Do you long for and end to all the wickedness and corruption of this creation? Do you wrestle with your own flesh and cry out for the day when you will stand in glory, completely free from this body of death? Then Rejoice! For Jesus Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of Jesse, and the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In this first of three sermons from Revelation 5, we explore how Christ is the exclusive Savior of the world by virtue of his atoning work.
Isaiah prophesies here in chapter 61 of how the Anointed Messiah of God will fulfill the Jubilee Year of the Lord as He inaugurates the kingdom of God. The Messiah comes to bring dead souls to life, wrapping them in salvation, and giving them robes of righteousness.
In this final sermon on the book of Romans, Pastor Shawn summarizes the entire book in one sermon, providing both reflections on the significance of the doctrine of salvation as well as practical application of the dominant themes.
The formerly blind beggar is now being questioned by the Pharisees. The Pharisees begin to see Jesus as a criminal and not the Messiah. We see from this passage that Jesus has the authority to heal on the Sabbath, because he is the Son of God. The beggar helps us understand the nature of Christ more through his words to the Pharisees. Jesus is more than just a prophet, but he is never less.
Scripture teaches that the fallen world in which we live is a dark place. We are so accustomed to this spiritual darkness that we can become blind to the light of truth. The darkness into which we are born deprives us of the ability to see and understand reality. The apostle John wrote his gospel to show us that God has invaded the darkness in the person of Jesus in order to bring us the light of life. Jesus is the life giving light of heaven. In this passage from the eighth chapter of John’s gospel we see Jesus taking advantage of ceremonies associated with the Jewish Feast of Booths to reveal to all who would listen that through him they could come out of the darkness of death and have life eternal in the light of God’s glory.
Questions of adultery, hypocrisy, and conspiracy all meet the Lord Jesus Christ outside temple walls. In John 8 the Pharisees are trying to trap Jesus by bringing a woman who has been caught in the act of adultery before Him. The Pharisees give him two options: either he can stone the woman or let her go free. Jesus, in all of wisdom, brings the weight of the Law to reign down on the Pharisees. Then we see a beautiful glimpse of His mercy towards the adulterous woman.
Our modern culture prides itself on knowledge and understanding. We believe we can overcome any obstacle, solve any problem by the right use of our mental faculties and the rigorous application of human knowledge. It’s all too easy to lapse into thinking that the same is true for spiritual matters as well. Many believe we can ascend God’s holy hill by way of right reasoning and right choices. An examination of the people in Jerusalem who attended the Feast of Booths in John 7 demonstrates that this is not the case. The natural man cannot comprehend spiritual reality and as such is completely dependent upon God’s grace to enable an understanding of the gospel.
Two of the verses from this text in Romans 10 have appeared in virtually every biblical gospel tract over the last half century. They describe how saving faith is appropriated in the concert of heart belief and verbal confession. In this sermon, we explore the nature, the expression, and the result of true faith, as well as God’s confirmation of His promise that He abounds in riches for all who call upon Him in faith.
Believers are engaged in the ongoing process of sanctification, progressively becoming more and more like Christ. As we study the nature of Christ in Scripture we see traits that should increasingly characterize our lives. In this brief interlude, John shows us four characteristics of a faithful servant. Seeing how these traits are modeled by Jesus during a difficult season of ministry should serve to help in continue to grow in grace and Christ likeness.
Have you ever thought about abandoning your faith and leaving Christianity? Life brings many challenges to the heart of the believer but none match the words of Christ. When we read what Jesus requires of us in Scripture our hearts should despair for we do not have the means to meet the demand. But there is good news, all that God requires Jesus has satisfied. The words of Jesus are hard, but the word of Jesus are life. In this sermon we see how the apostles come to realize that Jesus was the only source of life as He is the Holy One of God. Their hope, as does ours, rests completely in Him.