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Jesus isall things and the way to all things - Jesus the Way

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All Things Jesus

Do you ever wonder why God allows things to happen?
Ever want to know why you feel despair even when you are a Christian?
Do you suffer problems; wonder about God’s direction?
Life in this world is hard, it is confusing, it is challenging and it is demanding. Having these feelings or questions is not out of the ordinary, having faith does not mean you don’t have questions, don’t suffer, don’t feel.
Even the Prophets of old felt like this.
Job 14:1–2 NASB95
1 “Man, who is born of woman, Is short-lived and full of turmoil. 2 “Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.
Full of turmoil, withers away, does not remain. - that does not sound good does it? We have a better way today, a better hope, that is in Jesus Christ who said.
John 14:6 NASB95
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
He is the way! All things Jesus is going to be a fun series and I hope you enjoy it.
We need to remember
Colossians 1:13 NASB95
13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
Colossians 1:14–15 NASB95
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
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Colossians 1:16 NASB95
16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
So when I say “all things Jesus” God means it, His Word says it and this series will show us over and over again how Jesus is all things and He is THE WAY!

Way to Better Life

Jesus has stated His purpose for coming to this earth.
Luke 19:10 NASB95
10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Seek and save the lost
John 10:10 NASB95
10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Have life, abundantly
He even said He fulfilled prophesy
Luke 4:21 NASB95
21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Lk4:
And in case you were wondering what scripture let me tell you.
Luke 4:18–19 NASB95
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed, 19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
LK4:
This abundant life, full life, does not mean a “health, wealth and prosperity” life. It does mean, through Jesus and our redemption we have a loving Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:31–33 NASB95
31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
He knows our needs and meets our needs.
Philippians 4:19 NASB95
19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Supplies by His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
This better, abundant, full life, where He meets our needs is for the one who is fully committed to Him.
Mark 10:29–30 NASB95
29 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.
He was fully committed to you when He went to the Cross and wants you to be fully committed to Him. So consider today how committed are you to Him? Does you life, your words, your actions show, speak of your commitment to Him?
Even in the hard times, we can learn how to be content
Philippians 4:11–12 NASB95
11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
Philippians 4:13 NASB95
13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
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Just prior to AD70 Christians were undergoing severe persecution, suffering and Peter put it like this.
1 Peter 1:6–7 NASB95
6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1 Peter 1:6–7 NASB95
6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1 Peter 1:6–8 NASB95
6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
1 Peter 1:8 NASB95
8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
1 Peter 1:8 NASB95
8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
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rejoicing in suffering, in trials, in testing by fire, we can do that when we know Jesus is the WAY to God

Way to God

Better life, abundant life
Many come to say they are Christians and there are many ways to God, but Jesus says He is the way.
John 14:6 NASB95
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Luke expounds on it
Acts 4:12 NASB95
12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
The goal is God! Jesus is the way to God, He is the way of reconciliation to the Father who we were separated because of our sin.
Isaiah 59:2 NASB95
2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
Jesus came to reconcile man back to God the Father, we cannot lose that fact. Paul told us about it
2 Corinthians 5:18–20 NASB95
18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
2OCr5:18-20
The word that was committed to the Apostles and Prophets was given to us as we hold it in our hands now, to bring reconciliation!
Jesus the way, Mark Copeland put it this way.
“One does not truly experience what it means to have eternal life without having an intimate relationship with the Father, as well as with the Son.” That is exactly what we have in Jesus when we accept His offer of Grace. John shares some of Jesus prayer to the Father in Jn17,
John 17:1–2 NASB95
1 Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, 2 even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.
John 17:3 NASB95
3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
John 17:4–5 NASB95
4 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
What is eternal life? It is knowing the Father the only true God (v.3) and Jesus.
The way to a better, fuller, abundant life, the way to forgiveness of sins and reconciliation to the Father is through the Son.
We are not to be confused by religions, for God is not the God of confusion
1 Corinthians 14:33 NASB95
33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
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Way out of Confusion

Many people have been confused by all the different man made religions who claim they are the “true church: there are different doctrines, conflicting doctrines, but God is not about confusion. we are to be united, unified, have all things in common. Jesus even warned about these issues.
Matthew 12:25 NASB95
25 And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.
Jesus in His prayer in Jn17 that I mentioned earlier had this to say too.
John 17:20–21 NASB95
20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
John 17:22–23 NASB95
22 “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
Jesus promised to build HIS CHURCH not churches
Matthew 16:18 NASB95
18 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
But I can’t do that scripture alone, you must see it in context
Matthew 16:16–17 NASB95
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
It is on the words of Peter that Christ is the Son of the living God that is what the church MY church was to be built on and the gates of hell will not overpower it.
Remember Satan came to kill steal and destroy, Jesus came to build His church and the church prevailed.
Acts 2:47 NASB95
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Acts 2:27 NASB95
27 Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, Nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
In His church, the church Jesus built, that Peter proclaimed, that Luke stated and Paul expounds on that we have unity in.
Ephesians 4:4–6 NASB95
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
We have the solution to religious confusion when we point to Jesus as the way to the Father. For only through the Son and the Father do we have the way to eternal life.

Way to Eternal Life

No one makes it out of this life alive, unless Jesus comes back and calls us home before that day. Death is inevitable and judgment to follow.
Hebrews 9:27 NASB95
27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,
Hebrews 9:27–28 NASB95
27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
For those who are in Chris Jesus there is no condemnation
Romans 8:1 NASB95
1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
there is eternal life, to those not in Christ Jesus there is everlasting punishment
Mt25:46
Matthew 25:46 NASB95
46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Looking back at the words of John, and the comfort given to him and we can find comfort in it too.
Revelation 14:13 NASB95
13 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”
So what is to come? To continue to show you Jesus is the Way! and He is the sum of all thing.
To the Christian in this series that you will be encouraged and will want to serve the Lord with zeal
To those who have not made that decision yet that you may come to know Jesus is the way to eternal life, and to a full, abundant life now and eternally.
Conclusion
In Conclusion
what does Jesus expect of those who call Him “Lord?” - according to Lk6:46 not all who call Him Lord will be His; it is those who keep His commands (Jn14:15)
Luke 6:46 NASB95
46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
To whom does Jesus promise the necessities of life? - those who seek Him first (Mt6:33)
How do we have redemption? - through the blood of Jesus (Eph1:7)
what is to be preached to all nations? - Repentance for remission of sins (Lk24:47)
Whom did the Lord add to His Church? -The ones who are baptized (Mk16:16) and that is those being saved (Act2:47)
How many baptisms does God now recognize? - One as noted in Eph4:5, and this baptism for forgiveness of sins (Act2:38)
Who are the ones that are blessed? - those who die in the Lord (Rev14:13) and who have been buried and raised up in Him (Rom6:3-6)
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