But YOU KNOW HIM, and He DWELLS WITH YOU and WILL BE IN YOU.
I am all you need… and I’m still here.
Barrier (defn): any obstacle that prevents movement or access. Anything that restrains or obstructs progress. A limit or boundary of any kind.
Jesus broke the barrier of sin.
Jesus broke the barrier of death.
Jesus wants to break through the belief barrier.
The only barrier Jesus won’t break through is a heart that won’t let him in.
This was our Good Friday worship, and the readings for this day were from the following sections of John’s gospel:
John 13:1-2, 21-22, 31-38
John 18:1-13, 17-1825-32, 38-40
John 19:1-8, 12-16
Matthew 27:62-66 text
Hold on to DAY THREE HOPE when we’re going through days one or two.
John 14:32-33 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home… I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Hold on to DAY THREE HOPE.
Will you trust Jesus even when things aren’t looking so good?
John 11:4 “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
In all our difficult circumstances, remember 3 things:
1) This does not end in death.
2) This will be for the glory of God.
3) This is an opportunity to make Jesus known.
When Jesus opens our spiritual eyes, we need to keep them wide open.
The Pharisees opposed Jesus, trying to:
1 Discredit the Miracle
2 Discredit the Man
3 Discredit the Method
Three Messianic Signs:
1 Heal someone with leprosy
2 Cast out a “mute-demon”
3 Heal a person born blind
What does it look like to live with our spiritual eyes open?
We see those around us.
We step into their need.
We share Jesus with them.
We sing (worship) with our lives.
Are your living life with your spiritual eyes wide open?
Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it? Job 38:12-13
3 Belief Lessons Taught by Jesus
#1 Change from What Jesus is to Who Jesus is!
Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be…
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, If you hold on to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
#2: Trade your Status in for Relationship
He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.
My Identity in Christ: Because of Christ’s redemption, I am a new creation of great worth. I am deeply loved completely forgiven, fully pleasing, totally accepted by God and absolutely complete in Christ.
#3: Check Who gets the Glory