. Be like Me. I have come to serve and to save mankind III. What did the blind men want of Jesus? A. Two blind men in Jericho called out to Jesus (Matthew 20:29, 30) 1. They wouldn’t stop 2. Bartimaeus was one of them B. Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus as “Son of David” Messiah repeatedly (Mark 10:46, 47) C. Jesus called them to Him (Mark 10:49-52) 1. “What do you want for Me to do for you?” 2. I want my sight 3. Jesus healed him and Bartimaeus followed Him What do we want Jesus to do for us? Once we get past answers like make me more like You and to be more holy, what do we want? Do we want healing for ourselves or a friend or family member? Do we want Jesus to bless our work, business, retirement (payback)? Do we long for recognition and power in the here and now or in the kingdom to come? What do you want for Me to do for You, Jesus asks?

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