SERMON SEEDS
May 29, 2017, 8:12 PM

SERMON SEEDS P19 FOR WEEK OF 5/29/17

SERMON SEEDS

P19 – THE WEEK OF MAY 29, 2017

 

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JOHN 8:58-59 – TWO WORDS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Jesus: In His Own Words – #1

 

Here some titles of articles or books that I found on the internet:

·      “Jimmy Breslin: In His Own Words”

·      “In His Own Words by Nelson Mandela”

·      “Roger Ailes – In His Own Words”

·      “Little Richard – In His Own Words”

·      “In His Own Words – Why Bob Dylan Paints”

·      “The 44th President: In His Own Words (Barack Obama)”

·      “Donald Trump: In His Own Words”

·      “Neil Gorsuch: Supreme Court nominee in his own words

·      “Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words’ on HBO - The New York Times

These are just a few of the article or book titles that I could quote in which the phrase “in his own words” appears.

We seem to place value on what people say about themselves.

You and I will vary on whose words we think are important when they talk about themselves. As Christians we should agree, however, that when Jesus talks about Himself, it’s of the utmost importance. So, when Jesus keeps describing Himself with the words, “I am”, in the Gospel of John, we should pay attention.

I think it will be helpful if we let Jesus talk about Jesus for the next few weeks as we study the “I Ams” in the Gospel of John. The Title of the series is, “Jesus: In His Own Words”.

Let us begin with two words, which, if you truly believe them, will change your life!  The words are, “I Am!”.

AS “I AM”, JESUS IS GOD!

Vss. 57-58 - He is claiming deity! 

John 8:24 – (“he” not in original) – Unless a person believes in Christ as God, he cannot be saved.

Vs. 59 shows that his listeners understood what He was saying. They were ready to stone Him for blasphemy! How wrong they were! John 1:1

“I Am” is a title God gave Himself in Exodus 3:13-14

Belief that Jesus is God is essential for salvation. 1 John 3:14-15

AS “I AM”, JESUS IS ETERNAL

You have a beginning. He does not.

Each soul is eternal. - Eternal death or eternal life – that eternality entirely dependent on Him. Just as a baby is entirely dependent, so are we. John 1:1-2

Revelation 22:12-13 – He is alive and will keep His promises!

AS “I AM”, JESUS IS SELF-EXISTENT

John 1:4

As God Jesus is self-existent, needing no one to give Him life.

You are not self-existent. Daddy and Mommy brought you into the world.

To save His creation from their sins, He became existent as man, although he still was God. John 1:14

AS “I AM”, JESUS IS SELF-SUFFICIENT

Psalm 50:10-13 - God does not need you! God does not need me!

You and I are not self-sufficient. We need God to make us through our parents.

We need God to keep us alive.

We need God to provide all our needs.

 “Give us this day our daily bread” – Philippians 4:19

We are not self-sufficient for salvation.  Our works cannot save us. Isaiah 64:6, 1 Peter 2:22-24, Ephesians 2:8-9

AS GOD, HE IS PRESENT

Psalm 139:7-10, Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5-6

Wherever you go, whatever you do, however you enjoy or suffer, Jesus is with you!

AS “I AM”, JESUS IS AUTHORITATIVE

Philippians 2:9-11, Revelation 5:12,

At different times, different people have had authority in your life.

Now, Jesus Christ is to be that authority. Romans 10:9-10

AS “I AM”, JESUS IS LIFE

Eternal life – John 14:6, John 3:16 - Abundant Life – John 10:10

Two words to impact your life – “I AM”

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LEVITICUS 1:1-9 – A PICUTRE OF JESUS

Not all pictures are photographs.  There is such a thing as word pictures. 

The Bible is loaded with pictures.

Our Lord referred to himself as “the light of the world”, “the true vine”, “the bread of life”, and “the good shepherd”. He also taught using word pictures. He spoke of the Good Samaritan, The Sower and The Soils, having faith the size of a mustard seed, faith that could move a mountain, and many other word pictures.

 

The Old Testament is also full of word pictures, many of them of the Lord Jesus Himself.  In Leviticus 1, I see a picture of Jesus found in what was known as the burnt offering. 

 

The burnt offering is one of four animal sacrifices mentioned in Leviticus.  There is also the peace offering, guilt offering and sin offering.  They are all pictures of Christ.

 

Let us look at this burnt offering and see how it pictures what Christ has done for us. 

 

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS A COSTLY OFFERING

 

Vs. 2 – The offering that a person brought was to come from the domesticated animals.  Either a person had to give up something of value that was in his possession, or he had to purchase a domesticated animal from a farmer or shepherd.  The burnt offering could be cattle, sheep, goat, turtledove, or young pigeon, as described in the rest of Leviticus 1.

 

When God chose the ultimate offering for sin, He chose Himself.  He is the triune God. Each member of the Trinity is God.  It was God, the Son, who left Heaven to be that sacrifice.  It was a costly offering that Jesus gave.

 

·      It cost Jesus the limitation of His powers as He came to earth.

·      It cost Jesus to take on a human body instead of being totally a spirit being.

·      It cost Jesus to be born into a lower-class family, the Son of the village carpenter’s wife.

·      It cost Jesus to put up with the sins of His disciples as He trained them.

·      It cost Jesus when he suffered the humiliation of a mock trial, insults, slaps, beatings, and a crown of thorns.

·      It cost Jesus when He gave His very life for your sins and mine on the cross.

 

Philippians 2:5-8

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS A PERFECT OFFERING

 

Vs. 3 - If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish:

   

The offering from the herd was to be "without blemish".

It was not to have any known defects.

It was to be perfect.

 

God was not to have second best for an offering for sins.

There are well meaning people today who think that their good deeds and/or their good moral behavior can pay for the fact that they are not perfect.

As payment for sin, God expects a perfect sacrifice.

Not one of us is perfect. Not one of us is sinless. Not one of us can do enough good to atone for our sins. Isaiah 64:6

 

Jesus was sinless, and therefore, the perfect offering for our sins. Jesus had no sins of His own, and could therefore atone for ours. 1 Peter 1:18-19

 

Giving of silver and gold could not redeem us, pay the price for our sins, only the blood of the sinless Christ could. 2 Corinthians 5:21  

 

To enter Heaven, we must be righteous in God’s eyes.

Jesus, who knew no sin, died for us.

Now, when we place our faith in the Lord Jesus, we are made the righteousness of God.  God sees us as righteous. Romans 5:1

 

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS A VOLUNTARY OFFERING

 

Vs. 3…he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.

 

The person making the offering did it voluntarily.

There are things we do voluntarily.

There are things we don’t do voluntarily. We must do them.

 

Jesus willingly and voluntarily gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins. John 10:17-18

Jesus didn’t die because men tried to kill Him.

Jesus died because He let men kill them.   

 

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS AN ASSOICIATED OFFERING

 

Vs. 4 - The one bringing the offering associated with the sacrifice by putting his hand on the offering. His sins were being associated with the innocent sacrifice. 

 

Jesus went to the cross in our place.

We associate with Jesus when we place our faith in His shed blood.

Just as the one bringing the offering realized that the animal was taking his place by paying for sin, we must realize by faith that Christ has taken our place. 1 Peter 3:18

 

The righteous Jesus suffered for unrighteous us!

But the death of Jesus for you does not count unless you put your hand on the sacrifice by saying something like this, “It was for my sins He died. He took my place. I trust Him as my Savior.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Leviticus 1:5 - And he shall kill the bullock before the Lord:

 

In most cases it was the person who brought the sacrifice that killed the animal.  This reminds me that it is my sins that nailed Jesus to the cross.

 

It wasn’t just the Jewish leaders,

It wasn’t just the Jewish Mob,

It wasn’t just Pilate,

It wasn’t just the Roman soldiers,

IT WAS ME! IT WAS MY SINS THAT NAILED JESUS TO THE CROSS! IT WAS YOU!  IT WAS YOUR SINS THAT NAILED JESUS TO THE CROSS! 

 

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS A SACRIFICIAL OFFERING 

 

Vss. 5-8 - The innocent animal sacrificed his life. The innocent Son of God sacrificed His life so that we might have eternal life. Hebrews 10:14, Romans 5:6-8

 

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS A COMPLETE OFFERING 

 

Vs. 9 – Everything was offered except the hide.

             It was complete.

Jesus gave His all completely that we might have life.

Nothing was held back.

All was sacrificed.

This is a challenge for us.

If the very Son of God gave His life for me, should I not give my whole life for Him? Should not my life be that living sacrifice that Romans 12:1 talks about?

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

 

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS AN ACCEPTABLE OFFERING

 

Leviticus 1:9 - But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

 

Sweet savour means ‘fragrant aroma’.

God was pleased with the offering that the Israelites made when it was done with the right heart attitude.

God was pleased with the offering that Jesus made for our sins.

God accepted Jesus’ offering for us.

He was pleased with what Jesus had done.

 

Ephesians 5:2 - And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

 

If God was pleased with Jesus’ offering for sin, we have no right to come to God any other way but through faith in His finished work on the cross.

 

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JUDGES 13 – SAMSON AND ME

 

We can relate to many of the Bible Characters. We have all been impetuous like Peter and disturbed like Martha.  We've all fallen into sin like David and seen the Lord deliver us from trouble like Daniel.

Other Bible characters are not as easy for us to relate to.  One such character is Samson. We may not think that we have much in common with him, but we do.

 

SAMSON WAS SPECIAL - I AM SPECIAL Vss. 1-5

Samson had a special birth. - Vss. 1-3 As a Christian, so did I. - John 3:1-16

Samson was a special person - Vs. 5 - As a Christian, so am I. - Ephesians 1:3-6

Samson lived a special life - Vss. 4-5 - As a Christian, so should I - Titus 2:11-13

 

SAMSON WAS SELECTED TO SERVE GOD - I HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO SERVE GOD Vs. 5

He was selected to deliver Israel.

I am selected to be a faithful servant to my Lord Jesus Christ and to be his ambassador. John 15:16, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

 

SAMSON WAS SEPARATED - I AM SEPARATED Vss. 4-5, 13-14

Please note that there are two types of separation. The first kind is positional. That comes with birth. The other kind is practical. That is lived out on a daily basis. Samson was born separated, and did practice some forms of separation (long hair of a Nazarite).  However, his biggest problem was a lack of separation from foreign women.

 

As Christians, we have been separated unto God. - 1 Peter 2:9

As Christians, we are to live a separated life. - 1 Peter 1:15-16

 

SAMSON WAS SPIRIT MOVED - I SHOULD BE SPIRIT FILLED - Vss. 24-25

See Acts 1:8, Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:22-23

 

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PSALM 2 – THE WAY IT IS

 

THE VANITY OF THE HEATHEN – Vss. 1-3

 

THE VEXATION FROM GOD – Vss. 4-5

 

THE VICTORY OF THE SON – Vss. 6-9

 

THE VOICE OF WISE COUNCIL – Vss. 10-12

 

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ACTS 18:24-28 – DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

 

The expression "Diamond in the rough" refers to a person who has much potential, but it has not yet been developed. Some folks with great potential never develop, while others do. Apollos was one who did.

 

POTENTIAL GREATNESS - Vss. 24-26A

Apollos was preaching effectively. He had the potential to be greatly used. The trouble was that Apollos didn't know the whole story. He only knew about the Baptism of John, which was a Baptism of repentance. He didn't to know the full story about the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

PERFECTED UNDERSTANDING - Vs. 26

Acquila and Priscilla took Apollos aside and trained him in the things of God.

This is what we need to do for those who have undeveloped potential. We are to train them!

 

POWERFUL MINISTRY - Vss. 27-28

Apollos went on to be a great preacher for the Lord.

 

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ROMANS 1:14-17 – RESOLVED!

The Apostle Paul was resolved to win souls to Christ.  We should have the same attitude he had when he said:

 

I AM DEBTOR! Romans 1:14

 

I AM READY! Romans 1:15

 

I AM NOT ASHAMED! Romans 1:15-16

 

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HEBREWS1:4-2:4 – THE SUPERIOR SON

 

CONCERNING THE SON

His Name - 1:4-5, Psalm 2:7, 2 Samuel 7:14

His Position – Hebrews 1:6

His Righteous Reign 1:8-9, Psalm 45:6-7

His Joy – Hebrews 1:9

His Creative Acts – Hebrews 1:10, Psalm 102:25-27

His Permanence – Hebrews 1:11-12

 

CONCERNING HIS SERVANTS (THE ANGELS)

Their Song (worship) Hebrews 1:6, Psalm 97:7

Their Service

 To Christ – Hebrews 1:7

 For Saints – Hebrews 1:14

Their Subordination – Hebrews 1:13, Psalm 110:1

 

CONCERNING SAINTS AND SINNERS

Conduct – Hebrews 2:1 - Saints and Sinners alike are to "take heed".

Caution – Hebrews 2:2-3 - Saints and Sinners alike are not to "neglect so great salvation".

Confirmation – Hebrews 2:3-4 - The message to Saints and Sinners was confirmed by signs, wonders, and miracles.

  

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