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SACRIFICE

MIRACLES


April 5, 2009                                                                        

   

THE BIG IDEA:    J.B. Phillips wrote a book in the 1960s called, Your God is Too Small.  Most of us have far too little appreciation for the power and magnificence of God. God is not only All-Powerful – His love for His Creation is so great that He sacrificed His Son in order to give us ______________ _____________!

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.   When He had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:28-30 

tetelestai (te-tel-les’-ty); to end, ____________, execute, discharge ___ ___________

            èThe project is ______________

            èThe debt is __________ in full

            èThe sacrifice is _____________

 

Gods We Create – Distortions of Who He Really Is:

1.     The ___________ ___________ Redeemer

2.     The _____________ ___________ Redeemer

3.     The “________ _________ ___ _________” Redeemer

 

 

The Clear Picture of Who Was On the Cross:

1. A Savior Who _____________ His Father

Philippians 2:6 - 8 (NIV) 6    Who, being in very nature God,     did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7    but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant,     being made in human likeness. 8    And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

2. A Savior Willing to Look ____________
1 Corinthians 1:17 - 18 (NIV) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 18For the message of the css is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 

3.  A Savior Who Always Was, Is, and Always Will Be __________!
Colossians 1:15 - 20 (NIV) 15He is the image of the invisible God,  the firstborn over all creation.  16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

4.    A Savior Who _________ So You Could __________

Colossians 2:13 - 14 (NIV) 13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,  14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.  

2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) 

SACRIFICE

MIRACLES


April 5, 2009                                                                       

  

THE BIG IDEA:    J.B. Phillips wrote a book in the 1960s called, Your God is Too Small.  Most of us have far too little appreciation for the power and magnificence of God. God is not only All-Powerful – His love for His Creation is so great that He sacrificed His Son in order to give us ______________ _____________!

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.   When He had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:28-30 

tetelestai (te-tel-les’-ty); to end, ____________, execute, discharge ___ ___________

            èThe project is ______________

            èThe debt is __________ in full

            èThe sacrifice is _____________

 

Gods We Create – Distortions of Who He Really Is:

1.     The ___________ ___________ Redeemer

2.     The _____________ ___________ Redeemer

3.     The “________ _________ ___ _________” Redeemer

 

 

The Clear Picture of Who Was On the Cross:

1. A Savior Who _____________ His Father

Philippians 2:6 - 8 (NIV) 6    Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7    but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8    And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

2. A Savior Willing to Look ____________
1 Corinthians 1:17 - 18 (NIV) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 18For the message of the css is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 

3.  A Savior Who Always Was, Is, and Always Will Be __________!
Colossians 1:15 - 20 (NIV) 15He is the image of the invisible God,  the firstborn over all creation.  16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

4.    A Savior Who _________ So You Could __________

Colossians 2:13 - 14 (NIV) 13When you were dead in your sins and  in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,  14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.  

2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) 

SACRIFICE

MIRACLES


April 5, 2009                                                                       

  

THE BIG IDEA:    J.B. Phillips wrote a book in the 1960s called, Your God is Too Small.  Most of us have far too little appreciation for the power and magnificence of God. God is not only All-Powerful – His love for His Creation is so great that He sacrificed His Son in order to give us another chance!

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.   When He had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:28-30 

tetelestai (te-tel-les’-ty); to end, ____________, execute, discharge ___ ___________

            è**A servant would come back to his Master and say, “The project is finished”

            èA business owner would stamp on the loan papers, “The debt is paid in full”

            èA priest would examine the animal brought to the Temple and declare, “The sacrifice is perfect”

 

Gods We Create – Distortions of Who He Really Is:

1.      The Rabbit’s Foot Redeemer:  Carry him in our pocket next to your 4-leaf clover & remind Him He’s supposed to keep us out jams and help us win the lottery. His specialty? Getting you out of a jam. Need a parking place? Rub the redeemer. Need help on a quiz? Pull out the rabbit’s foot. No need to have a relationship with him. No need to love him. 

2.     The Aladdin’s Lamp Redeemer – pull Him out in a crisis – and make a wish – that we call prayer – and expect that He will deliver because we said the words just right. à And what people really like is when you don’t won’t Him around, He’ll conveniently disappear back inside the lamp.

3.     The “Let’s Make a Deal” Redeemer – We’ll trade one life selfishly lived for unlimited grace behind door #3!

 

 

The Clear Picture of Who Was On the Cross:

1. A Savior Who Obeyed His Father

Philippians 2:6 - 8 (NIV) 6    Who, being in very nature God,     did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7    but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant,     being made in human likeness. 8    And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

**Never once did Jesus say, “Father – that’s asking too much – I just need one day for myself.  This one time, I’ll do what I want to do.”  No, == it was always, “Father, tell me your plan for today.”

2. A Savior Willing to Look Foolish  àmodern day leaders will do most anything to avoid being perceived as foolish.  But listen to this:

1 Corinthians 1:17 - 18 (NIV) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory” (John 1:14 niv).

“We have seen his glory.” What did John mean by those words? Could it be that he saw in Christ flashes of heaven?

Max Lucado wrote that One of the regular attendees of our congregation is David Robinson. David is a big man. He stands seven feet two inches and weighs 235 pounds. His body fat is 6 percent.   He is an NBA MVP, an NBA champion, and an NBA All-Star. But David is much more. He is a lover of God and a lover of kids. For that reason, the following scene won’t be hard to imagine.

Let’s say big-hearted David agrees to a game of one-on-one with a six-year-old girl. Just for the fun of it. She asks. He agrees. The two are on the same court, playing with the same ball, playing the same game, but everyone knows this isn’t the same David. This is a mild David. A restrained David. A reserved David. How he plays against Shaq and how he plays against the girl are not the same.

Suppose some bully starts making fun of the little girl. He even comes out of the stands and taunts her. Calls her names and steals the ball from her. He throws it back so hard she falls over. You know what David might do? David might be David for a few moments. He might just take the dare and take the bully and dunk him like a donut.

For just a moment, the real David might take over.

There were moments when the  Jesus who was also GOD did take over. Most of the time he was restrained. But then there were moments when he opened the cape. There were moments when he had all he could take of the bully from hell.

When the storm scared his followers, he stood and opened the cape: “Be still!” When death broke the hearts of his friends, he stepped into the cemetery and opened the cape: “Come forth!” When disease stole the joy of his children, he touched the leper or a blind man with power: “Be healed!”

**But, while some saw His glory – others considered Him a fool – they laughed – they plotted His death – they carried out an unfair sham of a trial & killed Him on the Cross.  But Jesus was ok with that – He knew who He was and what He was doing – He knew the end-goal.

3.  A Savior Who Always Was, Is, and Always Will Be God! à He didn’t become God – He was – He didn’t stop being God -> He just became Man at the same time à He still is God today

Colossians 1:15 - 20 (NIV) 15He is the image of the invisible God,  the firstborn over all creation.  16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 

4.    A Savior Who Died So You Could Live

Colossians 2:13 - 14 (NIV) 13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,  14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.  

Lee Ielpi is a retired firefighter, a New York City firefighter. He gave twenty-six years to the city. But on September 11, 2001, he gave much more. He gave his son. Jonathan Ielpi was a fireman as well. When the Twin Towers fell, he was there.

Firefighters are a loyal clan. When one perishes in the line of duty, the body is left where it is until a firefighter who knows the person can come and quite literally pick it up. Lee made the discovery of his son’s body his personal mission. He dug daily with dozens of others at the sixteen-acre graveyard. On Tuesday, December 11, three months after the disaster, his son was found. And Lee was there to carry him out.

He didn’t give up. The father didn’t quit. He refused to turn and leave. Why?

Because his love for his son was greater than the pain of the search. Can’t the same be said about Christ? Why didn’t he quit?

Because the love for his children was greater than the pain of the journey. He came to pull you out. Your world had collapsed. That’s why he came. You were dead, dead in sin. That’s why he came. He loves you. That’s why he came.  

That’s why he went the final step of the incarnation: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21 niv).

The mornings you awoke and didn’t know where you were? His love will cover that. The years you were driven by prejudice or pride? His love will cover that. Every promise broken, drug taken, penny stolen. Every cross word, cuss word, and harsh word or outright lie. His love covers all things.

**Communion Time – The Lord’s Supper

We do this simply, without ceremony.

We believe every disciple can come straight to Jesus and His Table – so you can come and receive it directly – no go-between needed

2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) 

Do it with thoughtfulness & preparation.

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