Apologies for the leapfrog whilst the old camera is in storage, but another step in the journey through the Book of John. Jesus continues to challenge His hearers through the ages with His descriptions of the Kingdom of Heaven, the credentials necessary for Salvation and the consequences of disobedience or attempted forced entry.
The title given in the literature for this sermon was "In View Of Hell. A celebration." A 100% human attendance increase over the previous 99 sermons, encouraging Biblical living and looking at one of the hallmark moments of Jesus's ministry. All glory to the Living God!
One of the seven foundational "I AM" statements of Jesus. Contested by those who do not believe in the triune nature of God, but confirmed by the reaction of the temple Jews who were hearing Him speak. They knew what it meant Jesus was claiming. Blasphemy or confirmation of Godly authority and identity. The journey continues...
Well, we could all do with a bit, eh? A word on leaving the famous John8 v1 to 12 passage until later, and a continuance with Christ's standing in the Temple under the watchful gaze of the Pharisee's. The preacher prays that his hard words did not remove a man from his chance of salvation, we all are called to find the balance between Christ's uprightness and His compassion.
Jesus's declaration, thought of absurd by the religious leaders of His day. No prophet comes from this provincial backwater? Surely!?
How pleasant, how good, how beautiful it is. To speak to share, to explore, to hope, to pray. To celebrate God's love for us. As the pages turn in just this one book, how brilliant to know there is another 65 (+?) :-) <3
Jesus confronts the crowds that have witnessed the miracles with the hard truths about the cost of discipleship, that the price for following is communion with Him.
Continuing the journey through the book of John, powerful miracles and proclamation by Jesus, testify to the glory of God.
In Jesus's challenge to the people of the temple at the end of John 5, He stated that there was one who testified on His behalf. The miraculous signs and wonders showed that He had access to God's blessing, and now, in validation, that blessing begins to pour fourth in overwhelming abundance...
Coming to know just an appreciation of the heights and depths of God's love and expression through His Word, the things of Moses that talk about Jesus. Overwhelming. All glory to God!
Michael Robert Jackson was baptised in the name of Jesus in 2012, after a forty year walk in the wilderness, ten years after he first came to Christ. He is the least of God's children.