The Story of Jesus #5 – The Greater Love of Jesus

THE STORY OF JESUS #5: THE GREATER LOVE OF JESUS

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

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  • To listen or download the audio MP3, click HERE.

INTRO TO TOPIC: For the past four weeks, we have been looking at The Story of Jesus. Today, we are going to wrap up that series by looking at His greatest expression of love: His death on the Cross!

OPENING TEXT: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).

  • God wants us to take a close look at His love – as revealed in the person of Jesus!

KEY TEXT: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down His life for His friends.” (John 15:13).

QUOTE: “It is fitting that every word of our Lord upon the cross should be gathered up and preserved.  (They) have frequently been the subject of devout meditation.” (Charles Spurgeon).

BIG IDEA: As we meditate upon Christ’s Words from the Cross, we will discover more about the amazing grace and greater love of Jesus towards us.

  1. THE FIRST WORD: FORGIVENESS:

“Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).

  • The first word speaks FORGIVENESS to us. Amazing grace!
  • The Good News of the Gospel – through Jesus death on the Cross, we are forgiven!
  • Have you sinned? Pray and ask Jesus to forgive you and wash your guilt away:
  • “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
  1. THE SECOND WORD: SALVATION & HOPE:

“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.” (Luke 23:39-44).

  • This second word speaks HOPE – it’s never too late, and no one is ever too far gone!
  • If you’re believing God for the salvation of a family member, never give up.
  • Who are you praying for? Let’s pray right now!
  1. THE THIRD WORD: FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS:

“Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Woman, he is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “She is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:25-27).

  • This third word speaks about the importance of FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS.
  • God wants us to have good strong healthy family relationships: Parents, love your children and train them in God’s ways, and children, obey your parents in the Lord!
  1. THE FOURTH WORD: SUBSTITUTION:

“Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46).

  • This fourth word speaks of SUBSTITUTION.
  • On the Cross, Jesus became our substitute, and took our sin upon Him, and gave us His righteousness. (2 Cor. 5:21).
  • Because God forsook Jesus on the Cross, God will never leave or forsake us!
  1. THE FIFTH WORD: HUMANITY AND SUFFERING:

“Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I thirst.” (John 19:28-29).

  • This fifth word is a picture of the HUMANITY OF JESUS.
  • Because God became a man in the person of Jesus, He got hungry, tired, and thirsty
  • “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16).
  1. THE SIXTH WORD: VICTORY AND GRACE:

“Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” (John 19:29-30).

  • This sixth word is a picture of God’s GRACE.
  • When Jesus said, “It is finished,” He had paid the price for our salvation!
  • We are going to heaven only because Jesus has taken our punishment for us.

Charles SpurgeonQUOTE: “This shout of triumph rings with all the freshness and force of when He spoke it. The satisfaction He rendered to the justice of God was finished. The debt was now, to the last penny, all discharged. The atonement and propitiation were made once and for all and forever—by the one offering made in Jesus’ body on the Tree. There was the cup, Hell was in it, the Savior drank it—not a sip and then a pause—not a draught and then a ceasing. He drained it till there is not a dreg left for any of His people.” (Charles Spurgeon).

  1. THE SEVENTH WORD: CONFIDENCE:

“And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!” (Luke 23:46-48).

  • This last word is the CONFIDENCE that all of God’s children have when they die.
  • If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, you WILL be saved!

ALTAR CALL FOR SALVATION: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved!”

What does the death that Jesus died on the Cross mean for us today?

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The (After the) Weekend Funnies and a Newsboys Video – What I Believe

First of all, a nod to my fellow blogger and pastor Anthony Baker who first shared this great Newsboys video on his blog TheRecoveringLegalist.com – it’s good to give credit where credit is due! This video We Believe by one of my favourite contemporary Christian groups shares what we as Christians believe about who God is – check it out:

And here also is your weekly Calvin and Hobbes strip… enjoy!

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Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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The Story of Jesus #4 – The Love of Jesus Makes us Whole and Holy

THE STORY OF JESUS #4: THE LOVE OF JESUS MAKES US WHOLE AND HOLY

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

To listen to or download the audio MP3 or sermon notes, click HERE.

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INTRO TO SPEAKER:

  • My new role as Executive Coordinator of the Overcomers Outreach:
  • My trip to Toronto to do an addictions workshop at the Promise Keepers Legacy event.
  • The ‘colour’ of Toronto – police, fire, biker gang. My experience at the conference.
  • Share God encounter experience at the PK conference – renewed passion for His presence!
  • This morning’s message came out of this experience and was written on my flight home.

OPENING TEXT: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).

  • God wants us to take a close look at His love – as revealed in the person of Jesus!

QUOTES: From Free to Live by John Eldredge.

“The hope of Christianity is that we get to live the life of Jesus. His beautiful goodness can be ours. God makes us whole by making us holy, he makes us holy by making us whole.” (pg. 179).

PREACH THROUGH THE KEY TEXT! (Eph. 1:3-10, The Message).

3 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. 4 Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. 5 Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) 6 He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. 7 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people – free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!”

THE BIG IDEA: Jesus pours out His love upon us to make us whole and holy, and abundantly free!

A LOOK AT THE GOODNESS OF JESUS:

  • QUOTE: “You can tell a lot about a person by his effect on others. What is he like to be around? What is the aftertaste he leaves in your mouth? (John Eldredge).

1. JESUS SHOWS LOVE TO AN OUTCAST LEPER:

 

1 Jesus came down the mountain with the cheers of the crowd still ringing in his ears. 2 Then a leper appeared and went to his knees before Jesus, praying, “Master, if you want to, you can heal my body.” 3 Jesus reached out and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there, all signs of the leprosy were gone. 4 Jesus said, “Don’t talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed body to the priest, along with the appropriate expressions of thanks to God. Your cleansed and grateful life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done.” (Matt. 8:1-4, The Message).

  • Jesus healed this nobody, this outcast that no one else cared for, and made him whole.
  • But he wanted him to be holy too and challenged him to life a life of gratefulness to God.

2. JESUS SHOWED LOVE TO LITTLE CHILDREN:

13 The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. 14 The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. 15 Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” 16 Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.” (Mark 10:13-16, The Message).

  • In the first century Jewish culture, children were insignificant and unimportant.
  • Here Jesus shows His goodness towards all people – regardless of age, sex, etc.

3. JESUS FORGAVE A SINFUL WOMAN:

3 The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone 4 and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. 5 Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” 6 They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him. 7 They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” 8 Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt. 9 Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. 10 Jesus stood up and spoke to her. “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?” 11 “No one, Master.” “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.” (John 8:3-11, The Message).

  • Jesus offered this woman love, acceptance and forgiveness. She was made whole.
  • But He also wanted her to be holy. He said, “Go and sin no more.”

CHALLENGE: God cares about our heart. He wants our hearts to be renewed, whole and holy!

  • QUOTE: “God went for the jugular when he set about our transformation in Jesus Christ. He knows the human heart is the source of our iniquities; he knows that to leave the heart untouched would sabotage his redemptive mission.” (John Eldredge).

PRAYER: For God to touch hearts today, draw you unto Himself, and make you whole and holy.

CLOSING BENEDICTION:

“May God Himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, put you together – spirit, soul and body – and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The one who called you is completely dependable. If He said it, He’ll do it!” (1 Thess. 5:23-24, The Message).

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The Weekend Funnies – Responsibility for Your Actions – #PromiseKeepers #OvercomersOutreach

This weekend, I’m in Toronto, Ontario to speak in an addictions workshop at a Promise Keepers Legacy Event. As a part of my new ministry role as the Executive Coordinator of Overcomers Outreach Canada, I have the amazing responsibility and privilege of helping people experience recovery and find freedom in Christ. However – not everyone is willing to take responsibility for their actions, and do what it takes to get free.

Are you?

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Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

Check out Overcomers Outreach Canada HERE:

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The Story of Jesus #3: When Jesus is in Your Boat – #Sermon of the Week

THE STORY OF JESUS #3: WHEN JESUS IS IN YOUR BOAT

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

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To listen to or download the audio MP3 or sermon outline, click HERE.

INTRO TO THE STORY OF JESUS:

The four Gospels are full of the stories of the signs and wonders and healings and miracles of Jesus, how He healed the sick, forgave the sinners, and transformed people’s lives.

  • My hope and prayer is that you would be fascinated with the awesomeness of Jesus.
  • If you’ve never given your life to Jesus, surrender your life to Him today!
  • Take time over the next few weeks to join with us in reading through the story of Jesus.
  • Do you know Jesus? Do you want to know Him more? (Phil. 3:10: “To know Him…”).

OPENING STORY:

“1 In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.” 4 Then His disciples answered Him, “How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?” 5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.” 6 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. 7 They also had a few small fish; and having blessed them, He said to set them also before them. 8 So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments. 9 Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And He sent them away, 10 immediately got into the boat with His disciples, and came to the region of Dalmanutha.” (Mark 8:1-10, NKJV).

  • Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Jesus will give us our daily bread and provide for us!

“14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat. 15 Then He charged them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have no bread.” 17 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? 18 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.” 20 “Also, when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?” And they said, “Seven.” 21 So He said to them, “How is it you do not understand?” (Mark 8:14-21, NKJV).

THE BIG IDEA: It’s not what’s in your boat, but who’s in your boat that makes the difference. When Jesus is in your boat, He is everything you need.

1. JESUS IS IN OUR BOAT:

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” (Mark 4:35).

  • As Christians on the journey of life, it’s helpful to remember that Jesus is in our boat.
  • The disciples were in this boat being obedient to Jesus when they encountered a storm.

2. STORMS ARE INEVITABLE:

“Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow…” (Mark 4:36-38a).

  • “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have PEACE. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
    • We need to realize that storms will come – they are inevitable!
    • However, if you have Jesus in your boat, you can have peace in those storms.
  • What storm are you facing in your life?
    • Relationship storm? Financial storm? Health storm? Emotional storm (no peace)?
    • Whatever your storm, don’t forget who’s in the boat with you – Jesus!

3. WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A STORM – GO TO JESUS:

“And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing? Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:38b-39).

  • Don’t we normally say the same thing when trouble comes in our lives?
  • Just because we’re in a storm doesn’t mean God doesn’t care about us.

4. AFTER THE STORM WE RECEIVE A NEW REVELATION OF JESUS:

“But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:40-41).

  • After Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples had a new revelation of the Prince of Peace.
  • Jesus will visit us in our storms and troubles, too!

HOW CAN WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S PEACE?

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6, NLT).

  • How can we experience His peace in our lives?

1. DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING:

“25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. 28 “And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! 31 “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. 32 Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, 33 and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:25-34, NLT).

2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING:

  • What did the disciples do in their storm? They went to Jesus. This is wisdom!
  • Peter writes: “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).
    • If you give your cares to God, then who has them? Leave them with Him!
    • Illustration: Put your prayer requests in a bag by the top of your door.

3. THANK GOD FOR ALL HE HAS DONE:

  • We usually start to worry when we focus on our problems and not on God.
  • Take the time to write out a Blessing List of all the good things God has done for you.

WHEN WE DO THESE THINGS, WHAT IS THE RESULT?

“If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7, NLT).

  • Storms will come, but they don’t have to overcome you.

CLOSING: Pray for people to experience God’s peace and joy.

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The Weekend Funnies – Wishing for Happiness

So what would you need to be happy?

Riches? Fame? More stuff? A life free from all worries, strife or problems?

Or can you be happy no matter what happens?

If you could wish for something that would make you happy, what would it be?

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Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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The Story of Jesus #2: The Ministry of Jesus the Anointed One

THE STORY OF JESUS #2: THE MINISTRY OF JESUS THE ANOINTED ONE

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

To listen to or download the audio MP3, click HERE.

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INTRO TO THE STORY OF JESUS:

  • Last week, we looked at the story of the birth of Jesus.
  • We don’t know much about His early life. At age 12, He was in God’s House studying the Word.
  • At 30, He was baptized and then tempted by the devil, and began His ministry.
  • Someone said once, “Preaching is easy – it’s just bragging on Jesus until He shows up!”

THE VISITATION:

  • “Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us.” (Luke 1:78).
  • Visit: “to look upon or after, to inspect, examine with the eyes in order to see how he is; to visit; to look upon in order to help or benefit; to look after, have care for, provide for.”
  • We don’t just want to learn facts about Jesus, we want to experience His visitation today!
  • PRAYER: Visit us Lord! Rend the Heavens and come down!

JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE ANOINTED ONE:

14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. 15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” 20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.” (Luke 4:14-22a).

  • Here we learn that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One.
  • The Greek word Christ is the same as the Hebrew word Messiah = the Anointed One.
  • The Holy Spirit came on Him for a purpose: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38).
  • “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” (1 Cor. 4:20).
  • Christianity isn’t just about telling stories; it’s about encountering the anointed Jesus!

EXPERIENCING THE SEVEN-FOLD MINISTRY OF JESUS:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

  1. JESUS IS ANOINTED TO PREACH GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR:
  • Who are the poor? The poor, weak, needy, humble and meek.
  • Luke 5:30-32 Example: Jesus calls Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him.
  • Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 5:3).
  • “And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (v.30-32).
  • Are you poor, weak and needy? Jesus is calling YOU! You can be SAVED and forgiven!
  1. JESUS IS ANOINTED TO HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTED:
  • Who are the brokenhearted? Those who are broken down; torn violently, wrecked or crushed.
  • Luke 7:38-50 Example: Jesus forgives a sinful woman at Simon the Pharisee’s house.
  • “And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.” (v. 37-38).
  • This broken-hearted woman encountered Jesus, and she was changed forever!
  • Are you broken-hearted? If you come to Jesus today, He can heal that brokenness!
  • Jesus added that He came to “proclaim the recovery of sight to the blind.” (4:18).
  • Jesus heals broken hearts, but He also heals broken bodies as well!
  1. JESUS IS ANOINTED TO PROCLAM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES:
  • Who are the captives? Those bound by addictions, bad habits, anxieties, compulsions, etc.
  • Luke 8:26-39 Example: Jesus delivers a demon possessed man in the Gadarenes.
  • This man’s life was so messed up he was alone, naked, and cut himself (see Mark 5:5).
  • “Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid…” Jesus said: “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” (v. 35,39).
  • Are you bound by addictions, drugs, alcohol, fears or…? Jesus can set you free!
  1. JESUS IS ANOINTED TO COMFORT THOSE WHO MOURN:
  • Who are the mourning? Those who have lost loved ones, or just struggle with depression.
  • Luke 7:11-16 Example: Jesus comforts a widow who is grieving the loss of her son.
  • “Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” (v.11-16).
  • Are you grieving or mourning? Jesus wants to comfort you!
  1. JESUS IS ANOINTED TO GIVE BEAUTY FOR ASHES:
  • Luke 5:12-16 Example: Jesus cleanses a leper.
  • “And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” (5:12).
  • Here was a man whose life was ashes – because of this skin-disease, he was alone, lonely and isolated. But Jesus is anointed to give beauty for ashes!
  • “Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.” (v.13).
  • Is your life a pile of smoldering ashes? Jesus wants to make your life beautiful!
  1. JESUS IS ANOINTED TO GIVE THE OIL OF JOY FOR MOURNING:
  • Luke 19:1-10 Example: Jesus brings joy and salvation to Zacchaeus’ house.
  • Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “I want to come to your house for a visit!” (v.5).
  • “So (Zach) made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.” (v.6).
  • When Jesus comes for a visit, it is like the oil of joy!
  1. JESUS GIVES THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS:
  • Luke 8:43-48 Example: Jesus brings healing to a woman with the issue of blood.
  • “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any.” (v.43).
  • This woman had a spirit of heaviness – spent all her money on doctors, but no change.
  • She “came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.” (v.44).

THE RESULT: What happens when we experience Jesus the anointed one?

“That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3).

  • When we are planted in the house of the Lord we flourish.
    • It’s so important to be a part of the local church – Jesus is building His church!
  • Every time people encountered Jesus and their lives were changed, God was glorified.

THE BIG IDEA: Because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, we can expect to experience a visitation of the Lord in our lives today!

PRAYER: For people to encounter a fresh visitation of JESUS THE CHRIST!

  • Jesus will save you, forgive your sins, heal your broken hearts and bodies, set you free!

Church Website:         www.beausejourchurch.ca

Pastor’s Blog:             https://pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com/

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