SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 11/23/20
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JOHN 6:47-48 – MEET ALL YOU NEED

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #13      

 

Jesus Christ is made to me,
All I need , all I need,
He alone is all my plea,
He is all I need.

Wisdom, righteousness and pow'r,
holiness this very hour;
My redemption full and free,
He is all I need.

He redeemed me when He died,
All I need, all I need,
I am with Him crucified,
He is all I need.

He's the treasure of my heart,
All I need, all I need,
He has cleansed and made me whole,
He is all I need.

Jesus is my all in all,

All I need, all I need,
While He keeps, I cannot fall,
He is all I need.

Wisdom, righteousness and pow'r,
holiness this very hour;
My redemption full and free,
He is all I need.

This hymn, written by Charles P. Jones, beautifully sums up the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in John 6:47-48.

 

We are meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, and this week I want you to meet all you need!

WE HAVE THE SOURCE OF AUTHORITY

WE HAVE THE SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION

WE HAVE THE STAPLE OF LIFE

 

BACKGROUND - John 6 contains John's account of the feeding of the 5,000. This miracle is reported in all four Gospels.  It is John, however, who tells us of the little boy that Andrew found. He was the owner of a lunch of five loaves and 2 fishes that Jesus used to work the miracle. We met Jesus as the Insightful Leader.

 

After the miracle, some wanted to make Jesus a king. He dispatched the disciples by boat, dismissed the crowd and went up into a mountain to pray.

 

The disciples got caught in a storm on the lake.  Jesus came to them, walking on the water.  When they received him into the boat, they were immediately on the other side of the lake. We met the Master of Stormy Weather

 

The next day some of the crowd came looking for Jesus. They took boats and found him on the other side of the lake.  When they arrived on the other side of the lake, Jesus gave an insight and a word of advice. John 6:26-27

 

Jesus told them that they were seeking him for the wrong motives and that they needed not to be looking for physical food, but spiritual food that endures unto eternal life.

 

It is in this context that Jesus presents himself as the Bread of Life. John 6:47-48

 

So then, let’s meet All you Need.  

 

WE HAVE THE SOURCE OF AUTHORITY

Verily, verily, I say unto you…

   

The words "Verily, verily" are literally the words "Amen, Amen" in the original language.  I think of Jesus saying, "surely, surely".

Jesus is serious when he uses these words and He is pointing out to his listeners that whatever He is saying is absolute truth. His teaching style was different because He spoke with authority. Matthew 7:28-29

 

Why could Jesus speak with such authority?

Jesus can speak with such authority because of who He is.   

Isaiah 9:6

  • Jesus is wonderful! 
  • Jesus is counselor!
  • Jesus is mighty God! – Colossians 1:16, holy, omniscient, omnipresent, Omnipotent
  • Jesus is everlasting father or "father of eternity".   John 8:58 …Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
  • JESUS IS PRINCE OF PEACE – Romans 5:1, John 14:27

 

WE HAVE THE SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION

…He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

Some have made salvation as complex as the tax code.

Jesus makes it very simple. Believe on Him for salvation.

Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 5:17

If you have not availed yourself of God's simple plan of salvation, I invite you to do so this morning. It will change your life.

 

If you have believed on Christ, may I encourage you that this simple message of salvation that changed your life can change the lives of your friends and loved ones?  Just tell them the simple plan of salvation. Don’t sell short God’s power to save.

 

WE HAVE THE STAPLE OF LIFE

John 6:48 - I am that bread of life.

 

Staples are the basic groceries you need. You know, bread, milk, flour, butter or margarine, salt, pepper, ice cream. J   

 

Probably the most common staple throughout the world is bread.  Jesus tells us in our text that he is "that bread of life."

He's the staple. He's the basic. He's needed.

 

John 3:36, 1 John 5:12 – For eternity

 

John 10:10, John 15:1-7, Psalm 23 – For today

 

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Isaiah 7:14 etc. – WE WANT A BABY!

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS #1

 

The Old Testament Prophets, particularly Isaiah, looked forward with anxious anticipation to the birth of Israel's Messiah. Here are some Old Testament Prophecies which tell us about the baby that they were waiting for.

 

THE BABY WOULD BE BORN TO SPECIAL PARENTS

Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

 

Luke 1:34-35 - Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? [35] And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

 

This Baby would be born of a virgin and fathered by the Holy Spirit. He would be "Emmanuel", God with us.

 

THE BABY WOULD BE BORN IN A SPECIAL PLACE

Micah 5:2 - But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

 

THE BABY WOULD BE BORN A SPECIAL PERSON

Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

THIS BABY WOULD BE BORN FOR A SPECIAL PURPOSE   

Isaiah 53:1-6 - Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? [2] For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. [3] He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. [4] Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [6] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

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LUKE 1:26-38 – BABY IS ON THE WAY

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS #2

 

GOD'S MESSENGER - Vss. 26-27

The messenger, was the Angel Gabriel

 

GOD'S MESSAGE - Vss. 28-33

· Mary was highly favored - Vs. 28

· Mary was not to fear - Vss.29-30

· Mary would give birth to the Messiah - Vss. 31-33

 

GOD'S METHOD - Vss. 34-38

· To cause a virgin birth - Vss. 34-35

· To give a child to a barren woman - Vs. 36

· To do the impossible - Vs. 37

· To bless people of faith - Vs. 38

 

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MATTHEW 1:18-25 – COMPLICATIONS!

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS # 3

 

Sometimes when a person is pregnant, they run into "complications".  Mary also ran into complications, but the complications were caused by the misunderstanding of Joseph, to whom Mary was betrothed.

 

A SURPRISE PREGNANCY - Vs. 18

Joseph was the one that was surprised, not Mary.

 

A SERIOUS PROBLEM - Vs. 19

Joseph loved Mary, and would quietly divorce her, rather than publicly harm her.

 

A SPECIAL PROCLAMATION - Vss. 20-21

Joseph was told that the conception was the work of Holy Ghost, that this child would be named Jesus, because He would save his people.

 

A SURE PROPHECY - Vss. 22-23

This birth would be the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14.

 

A SUBMISSIVE PERFORMANCE - Vss. 24-25

Joseph did as he was told.

 

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LUKE 2:1-14 – BABY IS HERE!

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS #4

 

ADVANCE TO BETHLEHEM - Vss. 1-5

God worked through Caesar Augustus so that Mary was in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Micah 5:2 was fulfilled.

 

ARRIVAL OF JESUS - Vss. 6-7

 

ANNOUNCEMENT BY ANGELS - Vss. 8-14

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LUKE 2:15-20 ETC. – THE JOY THAT BABY BRINGS

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS #5

THE JOY OF PRIVILEGE - The Shepherds - Luke 2:15-20

The shepherds had the privilege of being the first ones to hear the birth announcement and the first ones to see the newborn.

THE JOY OF PROMISE - Simeon and Anna - Luke 2:25-38

Simeon and Anna were both waiting for the promise of the coming Messiah. Simeon was promised that he would not die until he saw Him.

THE JOY OF PRESENTATION - The Wise Men - Matthew 2:11

The Wise Men presented themselves for worship.

The Wise Men presented their gifts.

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Matthew 21:1-9 - I LOVE A PARADE

LIFE OF CHRIST #46

We return to our study of the life of our Lord Jesus Christ for a joyous parade.  He arrived in Bethany for His last visit to Jerusalem.  On an evening before what we call “Palm Sunday” Jesus was at a dinner where Mary of Bethany anointed Him with expensive perfume.  When Judas and other disciples showed displeasure, Jesus defended her and explained that she had done it for his burial.

The parade the next day involved a king and His followers, and is probably the most important parade in all of history.

The King of course is the Lord Jesus Himself. The parade occurred coming into the city of Jerusalem the very week that He was crucified. The day of the parade is called “Palm Sunday” because of the use of palms in the procession.

On Palm Sunday Jesus by his actions is saying to Jerusalem and the Jewish people, “I am your king, chose if you will have me!”  Jesus knew that although there was a great reception for Him on Palm Sunday, that He would be rejected and crucified.

THE PLAN – Vss. 1-3

Vs. 1 – Bethphage and Bethany were cities not far from each other or from Jerusalem.

Here we see our Lord putting into action a plan for the parade into Jerusalem.

This was the time to go “public”.

Israel would have the opportunity to accept or reject Jesus Christ. Of course although there were great crowds, except for the disciples, the reception was not one of true acceptance.  The leadership especially wanted nothing to do with Jesus Christ.

Vss. 2-3 – The plan was indeed quite simple for the two men who were sent.

They were to find an ass or a donkey and her colt. They were to loose them, and bring them to the Lord. If anyone was to question what was being done, they were to answer, “The Lord hath need of them.”  That would dispel the problem.

The most arresting thought that I face when I contemplate these verses is the phrase, “The Lord hath need of them.”

The Lord of the universe, the very son of God found a lowly jackass and her colt to be useful in his plan.

If the Lord can find a use for a jackass and her colt, how much more can the Lord find use for you and I?

Although we are not worthy, the Lord who died for us, the Lord who gives us eternal life when we believe on Him finds us to be useful in His plan.

Matthew 28:19-20 - We are to go to the world, preach the Gospel and teach.

John 13:34-35 - We are to demonstrate love.

Titus 3:8 - We are to do good works.

1 Peter 2:9-10 - God has chosen us to be the priests today that offer sacrifices of praise and intercessory prayer for others.    

Be ready to be used, because like these disciples, the Lord has need of you. YOU ARE PART OF HIS PLAN!

THE PROPHECY – Vss. 4-5

The Lord had the utmost respect for the Word of God.  After all, He was and is God.

The reason there was a parade was because God’s Word said that there would be.

Verses 4-5 tell us that this event is fulfillment of the words of the Old Testament prophet, Zechariah.

Zechariah 9:9 - Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

He is just, or righteous.  He is sinless.

He has salvation. Jesus will come a second time with deliverance or salvation for Israel.

When He came the first time He also had salvation.

He died on the cross to save us from our sins.

He rode on a donkey or an ass. The horse was an animal which symbolized war. The donkey was an animal that symbolized peace. In early times in Israel, the donkey was a symbolic of kingship.

Jesus fulfilled this prophecy, thus saying to Israel, and to us:

“Here is your king. Receive Him!”

 “Here is your salvation. Accept it!”

He has fulfilled the prophecies.

He has purchased your salvation.

Receive Him as your Savior!

Acknowledge Him as the King of your life. Romans 10:9-10  

We as Christians are quick to see Jesus as Savior, but not as quick to see Him as Lord or king.

If Jesus is Savior, He is also Lord!

He was presented as king and king he must be in our lives.

Zechariah said that the King would arrive.

The King did arrive in Jerusalem that day!

Let Him be king in your life.

THE PARTICIPATION – Vss. 6-11   

Jesus would be welcomed into Jerusalem.

Each day you can welcome Jesus as a vital part of your life.

The ingredients of participation now are the same as they were back then.

Vs. 6 – The first step was OBEDIENCE.

The two disciples did as they were told.

They did not argue.

They did not gripe.

They did not complain.

You and I serve a loving king.

When we are called upon to obey, it is not because the king is a tyrant.

It is because the king knows best.

Let us be obedient as these disciples. John 13:13

John 13:13 - Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

Vss. 7-8 – The next step in participation was GIVING.   

The disciples used their clothes for Him to sit on. They provided the saddle.

Then others put their clothes along the way.

Still others placed palms, as if to say, “Welcome!”

But it was all giving.

To make our King feel welcome we should be willing to give:

Give of our time

Give of our services

Give of our resources

Give of our money 2 Corinthians 9:7

2 Corinthians 9:7 - Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

The disciples not only participated with obedience and giving, but also with their PRAISE for their king.

Vss. 9-11 – The disciples began it, and the multitudes picked up the chant. But it was definitely praise.

In a king’s court

In a king’s country

The king is welcomed with pomp and with praise.

Here is the praise of the multitude shouting, “Save now! (Hosanna) which He did!

“Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord! (which He did)

“Hosanna in the highest!”

Although our Lord arranged for the ride, our Lord did not arrange for the outpouring of praise. God made sure that happened!

In fact in Luke 19:39-40 it says, And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. [40] And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

The King was worthy of the praise that He received!

He is especially worthy if you consider His Heavenly glory. Isaiah 6:1-5

Let me ask you a question.

If Jesus is your king, how much praise do you give Him? Hebrews 13:15, Psalm 107:1-2, Psalm 98:1

So there was a parade into Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday.

There were many people present.

THE PLAN

THE PROPHECY – The king has come!

THE PARTICIPANTS

  • They obeyed
  • They gave
  • They praised

Is Jesus your King?

Are you acting like He is your king?

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LUKE 2:1-13 – JESUS CAME!

JESUS CAME IN DAYS OF STRESS – Vss. 1-3

 

JESUS CAME IN FULFILLMENT OF SCRIPTURE – Vss. 4-7

 

JESUS CAME FOR LOWLY SERVANTS – Vss. 8-9

 

JESUS CAME TO BRING A SONG – Vss. 10, 12-13

 

JESUS CAME TO GIVE SALVATION – Vs. 11

 

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SWITCHING PLACES? - JAMES 4:11-17                                                               

LET’S GET PRACTICAL (JAMES) #11

  •  What attempts have been made by created beings to switch places with God or at least be on equal footing? Isaiah 14:12-14, Isaiah 29:16, Genesis 3:1-6, Romans 1:20-23
  •  How do we make that mistake in our daily lives?
  •  In our text, James warns of two of the ways that we try to switch places with God, or to do his job.

BY MAKING PRONOUNCEMENTS THAT BELONG TO GOD – Vss. 11-12

  • Vs. 11 – Biblical examples of speaking against someone:
  1. Miriam and Aaron against Moses – Numbers 12:1-8
  2. The people of Israel spoke against God and Moses – Numbers 21:4-5
  3. A wicked person speaks against his brother – Psalm 50:20
  4. Job’s comforters spoke against him – Job 19:1-3
  5. Unbelievers speak against Christians – 1 Peter 2:12, 3:16

(Adapted from Chuck Swindoll’s New Testament Insights, Insights on James, 1&2 Peter)

  • Some of the ways to “speak evil” against someone:
  1. Being judgmental – Matthew 7:1-4
  2. Gossip – 2 Corinthians 12:20, Ephesians 4:29
  3. Lying – Colossians 3:9
  4. Slander – Matthew 15:18-20
  5. Angry outbursts – Ecclesiastes 7:9
  6. Innuendo
  7. Insults
  • When I speak against someone or judge someone, I am violating the law of God. Matthew 22:35-40, Ephesians 4:15, 1 Peter 4:8
  • When we speak against a brother or judge a brother, we place ourselves above the law, and become judges (interpreters) of the law.
  • When I judge a brother, I am no longer a doer of the law. How so? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
  • Compare Verse 12 with Isaiah 33:22 – What conclusions can we draw?
  • Judgment comes from God. He wrote the law. He is the judge of the law.
  • All have violated God’s law and deserve punishment. Romans 3:9-20
  •  No one is righteous before God, except through faith in the finished work of Christ.  Romans 3:21-26
  • We have no reason to boast.  Romans 3:27-31
  • James sums it up well, “But who are you to judge your neighbor.” 

BY PLANNING WITHOUT GOD – Vss. 13-17

  • Psalm 37:23 (KJV) - The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
  • Proverbs 12:2 (ESV) - A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns.
  • Acts 11:24 (ESV) - for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
  • Psalm 32:8 (ESV) - I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
  • Psalm 23:3 (ESV) - He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
  • Romans 8:14 (ESV) - For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
     
  • Vs. 13 – The person making the statement in this verse is bragging.  What is such a person forgetting or ignoring?  A similar person is referred to by Jesus in Luke 12:13-21. 
  • Vs. 14 – What are some of the “variables” in life that we can do little to plan for?
  • Psalm 39:4 should be a prayer that’s often on our lips. Why?
  • How is life like a vapor?
  • Vs. 15 – Why should our lives be guided by a “Lord willing” attitude?
  • How do we develop a sincere attitude like this?
  • What part does surrender have to do with this? Romans 12:1-2, John 12:24-26
  • Vs. 16 – Why is all boasting evil? How can it be subtle?

 

  • Vs. 17 – Are “sins of omission” as bad as “sins of commission”? Why?
  • As Christians, what sins of omission should we be on guard against?  Luke 10:2, Colossians 4:2,                             Deuteronomy 28:47-48, 1 Peter 3:15, Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 6:9-10

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