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A REDEMPTIVE GENTRIFICATION

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INTRODUCTION

OPENING STORY: [IMAGE OF KING] IN JANUARY OF 1966, MLK DID THE UNTHINKABLE- HE MOVED INTO A DELAPIDATED APARTMENT IN THE GHETTO OF CHICAGO’S WEST SIDE. FRESH OFF HIS LANDMARK VICTORIES WHICH SECURED THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND VOTING RIGHTS ACT, KING FELT AS IF THERE WAS STILL MORE WORK TO DO, SO HE SET HIS SITES ON POVERTY. HE REALIZED IT WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH TO JUST TALK OR LOBBY ABOUT IT, BUT KING HAD TO IN SOME WAY EXPERIENCE IT. SO THE VENERABLE DR. KING OF WORLD NOTORIETY…NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AWARD WINNING KING TOOK UP RESIDENCE IN A HORRIBLE GHETTO. CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING HIS NEIGHBOR.
CONNECT TO THE INCARNATION OF JESUS, AND HOW HE MOVED INTO THE GHETTO OF THIS EARTH FILLED WITH AND STAINED BY SIN…JOHN SAW HIM. CAN YOU IMAGINE.
CREATING THE NEED:
APPLICATION? BUT WHY? JESUS DIDN’T COME TO MAKE A STATEMENT. NOT FOR SOME PHOTO-OP…OR BECAUSE IT WAS THE IN THING. HE CAME TO SATISFY THE DEEPEST LONGINGS OF OUR HEARTS. THOSE LONGINGS CAN NEVER BE SATISFIED BY THIS WORLD.
LEE ATWATER QUOTE:
WHEN THE REPUBLICAN MASTERMIND LEE ATWATER WAS STRICKEN WITH THE BRAIN CANCER THAT WOULD TAKE HIS LIFE, HE WROTE THIS PIECE FOR LIFE MAGAZINE IN FEBRUARY OF 1991 FROM HIS EVENTUAL DEATHBED:
"Long before I was struck with cancer, I felt something stirring in American society. It was a sense among the people of the country, Republicans and Democrats alike, that something was missing from their lives- something crucial...But I wasn't exactly sure what it was. My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what was missing in me...the 80s were about acquiring- acquiring wealth, power, prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth, power and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. What power wouldn't I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldn't I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I don't know who will lead us through the 90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society- this tumor of the soul"- Lee Atwater, Life Magazine.
POINT: JESUS CAME TO SATISFY THE DEEPEST LONGINGS OF OUR SOUL! GO TO GOSPEL!

THE STATEMENT OF THE INCARNATION- JOHN 1:14

THE STORY OF SALVATION. QUICK BUT DESCRIPTIVE. USE IMAGINATION AND PAINT THE PICTURE HOW GOD HAS BEEN AT WORK IN THE BIBLE UP UNTIL JOHN. ADAM AND EVE/ABRAHAM AND JEWS/THE LAW. THE PROPHETS AND HIS GRACE. NOW GOD SAYS WE’VE EXHAUSTED ALL THE OPTIONS BUT ONE. IT’S TIME FOR ME TO COME DOWN AND TAKE CARE OF THIS ONE MYSELF. THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS IS THAT IT REPRESENTS GOD’S STUBBORN REFUSAL TO GIVE UP ON HIS PEOPLE!
EXPLANATION: (GIVE THEM MEAT BRYAN) NOW WE GET TO JOHN. IF YOU WANT TO SEE GOD, GET TO KNOW JESUS. JUST HANG OUT IN THIS ONE VERSE WHICH BARCLAY SAYS A LIFETIME OF STUDY AND THOUGHT COULD NOT EXHAUST THE TRUTH IN THIS VERSE! THE WORD BECAME FLESH. THIS IS THE DOCTRINE OF THE INCARNATION. WORD NOT FOUND IN SCRIPTURE, BUT THE CONCEPT IS. GOD BECOMES A MAN. HYPOSTATIC UNION. SUPPLEMENTAL SCRIPTURES: ; .
UNDERCOVER BOSS ILLUSTRATION.
APPLICATION: AS MAN HE GOT HUNGRY. AS GOD HE FED THE MULTITUDES…AS MAN HE GOT THIRSTY. AS GOD HE GIVES LIVING WATER. AS MAN HE GOT TIRED AND FELL ASLEEP IN A BOAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM. AS GOD HE GOT UP AND STILLED THE STORM. AS MAN THE WRITER OF HEBREWS SAYS HE WAS TEMPTED IN ALL THINGS, BUT AS GOD HE DIDN’T SIN EVER AND OVERCAME. WHAT THIS MEANS FOR US IS THAT IN HIS HUMANITY HE CAN SIT WITH US AND SAY I’VE BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT (I KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LOSE A FRIEND), BUT AS GOD HE CAN GIVE US THE VICTORY AND STRENGTH WE NEED TO OVERCOME. THIS IS WHAT THE INCARNATION DOES!

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE INCARNATION-

EXPLANATION: “AND DWELT AMONG US”. THE MESSAGE: “THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND BLOOD AND MOVED INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD”. LITERALLY THIS MEANS TO PITCH HIS TENT. TABERNACLE IMAGERY WHERE GOD TEMPORARILY DWELT IN THE TABERNACLE. HE HUNG OUT WITH ISRAEL. THIS IS THE IMAGERY A JEW WOULD HAVE. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE INCARNATION MEANS THAT JESUS IS NOT SOME ALOOF CEO WHO PULLS STRINGS BEHIND SOME CURTAIN LIKE HE WAS THE WIZARD OF OZ. NO, JESUS IS WITH US, THAT’S WHY HE’S CALLED EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US. EXAMPLES OF WHO HE HUNG WITH- PROSTITUTES, ADULTERERS, GREEDY. I CORINTHIANS LIST AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU.
POINT: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE INCARNATION IS THAT IT COMMUNICATES IF GOD WILL COME TO SINFUL EARTH, THERE IS NO PLACE OR PERSON SO SINFUL THAT IS BEYOND MOVING IN AND OCCUPYING. AND WHEN HE MOVES IN, THINGS CHANGE. - Christ in you the hope of glory.
ILLUSTRATION: I LOVE ROSCOES. BUT THEY CAN BE TROUBLESOME SPOTS. THEY’RE LITTLE HOLE IN THE WALL JOINTS. NOT MUCH TO THEM. BE CAREFUL. ONE HAD A MURDER AT A LOCATION, AND PEOPLE STARTED TO BACK OFF. THE ROSCOES BRAND HAD TAKEN A HIT. BUT THEN ONE DAY, UNANNOUNCED, PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOWED UP AND ORDERED THE NUMBER 9- THREE WINGS AND A WAFFLE. PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU THAT’S WHEN THINGS REALLY CHANGED FOR THE COMPANY. THE BRAND WENT THROUGH THE ROOF. HIS PIC ON A WALL…CHANGED NUMBER 9 TO THE OBAMA SPECIAL. THE COMPANY CHANGED ONCE OBAMA STEPPED IN.
APPLICATION: I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOUR REPUTATION IS. YOUR LIFE MAYBE SOME HOLE IN THE WALL JOINT WITH A SEEDY PAST. BUT IF YOU LET JESUS MOVE INTO YOUR LIFE, ALL THAT CAN CHANGE FOR THE BETTER!

THE SIGN OF THE INCARNATION-

GLORY EXPLANATION: GLORY IS THE WEIGHTY PRESENCE OF GOD. OT EXAMPLES OF PRIESTS AND SO ON…BUT THERE’S MORE...GLORY IS THE VISIBLE MANIFESTATION OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD. IT IS GOD’S GODNESS ON DISPLAY. EXODUS STORY WHERE MOSES SAYS SHOW ME YOUR GLORY. EXHAUST. WHAT MOSES SAW- THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD. THE VISIBLE MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S CHARACTER OR ATTRIBUTES. POINT- WE SEE THIS HERE ON THE TEXT. WHAT EXACTLY DID JOHN SEE WHEN HE SAW THE GLORY OF JESUS? HE SAW HIS ATTRIBUTES, HIS CHARACTER- GRACE AND TRUTH. WHAT MADE JESUS GLORIOUS WAS THE FULL ON EXHIBIT OF GRACE AND TRUTH. THEREFORE, WHAT MAKES US GLORIOUS IS WHEN WE LIVE IN GRACE AND TRUTH.
ILLUSTRATION: BUT THESE THINGS MUST BE HELD IN TENSION IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE POWERFUL. RUBBER BAND VISUAL/ILLUSTRATION.
TRUTH EXPLANATION: WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR TRUTH BUT CAN’T FIND IT. INSTEAD THEY’RE GETTING OPINIONS. MY FRUSTRATION WITH MEDIA OUTLETS. WOMAN I SAT NEXT TO ON THE PLANE AND WHEN WE LANDED SHARED THE NEWS SHE JUST DISCOVERED ON FB. TRUTH IS ULTIMATELY EMBODIED IN JESUS- . JESUS IS THE TRUTH. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE GRACE WITHOUT TRUTH. GRACE WITHOUT TRUTH IS THE NEW TOLERANCE. JESUS AS THE TRUTH IS THE PLUMBLINE FOR LIVING, HE’S THE STANDARD. GRACE WITHOUT TRUTH IS MEANINGLESS. BUT TRUTH WITHOUT GRACE IS CONDEMNATION. TRUTH WITHOUT GRACE LEADS TO A SELF RIGHTEOUS LEGALISM WHICH ENDS UP IN CONDEMNATION.
GRACE EXPLANATION: GRACE DEFINED. UNDESERVED. IT’S GETTING WHAT YOU DON’T DESERVE. GRACE INSULTS OUR SENSIBILITIES.
WESLEY ALLAN DODD ILLUSTRATION…IT’S INSULTING. WE THINK SOME SHOULD GET IN AND SOME SHOULD NOT.
GIRL TRAPPED IN WELL ILLUSTRATION. WE WERE ALL THAT GIRL. COMPLETELY HELPLESS, GRACE CAME DOWN.
APPLICATION- YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD GLORIOUS? WALK IN GRACE AND TRUTH!
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