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September 30, 2021 6:16 am
What do you know about the ascension of Jesus? This doctrine of the Christian faith is often overlooked. We will take a closer look today, and see how this doctrine impacts our lives as believers today. Part 1.
You have a struggle with near the virgin birth, the resurrection, or any miracle that God might want to do in your life daily T7 if you're not hurting place he wants to do a miracle in you have a problem with miracles.
You got a problem with creation is known as know about the ascension of Jesus as told to us in the gospel of Rick is there any doctrinal significance to the story. Today, we'll take a look at the last moments of Jesus's time on earth and what his ascension means to us today. Here stated with a message simply called the ascension will just song a song about what Christians believe just stated the apostles Creed was written probably second century which means those who wrote it were informed by the apostles. Good 12 followers of Jesus themselves. This once again called the apostles Creed called those who wrote it got that information directly from those who directly got it from Jesus. So my point is we begin this message today is very simple. If you don't believe that call yourself spiritual call yourself religious. Just don't call yourself a Christian.
So our Lord and Savior.
For those of us who follow Jesus have an understanding of what we believe and what I want to do today is to give you a deeper insight into one of the major doctrines of the Christian faith that is often overlooked, often overlooked is called the ascension.
It's the last verses of Luke the 24th chapter Wittgenstein resurrection and the book of Luke ends with the ascension and actually the book of acts continues that same idea and asked one because in case you don't know Luke and acts are connected. Luke wrote acts and so the end of the book of Luke continues in acts one John separates them in the history of the church for a lot of different reasons, but historically, Luke and acts go together and again what I want to push you want today is if you don't believe not only in the ascension of all the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.
Call yourself spiritual call yourself religious. Just don't call yourself a follower of Jesus, because if you love Jesus, you've got to believe these particular doctrines that fit altogether for the truth of our salvation to be known, so let me go over the major doctrines of the faith that lead up to the ascension of there are eight very quickly as quickly as possible. Here they are. It all begins with a belief in the doctrine of God one God in three persons, father, son and Holy Spirit.
We don't believe as Christians in a multitude of God. We don't believe in three gods. We believe in one God in three persons father-son Holy Spirit even shows up in creation in Genesis 1, when the wording is let us create humans in our image, our house, there is a plurality in the Godhead. They all perfectly love one another father-son Holy Spirit. And if you don't believe in the triune God call yourself spiritual call yourself religious. Just don't call yourself a follower of Jesus because it's essential that you believe in the Trinity, the terms that were mentioned in the Bible. It's talked about all the time those three in the Godhead perfectly. Love one another and they wanted that love to be extended which leads to the next doctrine of biblical conviction is the doctrine of creation that God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 11 and if you have a struggle with miracles in any capacity. The virgin birth, the resurrection, or any miracle, the God might want to do in your life today only tell you something if you're not hurting place he wants to do a miracle in your if you have a problem with miracles. You got a problem with creation because the God created the heavens and the earth can do anything he wants to do and he created this world and you and me in order for the love that existed among the father-son Holy Spirit to be given to us and for us to love God and love our neighbors with that same kind of love.
That's why we were created got also created angels 1/3 of them fail one of the Lucifer, the angel of light became Satan came to this earth thrust out of heaven along with his minions and they tempted Adam and Eve, which leads to the next doctrine is the doctrine of the fall. Everything in Genesis 1 and two in creation operated perfectly in harmony what God wanted to operate when the fall occurred.
This harmony came in every possible way. In the created order. Earthquakes, tsunamis, all those different natural disasters, our bodies became sin filled. We now die. That was never part of God's original and death was never intended by God for that person. Support of a broken fallen world. This harmony in our emotions, fear, anxiety, shame that those negative emotions were never intended by God and original intent, but the fall did happen and it's passed on through sexual intimacy between a man and a woman is called the doctrine of original sin and if you don't believe in that. Just have children. I believe the doctrine of Original Sin, because I have three children and I've seen it in the from the moment of day one. They want the world to revolve around them. I now see my grandkids is much like deceiving them especially with every time I go over there, they won't to be the center of my life because there's this disease that's passed on from conception to the next generation, the next generation of the Bible clearly teaches and if you don't believe in the fall and how since passed on call yourself a spiritual person, or a religious person, just don't call yourself a biblical Christian because that's clearly what's taught and after the fall, God begins what's called salvation history. The doctrine of salvation history. What is that mean it's when Abney felt their relationship with God, was separated and they were going to spend eternity separated from him and every one of those born thereafter because of that sin nature passed on to us throughout many to spend eternity separated from God as well. Here's the problem of God. The father-son Holy Spirit to love one another perfectly. He still loves us and he still wants to have that relationship with us.
He wants us to know him intimately. He wants to reestablish that love that he has for us and give us a life's purpose were wandering aimlessly away from God because of our sin God decided to do something about it.
He began salvation history by calling a man named Abraham in Genesis the 12th chapter entered into a covenant with him. He said through you and your seed I'm going to bless all the nations of the earth. He began a nation called Israel. Then you have the patriarchs there after Isaac and Jacob and Joseph Abraham's lineage that at the end of Genesis had 70 people in Egypt with Joseph. The last patriarchs and they were in relationship with one another, then between Genesis and Exodus that 70 goes to 3 million and there in enslavement in Egypt. God raises up a man named Moses and he calls Moses a Jew to take his people out of that enslavement and bring them to his promised land that he promised Abraham some years before him and Moses does so, and he has the Red Sea parted by a miracle of God, he'll probably the ritzy parting you got a problem with God and that Red Sea parts. God takes them to sign the I and there he gives them several things.
First of all, belief in the one true God. Polytheism filled the world. The cultures of the world believe in a multitude of different gods, God raised up Abraham to teach and there's one true God. The beginning of salvation history, and then he gave those people and understanding.
Secondly, how to worship the one true God. And then thirdly gave the rule on how to live dear friends, God's laws are not meant to inhibit us there meant to protect us. God loves us so much he sees ways that if we go beyond those guardrails on the road will go over the cliff so he gave the Israelites personal 10 more loss to follow.
They also gave them ceremonial laws, which were blood sacrifices to forgive them of their sins was the greatest need. They had the human negative emotion of guilt they needed God's forgiveness. So God told Moses to have a series of blood sacrifices for the forgiveness of their sins. The people intuitively knew that blood had to be said for the forgiveness of their sins. They knew they were guilty of their continued rebellion against God because they had the selfish sin nature and I would suggest to all of you today that the cultures of the world understand their needs to be some kind of blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of their sins, even those who don't know Jesus, especially knowing for example Marilyn I got back from the Paul.
While there we experienced the largest Hindu temple in the Paul 80% of the policy, and it's the largest percentage of Hindus of any nation on the face of your at that temple. We saw some amazing pictures but these pictures were of the people burning constantly sacrifices to the gods. They have a plurality of gods over 330 million. They believe in and that was to satisfy the gods and their anger against them and what is so interesting is after they would have their dead come to this river. You see the river at the bottom which is their holy River in Kathmandu. They would wash the feet of all of their dead people and they would weigh all uproariously, and I just found myself with great sadness as I listen to their wailing over the loss of their loved ones and they would burn them on these funeral tires and then they would sometimes sacrifice goats and other animals for the forgiveness of their sins, hoping in their religious worldview that karma would take them to a higher life form. You know don't you that inestimable theologian, Bono said it well there two worlds religions grace or karma. You either get what you deserve, or God intervenes and you don't get what you deserve everyone's religion that has worked as a part of what they gotta do, especially in Hinduism where they wash the feet and then burn the body sacrifice animals spill blood have a sense that something's gotta happen to interfere on God's anger against me, so that my sins can be forgiven and that's what the Jews did under the law of God, trying to create a positive karma if you will, obeying rightly so, God will bless them. Did you know recently, archaeologists in South America have discovered a city with a Valley with her hundreds upon hundreds of little children's books you happen they sacrificed the people in the parents sacrifice their children.
In order for the gods to BPs and for blessings to come to them. They also found an enormous number the bones of llamas blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins and God gave that to Moses that was in the book of Leviticus. For those of you now know why the ceremonial law was given was a foreshadowing in a foretaste of the understanding that blood must be shed, and that salvation history continues with the formation of the Jews, the wisdom literature. The profits from Isaiah through Malachi and in the in the malachite just ends but you have the Israelites set up with an understanding of the one true God of how to worship the one true God, and the need for blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins and there's 400 years of silence between Malachi and Matthew silence until the next doctrine takes place at some point in that end of the 400 years. The father looked at the sun and he said you go. Would you go and the son said yes I'll go humbling himself in obedience to the father's will for his life. The son put on human flesh was conceived through a virgin, by the power of the Holy Spirit the way sins passed on was overseen by God, bypassed by God. And this baby named Jesus, whose name means Savior from our sins, was birthed in a stable in Bethlehem. It's called in the incarnation God with flesh on you love chili con carnet that's chili with flesh on this is God con carnet folks God with flesh.
It's the incarnation and if you don't believe that God became human, bleeping, and that Jesus was fully God and fully divine and fully human.
At the same time you don't believe that call yourself spiritual call yourself religious.
Just don't call yourself a Christian because the incarnation is not an uncommon doctrine. It's essential for those of us who believe in the incarnation leads to the cross. This baby Jesus grows up and he lives for 33 years.
The perfect life. None of us can live as the perfect God man. He lives the perfect life. We can't live because he had no sin within him and then he goes to the cross and he dies his blood shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
All of those animal sacrifices in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Folks were foreshadowing's and forte's of the cross of Jesus, all a part of salvation history. All a part of the plan of God. And when Jesus died on the cross. Remember his last words.
It is remember it's finished.
What's finished the work of salvation for the forgiveness of our sins so that we can be reconnected to God in heaven. Our sins forgiven because God's perfect and holy are sins have to be forgiven.
Now we can have his love once again poured out in us and we can do what Jesus calls us to do in us to love God and love our neighbors. The two laws now that replace all of the hundreds of those in the old covenant. That's what happened with the cross and then there was the resurrection was the resurrection.
The resurrection is God's way of saying the cross is true. I joke with you from time to time.
You can't keep a perfect God down. If Jesus is God, he can't stay in that true he's got to rise from the dead, which he did. It was God's! To say he's alive. The tomb is empty. The cross is true, your sins are forgiven if you just confess them and you receive by grace through faith, forgiveness, not by your works.
Remember there two worlds religion karma and grace. Karma is you get what you deserve. Grace means God is intervene because he loves you so much and because of Jesus, you don't get what you deserve what we deserve. We deserve hell we deserve eternal separation from God. But God did a rescue mission with Jesus and died on the cross and was raised from the dead to prove that he has granted us now, the forgiveness of our sins, the resurrection is true and if you don't believe in the resurrection that these eyewitnesses saw Jesus and were willing to give their life for which is one of the recruits of the resurrection.
By the way you are aware of that, aren't you comply with these people say they'd seen a resurrected Jesus under the threat of persecution, scorching torture and martyrdom. Why would they die for something they knew was a lie. Let me tell you something, folks. The first strap that hits my back, especially when matted with bones and metal. The first one the bites into my flesh I yell out. Sorry, just kidding. We made it up but they did every single one even being tortured even under martyrdom died yelling out, Kristof says curiosity Christ is Lord why they'd seen a resurrected Jesus. The resurrection is not optional. If you follow Jesus you got to believe in.
Call yourself spiritual call yourself religious. That's fine. Our cultures being imbibed with people that perspective, that's fine and continue to seek we want to see just don't call yourself a Christian because that doctrine of the resurrection is absolutely essential. Now what's the next Jesus not only died, and was raising the dead he ascended to heaven now ready to get into it from Luke the 24th chapter versus 50 through 53 and Jesus led them out as far as Bethany and lifting up his hands.
He blessed them, gave them a benediction. While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried where folks up into heaven, and they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
You really believe in the cross, resurrection and ascension, you can't help but worship with great joy and were continually in the temple blessing God Jesus blessed them before you send it. They in turn got all the joy they had things in moments of help with. Thanks for listening joins me in the studio with a conversation about how we are always living right is the ministry minute, focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community. I Mark McManus and with me today is Bart Noonan with West Boulevard ministry Mark tell us about West Boulevard ministry of thank you versus up to speak about was for ministry is more important about Jesus Christ was Boulevard ministry, social, spiritual, physical, news that there was news with and Was Blvd., Jesus Christ weather were doing neighborhood outreach cookouts galleries will bring people outside of the apartments their homes into fellowship with one another forward doing Bible study date of the first Wednesday of every month Little Rock Apartments. We gather anywhere from 50 to 70 children that we share the gospel with play bingo after our Bible study portion of the night in a couple weeks ago young man walked without close to three years came in if he forgot something. Like a lot of young kids do. Forgot some in the space came back in the end up praying out myself and all the other volunteers ministry to gather there for that night, and let us all in prayer close valve fishermen particular church every Sunday for the past year and 1/2 and that's what it's all about us, about providing opportunity for Jesus Christ working side someone's heart because the more that sounds right now.
If any of our listeners want to get in contact with you how they do that the best way to do is either myself and parked at West Bard ministry.board morning call me straight for myself and it always agents will doctor the phones always on. That's not a 029890270 encourage folks to also get our website which is West Boulevard ministry.org and there you can see some of the photo galleries and system of logs, things we do throughout the West Boulevard, to the glory Jesus Christ is great having you with us today.
Thank you very much James Easton. Thanks for listening today. Joining me in the studio is our pastor dated blank dated, thank you so much for joining us today. Yes, you're welcome Jan, it's always great being with you. Well dated in this morning's moment of hope. You wrote that we are always at parent blaming well, I don't think I could've understood this when I was in my pre-marriage days, especially nor even in my days after Marilyn and I began to have one, then two, and then ultimately three but now, at this stage of life, as I now have eight grandkids and three kids who are all adults.
This truth is absolutely true. You're always apparent you still feel what they feel you still experience what they experience. You are still inextricably linked to them and I don't think it will ever fail. I think I'll be in my 90s.
Should the Lord allow me to live that long, and when I look at how my children might be going through a tough time. I will feel what they are feeling.
Because this truth is always true. You're always apparent. It is not true that when they leave the home your parenting job is over and you will no longer encounter them. It's just ridiculously untrue and in fact you will discover Jan as grandchildren come your way. That if you have a great relationship with your children.
They'll actually come back and ask you for tips on how to live life and to do life well so again the truth is true, it will always be true.
You will always be a parent and your kids will always be connected to your heart. It's just a reality. I can't imagine going into the next stage of life without having a really good foundation relationally with your children and I think that it ties into a conversation we had recently on the program of providing safe boundaries with the curfew and ends is building on building on that trust. · When they do become apparent themselves they do you mean on you and that's just so beautiful in the way it should be.
And interestingly I would say thinking of my dad. For example, who has passed on, but for many years. He was this awesome figure in my life and I keep thinking of the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom that word fear is not trembling in God's presence being afraid of what is going to do its understanding that is perfect for love, perfect love casts out all of that kind of negative fear and then you have this wonderful sense of all in the presence of this great dad and then after I left home and began life on my own. Slowly but surely my dad moved from being my father to my close friend, and I think that's what supposed to naturally happened with parent and children, but it happened largely because my dad spent time with me develop that relationship early on and so that all that reverence went from fear to friend and now I think of him so warmly.
As such, a close, intimate friend. It allows you did also understand as well.
You're always apparent because you're connected to this person who is your close intimate friend aliveness. This is so beautiful. Thank you so much for these insights to maintain it well.
Thank you and everyone listening. Ephesians 6 verse two says for dads not to exasperate their children. They are called to love their children and you exasperate them when you just demand legalism. The following rules and regulations and not offer them love when you love them. Your hearts will always be connected. And if you'd like to have a daily moment of hope from me go to moments of hope church.org. There you can subscribe and get these daily written moments of hope for my heart to yours every morning at 7 AM. Help with the senior pastor is moments of hope church we live to join us for worship this Sunday morning.
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