SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 29, 2021
March 30, 2021, 3:30 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T13 – FOR WEEK OF 3/29/21

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JOHN 12:12-36 – MEET HIM WHO ALWAYS DOES RIGHT

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #21

When I was student teaching in Camden NJ, we would travel in a carpool. Three of the four of us had cars. Guess who did not!

One day the driver, Bob, got out to mail a letter on the way to school, I was encouraged to climb from the back seat into the driver’s seat and started to drive away. What did Bob do? He hoped on the hood. I stopped. It was over. But the person who was in the car behind us was one of our professors!

Bob got even a week or two later when he and Jim put me in the trunk of his car and I got a ride from one person’s house to my house in the trunk.

All this was innocent enough and done in good fun, but I can’t say it was right. In fact, I’d hate to tell you all the things that I’ve done that were not right, and so would you.

There was only one person who always did the right thing, because and He was and is, God. That was the Lord Jesus Christ.

We have been meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John and last week we saw Jesus in action “When God’s Love Hurts”. He, or course raised Lazarus from the dead.

This week we see Jesus returning to Bethany and the Jerusalem Metropolitan Area just before Passover, where he would do the right things to secure salvation and eternal life for those who trust Him.

Starting with Palm Sunday, we want to see the things that Jesus did that were right in John 12:12-36.

JESUS WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE – John 12:12-19

  • John 12:1-12 – Dinner where Mary anointed Jesus
  • Briefest account of Palm Sunday
  • He was arriving in Jerusalem and presenting himself as the Messiah. Zechariah 9:9
  • He was rejected. Luke 19:38-44

 

JESUS KNEW THE RIGHT PRINCIPLE – John 12:20-26

  • Vss. 20-22 – A precursor of things to come – Gentiles included in Christ’s death.
  • Vs. 23 - Jesus would be glorified in His suffering and death.
  • Vs. 24 – Jesus’ death would be for sins of the world. His subsequent resurrection would result in much fruit or grain. 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • Vs. 25 – This principle is also for us as disciples. Luke 9:23-24, Galatians 2:20
  • Jim Elliot - He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
  • Vs. 26 – To serve Jesus we must sacrifice for Jesus. We must follow Jesus. We will have fellowship with Him now and eventually be with Him.

 

JESUS HAD THE RIGHT PRIORITY – John 12:27-29

  • Jesus’ soul was troubled at what he had to face. There was a temptation to shy way from the unbelievable pain and suffering. Luke 22:42
  • But it did not last long. He understood why He came into the world and wanted to glorify the Father.

 

JESUS FOLLOWED THE RIGHT PROCEDURE – John 12:30-33

  • Jesus would die for the sins of the world and thus defeat Satan’s hold on the world.
  • Genesis 3:15 was fulfilled on the Cross.
  • Satan is a defeated.
  • The draw of the Cross is the draw of forgiveness to all will come to Him. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

 

JESUS MADE THE RIGHT PRESENTATION – John 12:34-36

  • The urgency of Jesus’ appeal has not changed!

2 Corinthians 6:2

 

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JOHN 21:1-19 – BY THE SEA

Life of Christ #60

 

After appearing before various people at the tomb, on the Road and in the (Upper) Room, Jesus now appears to seven men by the sea.  Jesus had instructed his followers to go to Galilee where He would appear to them again.  They had left the business, sorrows and excitement of Jerusalem to return to the home turf where many of these men had been fishermen before they were called to be “fishers of men”.

 

It is here by the sea of Tiberias, or Galilee, according to verses 1-3 that Peter decided to return to something he knew well, fishing.  Other disciples decided to go with Him. 

 

It is here that these men especially Peter, were forced to think. It is here, if we know what’s good for us, we will force ourselves to think, and to ask ourselves some tough questions.

 

1. AM I FLEXIBLE? – Vss. 4-6

 

The disciples would have started fishing at dusk and finished at dawn. Verse 3 tells us that they caught nothing.

 

Perhaps that’s a picture of your Christian life.  You profess to be a follower of Jesus and have tried to do what is right, but time after time you have failed miserably.

 

Vs. 4 – Jesus was present. He is God. He saw the whole thing.  The disciples did not know that it was Jesus. They were close to shore, but did not know that He was there.

 

We labor at trying to live the Christian life, trying to be good, trying to be a good witness and fail.  Jesus sees it all!

 

Vs. 5 – Jesus asks the question, “Do you have any food?” or “Did you Catch anything?” “Did you have a good fishing trip?”

 

The answer was a simple and an honest “No!”

 

We don’t like to admit failure, but when we have failed, it is best to be honest about it!  We’ve failed to be good Christians. We’ve failed to serve well. We’ve failed to be an effective witness.

 

Vs. 6 – Jesus gives instructions, “Cast your nets on the other side of the boat and you will be successful!”

 

The disciples had been fishing on one side of the boat, now Jesus tells them to be flexible.  Try the other side. Do it His way!

 

It had been only two or three weeks before when Jesus had told them in the Upper Room, “for without me ye can do nothing.”

 

When the disciples stopped doing it their way, and started doing it His way, they caught fish. They were successful.

 

So it is with us. When we stop doing things our own way, and follow Jesus’ directions without question, then we will be successful!

 

The Apostle had discovered this truth and explained it this way in Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

 

So think!  “Am I flexible? Am I still doing things in my own strength and in my stubborn will?  Or am I doing things Jesus’ way. Learning from Him, and allowing Him to control what I do?” 

 

AM I FELLOWSHIPPING? Vss. 7-14

 

Read Vss. 7-14

Peter in his usual excitement rushed to Jesus.

The disciples came to land and had a remarkable catch of 153 fish.

They found that Jesus had already started breakfast. He told them to bring some of the fish with them.

The great invitation was “Come and Dine”.

 

Eating together is meant to be an intimate, friendly time.  It is a time to talk. It is a time to get to know someone better.

Jesus invited his disciples to a time of fellowship with Him.

 

A Christian has many privileges, not the least of which is to spend intimate time of fellowship with Him. He is available for us. He invites us to fellowship with Him.

 

We fellowship with Him when we talk to Him and listen for Him to talk back.

We fellowship with Him when we read His Word and listen for Him to speak.

We fellowship with Him when we meditate on His Word. John 15:4-5,7

 

AM I FERVENT? Vss. 15-17

 

By a fire Peter had publicly denied Jesus.

By a fire Jesus, lovingly, but firmly confronts Peter.

 

Jesus had warned Peter of the denial, but Peter had professed that he would never deny Jesus. Matthew 26:33-35

 

Vs. 15 – Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me so fervently that you love me more than these disciples?”    

 

Peter was afraid to answer as boldly as he had in the past. He had failed. He had been forgiven, but he did not trust himself.  So he answered, “Lord you know that I am very fond of you and that I have brotherly love for you.”

 

Vs. 16 – Jesus asks Peter again. “Peter, without comparing yourself to anyone else do you love me fervently?”

 

Peter is again careful. “Lord you know that I am very fond of you and that I have brotherly love for you.”

 

Vs. 17 – There were three denials, there are three questions. “Peter, do you have a brotherly love for me?”  Peter is hurt. But the Lord will hurt us to make us think.

 

Peter again answers, “Lord, you know all things. You know my heart. You know I love you.”

 

We often fail our Lord Jesus Christ after we have made great professions of love and allegiance.  We like Peter need to confess those times of failure as sin. 

 

Then, we might here the Lord saying to us, “Do you love me fervently? Do you love me as a friend?” In our grief we are hesitant to make the grand boasts of allegiance that we had once made.

 

But from deep within we need to be able to say in all honesty, “Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.”

 

So each of us needs to ask the question, “Am I fervent?” Do I love the Lord? After all that is the first and most important commandment of all. Matthew 22:37-38

 

My friend, Jesus Christ died for you. He gave His life for you.  That is why we are to trust Him as our Savior.  If He is your Savior he is worthy of all of your love. Isaiah 53:5-6  

 

AM I FAITHFUL? – Vss. 15-18

 

Jesus had a plan for Peter’s life.

Peter had failed.

Peter had reaffirmed His love for Jesus.

Peter was to “Feed His lambs, and to feed his sheep.”

Peter was called to be a “fisher of men”. Matthew 4:19

 

Peter was called to be a fisherman and a shepherd in the early church.

How did He do?

 

On the Day of Pentecost and on other occasions he spoke messages that literally brought thousands to faith in Christ. He was a fisher of men.

 

Throughout the early days of the church Peter was part of the leadership.  And he wrote two epistles that to this day help to shepherd Christ’s sheep.

   

Vs. 18 – Peter was faithful to death. This verse implies crucifixion.  Peter was a martyr for Christ’s sake.

 

Every Christian has been given jobs to do.

Every Christian is a steward or custodian of gifts and abilities that Christ wants us to use to bless others.

We are required to be faithful. Ephesians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 4:2

 

So, think! Ask yourself, “Am I faithful to what the Lord Jesus has called me to do?” Or you might have to ask an even more basic question “Do I know what Jesus wants me to do?”  If you don’t know, you need to ask Him to show you, and to actively look for the answer!

   

AM I FOLLOWING? – Vs. 19

 

Jesus very plainly gave Peter a formula for success.

Jesus told Peter, “Follow me!”

 

What does it mean to follow Jesus?

Well, quite frankly, you can’t truly follow someone unless you believe in that person.

 

You can not truly follow Jesus until you have trusted Him as your Savior! John 3:36

 

To trust Jesus as Savior is to believe that He died for your sins, and that He is your only hope for Heaven.  It is not trusting my own works, morality, or ability. It is recognizing my total sinful helplessness and trusting that Jesus’ work on the cross is sufficient to save me.    

 

You cannot truly follow Jesus unless you trust Him as your Savior.

 

The next step to follow Jesus, is to surrender my own life to live the life that He wants me to live.  It is dying to self to live in pursuit of obedience to one Lord and Master.

 

Someone has well said, “If Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all!” Luke 9:23-24

 

Now, think!

Is Jesus Lord of your life?  Are you following Him or living independently of Him?   

 

With all that is going on Easter Sunday, it is hard to think.  But think you must do because your whole life depends on it!

 

AM I FLEXIBLE?

AM I FELLOWSHIPPING

AM I FERVENT?

AM I FAITHFUL?

AM I FOLLOWING?

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MATTHEW 28 – IT HAPPENED ON EASTER

 

SUPERNATURAL ACTIVITIES - Vss. 1-4

The earthquake - Vs. 2

The angel who rolled back the stone - Vss. 2-3

The frightened soldiers - Vs. 4

 

STARTLING ANNOUNCEMENT - Vss. 5-8

Jesus was not there! He arose from the dead! Vs. 6

They were to examine his empty grave. Vs. 6

They were to tell the disciples that Jesus would appear to them in Galilee. Vs. 7

 

SUPERB APPEARANCE - Vss. 9-10

The risen Jesus appeared to the women.

 

SUSPICIOUS ANSWER - Vss. 11-15

When word got around of the empty tomb and the resurrection, the religious leaders needed an excuse to deny the resurrection.  They bribed the guards.

 

SPECIFIC AGENDA - Vss. 16-20

The disciples were to fulfill the Great Commission

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LUKE 24:13-32 – THREE FOR EMMAUS

 

A COMPASSIONATE QUESTION - Vss. 13-17

Jesus wanted to know why the two on the road to Emmaus were sad.

He cared about His followers. He still does.

 

A CONFUSED ADMISSION - Vss. 18-24

The two had thought that Jesus was the one who would redeem Israel. Now He was dead. They did not understand true redemption that Jesus secured on the cross.

They were also confused about the reports of an open sepulchre and the appearance of angels.

 

A COMPLETE EXPLANATION - Vss. 25-27

Jesus explained the events of his suffering and resurrection according to the Old Testament Scriptures.

 

A CLEAR REVELATION - Vss. 28-32

Jesus made it clear that He had indeed risen from the dead.

 

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JOHN 20:11-18 ETC. – DON’T WEEP!

 

  • People weep on major holidays, as did Mary. John 20:11-13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • We know why Mary was weeping. Why are you weeping?
  • John 11:14-15 - Jesus appears to Mary, although Mary at first does not realize it.   Jesus asked her “Woman, why are you weeping?”  Notice that Jesus cares when he asks that question.  However, I believe that he is also telling Mary that there is no longer a need to weep.
  • My friend, Jesus cares about what is causing you sorrow and He wants you to tell him when you have sorrows.  He cares enough to listen. Hebrews 4:15-16
  • It is interesting that Jesus turned her weeping into joy with just one word. He spoke her name. Vs. 16
  • This Easter morning, the Lord Jesus wants your sorrow to be turned to joy.  It does not mean that your problems will go away.  But it does mean that we can rejoice despite our circumstances.   
  • So, if you are a born-again Christian, if you have trusted Christ as your Savior don’t weep!

 

DON’T WEEP! HE IS RISEN!

 

1 Corinthians 15:20, John 11:25-26, Romans 8:14, John 14:19

 

DON’T WEEP! WE ARE REDEEMED!

   

Ephesians 2:1-3, 1 Peter 1:18-19, John 1:29, Romans 5:9

 

DON’T WEEP! WE ARE REGENERATED!

 

John 3:3, John 3:5-8, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 5:17

 

DON’T WEEP! HE IS RESIDING!

   

John 14:16-18, Romans 8:16, Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 8:26-27, John 15:4-5

 

DON’T WEEP! HE WILL RETURN!

 

John 14:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Titus 2:11-13,

 

DON’T WEEP! HE REIGNS!

  

Revelation 1:18, Revelation 22:13, Isaiah 52:7

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1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-10 – RESURRECTION FOR EVERYONE

 

On Easter Sunday we remember the resurrection of Christ from the dead. Just

as the death of Jesus Christ was for everyone, so is the resurrection. In 1

Corinthians 15:1-11 we have a list of witnesses to the resurrection. I find it

striking that the resurrection of Christ was for each witness. It met a

need, having a purpose for the witness. Perhaps as we study these particular

people this morning you see yourself as having the same need as one of these

witnesses.

 

Introduction - Vss. 1-4 (Stress the Gospel message of verses 3-4.)

 

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST WAS FOR:

 

THE DENIER - Vs. 5 – Peter, who was so adamant about his loyalty, denied

Christ three times. Matthew 26:70-74, Luke 23:54-62. When Jesus arose from the

dead, he appeared to Peter in Luke 24:52, and gave Peter special attention

in John 21. Peter, the denier, needed to know that he was forgiven and still

useful in ministry for Christ.

 

THE DESERTER - Vs. 5 - The Apostles are called "the twelve" even though

there were now eleven. They had run when Jesus was in His darkest hour. Jesus

appeared to them with a message of peace and commission. See John 20:19-23.

 

THE COMMON MAN - Vs. 6 - Here was a group of believers who hadn't

necessarily denied Christ. They were not necessarily distinguished people.

They were probably an average cross-section of people, and yet Jesus

appeared to them. This reminds me that one does not have to be special to go

to Heaven, become saved, and feel the touch of the resurrection.

 

THE UNBELIEVER - Vs. 7 - This James was half-brother to Jesus. John 7:5

tells us that His brethren didn't believe on Jesus. James was touched by the

appearance of his brother. He became a believer.

 

THE MESSENGER - Vs. 7 - Here they are referred to as the apostles. They saw

Jesus more than once. As apostles, they were sent as messengers with the

Gospel. The Lord commissioned them to go out in Matthew 28:18-20. Because

they had seen the risen Lord they were effective messengers for Him. A true

witness for Christ must see Him as risen, or he has no message.

 

THE PERSECUTOR - Vss. 8-11 - Not only did Paul not believe in Jesus, but he

persecuted Jesus' followers. See Acts 8:1 and 9:1-2. The risen Jesus

appeared to Paul on the Damascus road (Acts 9).

 

Even those who persecute Jesus and His followers can be saved!

 

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WHAT THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU

 

If you’ve been to a store lately, you know that we have commercialized Easter as much as we have commercialized Christmas. And just as Santa Claus is the world’s symbol of Christmas, the Easter Bunny is the world’s symbol for Easter.

 

I will concede that’s that it’s fun to receive and eat chocolate Easter Bunnies and Eggs, candy chicks and jelly beans. And I’ll concede that the Easter Bunny is a likeable enough character. But I can’t figure out what positive message the Easter Bunny has. In fact my problem with the Easter Bunny is not in what he says, but what he doesn’t say. He doesn’t give a true picture of the real meaning of Easter.

 

I want to share with you four things that the bunny won’t tell you about Easter that you need to know. If you don’t know these four things about Easter, you will not have a full understanding of Easter and that could be permanently fatal.

 

THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU THE PRICE OF EASTER

 

If there is any discernable message from the bunny, it is that we should buy. We should buy the chocolate rabbits and eggs. We should buy the stuffed toys and Easter baskets. We should buy flowers and other gifts.

 

What the bunny doesn’t tell you is that the price has already been paid for you to enjoy Easter.

 

Let me back up for a moment and explain that each and every person who ever lived was born as a sinner. Psalm 51:5

If a person lives just a short time he or she becomes a sinner in practice. Romans 3:23

 

Sin is anything that displeases God.

Murder displeases God.

Stealing at any level, big or small, displeases God.

Lying displeases God.

Adultery displeases God.

Impure thoughts displease God.

Unforgiveness displeases God.

Unjustified anger displeases God.

Disobedience to parents displeases God.

And many other things displease God as well.

 

When we sin, we become debtors to God. When we sin, we owe God! How so? God is a righteous, holy God. God has decreed that someone has to pay for our sins.

 

The logical conclusion is that we are the ones who should pay for our own sins. Ezekiel 18:4

 

We owe God because of our sins. We deserve punishment.

But God in His love had another plan. He sent someone to earth who had never sinned to take our place and to pay our debts. That someone is God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:6-9, John 3:16

 

THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU THE POWER OF EASTER

 

The bunny will tell you of the power of fantasy. You can find all sorts of animation and stories that have absolutely nothing to do with the true meaning of Easter.

 

Easter is a day when the power of God is demonstrated!

1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Mark 16:1-7

 

The tomb is empty.

Jesus is not there!

He is risen!

 

And for 40 days after the resurrection Jesus appeared to the disciples, proving to them that He was indeed alive from the dead. Luke 24:36-43

 

There have been those who have been risen from the dead.

Jesus himself brought at least three people back from the dead.

Everyone else but Jesus died again. Jesus is still alive!

Revelation 1:18

 

THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU THE PROMISE OF EASTER

 

The promise of Easter is simply this: JESUS IS THE FIRST TO BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD, BUT NOT THE LAST.

Through Him, everyone will be raised from the dead.

Those that have placed his faith and trust in Him will be raised to spend eternity in Heaven with Him.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

 

THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU THE PRIORITY OF EASTER

 

Jesus has already paid for your sins. Romans 6:10

 

There are people who think that forgiveness of sin comes from their own self effort, from their own good works.

They think if they do enough good stuff, God will accept them into Heaven.

 

There’s a problem with that theory. It’s not what the Bible teaches. John 14:16, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

The priority of Easter is that you accept the gift that Jesus has already paid for on the cross. The priority is that you believe on Jesus Christ as your Savior.

 

1 John 5:11-12 - And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

 

THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU:

THE PRICE OF EASTER

THE POWER OF EASTER

THE PROMISE OF EASTER

THE PRIORITY OF EASTER

 

The bunny won’t tell you these things, but I just did.

If you haven’t already, will you trust the Lord Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life?

 

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