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February 9, 2022 12:30 am
Today's episode features Pastor Russ Andrews as he finishes the sermon of the Supremacy of Christ and answering the question "Who Is Jesus."
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Do you feel like you're on a religious treadmill. Do you feel like Christianity is just a system of rules and regulations, I can do this but I can't do that. Do you feel like your efforts to reach God. Find God, and please God do you feel like your faith is dead or alive today. Pastor Russ Sanders will walk us through Scripture to answer these questions join us on finding purpose, glorifying God by helping men find their purpose for living. For more information and to connect with Russ Andrews and finding purpose could visit us firstname.lastname@example.org connect with us on Facebook. Now let's listen to Russ Andrews as he teaches us how to be a Christian without being religious title too much message, the supremacy of Christ back in Matthew 12 Jesus is blistering. The G Matthew 12 as Bobby said, why haven't you written allow the Sabbath the priest in the temple desecrate the day you're innocent see the priest every day. Had to make sacrifices on the altar, so they had to like the far killed animals pick up the dead carcasses and put them on the altar and all that about what work on the Sabbath. They had to make double sacrifices so that it is twice as much work.
John MacArthur says the most legalistic Pharisee into the priest to minister in the temple is innocent of breaking the Sabbath, despite the fact that they work twice as hard as he did on the other things to Jesus's point this out to these hypocritical religious G and when he did that Shorty was doing when he pointed out to them. You think a smaller size, declared war against their religious establishment because the religious establishment they had set up was actually preventing people from coming to God was seeking God is like a stumbling block is like a closed door Pharisees stop them from coming to Jesus. They stop it from coming to God. What Jesus did right in front of all those people.
Now these people are watching this and listening to what Jesus saying embarrassed and humiliated the religious leaders right in front of people and they were furious they were angry, their anger was to return to rage.
What he said next, look at verse six again went on in Matthew 12 I tell you that one greater than the temple is here right now if you know what these words mean.
I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent for the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. That's what he say to these men who dressed in robes and clerical collars and they got phylacteries up on their part which they turn on the 10 Commandments they want to make sure that in right-thinking Madison was The man right here, don't break the law. Don't break the law. Don't do this don't do that just religion. This is just rules, regulations and traditions that do nothing but put a burden on people when Jesus said this fighting words, Jesus was accusing these religious teachers that they didn't understand the word of God even when Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. That story and he said you're Israel's master teacher. You understand what it means to be born again, just like many religious leaders don't die like the man said she's never said that the Nicodemus really is what he was saying now make these words up. This is what if it Jesus elaborated on what he was saying this is what the Pharisees really understood them saying he was saying if you understood Hosea chapter 6 verse six. That's what he was quoting Hosea chapter 6 verse six. What amount of profit that God desires a merciful compassionate responses to the hurting and needy red in ritual observances, you would not of condemned innocent man wake up you blind guides you to Matthew 23 or 24 will say whoa to the shepherds he cost him blind guides you don't even understand God's word him elect dear. He understood that God first and foremost is a got bit of mercy, which is why Ahimelech gave the Britta David been wake right knee. Moreover, Jesus.
If you fail to see to the one standing here in your presence is the prophesied Son of Man is not only Lord of the Sabbath, but he actually yes the Sabbath see someone that can give rest. He is the Sabbath Jesus declared himself the Lord of the Sabbath and when in doing that he's claiming to be equal to God is also claiming to be God himself in the flesh this off at me right in here been coming to the spouse of years definitely believe in God.
Jesus equal to God and it really grasp it. Jesus is God. We get to heaven and they got to go to see one. What a sissy said that the right hand of God does not physically it's positionally like your your your right arm is typically a what is strong all Jesus is the strong arm of God and whatever God reveals himself in the flesh is always to the second person of the Godhead, so we get to heaven.
We were seated what the issue was recited in Deuteronomy 6 hero Israel, the Lord our God is what one, but he is a God who exists in three persons, father, son and Holy Spirit in the way I can understand. My mind is God, the Bible says God is spirit I think is a reference to the father. The Holy Spirit is what spirit you cannot see spirit we get to heaven will be worshiping. We will follow the feet of Jesus in Luke's primary goal in writing this gospel member. He said at the given orderly account from eyewitness from eyewitnesses correct that and what he is trying to show us in the entire Gospel of Luke is who Jesus is and what he is like look at Hebrews 13 and eight again I think is in your outline.
Verse three says the son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being universally but about the son he that is got a publicist your throne.
Oh God will last forever and ever.
Remember when the prophet told David that from his seed would come one would sit on his throne. And it would be an everlasting. What kingdom David God's kingdom is go, but Jesus came from a lot of who David and what he said many times God resists the kingdom is here. He's the one who ushers in this everlasting kingdom, and is inviting us men to be part of it, but you have to get by this major hurdle. You have to believe that Jesus is the claim to be God in the flesh. Colossians 115 to 16 says he is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn, the supreme one over all creation.
For by him all things were created things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, with the thrones or powers or rulers or authorities all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things and in him all things hold together. You know that our bodies are being held together by the Lord is actually something I can't remember the name of the some questions that therefore should we bring it up.
The sum of the chromosome owner something in their sale that Ashley is the glue to hold your body together is in the shape of a cross they can isolate one is in the shape of a cross on an interesting God is that is handprint all creation is everywhere you look is evidence that God exist is what we've learned about the supremacy of Christ. Jesus Christ is supreme and his authority.
No one ever taught what he did. Jesus Christ is supreme and his power is because he could heal the sick and forgive sinners Jesus Christ is supreme in his righteousness.
What that means yes he is the author of righteousness and he is righteous. Therefore, he is the one who sets the standard of what is right and wrong in this world Jesus Christ is supreme in his very essence is being Jesus man is the great I am of the Old Testament. When he stood before the Pharisees later in John chapter 80 said before Abraham was born, I they picked up stones to stone him, accusing him of blasphemy. So people a lot of feelers I would Jesus never claimed to be God. Oh yes he did the crucified and Stoneham because they knew what he was. They knew who he was claiming to be what he says I'm Lord of the Sabbath is claiming to be God and he is raising the ante he knows that he's headed for the cross braces dilute six verse six on another Sabbath he went to the synagogue. I love the CI to love a good fight like war movies member the Cincinnati kid when at the boxer together makes up 11 good fight arch your boxing match as we watch right here. This is a great boxing match is another Sabbath he went to the synagogue and was teaching in a man was there whose right hand was shriveled the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for reason to accuse Jesus is the they watched him closely said he would heal on the Sabbath of the illness ever. But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand you love this homicide is to get up stand right here in front of everybody man got up and stood there.
Jesus said to them, I ask you which is lawful Sabbath to do good and evil, to save life or to destroy it.
You know what they were due from before. There should present. She fell into a ditch on a Sunday put out excited says he looked around at all of them, the Pharisees and he said to the man stretch out your skin was completely restored, but the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.
Can you believe that saying Jesus was doing what he was always doing all the Sabbath he was in a synagogue teaching the crown to get around him as they want to hear this man who spoke with authority so don't just pick a date is a man there in their midst is got the shriveled hand.
It was whether it hung limp way try to raise it so is hand was totally used useless. But Jesus you know a great compassion for him.
So how to catch the players here you go Jesus you got the crowd of worshipers there seeking God you got this man with a shriveled hand and then you got is Pharisees and teachers of the law who were watching Jesus closely know why they wanted see if he would die or heal a man on the Sabbath right there in their presence, so they watched him the report, by the way for watch means to watch closely with the sinister intent. Think of a snake watching a rabbit waiting for an opportune time to strike with these religious leaders fail to recognize they were dealing with someone who knew what they were thinking.
What Jesus did.
He told the man with a shriveled hand to stand up. Why because he wanted everyone to see.
The miracle is about to take place. He wanted these people to see it.
Then he looked at the holy religious leaders and asked him which is lawful the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or distort in the Pharisees just sat there assist silent them out getting response. According to Mark's gospel. Jesus looked around at them more gives more detail in anger and deeply distressed of their stubborn hearts said to the man stretch out your and your mastery of later when Jesus is standing in front of a dead man's tune called Lazarus, come forth. How does God bring line speaking his word when Jesus said, stretch out your hand I can.
I can imagine the nerves in his arm suddenly come alive in the muscles being energize and strengthen and instantaneously the man right in front of everyone extended his arm out and as he does it, it goes out completely perfectly healed and everybody witnessed it. What they witness a supernatural miracle that only God can do what the Pharisees do they fall down at Jesus feet and worshiped him in cash. Thank you Lord is my we've been so concerned about no they stalled out in a fury went out and met with the Herodian's who were friends of Rome. They were Jews who sided with the Harrods and I think they they didn't see but when you know listen when you have a common enemy.
You become friends all of a sudden.
So they got with the Herodian dresses.
They plotted how to kill him. The several things I think we can take away from the story and healing are any man-made religion always has been and always will be the enemy of God.
You believe that only up to her from the beginning of time.
When Satan said did God really say that's just another religion is twisting the word of God as if 2013 listed as carefully gospel Isaiah 2013 for this is going back several years before Christ to see the enemy of God is always been religion. These people come near to me with their mouth. This is God speaking about the Jews who will come into the temple bring their sacrifices. These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are from afar, from the worship of me is made up only of rules told a million is happened today about every Sunday. The prophet Amos who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel, just before the time when the Assyrians came in and took the 10 tribes of the north away never. You never heard from them again. They became the lost tribes of Israel. For that price before the lost tribes of Israel. The 10 tribes disappeared. Why does God judge the nation because the prophets in the priest were lying. They were leading the people to worship false gods idolatry and commits all counts of gross sexual immorality, and so God is speaking through Amos and this is what Amos said for no you just think of God speaking to the nation visual for know how many are your fences and how great are your sins think about our country you you will press the righteous into proper pool of justice in the courts. I hate this is God speaking. I hate and despise your religious feast. I cannot stand your assemblies even though you bring choice fellowship offerings. I will have no regard for them to what away with the noise of your songs.
I will not listen to the music of your heart. But let justice roll like a river righteous is like a never failing stream to what I can read about some of the evil is taken place around the world total depravity care about a cartel and the Chinese were there committing genocide and asked the Lord listen I got evil in my own heart, Cassie started anybody.
Lord, I'll be so glad when your righteousness rains in this world that's not will happen until God finally ultimately destroys evil that will happen man at the second coming second the human heart is desperately wicked.
All you have to do is look at the Pharisees germ a 17 ounces. The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand why do Christians keep returning committing the same sin over over to the balances like returning a dull return to what vomit see the Pharisees believe they belong to God, while think about it, but the very same moment for plotting to kill and we love God Blanc try to kill God to be sublime. Paul explains this in second Corinthians 4, three and four and even if our gospel is veiled, is built to those who are perishing, the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ is the image of God was immediate. What is it mean to Christ as image got it music is a carbon copy of God is the perfect expression and representation of the chief archetype God the father time and time again. Jesus tried to get these blind Pharisees to believe he still extended mercy to them this way: parables try to catalyze their thinking so they would believe. Just you just study the parable. Maybe you believe John 10 3738 Jesus said to them, believe me unless I do my father thus but I do it even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles that you may know and understand the father is in me and I in the father's doing this out of a heart of love for his enemies. No nickel. Crucify him another time Jesus told his disciples something that Abraham said is if I do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they would not be convinced even someone rises from within, sublime the work later rose from the dead Jesus and what are the Pharisees try to do the evidence very. This is the heart so often of a man whose religious and lost. Walter Martin has been a real favorite was in writing Screwtape rights. Again, is a book with the same flavor of CS Lewis's earlier book Screwtape letters are to follow your guy. Screwtape is a day this is just make-believe story, but is it but is is to biblical truth. The guy Screwtape is a demon sent out by Satan to steal me away from heaven. In his book, Screwtape rights, his nephew warm. What you got that Screwtape is achieved payment service.
Satan is taking his nephew warm.
What is training wormwood how to be an emissary of the devil's teacher had to operate in Satan's dark world. This war so that the Christians in the world will be confused as they loss which which is what you get in this book, everything is opposite from Chris unity. For example, the book closes glory to Lucifer in the lowest savings option with his The Stanzel ravings opposite the enemy which site is talking the enemy is Christ and the enemy spirit is the Holy Spirit because from the perspective down under. Everything is opposite the remember wormwood is been trying to steal a person from heaven. Imagine that person is you imagine Satan as a target on your chest become after you insight is committed Screwtape to teach wormwood how to keep you lost is what Screwtape system warm oil wormwood. If you can obscure these facts is a chance that he will embrace what Hill considers to be the perfect synonym for true religion Christianity in the smallest imitation of the enemy's church. Everything looks and sounds right and good, but the enemy spirit is conspicuously absent. You must arrange to make you a devout Baptist sword about Anglican or devout Methodist or devout Presbyterian or whatever I can bet he must come to accept church, the type of religious social club where people congregate nothing more. In a word, wormwood help to become more religious health sake, not more Christian ugliness in Satan's master strategy from day one.
Take God's word and twisted to get people who think they're Christians confused line loss is a one-man if you're attempting to earn God's favor by attending church, reciting liturgy phone along the path of religious tradition, all those things can't be good. I think you be excellent. If you're done by faith. But if they're done just as wrote ritual without true faith in Jesus Christ insight as you write where you won't you religious blind to see, and lost your grade about that type of church to Revelation chapter 3 in rutabagas verses 15 and following about the church of Laodicea in closing in a little positive K was the main truth you come why would you like is this true Christianity recognizes that Jesus is both the Son of Man and the saw gunner was he's the God man is the supreme being of the entire universe.
He is the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the father but God. Jesus is the only way and listen. One day in the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven and earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father. So guess what me and just go ahead and bow the knee. Now and asked Jesus to come into your heart because imitation of this Pharisees and every nonbeliever one day they will stand before the king of kings and Lord of lords, and they will they will be forced to file this Pharisees that murdered him. The Roman soldiers… Our sins put America glasses of been forgiven, but they'll be forced to bow before Jesus and say yes you all Lord God. Jesus was cited and sadly depart from the because I never knew you. You want to make sure you going to heaven, you make sure you get to know Jesus and that's the only reason we do this Bible study is to make sure that you hear God's word and receive the believe that is have my friends and become a child of God. The sprite have a qualified you so much for your word. Thank you to God for these men that they will become your cold dark night spent some time studying your word and under that pleases you, father Christian to do it all over the world cannot summon in dangerous country where they have to sneak in an overnight to a secret location in a chair sure were more pretty blessed these visitors to small groups will keep coming back will keep us home with the award to Janice donated a freight alien being a Christian is not about being religious but about having a dynamic alive relationship with Jesus Christ you been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Sanders glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living, and discover more about finding your purpose in life by checking out the resources finding purpose.net will connect to finding purpose on Facebook pastor Russ would also like to extend a special invitation for you to join him in over 300 other local men to study God's word together every Tuesday night at 7 PM in downtown Raleigh. Find out more finding purpose.net.
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