Sermon: The Better Exodus with the Better Moses (Part 2) John 6:16-21

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The Better Exodus with the Better Moses (Part 2)

John 6:16-21

Primary Truth Taught: Jesus’ ministry parallels Moses’ ministry proving that He is the Messiah/Prophet who was to come into the world.

Introduction

Deuteronomy 18:15–19 (ESV)

15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.

Jesus has just fed the 5000 with a few loaves and a couple of fish. If you remember from last time that this was proof that Jesus is a better Moses and the Prophet who was to come because Moses prayed and God supplied manna for the people. In John 6, Jesus gives thanks but feeds the five thousand by His own power. Showing His divine nature and power.

These people, for the most part were not believers, they were there because of the miracles Jesus was performing…

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Sermon:The Better Exodus with the Better Moses (Part 1) John 6:1-15

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The Better Exodus with the Better Moses (Part 1)

John 6:1-15

Primary Truth Taught: Jesus’ ministry parallels Moses’ ministry proving that He is the Messiah/Prophet who was to come into the world.

 

Introduction

At the end of Chapter five, if you remember, we saw Jesus bring up Moses. He did so with the idea that the Jews who were accusing Him did not, better yet, could not understand that Moses was actually writing about Him. According to Jesus, then we understand that the writings of Moses and Moses himself have great allusions to our Lord Jesus.

At the end of chapter 5, Jesus complained that his opponents did not understand or believe what Moses had written (John 5:39-47). We then are ushered immediately into a scene that not only takes place at Passover, one of the great events associated with Moses, but into a text that overflows with echoes of the Passover event.[1]

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Sermon: The Three Witnesses John 5:30-47

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The Three Witnesses

John 5:30-47

Primary Truth Taught-The fact that Jesus is the Son of God is made clear as the three witnesses come forward.

Introduction

Our modern day justice system in America is in shambles. From repeat offenders being released to those of the elite getting away with crimes going unpunished to law enforcement often being portrayed as the bad guys. Times are tough when it comes to justice these days.

A well working legal system is built on a functioning courtroom and due process. Due process is the state must respect all legal rights that are owed to a person. Due process balances the power of law of the land and protects the individual person from it.

Today’s text is best understood in a courtroom setting. The Jews were placing Jesus on trial and requiring an account. The charge was being a Sabbath breaker and one guilty of blasphemy. The reality is that He’s not a Sabbath breaker because He is the Son of God. Being the Son of God, He makes the rules concerning the Sabbath not them. He has already told these Jews that He’s not breaking the Sabbath because He is doing the same type of work God the Father is doing on the Sabbath, namely the work of redemption…

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Sermon: Jesus’ Authority to Give Life John 5:18-29

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Jesus’ Authority to Give Life

John 5:18-29

Primary Truth Taught- Jesus has the authority and power to command the dead to rise and then to execute judgment.

Introduction

Twice in this passage Jesus uses the words truly truly I say to you. Then John uses the phrase Do not marvel or literally think this odd, because the things described in these verses will take place. These things are so sure that our Lord gives His stamp of approval even before they take place.

We are told in our text for today that Jesus has the authority to raise the dead. Some when they’re raise will see eternity with God as His people. Others, when they’re raised will be sentenced to eternal judgment.

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Sermon:God’s Stance on Homosexuality (Selected Scriptures)

 God’s Stance on Homosexuality

Selected Scriptures

Primary Truth Taught- The practice of homosexuality was, is and always will be an abomination before God.


Leviticus 18:22 (ESV)

22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

  1. God’s Desire for Sexual Relations is Between Husband and Wife

God is very clear that the proper place for physical intimacy is between one man and one woman who are husband and wife.

1 Corinthians 7:1–5 (ESV)

Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

  1. Intimacy

Sex is a wonderful blessing given to us by the Lord that serves to express intimacy to one another.  Some theologians believe that the sexual union is representative of the intimacy found in the Trinity.  This is not to say that the members of the Godhead, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, have sexual relations.  That is absurd.  But there is an incredible intimacy and communion between them.  The three persons in the Godhead are, after all, one God.  This is why Jesus said that He and the Father were one (John 10:30).  Remember, God says when a man and woman get married, they become one flesh (Gen. 2:24).  This expression of physical union, which has a spiritual aspect to it (“the two become one flesh”) and is why some theologians see the sexual relation as a sacred experience.

  1. Procreation

Also included within the intimacy of the marriage bed comes procreation…

Genesis 1:27–28 (ESV)

27    So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

So God’s purpose for sex within marriage is for intimacy, peace, and procreation. The Apostle Paul would even comment that God’s ordained covenant of marriage between one man and one woman is a picture of Christ and the Church…

Ephesians 5:31–32 (ESV)
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Sermon: Jesus, the Eternal Son of God John 5:8-18

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Jesus, the Eternal Son of God

John 5:8-18

Primary Truth Taught- Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God, equal to the Father in His essence.

Introduction

John’s emphasis on this event doesn’t hone in on the man healed as much as he focuses on Jesus’ glory, power and Person. As with so many passages in the Gospel of John, he highlights who Jesus is. Here, Jesus is shown to be the Son of God.

When we use the title Son of God what we must have in mind is the fact that Jesus, as God’s eternal Son, has all the qualities and traits God the Father has. In other words, Jesus is as much God as the Father is God. He is as much God as the Holy Spirit is God. They are all three equal in essence yet different in person.

Those who were His enemies understood exactly what He meant when He said that God was His Father. This was their conclusion to Jesus’ words and actions…He is making Himself to be equal with God. In their minds this was blasphemy and Jesus deserved to die.

Can you see how this was playing right in to God’s plan? Jesus was sent to die and shed His blood for those He would save. Make no mistake, Jesus’ death sentence was God’s plan all along and the Jews were simply going to eventually carry out God’s plan of redemption, which had to include the death of His Son.

Human Need Met

Our need today that is met by this text is our need to see Jesus in terms of the Divine Son of God. The implications of this are enormous. Too often when we consider Jesus, I’m afraid we can be tempted to think too lowly of Jesus. Many fail to see Him for who He really is.
In Revelation 19:16 Jesus is given the full title “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 17:14switches it: “Lord of lords and King of kings”). The title indicates someone who has the power to exercise absolute dominion over all His realm. In the case of the Lord Jesus, the realm is all of creation. In John’s vision, Jesus is returning to judge the world and establish His earthly kingdom, as He predicted in Mark 13:26[1]

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Sermon: Entering Into God’s Rest John 5:8-9

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Entering Into God’s Rest

John 5:8-9

Primary Truth Taught- It is through Jesus that the Sabbath is realized and God’s rest inaugurated and it is at His return will our rest be consummated.

 

Introduction

Last week we traveled with Jesus to the City of Jerusalem where He did a great miracle in the life of a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. The man had been holding out hope that there was something he could do to heal himself, such as get into the water before anyone else once the water was stirred.
Our Lord walks up to him and asks the man if he would like to be healed? After he answers yes, Jesus simply tells the man to get up, pick up your mat and go.

I mentioned that the Greek word used for get up was the same word used when Jesus performed a resurrection which points to the fact that not only was this man healed physically but he was made alive spiritually as well. He experienced a great resurrection from the dead and walked away to prove it.

You would think the entire city would celebrate the mighty work of God on behalf of this man, however, the exact opposite happened. We should notice how antagonistic people are, who are a part of a works religion when they hear of God’s wonderful grace. We see this in our text for today. Rather than being excited for this poor soul they want to hold him to their works tradition and frown on the fact that he’s carrying his mat on the Sabbath.

There was one part of this healing that turned persecution into a death sentence for Jesus. No longer were the Jews just persecuting Him but now they want to kill Him.

What was it that turned them so against our Lord? It was the fact that He achieved this healing showing great love for this man…on the Sabbath Day.

Because the issue of the Sabbath plays such a large role in Jesus’ ministry that I want to take time today to look at a proper understanding of the Sabbath and then transition to today and the issue of the Christian Sabbath or the Lord’s Day and then finally how we are to conduct our lives in this regard.

Human Need Met

God has placed special days in our schedule to extend even more grace to us. Each week we have the Lord’s Day. Every Sunday the New Testament Church gathers and celebrates the good work Jesus accomplished on the cross and in His resurrection. Now we who believe enter into God’s rest and look forward to its final consummation.

John 5:8–9 (ESV)

Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

Now that day was the Sabbath.

That Day Was the Sabbath

This account is the first real example of the Jewish Leaders persecuting Jesus. Throughout the Gospels, there seem to be two big things that keep getting Jesus into trouble with the Jews. He doesn’t abide by their Sabbath Laws and secondly, He keeps saying and doing things that show He is equal to God the Father. In this story, He does both.

The Christian Sabbath Called the Lord’s Day

On this next point I think we should challenge ourselves and if we’re not begin to hold the Christian Sabbath as a day set apart unlike the other six.

What is the spirit of the Sabbath?

Isaiah 58:13–14 (ESV)

13    “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,

from doing your pleasure on my holy day,

       and call the Sabbath a delight

and the holy day of the Lord honorable;

       if you honor it, not going your own ways,

or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly;

14    then you shall take delight in the Lord,

and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;

       I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,

for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Here we see that the by taking delight in the Sabbath, the Sabbath will help us take delight in the Lord. God has set it in place for our blessing and delight…it’s a day we don’t have to work and a day in which we get to worship God…

So often people have turned it around by looking at all the things they don’t get to do.

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