Sometimes we can complicate things – both in our lives and in our beliefs. This sermon shows us that having the correct priorities can free us up to pursue the most important things in life.
Jesus tells His disciples that they can have peace because their eternal destiny is being prepared and that they can have life now by knowing God. That’s also for you and me!
In John 10 and the story of Lazarus we see the stages of physical death and spiritual death, the religious beliefs about resurrection and then see that in Jesus there is true resurrection and eternal life.
In John 10 we read the story of Lazarus and see how personal resurrection and life is found in the person of Jesus.
In John chapter 9 we see Jesus again declaring Himself to be the Light of the World. In this chapter we see the progressive revelation that the blind beggar has til he comes to the point of bowing the knee and worshipping Jesus.
Jesus reveals that He is the ‘Bread of Life’. If you want satisfaction in life, then Jesus is the place to go!
When Lazurus came forth out the tomb, he was alive, but was wrapped in death clothes, and Jesus commanded that they be taken off which is a mirror image of somebody putting their life in Christ and still being wrapped up in stuff which Jesus tells us now to remove.
We see that Jesus placed great value on people. But then we examine the Parable in Luke 19:11-27 which shows that we are to invest what God has given us into people that do not yet follow Jesus.
The words of our personal stories (testimonies) and also God’s story (Gospel) have great power when told clearly and succinctly from the heart. This practical message gives us some pointers.
Rod Barnett, the Festival Director for the Lancashire Festival of Hope, uses the calling of Matthew in Matthew 9:9-13 to show that there is a place for everyone at God’s table and that we no longer need to allow our past to dictate our future. Great message!!