Posts from September 2018

Posts from September 2018

John 10:11-18

Thankfulness for the Cross – The Good Shepherd Jesus identified himself as the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, since he is not the shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep, leaves them and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them. This happens because he is a hired hand and doesn’t…

John 1:1-18

Loyalty to Jesus Christ as King – His Divinity  In this eloquent prologue, the divinity of Christ is beautifully expressed. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the…

John 11:38-44

Loyalty to Jesus Christ as King – His Power Over Death Before his entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus raised Lazarus who had been dead for three days, demonstrating his power over death itself. Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. “Remove the stone,” Jesus said. Martha, the dead man’s sister, told him, “Lord, there is already a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to…

Luke 9:28-36

Loyalty to Jesus Christ as King – His True Glory The disciples witnessed Jesus in a glorified state as he consulted with Moses and Elijah shortly before enduring the cross. About eight days after this conversation, he took along Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly, two men were talking with him—Moses and Elijah. They appeared in glory…

Mark 4:35-41

Loyalty to Jesus Christ as King – His Power Over Nature In the calming of the storm, Jesus demonstrated his power over nature itself. On that day, when evening had come, he told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the sea.” So they left the crowd and took him along since he was in the boat. And other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the…

John 5:19-29

Loyalty to Jesus Christ as King – The Father’s Authority Given to the Son  Jesus made the astonishing claim that the Father had entrusted into his hands both the final judgment of humanity and the power to grant eternal life. Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does these things. For the Father loves…

Mark 2:1-12

Loyalty to Jesus Christ as King – His Authority to Forgive Jesus demonstrated his authority to forgive sins by making a paralyzed man walk. When he entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and he was speaking the word to them. They came to him bringing a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they were not…

Matthew 4:1-11

This week we will focus on our loyalty Jesus Christ as the Messiah, God’s anointed king. God sent Jesus into the world to establish the kingdom of God and open it for all the peoples of the earth. Loyalty to Jesus Christ as King – Our Champion Jesus achieved what no other human can do: he overcame all the temptations of the Evil One. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the…

Matthew 2:1-2

The Kingdom Foretold – The Messiah is Born The Eastern kings come to worship the king of the Jews whom they know will reign over all the earth. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.” Pastor John’s Notes: There…

Malachi 3:1-4

The Kingdom Foretold – The Messenger to Prepare the Way God spoke through Malachi to foretell the coming of John the Baptist who would prepare the way for the Messiah. “See, I am going to send my messenger, and he will clear the way before me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to his temple, the Messenger of the covenant you delight in—see, he is coming,” says the Lord of Armies. But who can endure the day of…