Loving Jesus Better, Part 5

Pastor Jay continues his summer meandering with this weeks sermon “Loving Jesus Better, Part 5” from Revelation 5:1-14.

Revelation 5:1-14 (ESV)

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

We love Christ better when we see the paradoxes of his rank.

  • The Paradox of his incarnation.
  • The Paradox of his birth.
  • The Paradox of his baptism.
  • The Paradox of his transfiguration.
  • The Paradox of his cross.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Who do you think Jesus is?
  • Who does the Bible say Jesus is?
  • Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
  • Why is Jesus worthy of worship according to Revelation 5:11-12?

Loving Jesus Better, Part 4

Pastor Jay continues his summer meandering with this weeks sermon “Loving Jesus Better, Part 4” from Luke 15:4, John 10:1-21.

Luke 15:4, John 10:1-21 (ESV)

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

We want to see Christ as our good shepherd.

  • He is the rightful shepherd.
  • He is the familiar shepherd.
  • He is the trustworthy shepherd.
  • He is the abundant-life-giving shepherd.
  • He is the fearless, sacrificial shepherd.
  • He is the seeking shepherd.
  • He is the powerful shepherd.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • How does a shepherd take care of his sheep?
  • Why does Jesus call Himself the Good Shepherd?
  • What is a hired hand?
  • What are some differences between Jesus and the hired hard?

Loving Jesus Better, Part 3

Pastor Jay continues his summer meandering with this weeks sermon “Loving Jesus Better, Part 3” from Luke 7:36-50.

Luke 7:36-50 (ESV)

One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

We want to see Christ, our forgiver.

  • What we’ve learned:
    • The more we feel like we can stand in judgement of Christ, the more impossible it is to love Him.
    • The less we see our need for Jesus, the less we love Him.
    • The greater and more desperate our plight, the greater will our love be.
    • His debt was as unpayable as the women’s.
    • Love has a quality of abandonment and extravagance.
    • If we are believers, and our love for Christ does not drive us to self-forgetfulness then we may have an issue.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What did she do as she stood behind him?
  • What did the woman do to the feet of Jesus?
  • What did Jesus do for the woman?
  • How do you feel when someone won’t forgive you?

Loving Jesus Better, Part 2

Pastor Jay continues his summer meandering with this weeks sermon “Loving Jesus Better, Part 2” from Luke 8:40-56.

Luke 8:40-56 (ESV)

Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What was wrong with the woman who touched Jesus?
  • Why did she touch him? What happened then?
  • What do you learn about Jesus from this story?
  • What was wrong with the little girl?
  • What did Jesus mean when he said he said she was only sleeping?
  • What do you love about Jesus in this story?

Blind Love

Pastor Jay continues his summer meandering with this weeks sermon “Blind Love” from 1 Peter 1:8.

1 Peter 1:8 (ESV)

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.

We want to love Him better.

  • We want to love Him better though we do not see him.
  • We love Him better when we trust him.
  • We love Him better when our joy in him grows.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What does wind look like?
  • How can we know something is there without actually seeing it?
  • How can we love and trust God with our lives even though we can’t see him?
  • What is one way you can get to know God better this week?