Sunday, April 14, 2019

Lazarus Palm Sunday

Mission trip

Hope
John 11
A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. Then he said, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up." So he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead.  Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let's go, too—and die with Jesus." Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.  Then Jesus wept. Then Jesus shouted, "Lazarus, come out!"  And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, "Unwrap him and let him go!"
John 11:1‭, ‬11‭-‬11‭, ‬14‭, ‬16‭-‬16‭, ‬21‭, ‬25‭-‬25‭, ‬35‭, ‬43‭-‬44 NLT

Delbert Enns pastor www.EasTview.org 

The cemetery evokes emotions. 4 funerals in the last 4 weeks makes me reflective. Death is something we have no control over. 
When will I die? We plan to live not die. 

If Jesus could not handle death then everything he did would be meaningless. 
Jesus dealt with death. 

For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.
1 Corinthians 15:13‭-‬14 

You want to see a miracle? 
Has death been spoken over you? 
Are you emotionally dead? 

The one you love is ill.
The Father will get the glory. Everything needs to glorify God. 
Jesus said you need to wait. Resolve the problem? 
Nothing ends in death. 
There are a lot of people in the story. Thomas the doubter had questions. He was riddled with unbelief. Let's go die with Jesus. 
Martha met Jesus saying you don't care. Mary was sitting in discouragement. Why bother? Her faith had died. Satan likes discouragement. 
Jesus talked to daddy. Prayer was his response to hard times. Get rid of the deadness. Unbind the death. It does not have the final word. 
Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life.
He calls you by name. He called only Lazarus.

Jesus was a man of sorrows. Jesus is calling you out of the deadness of your marriage. We think we can fix it on our own. 
Pray. Jesus I let you take control today. 

Sunday, April 07, 2019

The Healing of the born blind man

John 9
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
John 9:3‭, ‬5 NIV
There are 5 stages to the story
1. The person
2. The problem Jesus sinner? 
3. The parents
4. The persecution 
5. The pardon 
What else is there behind the story? 
Jesus has love. A miracle happens. Ultimately it's about healing the soul. 
Jesus is the satisfying bread of life. 
This is the 6th miracle recorded by John. 35.000.000 people are legally blind. This man was born blind. 
He was thrown out of the synagogue when he confessed Jesus. 
Do it yourself is easier than asking for help. 
Spiritual Transformation 
1. A man called Jesus
The man was a beggar. A nobody. Who sinned? Adam and Eve sinned and thought that God punished them. Blame came in. 
How was the wrong question. 
  "How then were your eyes opened?" they asked.
John 9:3‭, ‬5‭-‬5‭, ‬10 NIV
2. A prophet. The pharisees had to investigate
This prompted them to turn on the man healed of blindness, putting him on the spot in front of them all, demanding an answer. They asked, "Who do you say he is—this man who opened your blind eyes?" "He's a prophet of God!" the man replied.
John 9:17 TPT
3. Man of God I tell you, if this man isn't from God, he wouldn't be able to heal me like he has!"
John 9:33 TPT
A human divine individual. One to worship
4 son of God 
Jesus replied, "You're looking right at him. He's speaking with you. It's me, the one in front of you now." Then the man threw himself at his feet and worshiped Jesus and said, "Lord, I believe in you!"
John 9:37‭-‬38 TPT

5 worship
Jesus is indeed the Son of God.  John 1.49

Nathanael blurted out, "Teacher, you are truly the Son of God and the King of Israel!"
John 1:49 TPT

To worship Jesus is the fullest expression of faith and transformation. 
We the beggars worship Jesus the Good Shepherd. John 10
Jesus wil set you free to worship. Where are you? 
Let's worship now. 

I'm a child of God 

Coming up
14 Lazarus is raised. 
19 Jesus crucified
21 Jesus raised