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MARCH 2, 2008 

HAVING THE FACE OF JESUS 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 16:13-27 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 9:51  

   And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 

INTRO: There are many people who reveal what is going on in their hearts by the looks on their face. 

   There is an old saying, “Your face reads like an opened book.” 

   “With a face like yours you should never play poker.” 

   The look on Jesus’ face brought about a change in the hearts and attitude of the people. 

I. THE TIME WAS COME. 

NOTE: There are certain times in our spiritual life when we will have to make a choice in our following Christ. 

   This marks a turning point in Jesus’ ministry. 

   Up to this time it seems that Jesus had been concerned with teaching and ministering to the needs of the people, all of a sudden it took a turn.

   There comes a time when we have to make a decision about our relationship with Christ that will affect those around us. 

   Sometimes the affect will be positive and sometimes negative. 

   Jesus had been rising in popularity but this was going to change. 

   It is one thing to be a “Christian” during the time of blessing but it another story of be a “Christian” when things fall apart. 

Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?  

   There are those who turn back from following Jesus when the way becomes difficult. 

John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.  

II. JESUS NEVER LOST SIGHT OF WHY HE CAME.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

NOTE: Jesus’ mission was to redeem fallen man. 

   A.  HE SET HIS FACE TO GO TO JERUSALEM. 

NOTE: There were those of the world who rejected Him because of His decision to fulfill His mission. 

Luke 9:52-53 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.  And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.  

   There will be those who will reject our message of God’s Grace. 

   B. TWO DISCIPLES WANTED TO RETALIATE AGAINST THOSE WHO REJECTED CHRIST. 

Luke 9:54-56 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?  But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.  

NOTE: Jesus did not come to judge man but rather to redeem man. 

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  

NOTE: We must never lose sight that the Church is here to lead man to Salvation, not to bring man into judgment.

   C. THERE WERE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST WHO WANTED TO KEEP HIM FROM THE CROSS. 

Matthew 16:21-23 (KJV) From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.  Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.  

NOTE: Peter was reacting through human reasoning. 

   We cannot allow our human reasoning to affect our spiritual walk. 

III. TO FOLLOW CHRIST REQUIRES TOTAL COMMITMENT. 

Matthew 16:24-26 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  

NOTE: What is hindering us from being totally committed to Christ? 

Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.  

   What is keeping us from being fruitful? 

·         Ministering through the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.  

·         Pointing others to Christ through our daily walk with Him.

John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  

CONCLUSION: Seeking to please Christ is not for wimps. 

   Being a fully committed Christian is difficult but its rewards are out of this world. 

 

MARCH 9, 2008 

WAKE UP AND FLY RIGHT” 

SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 52:1-15 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 52:1  

    Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.  

INTRO: We are often discouraged by the circumstances that surround us. 

   This often causes a spirit of discouragement to come over us. 

   We are like someone who is longing to be married but there seems to be no one on the horizon.  

   But then all of a sudden they appear and the wedding date is set. 

   Can you remember your wedding day? 

   A day of great excitement and anticipation.

   As a bride do you remember all the things you went through to prepare for that day? 

   This is a wonderful prophecy that has two fulfillments. 

1.      When the Jews returned from Babylon to Jerusalem.

2.      When Christ shall return and gather His bride unto Himself.

Revelation 21:1-2 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  

   In this Scripture, God is telling us that there is coming a day when Christ shall come and take His bride to be with Him forever. 

I. AWAKE.  

NOTE: The Church is asleep.

   In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, all were asleep waiting for the coming of the bridegroom. 

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.  

   The Word of God warns us that we should be awake, anticipating the Coming of the Lord. 

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.  

Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.  

II. PUT ON THY STRENGTH. 

NOTE: The strength of the Church is God’s righteousness (holiness). 

Revelation 19:7-8 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  

Luke 1:74-75 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.  

2 Corinthians 7:1 (KJV) Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.  

Hebrews 12:14 (KJV) Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  

2 Peter 3:11 (KJV) Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  

III. SHAKE THYSELF. 

Isaiah 52:2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem:  

NOTE: Throwing dust on oneself was a sign of mourning. 

Job 2:12-13 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.  So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.  

Lamentations 2:10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.  

Ezekiel 27:30 And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes:  

   When Christ shall return all our sorrow will be turn into joy. 

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.  

Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.  

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  

IV. REMOVE THE BANDS. 

Isaiah 52:2b loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

NOTE: The Hebrew text has. The bands of thy neck are unloosened;” i.e. I have caused thy chains to fall from thee thou hast only to rise,” and thou wilt find thyself free. 

   Many Christians think there are only two types of sin: non-acceptable and acceptable. 

   Acceptable sins: 

·         Back Biting

·         Complaining

·         Envy

·         Controlling

·         Holding back from God (worship, service, tithe)

   The Bible teaches us that there are only two types of sin: forgivable and unforgivable. 

   We are no longer enslaved to sin and must get away from all kinds of sin as far as we can. 

Romans 6:11-13 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  

V. THE CHURCH HAS BEEN REDEEMED. 

Isaiah 52:3 For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.  

NOTE: We all had sinned and were bound by sin unable to loose ourselves.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  

Isaiah 64:6 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.

    God redeemed us without money. 

1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  

VI. KNOW THE NAME OF GOD. 

Isaiah 52:6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.  

NOTE: Through experiencing each aspect of God’s Name we will gain great knowledge of Him. 

   The world is facing the wrath of God but His Church has not reason to fear for she will find refuge and safety in His Name. 

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  

Isaiah 26:20-21 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.  For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.  

CONCLUSION: We must wake up and soar like the eagle that uses the air currents to raise him above the storm. 

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 

MARCH 16, 2008 

DUST FREE AND CHAINLESS” 

SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 52:1-15 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 52:2  

    Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.  

INTRO: Jerusalem is in difficult circumstances. 

   When we are in difficult circumstances it is easy to become filled with discouragement. 

   Too often we dwell on the negative and fail to see the potential. 

   This is a case of failing to have faith and trusting God. 

   It all leads to a matter of choice. 

   Do we look to the inabilities of the flesh or do we look to the promises of God?

  God has promised to come for His bride, are we willing to believe His promise?

I. SHAKE THYSELF. 

Isaiah 52:2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem:  

NOTE: Throwing dust on oneself was a sign of mourning. 

Job 2:12-13 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.  So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.  

Lamentations 2:10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

Ezekiel 27:30 And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes:  

   A. THERE MAY BE TIMES OF PAIN AND SORROW BUT WE MUST NOT ALLOW THEM TO ROB US OF OUR JOY. 

Habakkuk 3:17-19 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.  The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.  

   B. GOD CAN TAKE THE PAIN AND SUFFERING OF LIFE AND TURN THEM INTO JOY.

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  

Psalm 30:11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;  

   C. WHEN CHRIST SHALL RETURN ALL OUR SORROW WILL BE TURN INTO JOY.

Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.  

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  

II. REMOVE THE BANDS. 

Isaiah 52:2b loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

NOTE: The Hebrew text has. “The bands of thy neck are unloosened;” i.e. I have caused thy chains to fall from thee thou hast only to “rise,” and thou wilt find thyself free. 

   Many Christians think there are only two types of sin: non-acceptable and acceptable. 

   Acceptable sins: 

·         Back Biting

·         Complaining

·         Envy

·         Controlling

·         Holding back from God (worship, service, tithe)

   The Bible teaches us that there are only two types of sin: forgivable and unforgivable. 

   We are no longer enslaved to sin and must get away from all kinds of sin as far as we can. 

Romans 6:11-13 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  

III. THE CHURCH HAS BEEN REDEEMED. 

Isaiah 52:3 For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.  

NOTE: We all had sinned and were bound by sin unable to loose ourselves. 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  

Isaiah 64:6 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.  

   God redeemed us without money. 

1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  

IV. KNOW THE NAME OF GOD. 

Isaiah 52:6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.  

NOTE: Through experiencing each aspect of God’s Name we will gain great knowledge of Him. 

   The world is facing the wrath of God but His Church has not reason to fear for she will find refuge and safety in His Name. 

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  

Isaiah 26:20-21 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.  For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.  

CONCLUSION: We must wake up and soar like the eagle that uses the air currents to raise him above the storm. 

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  

 

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