NOVEMBER 11, 2007
“THE GREATEST OF ALL VETERANS”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2
Corinthians 5:21 (NLT) For God made Christ,
who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so
that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Today we are honoring our Veterans.
was set up to honor those who served in the armed
forces during WW 1 and WW 2. Today we honor
all those who have served our country.
What is a
Veteran? 1. An old soldier of long service. 2.
A former member of the armed forces.
answered the call of our country.
They have left
home and family behind.
often fought on foreign soil bringing freedom to
placed the good and needs of others above their own.
learned obedience is more important than personal
given their lives while others have suffered greatly
in the line of duty.
To those who
have served we own our deepest gratitude and heart
SIX REASONS WHY JESUS
CHRIST IS THE GREATEST VETERAN OF ALL TIMES.
HE ANSWERED THE CALL.
NOTE: God saw the need for
a. Mankind are sinners in need of salvation.
Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God;
b. He saw that man was incapable of saving himself.
Proverbs 20:9 (KJV) Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am
pure from my sin?
Isaiah 64:6 (KJV) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do
fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind,
have taken us away.
c. He answered the call Himself.
Isaiah 59:16 (KJV) And he saw that there was no man, and wondered
that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm
brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness,
it sustained him.
HE LEFT HOME AND FAMILY.
Philippians 2:6-7 (KJV) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not
robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no
reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men:
Hebrews 2:16-18 (NLT)
We all know that Jesus came to help the descendants
of Abraham, not to help the angels. Therefore,
it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect
like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could
be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God.
He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away
the sins of the people. Since he himself has
gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to
help us when we are being tempted.
HE BECAME ENGAGED IN WAR TO
DEFEND HEAVEN AND PROVIDED FREEDOM TO ALL.
Exodus 14:14 (NLT) The Lord himself will fight for you. You won't
have to lift a finger in your defense!"
Exodus 15:3 (NLT)
The Lord is a warrior; yes, the Lord is his name!
Revelation 6:2 (NLT)
I looked up and saw a white horse. Its rider
carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head.
He rode out to win many battles and gain the
Revelation 17:14 (NLT) Together they will wage war against the Lamb,
but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord
over all lords and King over all kings, and his
people are the called and chosen and faithful ones."
Revelation 19:11 (NLT)
Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was
standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was
named Faithful and True. For he judges fairly and
then goes to
God is a God of war and He has fought against Satan
and sin to provide Salvation to all who will accept
God’s free gift.
HE PLACED THE NEEDS OF
OTHERS ABOVE HIS OWN.
Jesus did not need salvation for Himself.
Hebrews 9:7, 11-14 (NLT)
But only the high priest goes into the Most Holy
Place, and only once a year, and always with blood,
which he offers to God to cover his own sins and the
sins the people have committed in ignorance…So
Christ has now become the High Priest over all the
good things that have come. He has entered that
great, perfect sanctuary in heaven, not made by
human hands and not part of this created world.
Once for all time he took blood into that Most Holy
Place, but not the blood of goats and calves. He
took his own blood, and with it he secured our
the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the
ashes of a young cow could cleanse people's bodies
from ritual defilement. Just think how much
more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from
deeds that lead to death so that we can worship the
living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit,
Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice
for our sins.
HE WAS OBEDIENT TO HIS
John 4:34 (NLT)
Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from
doing the will of God, who sent me, and from
finishing his work.
John 6:38 (NLT)
For I have come down from heaven to do the will of
God who sent me, not to do what I want.
Matthew 26:39 (NLT)
He went on a little farther and fell face down on
the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible,
let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet
I want your will, not mine."
Matthew 26:42 (NLT)
Again he left them and prayed, "My Father! If this
cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will
HE SUFFERED GREAT PAIN,
AGONY AND DEATH.
Isaiah 53:3-10 (NLT) He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows,
acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs
on him and looked the other way when he went by. He
was despised, and we did not care.
was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows
that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles
were a punishment from God for his own sins!
But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was
beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and
we were healed! All of us have strayed away
like sheep. We have left God's paths to follow our
own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of
oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a
word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as
a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not
open his mouth. From prison and trial they led
him away to his death. But who among the people
realized that he was dying for their sins—that he
was suffering their punishment? He had done no
wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But he was
buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man's
was the Lord's good plan to crush him and fill him
with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering
for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many
heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord's
plan will prosper in his hands.
JESUS CHRIST WAS THE
GREATEST OF ALL VETERANS.
But today not everyone wants to honor those who
have given so much to others.
Too many today
are self-seeking, caring only for what effects them
personally and failing to care about the needs of
NOVEMBER 25, 2007
“JEHOVAH - SABAOTH”
juh-HO-vah - sah-bah-OATH
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM
SCRIPTURE TEXT: PSALM
46:7 & 11
The Lord of hosts (JEHOVAH – SABAOTH) is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
INTRO: “Too Old?” (Our Daily Bread; Nov. 25, 2007)
There is a battle going on in the heart and lives
It is the
battle between faith and doubt.
The person of
faith builds, while the person of doubts breaks
This is true
in our natural life but especially true in our
forever constructive and doubt is always
When Abraham doubted, Ishmael was born.
Children of Israel doubted the golden calf was
doubted again, they were refused entrance into the
Every time we
believe and trust God we grow stronger, every time
we doubt God and fail to put our trust in Him we
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please
him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he
is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him.
Juh-HO-vah - sah-bah-OATH is often translated in
the KJV as The Lord of Host. At other time and
in other translations as The Lord Almighty.
eighty-one times God is referred to as juh-HO-vah
- sah-bah-OATH in the Old Testament.
60 – 70 times in both
Isaiah and Jeremiah.
Haggai (2 chapters) 14
Zechariah 50 times.
Malachi 24 times.
The name or
title, juh-HO-vah - sah-bah-OATH teaches that
God is absolute, sufficient, and superior.
This name should
establish within the heart of every believer the
assurance that no matter what is happening around
them, God is there to bring them through
Psalm 46:1-7 (KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present
help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though
the earth be removed, and though the mountains be
carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters
thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains
shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There
is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the
city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of
the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall
not be moved: God shall help her, and that right
early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved:
he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of
hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
We are facing
some tough times ahead of us.
It is easy to
become fearful and begin to doubt whether or not God
is going to deliver us.
In the world
In our country
Storms and disasters
Sickness and disease
Sin seems to be on the up rise
Holiness seems to be on the wane
At the same
time, we as a church are going to have to make some
very difficult decisions.
Are we going
to seek to grow or will we be content to remain
Are we going
to hold fast to the teaching of God’s Word or are we
going to compromise?
gives us several reasons we should put our trust in
God and not allow fear and doubt to control us.
I. GOD IS OUR REFUGE.
When we are faced with testing’s and trials, when
it seems that all is against us, we have a place of
Deut. 33:27 (KJV)
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are
the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the
enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Psalm 27:5 (KJV)
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his
pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he
hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Isaiah 25:4 (KJV)
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a
strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from
the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of
the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
II. GOD IS OUR STRENGTH.
When we recognize that we do not have the ability
or strength to do the task set before us, we look to
God for our strength.
Exodus 15:2 (KJV)
The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become
my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him
an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt
2 Samuel 22:33 (KJV)
God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way
Psalm 28:8 (KJV)
The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving
strength of his anointed.
Psalm 73:26 (KJV)
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the
strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psalm 84:5 (KJV)
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in
whose heart are the ways of them.
Psalm 89:21 (KJV)
With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm
also shall strengthen him.
III. GOD IS OUR PRESENT
When we find ourselves all alone, God is our
Psalm 28:7 (KJV)
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart
trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart
greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise
Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed;
for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I
will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the
right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 50:9 (KJV)
Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that
shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a
garment; the moth shall eat them up.
Hebrews 13:6 (KJV)
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
God does not expect us to do the tasks He sets
before us by our own abilities, He is ready and
willing to help us if we will look to Him in faith
and not allow doubt to hold us back.
HE IS THE
Lord OF HOST, THE Lord ALMIGHTY.
Let us put aside our fears and doubts and put our
trust in God and have the faith that He will make a
way when there seems to be no way.
PSALM 46:7 & 11
The Lord of hosts (juh-HO-vah
- sah-bah-OATH) is with us; the God of
Jacob is our refuge. Selah.