JESUS Part 1 – Only One Thing is Needed
(Philippians 3:13-14) Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
(Isaiah 43:18-19) Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
What One Thing?
✔ My habits.
✔ My relationships.
✔ My health.
✔ My dreams.
Only One Thing is Needed
(Psalm 27:4) One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
(Luke 10:38-42) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
- I have decided to make the most of every opportunity.
(Ephesians 5:15-16) Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
- I have decided to get rid of every distraction.
(Hebrews 12:1) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
- I have decided to prioritize the presence of Christ in my life.
(Philippians 3:7-8 NLT) I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.
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JESUS Part 2 – KEEP YOUR EYES ON HIM
(Hebrews 12:2-3 MSG) Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God— he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honour, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he ploughed through.
For when you feel like giving up…
“Keep your eyes on Jesus.”
HOW HE DID IT
- Forgive everyone who’s trying to ruin your life.
(Luke 23:34) Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
- Help others who are experiencing your same struggle.
(Luke 23:39-43) One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
- Be sure you’ve taken care of those closest to you.
(John 19:26-27) “Dear woman, here is your son… Here is your mother.”
- Realize that until you get to heaven, there are some things you will never understand.
(Matthew 27:46) “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
- Be human enough to acknowledge your need.
(John 19:28-29) Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips.
- Be assured, there is a purpose and an end.
(John 19:30) “It is finished.”
- Finally, surrender your day to God and let it go.
(Luke 23:46) “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Jesus Part 3 - It is Finish?
Part 2 in our series we looked at 7 statements Jesus made when He hanged on the cross. The sixth statement Jesus is one of the most made by Jesus and still reverbs in all eternity what He accomplished on the cross of Calvary for us. It is also profound to know that six also the number of man...the statement (John 19:30) “It is finished.”
7 things were finished or completed when Jesus cried out “It is finished.”
- The malice of his enemies was finished.By nailing him to the cross, they had done their worst. here was nothing more they could do to the Son of God.
- The sufferings ordained by God were finished. Many times during his ministry, Jesus spoke of “the work” he was sent to do and of the “hour” of trouble that was coming. He once spoke of a “baptism” of suffering he must undergo. All those things were ordained by God. None of them happened by chance. Even the evil plans of the Jews fit somehow into God’s greater plan to save the world through the death of his Son (Acts 2:23). But those sufferings were now at an end.
- All the Old Testament types and prophecies were fulfilled. Matthew Henry lists a number of examples-He had been given vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21), he had been sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12), his hands and feet had been pierced (Psalm 22:16), his garments had been divided (Psalm 22:18), and his side was pierced (Zechariah 12:10). There are many other prophesies surrounding his death. All those had been or very soon would be fulfilled.
- The ceremonial law was abolished. As Romans 10:4 puts it, Christ is “the end of the law.” It finds its completion and fulfillment in him. Therefore, all the Old Testament rules concerning animal sacrifices are set aside. And the rules and regulations concerning the priesthood are out of date since the Greater Priest has now laid down his life for his people. Those laws pointed tothe cross. But once Jesus died, they were no longer needed. “The Mosaic economy is dissolved, to make way for a better hope.”
- The price of sin was paid in full. Do you remember the words of John the Baptist when he saw Jesus? He called him “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29) That “taking away” of sin was accomplishment by the death of our Lord.
- His physical sufferings were at an end. “The storm is over, the worst is past; all his pains and agonies are at an end, and he is just going to paradise, entering upon the joy set before him."
- The work of redemption was now complete. This is undoubtedly the major meaning. Matthew Henry expands on what Christ’s death accomplished in four statements, each one beginning with the letter F. The death of Christ provided a . . .
Full satisfaction for sin
Fatal blow to Satan
Fountain of grace opened that will flow forever
Foundation of peace laid that will last forever
Name Your Sin
So let me ask you a personal question. What sin is keeping you from God? Is it anger? Is it lust? Is it a hard heart of unbelief? Is it alcohol abuse? Is it an uncontrollable temper? Is it cheating? Is it stealing? Is it adultery? Is it abortion? Is it pride? Is it greed? Is it homosexuality? Is it racial prejudice? Is it a bitter spirit?
Let me tell you the best news you’ve ever heard. It doesn’t matter what “your” sin is. It doesn’t matter how many sins you’ve piled up in your life. It doesn’t matter how guilty you think you are. It doesn’t matter what you’ve been doing this week. It doesn’t matter how bad you’ve been. It doesn’t matter how many skeletons rattle around in your closet.
All of your sins have been stamped by God with one word-Tetelestai-Paid in full.
Anger . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Arrogance . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Gossip . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Drunkenness . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Fornication . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Embezzlement . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Lying . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Disobedience . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Slothfulness . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Pride . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Murder . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Bribery . . . Tetelestai . . . Paid in Full
Those are just examples. Just fill in the blank with whatever sins plague your life. Then write over those sins the word tetelestai because through the blood of Jesus Christ the price for “your” sins has been Paid in Full. His finished work on the cross, is our starting point.
Jesus Part 4 - I Am
In Exodus 3:14, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM” (KJV). Moses had said, “When I go down to Egypt and the people ask me who sent me, what shall I tell them” (Cf. Exodus 3:13). God said, “You tell them that I AM sent you.”
First, Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger” (John 6:35).
People all over the world are the same; they have an inborn hunger for something, and that something is Christ. People cannot be satisfied with anything less than Christ.
Second, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
Scientists say they do not know what light is. We know the effects of the sun, but we don’t exactly know all about it. We know that no plant or animal or human life on this earth can live without light.
God put the sun a precise distance from the earth. If the sun were a few kilometres closer to us, we would all be burned up. If it were farther from us, we would freeze to death.
What the sun is to the earth, Jesus Christ is to the human heart.
Third, Jesus said, “I am the door” (John 10:9).
Every building I’ve ever been in has an entrance somewhere. The Kingdom of God also has an entrance. It is Jesus Christ.
Fourth, Jesus said, “I am the true vine” (John 15:1).
When you receive Christ, He gives you the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit produces fruit in your life. What kind of fruit? Love. He gives you supernatural power to love even people you don’t like. Joy is another fruit. Joy in the midst of all kinds of problems and suffering. There’s peace. You have peace in your heart. And then you have patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control. These are produced by the Holy Spirit. And you can live that kind of life with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Fifth, Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
Sheep could not exist without a shepherd. The wolves and the wild dogs and the thieves would get them. And they would wander off, because sheep cannot see very far. The Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6). Man is like sheep. We wander around blind; we get lost. We’re lost from God. We’ve strayed from God.
Sixth, Jesus said in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
This is an example of what Jesus can do for us spiritually. We can become new creatures.
Seventh, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
In John 6:44, He says, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” This is how we come to God. The Holy Spirit will use an incident in your life to speak to you. It may be when you’re quietly meditating or thinking. Or it may be when you’re walking down the street with thousands of people. In the midst of all those people God can speak to you. He uses the Holy Spirit to convict people of their need of God. He draws us. He urges us to receive His Son, Jesus Christ, as the fulfilment of our life, the One who can forgive our sins, the One who can give us eternal life. Will you make that commitment?