Easter Series 2019 Sermon Notes

“The Itinerary of the Cross” – (3/24/19)

Matthew 14:22-33

Intro: “Storms are a natural part of life and nature.”

Read v.22-33

Six observations about the storms of life…

I. Storms Happen

A. It’s not necessarily someone’s fault

  • The natural question is “Why?”
  • Yes, there are “causes and effects”, but many things happen without “cause”

B. They (the disciples) were exactly where they were supposed to be (Jesus sent them)

II. Storms Often Come After Provision/Blessing

A. The multitude was a huge pressing issue (no ready solution)

B. The answer was unique and miraculous

The into the storm…

III. Storms Never Happen Outside of God’s Awareness

A. He saw them straining (for hours) (Mark)

B. He could have calmed the storm earlier from a distance

IV. Storms Can Produce Fear

A. The pressing reality of danger (tossed about, waves crashing)

B. The rescue was unexpected

  • Frightened of Him
  • Fear of the very solution that Jesus had planned (not unlike us when we fear the solution that He sends into our lives)

V. Storms Aren’t to be the Focus

A. Peter stepped out when He recognized Jesus

B. Peter struggled to stay focused

C. The answer was for Him to get into the boat (not be grand beside Him)

VI. Storms Aren’t Readily Understood

A. They were “thick-headed” (“hard-hearted” according to Mark)

B. It’s often years later before it makes sense

VII. Conclusion

Are you experiencing a type of storm? Have you in the past and are still trying to make sense of it all? Trust is the answer, not answers or explanations, but trust in the One “Who sees you”.

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“The Itinerary of the Cross” – (3/17/19)

John 4:1-42

Intro: “We are Made to be Relational”

  • From the earliest moments we relate to our mothers
  • We relate to our environment
  • We relate to people
  • We relate to things

One of the stops along the itinerary of the cross was a well in Samaria:

  • Jacob’s (Israel) well
  • Historical context was the Northern Kingdom
  • Legacy of idolatry and alternative worship
  • Demographic was racially mixed
  • Jewish leadership considered them impure and inferior

Read John 4:1-18

We are to have:

I. A Healthy Relationship with People

A. Sin creates barriers with others

  • People groups
  • Co-workers
  • Spouse/children
  • Extended family

B. Grace opens doors with others

  • Making the first move
  • No, they may not “deserve it”
  • It takes moving eyes off self (which can be tough)

Read 19-26

II. A Healthy Relationship with Scripture

A. Sin tries to use scripture

B. The truth sets us free (John 8:31-36)

Read v.27-30

III. A Healthy Relationship with God

A. Sin built/builds separation between us and God

B. Jesus broke/breaks the wall of separation (Ephesians 2:14-18)

Read v.31-42

IV. A Healthy Relationship with Work

A. Sin distorts purpose

B. Love produces a bountiful harvest

V. Conclusion

What is your health level with people? With scripture? With God? With work?

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“The Itinerary of the Cross” – (3/11/19)

“An Appointment with Nicodemus”

John 3:1-21

Intro: Personal story – “The Boy and the Judge”

Read 3:1-21

3 observations from Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus:

I. Jesus is Present

A. His demeanor is approachable

B. His nature is patient

C. His awareness is complete (He speaks our language)

II. Jesus is Gracious

Re-read 14-16

A. His motive was/is love

  • Wilderness forgiveness was because of love
  • The cross was because of love

B. He took on flesh

  • Philippians 2:5-8
  • The “only begotten” meant “first-born”, “heir”, “privileged” – not servant (but chose to be)

C. His attitude is redemption not condemnation (v.17)

III. Jesus is Truthful

A. He addresses “what is”

  • With Nicodemus
  • Word-picture of baptism with water represented repentance (“baptism of John” and when Gentiles become proselytes-children in the eyes of Jewish leaders)
  • With us it is much the same, a need to embrace Him in repentance, humility and acceptance of grace

B. He offers “what can be” (new full relationship with Him)

C. He warns of “what will be”

  • Condemned already (no need to add/pronounce condemnation)
  • Judgement

IV. Conclusion

  • There is a choice (v.20-21)
  • Nicodemus was curious, then a question asker, the voice of reason in chapter 7, then finally a bold disciple in chapter 19
  • How about you?

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3/3/19 “The Itinerary of the Cross” – Part 1

Text: John 2:12-25

Intro: When something or somewhere is familiar to you, there are things you understand about it. Personal example is the Mall of Georgia:

  • Visited the first year it was open
  • Changes have occurred over the years with stores, food court etc.
  • There are things that need to be updated

The Temple Complex in Jerusalem was a central hub of social, religious, and economic activity. It would be like the Mall with a large church at one end, a court of law, and a place for government operations. Also, it was very familiar to all Jewish men because they were required by the law of Moses to come annually at Passover to make an offering.

Jesus would have had experience with visiting the Temple. We know He was presented at birth (according to the Law), and we also have a record of His teaching the scholars at the age of 12. He would have observed the corruption and greed each year with their visits. The Priests had developed a system to basically “shake-down” the annual pilgrims by forcing them to purchase specific animals (from the temple at inflated prices) and to convert their money into shekels (at high exchange rates) in order to pay the Temple tax (foreign currency wasn’t allowed).

Read John 2:13-17

3 observations from Jesus’ first “official” visit to Jerusalem:

I. Jesus was Secure in His Purposes

Insecurity breeds doubt, indecision, and compromise…but not with Jesus.

He came:

A. To clarify worship (v.16)

B. To declare authority (My Father’s house) (v.16)

C. To display passion for the right things (v.17)

Questions for us:

  • Do I worship authentically?
  • Do I submit to His authority?
  • Do I display the right kinds of passion?

II. Jesus was Secure in His Purposes

Re-read 18-22

A. He never tried to “sell” Himself (completely comfortable in His own skin)

B. He was Ok with being misunderstood

C. He relied on “settled truth” (some would recognize it and some would not)

III. Jesus was Secure in His Perceptions

Read 23-25

A. He presented authentication for those honestly looking

B. He was “measured” in His approach (v.24) (didn’t need a fan club)

C. His dependence was on the Father (v.25) (not people’s approval or endorsement)

IV. Conclusion

Questions:

  • What are your purposes in life?
  • Are you comfortable in your own skin?
  • Do you rely on people’s endorsement or God’s?

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