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Jesus: The Impossible Possibility

All of Christianity is anchored in the birth of Jesus, the life of Jesus, the death of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus.

  • At conception, Jesus was 100% God and 100% human. Jesus is the God/man.
  • Jesus lived, every moment of every day fully God and fully human.
  • Jesus died fully God and fully human.
  • Fully God and fully human, Jesus was dead for three days and three night.
  • Jesus conquered death as fully God and fully human.

These five actualities about Jesus are the universe’s most crucial truth.  It is impossible for God to be human and yet God became human thus revealing the impossible is possible.

Jesus is the “Impossible Possibility.”

Of huge importance are the realities of “Silent Saturday” on which Jesus, fully God and fully human is dead.

God did not raise Jesus from the cross.  God raised Jesus from the dead.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures… 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

The Bible reiterates it many times.  Jesus was not raised on the first day but on third day.  Jesus was dead part of or all of three days.

Jesus’ three days of death are filled with impossible possibilities.

Consider the impossibilities of Holy Saturday.

  1. It is impossible for God to be absent. But Jesus, fully God and fully human was not present.
  2. It is impossible for God to be finite. But Jesus, fully God and fully human finite and lay dead in Joseph’s tomb.
  3. It is impossible for God to be perishable. But Jesus, fully God and fully human is dead and decaying.
  4. It is impossible for God to be dead. But Jesus, fully God and fully human is dead.

The impossibilities in the dead Jesus shout to us, “Every distance of separation from God, sense of God-forsakenness and awareness of the absence of God has been personally and deeply experienced by God the Son.”

God who keeps His promises, said, “And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.”  Leviticus 26:12

In His death, Jesus walks with us into and out of these great impossibilities.

The world aches for a Lover who engages our fragmented loneliness with a pursuit that reaches us even in the most desperate betrayals. We pine for a Redeemer who has exhausted the power of the violence in our hearts by taking it fully, even fatally, into his own heart, returning peace. We crave a companion in suffering who not only empathizes but can give precious worth to our pain. Only a Mediator who descended into the hell of human rebellion against God can conclude our long war with the Father. Only a Christ who willingly received the lethal consequences of our sin can truly take away the burden of them. Only one who has been there, in the hell of our making, can comfort us in our suffering. If Jesus didn’t get all the way to the bottom of our predicament, our lost and forsaken condition, then we are left unredeemed at the root. We will be forever lonely, ever tarred with shame, never feeling known, never at peace. But because Jesus entered fully into the deathliness of our human existence, then he can bring us into the eternal life of the Triune God. Dawson, Gerrit S. Raising Adam . Oil Lamp Books LLC. Kindle Edition.

Somewhere in the place of the dead and at some time on Holy Saturday night, God (Jesus) transformed from dead victim to Living Victor!

I, he says, am the Christ. I am the one who destroyed death, and triumphed over the enemy, and trampled Hades under foot, and bound the strong one, and carried off man to the heights of heaven, I, he says, am the Christ.  Melito of Sardis, Died Ad 180.  http://www.kerux.com/doc/0401A1.asp

God the Son transformed “Why have you forsaken me?” into, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:6

God the Son transformed “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit (Matthew 27:50)” into “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die (John 11:25, 26).

God the Son transformed His finiteness of death into, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore… (Revelation 1:17, 18).

God the Son transformed death’s bondage into “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore and I have the keys of Death and Hades. (Revelation 1:17, 18)

In your life experiences when God seems absent, finite, perishable and dead, know that God profoundly and personally understands.

God’s experience of transforming the impossible is ours today as we believe and confess Him in His death, burial and resurrection.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9, 10

Jesus, the impossible possibility, proclaimed, “Because I live, you too shall live.”  John 14:19

Posted on 20th April 2019 in Holy Week, Resurrection, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Resurrection Sunday: Firstfruits

Awaken the Wonder:  The feast of firstfruits

Everything God does in His world today, He does by His Spirit.  The Spirit and His ministry are full of wonder and are wonderful.

God’s appointments with Israel and the Jewish people are all significant in the ministry of Jesus.

  1. Passover – Jesus is our Passover lamb. 1 Corinthians 5:7
  2. Unleavened Bread – Jesus’ sinless life. 2 Corinthians 5:21
  3. Firstfruits – Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:20
  4. Pentecost – The harvest of Jesus’ ministry. Acts 2:1, 41
  5. Trumpets – Jesus’ returns with resurrection and rapture. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  6. Day of Atonement – Jesus’ blood placed on the mercy seat in heaven. Hebrews 9:12
  7. Tabernacles – Jesus “tabernacled” with us. John 1:14

The Holy Spirit is wonder full.

Jesus died on the day of preparation of the Passover.

He was buried in a tomb during the feast of Unleavened Bread.

He rose, victorious over sin, death, and the devil on the Feast of Firstfruits.

The Holy Spirit fulfilled, in the life of Jesus, the feast system He established 1,500 years earlier.

The Apostle Paul explains Jesus’ resurrection and the Feast of Firstfruits in 1 Corinthians 15:20-26.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

The question then, is, “By what power did Jesus rise victorious over sin, death, and the devil?”  Romans 8:11

11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus[a] from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Jesus was raised victorious over sin, death, and the devil by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is Good News!  Sin, death, and the devil are defeated in your life too, when you place your trust in Him.

Imagine sin, death, and the devil destroyed in your life, right now.  Not some day in the future, but in this service today.  1 John 3:8

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

Today, placing your trust in Jesus destroys the works of sin, death, and the devil in your life.

When you place your trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit moves in and lives in you.  Ephesians 1:13, 14

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee[d] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[e] to the praise of his glory.

It is your choice today.  Do you long for sin, death, and the devil to be destroyed in your life? Romans 8:11

11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus[a] from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

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Posted on 31st March 2018 in Holy Week, Resurrection, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Resurrection 24/7/365

Although Resurrection Sunday is now past, resurrection life is fresh every day. Maybe we should call today Resurrection Monday because eternal life can not be contained in one day each year. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead gives life, 24/7/365 to the one who trusts in Jesus.

What is true of Resurrection Sunday is true daily. Consider, for example, the angel’s words in Matthew 28:5.

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

Today, like that first resurrection day, some people “seek Jesus who was crucified.” There is something special about the person whose heart continually looks for Jesus who was crucified.

Two very different things can be true at the same time. For example, “I have found the Messiah and I am looking for the Messiah,” show a heart that is both solidly anchored (I have found) and flexibly pursuing (I am looking).

Pastor Willard Leisy, now with the Lord, captured this idea with a unique sentence, “I am satisfied with a dissatisfied satisfaction.”  Another friend, Duane Parrish, said “I am fully satisfied and yet I hunger for more.”

“Seeking Jesus who was crucified” was true, is true, and will be true of the devout follower of Jesus.

With God’s help it will be true that I have found, am finding and will find Jesus who was crucified.

Posted on 17th April 2017 in Resurrection, Spiritual Growth  •  Comments are off for this post
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Resurrection Life is Better than I can Imagine

We have been investigating life, for those who are poor in spirit, between the Ascension and return of Jesus.

Jesus tells you (Luke 21:28) to straighten up and lift up your head with joyous anticipation.

Jesus, Himself, lived with joyous anticipation.  Hebrews 12:2

The resurrection of Jesus is the guarantee of the truthfulness of His teachings. 1 Peter 1:3

We live with joyous anticipation in the words of our Lord who said, “Because I live, you also will live.  John 14:19

Listen to the rejoicing anticipation in Paul’s words, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55

Can you imagine it?  Rejoice in anticipation of Revelation 21:1-7, 22-27.

None of us can adequately imagine our present and future in God.  1 Corinthians 2:9

Don’t miss out on God’s amazing future for everyone written in the Book of Life.

  • Revelation 3:5
  • Revelation 13:8
  • Revelation 20:12
  • Revelation 21:27

It is those who say Y.E.S. to Jesus who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

The “I Said Yes” journey includes three very important decisions.

Y               Totally YIELD the rights of your life, decisions, thinking and doing to

Jesus

E                Fully ENGAGE in the life God has for you

S                Live as a SACRIFICE unto God

 

Posted on 16th April 2017 in Resurrection, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Death is Dead and Life Lives!

Because of Jesus, death is dead and Life lives!

The cross and the Christ are and (always have been) counter cultural.

For example, the culture demands the question, “Is it politically correct?”  The cross demands the question, “Is it Christologically correct?”

In Isaiah 5 the prophet saw this battle both in his day and in ours.

In verses 1 and 2 God is seen as the Vineyard Owner who planted an amazing vineyard (Israel) BUT it only produced wild grapes.

God asks a powerful question in verse 4, “What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it?”  What more is there for God to do in order for you to produce good fruit?

Through the prophet Isaiah God lists several reasons that Israel has produced wild grapes (vs. 8, 11, 18, 20, 21, 22) rather than good fruit.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”  Isaiah 5:20

What the culture calls life is actually death and the true life found in Jesus is considered death. Proverbs 14:12

To them, death is life and life is death.  2 Corinthians 2:16, 17

A book, a commercial, and two songs.

Today, I stand with the Bible and the revealed truth of Heaven and Hell.

For those who are trusting in the blood of Jesus, death is dead (1 Corinthians 15:55) and Life lives (John 11:25, 26).

In the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus death is dead and true Life lives!

John 5:24 explains a two step process for personally participating in the experience of death being dead and Life being alive:  1.  Hear (obey) Jesus words, and 2.  Believe (trust) God.  This person will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.

Posted on 28th March 2016 in Heaven's Gates, Resurrection, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post