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The Way, The Truth, The Life - Part 1

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November 12, 2021 6:18 am

The Way, The Truth, The Life - Part 1

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick

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November 12, 2021 6:18 am

How does a Holy God receive fallen, sinful humanity into His presence? Find out today as we continue to look at the Gospel of John. Part 1.

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Save a lot of the eternal father, as is evidenced through Jesus and then you could understand the power of the love of the one that we know as father gives us the power of the Holy Spirit lives with us one God in three persons to very fear and anxiety. This is moments and hopefully make all of us have fallen short in our relationship with God response to sin is often the first stop in a spiral away from God's grace. So what's the answer here stated in a message he calls the way the truth the light culture right now a lot of debate going on about gender not getting into all the world with gender pronouns.

Right now I'm not going to go into the mists gender during possibilities that all of us may face.

What I do want to talk about though is the importance of father. Jesus is the one who called God his daddy and told us to pray like this, our father who is in heaven. Many fathers are missing in action in our culture right now there are a number of children. Some estimate up to 70% will be evoked born into fatherless homes a difference.

Fathers aren't add-ons and as we see the statistic as well that men 2234 years of age, 70% aren't married and don't plan on having children. That means that fatherlessness will only increase. I will see children brought up in homes that have no understanding of who father is. But that's also seeping into theological debates as well. A four. There are progressive theologians who are trying to miss name and rename God calling him mother trying to give him eternal mothering characteristics now you need to know that I see those in the Bible, but they are metaphorical, not actual in the metaphorical understandings of God. His mother are seen when Jesus, for example, said to Jerusalem, how often I wanted to gather you under my wings as a mother hen does her brood.

But you would not be a metaphorical understanding of the feminine characteristics of God, certainly, but here's the problem with the whole idea of trying to call God mother. Jesus didn't. And if Jesus is the second person of the Godhead and he came to this earth as we'll see in these verses momentarily to mirror to us who God is. We need to understand that that Jesus called God father infecting the garden of Gethsemane. As many of you know when Jesus was wrestling with the whole idea of going to the horrific pain of the cross.

He called God daddy and he said, is there another way and of course daddy said to him, no. And as Jesus called God I body the phrase for daddy in the Aramaic during that day that he so can we.

Similarly, knowing the intimate love of the daddy. Now I understand and I get it that for some of you. You have rejected God because you have projected upon God your own earthly daddy who was absent, who was angry who was abusive who was hurtful, who was just bottom line.

Not a good dad or not there at all.

Also, parenthetically, could be that you lost your dad through death at an early age and just didn't have one present in your home. Hey, that was never God's original intent. He wanted every home to have a good, kind, tender, tough daddy who love kids was a guardian and the gardener of the garden in the home and served like a backstop for those of you love baseball illustrations. You're the catcher Mike Mr. Babbitt there's a backstop behind that will cause the ball to stop. Fathers are often the backstops in the home who should prevent those kind of ill effects of the society coming into the family again fathers aren't add-ons. They are very important. Jesus called God our father and we need to recognize that that is throughout the Scripture now noted that in the Old Testament God is called Father only about 12 times, but interestingly, in the New Testament, Jesus alone calls God father over 160 times hundred and 60 and as we look at these verses that were about to study right now. You will see him refer to father 11 times alone so two points here. First of all, Jesus wanted us to know the importance of God as father.

For those of you had a bad daddy, Jesus wants you to look at the eternal daddy and see who he is and that's what he intended you to have in your home and let the eternal father replace your earthly father.

Don't reject the father because you've projected your earthly father upon him receive the love of the eternal father, as is evidenced through Jesus and then you can understand the power of the love of the one that we know as Arbaugh father who revealed himself to us through Jesus in human flesh and gives us the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us one God in three persons. Now what I've done in these verses John 14 verses one through 14 the day is divided up them into three sections that all have to do with the father.

The first section will be the way to the father verses one through six.

The second when the character of the father. Verses seven through 11 and then how to communicate with the father.

In verses 12 through 14 let's get into these verses today. They are so powerful. The context is in the later part of John 13 Jesus had predicted that Peter would betray him. Peter said I'll never do that. Of course Jesus said when the cockroach the rooster crows in the courtyard later this evening, three times you will have denied me three times and that's exactly what happened.

If you missed a couple weeks ago message. Let me repeat this because it's so important. Jesus had two disciples who betrayed him Peter and Judas. What's the difference Judas went through with the betrayal got upset then through the 30 pieces of silver back at the feet of the religious leaders. But then he went and hanged himself. Peter ran away as well. Disappointed Jesus. But when he was convicted by the Holy Spirit. He didn't run away from Jesus and hanged himself. He ran to Jesus and asked for forgiveness and Jesus not only restore him. Dear friends, Peter became the head of the entire church. There's no sin you've ever committed this beyond the grace of God. There's nothing you've ever done that can't be redeemed and restored by the Lord.

That is the truth. He wanted Peter, especially to know as Judas had already left to betray him at this moment and then Jesus said at the end of John 13 where I'm going, you can go and Peter asked the question you where you going now here's what I think's going on with the other disciples after Judas had left. They had the expectation of Jesus establishing his messianic earthly kingdom. A Davidic kind of rule with a scepter and a sword to eliminate Rome from Israel. Israel reclaiming its rightful place as God's holy people in that holy land and when Jesus I'm going away. Peter's going, you can't go away you just came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, a symbol of this King David's return into Jerusalem and you can't go away because you still got to restore Israel to that power and Davidic throne. You can't go away because that destroys our whole understanding of earthly kingdoms that you're going to establish here and Peter was confused.

I think the other disciples were confused. The thought of after three and half years. Not having Jesus among them blew their minds they know what to do. And with that as background information. It will help you understand John 14 verse one Jesus said to these disciples.

Let not your hearts be troubled. Their hearts were trouble because they said Jesus going to leave when I can have this kingdom establish like we thought what's going on here and there were trouble there means terribly agitated if you remember previously in John's Gospel we have two other times were Jesus says my soul is troubled it means really anxious really overwhelmed again really agitated. But Jesus turns to them as they're going what's going on here. He says let not your hearts be troubled.

Now let me make a quick statement here.

I wrote a book entitled overcoming anxiety and the purpose of the book was to help you understand how to overcome your heart being trouble and in this verse Jesus said it's a choice whether you let your heart be troubled or not. Now folks let that sink in.

It's your choice.

You can either let your brain focus on the problem or focus on the Lord of the universe is bigger than any problem you will ever face.

Paul said in Romans 12 to be transformed by the renewal of your mind in second Corinthians 10 Paul said, take every thought captive. You are what you think. Whatever thoughts you let into your mind. That's what you eventually become those thoughts become feelings and those feelings become actions and you've got to control your thought life.

But Jesus here clearly says you can't. You can choose not to let your heart be agitated, overcome with anxiety and my book is all about 12 practical steps that you can take to overcome anxiety and and will make that available to you free of charge. I don't make a pineal problem. I donated all my proceeds before the book was written to charities to missions work. I don't care about making money through books. I do care that you read them, study them and understand the truths that are there and in that book I try to encapsulate John 14 one let not your heart be troubled, it is your choice be transformed by controlling your thought life and that's what Jesus is saying here and he continues to believe in God that if you know the Greek you know the tense of this is a command you, absolutely, completely believe in God then he goes on to say, believe also in me a command again.

You put your mind to your thought life. Your whole life into my hands. You give me complete control of your life, believe in me believe in the father in heaven were in sovereign control over every area of your life when you get troubled when you get anxious when you get overcome by all the problems surrounding whether it's covert or race riots or all the other problems in our culture and country you give those thoughts to me and you choose to believe trust in me that is the antidote to fear, dear friends, faith in God and Jesus. It is that simple. Is it hard to live out absolutely is a battle for your mind. Absolutely. But you can win it. You don't have to let worry, fear and anxiety overcome your heart. Don't let your heart be troubled.

Believe in God believe also in me. Then John continues with Jesus words in my father's house are many rooms.

If it were not so I would've told you that I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am there. You may also be now.

The illustration here would've been clearly understood by Jesus disciples maybe not so much for us today because it is a Jewish wedding illustration.

It has to do with Jesus going to his father's house and coming back for us who believe in going to a place where he has prepared already.

Dwelling places the earliest translations have mansions, our son had just rooms. I'll explain that to you in just a second.

In Jesus day when a guy wanted to marry a girl he would enter into a betrothal time. With the girl and he would give her a written contract which is like the Bible, which is 707,464 promises in it. It would be what's called a code to buy a contract, a covenant of promises that he would make to the father and to the bride about how he would care for her and secondly he would give her his most precious gift if he was a silversmith and be a silver chalice if he was a Goldsmith to be something that he made of gold and in Jesus we have that same illustration. Jesus gives us his most precious gift as he pursues us his bride.

What is that himself. He gave himself on the cross work to give the most precious gift Jesus has given us is the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us and then the bridegroom would say to the father and the bride. I believe now and I'm going to enter into this betrothal time. With you, usually about a year. I'm going to go back to my father's house, and there I'm going to build on a rumor to my father's house just like my father did for my mother and I'll come back and get you, but I can't come back and get you until my father says the completion of that room has happened because only my father knows all the necessary requirements structurally and everything else for that room to be available and doesn't that make some sense to Jesus said no one knows the day of the hour that I'm coming back to get my bride only my father in heaven knows Matthew 24, 36 so Jesus knew that that illustration was in their minds when he taught this and he said where my going to answer Peter's question.

I'm going to my father's house in the near I'm going to build on some rooms for all of you. And when they are completed.

My daddy in heaven will say go catch go catch it in that day that the bridegroom would come back most often unexpected, a lot at midnight along with his best friend a show fall would be blown a trumpet would be blown and he would go get his bride in her job is just to be ready to put a lampstand in the window that's always filled oil though, like burning brightly to say to her beloved.

I'm ready whenever you come back and that for us is our position as we wait for Jesus to return were saying him I'm ready anytime. My like the oil of the Holy Spirit is in my heart anytime you want to come back is fine with me. Only the father knows I don't know I'm not going to predict the date of the hour you told me not to do that, but I'm going to live in the absolute conviction you're coming back any day now and I just can't wait for that day to occur. Now interestingly, in Revelation 21 John talks about the new Jerusalem that is in heaven. This going to be our eternal home. It it it's talked about in the number of cubits in a square tube.

Just bottom line.

It is so large that if you took one quarter of the city of the new Jerusalem as described in Revelation 21 20 million people live there and that would leave the other three force of the city for parks and fun kind of stuff. Where were going to live. And then if you look at the 20 billion just in that one quarter. That means all of us are going to have somewhere around 75 acres each and were going to have a dwelling place that exists there now again in the early manuscripts of trying to describe what that word for dwelling places men in early King James version you have mansions. I'm sure some of you have heard that it was trying to describe what they thought was the right word for a beautiful, magnificent dwelling place. All I know to tell you is in years past. We just tried to find homes over the last 20 years. We now have custom homes. People who customize and make homes exactly the way the builder wants them to be and that the person is building a home for the buyer and were going to have in heaven or custom homes on huge acres maybe 75 acre lots.

For those of you who been the hope form that's about 127 acres so it's almost about half of hope form. You have a beautiful dwelling place that's customized for you not like everybody else, not McMansions like we have here in our city that all work the same. Each was going to customize for you the way. The father knows you like homes to be so you can enjoy it to the force of heaven is not boring folks sit around floating on a cloud all day long, playing on a hard home sleeping all the time, heaven is going to be magnificent and a good bit about eternity is going to be walking around our property and exploring it to the fair and also walking out other people's property and exploring it to fit with our friends there because God is our father. Jesus is our big brother and everybody else is going to be in this dwelling place are our family in Christ and what is going love to spend time together and be with one another and we get to hear the testimonies of all the saints who went before us to have to do some work for the father who has special task that he has set aside for each one of us, and here's what Jesus said, I'm going there to prepare that place for you and one day I'm coming back to get you know some people think John 14 verses one through three are verses about the rapture and not the second coming there listening to moments of thanks for listening, coming joins me in the studio with Great Lakes.

I am Tony Marciano presidency of Charlotte rescue mission ask you a question will you do when you stand at the intersection of homelessness and addiction in the person's shoes for just the second what is it that you really need.

You probably been one of the individuals who steadily ended. Interesting.

Holden assigned to said hungry will work for food, whichever use the money for food and booze and drugs with it most likely you hate your life you addiction has stolen every aspect of hope. You want to be part of the fabric of society, but every morning, your addiction screams and you surrender to it. There is one thing you do need and that is transformation the place to go to Charlotte rescue mission Charlotte rescue mission works from the inside out to address the root cause of someone at the crossroads of addiction and homelessness. The rescue Mission provides free Christian residential high-quality substance abuse recovery programs to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford such services with a passion for holistic transformation in a love for Christ missions 120 program has transformed the lives of thousands of men and women in our community. Charlotte rescue mission is grateful for the financial partnership. James Easton thanks for listening today we need is our pastor David Saad make dated, thank you so much for being my gin great being with you as well in this morning's moment of hope. He talked about how privilege and blessings come with responsibilities. I'd love to hear more about this. Let's start by addressing a subject that's in our culture today and that is privilege in some places. The idea of privilege is being despairing. It is looked down upon because you have something that I don't have in your trying to keep me from getting that. Will the truth is in the Bible.

There are some people that are more privileged than other people. Jesus made that clear. In the parable of the talents. For example, there are some people who have 10 talents. There are some people who have five talents. There are some people who have two talents and if you try to create a society that is emphasizing equity where that's equal outcomes. Everybody gets the same thing every kid gets a trophy if you will. You are creating an impossible society to live in because every body is gifted. So either the 10 talent person feels guilty for being 10 talents and falls into despair the same with the five tell a person or the two talent person lives in envy of those with five and 10 talents, which causes despair and you create a culture of darkness, discouragement, anger and criticism of anybody different than you are. And that's what we have in our culture today.

Instead, Jesus taught. Celebrate your talent or talents pleural enjoy what I have given you one thing though, if you have 10 talents.

Make sure you use them to create 10 more.

If you have five talents use them to create five more. If you have only two talents don't bury them. Don't you become despairing and criticize other people because I'll come to you and I'll say you lazy and slothful servant. If you only have to celebrate the two, but use that to get to more and then in the long run. What you want to do is create a society where everybody's using their giftedness to the full and the one who has 10 talents who creates 10 talents more that person is created jobs and opportunities and blessings for other people in the culture as well. And Jesus seems to indicate that in heaven.

Those who were faithful with their 10 talents here five talents year or two talents here. They're going to have a responsibility in heaven with eternal rewards for how they use their talents here so Paul talks about in Romans 1412 how all of us will be held accountable for what we been given one day in heaven. So use your gifts to the full and when you have a privilege of extra giftedness. Just make sure you understand the responsibility of using that talent not to hoard for yourself, but expand and grow.

Other opportunities for other people. I think this is brilliant and one of my favorite characters in the Bible.

He lives this out fails is Joe Seth yelled in his immaturity. He took that favoritism and he kinda held it up in front of his brothers that lurk in the end of the story had a purpose for the favor on his life to bless his family and our whole region yeah you use what God has given you for his purposes. You yield and humility for his glory. And then he'll exalt you to the place of prime minister like you did Joseph taking him from the pit to the prison to be the Prime Minister over all of Egypt. And that's what God wants for all of us as well. With every privilege. There's a responsibility use your privileges well to serve others. What a hopeful word press today. Thank you so much state I have thank you Jen and all you listeners if you'd like to receive from you daily, written moment of hope, please go to moments of hope Church.org for my heart to yours free of charge. Arriving in your mailbox. Every morning at 7 AM to give your day. A moment of hope and moments of hope with senior pastor as moments of hope Terex.

We would love to have you join us for worship morning we meet at Providence day school located at 5800 Sardis Rd. in South silent. You can find more information on our website. Moments of hope Church.org again. Come join us this Sunday morning school located 5800 Sardis Rd. in South silent moments of hope Church.org the entire moments of hope Terex great weekend


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