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Pastor Michael shares his heart concerns for the church.
What we learn from Mark’s account in 16:1-8 is this: Regardless of how bad you have blown it, no one is beyond the restoring love God in Christ. If, like Peter, you blow it big time and fall into a great sin after you become a Christian, do not throw away your confidence in the restoring love of God for you in Christ. This passage teaches us to not expect condemnation, wrath, abandonment, rejection, conditional grace, embarrassment, demands of penance and acts of contrition, etc… What then are we to expect? We are going to see that our Triune God’s response in Christ is not what we expect but it is the best news we could ever receive. Even even in the face of unbelief by the women who were expecting decomposition rather than resurrection, even when all of Christ’s disciples left Him and fled in fear in the face of great temptation and trial and even when Peter outright denied Jesus, Mark shows us that Jesus is reaching out to all of them in restoring love! Mark makes special mention of Peter because he is the heaviest of them all. He blew it the worst! Because Mark’s account gives special mention of Peter, this removes all doubt of His love for them all! Mark's account of Jesus' resurrection reveals what the love of our Triune God in Christ does, namely it scatters our despair and assures us that we still have a place of acceptance and love in the Father’s heart despite our ongoing sin.
We’re constantly comparing ourselves with others. It’s human nature to see how we stack up in the particulars of life. But is it the best measurement? Is this affection really an affliction?
As creatures created in God's image we were created for truth by the One Who is Truth. As finite creatures all humans must trust in a standard and source for truth. When we do not trust God and His Word we do not go on without trusting, but rather trust in our faulty and finite reasoning. As the apostle Paul expressed it in Romans 1, our sin is our denial and distortion of the truth that leads us to become people who are deceitful and untrustworthy. Since our sin is never done away with fully in this lifetime, God's people must always be on guard against denials and distortions of truth that lead to deceitful lives. The account of Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau in Genesis 27, in part, helps us guard against such deceit by revealing to us not only examples of such denials and distortions, but also reminding us that the only living and true God works through them to accomplish his promises.
Advent … what comes to mind when you think of Advent? Calendars? Candles? Wreaths? Waiting? How about Promises? Join us as we discover three Advent Promises this Advent 2012.
Jesus was arrested, put on trial, beaten, and put to death. Jesus did all this for you. He could have saved Himself; instead He did this to save you.