<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> Home for one, want to say very much thank you to everyone. Not only your willingness to allow us to, to be gone as much as we have in the last two and a half weeks. But for the time we got to spend with my grandmother, for those who may or may not have heard, she passed away Sunday morning,
about 5:00 AM. And, but the, the time that we were able to spend there was priceless to us, not to mention just that. And the time spent with, with family since then. So we got home about three 30 this afternoon. We’re all really ready to see our own beds. W you know, when your 10 year old says, dad,
I’m really looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. That, yeah, but that’s what happens when you spend multiple days in a house with a total of 21 people under the same roof. So, but we, we have, we have very much appreciated the time that we’ve been able to spend with my family and all the care, current concern, prayers,
especially cards. Thank you. They mean a lot. We are in Mark chapter six this evening. Want to add to that another thank you to Michael and to Noah and to everyone else who filled in, in any way, shape or form while I was gone. I appreciate it very much as we’re going through this study of Jesus, we enter into periods of where we get these glimpses of what Jesus has in store for the church when he leaves.
And two of those occasions are when Jesus appoints in one occasion, the 12 to go out into the land of Judah and into the land of the Jews and to teach and preach. And then another occasion is when he sends out the 70 to go again, out into the cities and to teach and to preach. And one of those accounts, we find here,
the account of sending out the 12, but you also see here in this passage, not only the glimpse, looking forward to the time of the church and its evangelists work and its teaching and its ministry, and it’s broadening out and declaring the gospel to the entire world. But you also see the cost of Christianity here in this passage, and this is exhibited or in exemplified in the life of John,
the Baptist, as he will lose his life because of the message he proclaimed. So we’re going to begin in chapter six, verse one. Then he went out from there and came to his own country and his disciples followed him. And when the Sabbath had come, he began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing him were astonished saying, where did this man get these things?
And what wisdom is this, which has given to him that such mighty works are performed by his hands. We read here in verse one that he came to his own country is that Bethlehem Nazareth. Okay. Remember though Christ was born in Bethlehem in the land of Judah. He was not raised in Judah at the time that Jesus was born. We, those events occur.
And yet it seems to be based upon the indication of, of the text that Joseph and Mary were already up in Nazareth at the time that the angel came to them and, and told Mary that she was going to have a child, but that the reason they came to Bethlehem, according to the text was because a tax was declared quite often what you will find being true both in those times.
And even in modern times is people live where they can have enough employment to actually sustain their life. And so that seems to be the reason why Joseph isn’t in Bethlehem, though. That’s where he came from, because that’s where they returned to, to pay taxes. That’s where his inheritance was. That’s where indications are his, his, his ancestors were from,
but he wasn’t there. And the most likely reason is because that was not where they could afford to make a living. So they come to Bethlehem and for some period of time, they stay there. The indication is that Jesus may have been in Bethlehem until he was one or two years old. You, the reasoning, we can kind of think about it that way is remember Herod will in interrogate those wise men that came from the East,
by the way, there’s no indication that the wise men showed up the day Jesus was born. There’s no nothing in the text indicates that the shepherds were there. The day Jesus was born, but the wise men are not described as being there. We know that because Jesus course was laid in a manger after he was born, the shepherds will come to that place.
But when the wise men arrived, they’re not in a manger anymore. They’re in a house. So likelihood is Wiseman shall have at some point after that, yet still in his infancy, they present those gifts Herod in, interrogates them as to where they’re going, because they’re trying to inquire. Where’s the one born King of the Jews. And Herod tells them when you find them,
you send word back to me so that I can come and worship him as well. And yet God will warn them to go back a different direction, to not tell Herod. And then Herod will send out his orders and he will send out those orders to kill who all the babies, two years old and down. Okay. So that gives you the window of,
of time. The, the range of time that they could have been in Bethlehem is up to two years. Herod knows enough from his discussions, with the wise men, from the East and from the other things that he knows that window, if that child’s there, that window’s going to get it. Okay. So God tells Joseph and Mary to leave,
to flee, and they flee down to Egypt and they remain there until what, until Herod dies. Then when Herod dies, they returned from Egypt. By the way, at the same time, fulfilling prophecy of Habakkuk, chapter 11 or sorry, Hosea chapter 11, I will call my son out of Egypt. We’re told there in the text, but they come back.
But when they come back, they don’t go to Bethlehem. Where do they go? They go to Nazareth and it is there that Jesus will grow up. Now, where is Nazareth? Okay. All right. It is in the region of Galilee. It is up near the sea of Galilee, but it is in the North part of Israel, not the Southern part where Jerusalem is where Judah is.
It’s in the Northern part. On the other side of that, the vibe that Samarria was you had the Southern part of Judah. You had some area in the middle, you had Galilee in the North and did the Jews in Judah think very favorably and highly of those Jews that lived up in Galilee? No. What did they consider them to be? All right.
We we’ve got Phil. I think if my memory serves me correctly, quoting the proverb can anything good come out of Nazareth. But in general, the Jews in the South considered the Jews in the North to be uneducated. You remember the statement was concerning Jesus’s disciples. Many of whom came from Galilee. How can these men teach these things, seeing their Galileans okay.
They don’t consider them as educated individuals. So all of that brings us to this point in time, where Jesus has gone down into Jerusalem, he has preached there and taught there. And these events that we’ve been studying have occurred there. The sermon on the Mount occurred there, all these things happened down there. And then he comes home. He returns back to the Northern part of the land and he comes to Nazareth.
And when he came to his own country and his disciples followed him on the Sabbath day, he goes into the synagogue. And now that he is of age, there was a certain age. You had to be not. You, you had to be older than 18. As a matter of fact, I think it was 30. You had to be 30 before you were allowed to speak in the synagogue.
Otherwise you just sit down and be quiet. You’re too young. You don’t know anything yet. Okay. So he’s beyond that age. He’s beyond that point, he gets up to speak in the synagogue and he begins to teach them the indication is he not only teaches them, but tells them concerning the deeds that he is done in Judah. Okay? When he’s in the Southern part of Israel.
So they say, where did this man get these things? And what wisdom is this, which is given to him that such mighty works are performed by his hands. But they follow that up with, is this not the carpenter? The son of Mary, the brother of James, Joseph Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us. So they were offended at him.
Nazareth is not this large metropolitan city. Nazareth is not Jerusalem. Nazareth is not this large place. Nazareth would be like a coming to a small rural town in America where you walk in to the local barber shop and you haven’t been there for seven years and they greet you by name. Why? Because you grew up there. They that Barbara who set or stood behind that,
chair’s cut your hair. Since you were four, they don’t have to wonder who you are. They know who you are. When Jesus walks into the synagogue. When he stands up in the synagogue, nobody’s wondering who he is. They know who he is. They’ve known him his entire life. They probably heard that he went down to Jerusalem when he was 12 and his parents started coming back and God,
three days journey back and realized they didn’t have their kid with them. They remember that story most likely, but what don’t they know about him? Okay? They don’t know that he’s the son of God. Who do they describe him as carpenter’s son, the son of Mary. There, some indication perhaps this, this may be a little too much surmising,
but there’s, there’s a, there’s enough indication of the whole record to indicate that at some point in time, Joseph’s not mentioned anymore. Mary’s mentioned Mary’s present. Mary’s talked about from, from the time that Jesus began his ministry. You remember he was there at that dinner, in that wedding feast and Cain of Galilee and, and Mary is there, but Joseph’s never mentioned after his childhood likelihood is just surmising possibilities from the text is Joseph’s not alive anymore.
Some for some reason, no idea what his stepfather, as some might say is no longer present. He’s no longer alive. He’s referred to as the carpenter son, but he’s referred to as the son of Mary. So Joseph is known. Mary is known, but they don’t just know his parents. They also know who all of his siblings, all of his brothers and his sisters,
it could be, but it would seem odd in view of the texts where it stated that his brothers and his mother come to him in the texts like this, where Joseph is not, there’s no indication. Joseph is present. There’s, there’s a distinct absence and a noted absence that Mary’s always present. And Joseph isn’t, his brothers are present his brothers,
speak to him, but Joseph doesn’t. So there’s, there’s just, there’s enough there to indicate and is consistent all the way through all of the different gospels. And when you find the time after his resurrection, who believes in him after his resurrection, his brothers do pay after his resurrection, his brothers believe after his resurrection, Mary’s there, but still no mention of Joseph.
Still no indication Joseph is around for any of this. Okay? Sure. And that’s a completely valid point is, is it would not have been unusual for the husband to have been considerably older than the wife, simply because of the financial means necessary to provide for a family at this point in time. So we, we do see instances and occasions of that.
And that is also a possibility. So could just be, he’s not around because of natural, old age, verse four. But Jesus said to them, a prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, among his own relatives. And in his own house, we think Jesus means by this. Okay? Imagine you watch a young boy go from being a boy,
to being a teenager, to becoming an adult. And he’s just another kid. And imagine you observe this individual’s life day in, day out, year in, year out, every week, you see them at the synagogue. And then he goes on a journey. He starts traveling. And when you come, next thing you hear about him. You don’t hear anything about him,
don’t you don’t don’t don’t have any interaction with him. The next thing you hear is he’s president of the United States a couple of years later, what that kid that’s the, the disbelief you have here, wait, Ooh, we’ve known him, but here’s something else. You get, you get a picture of humanity’s struggle to believe beyond their normal experiences and to understand what is in front of them.
If it’s not consistent with what they’ve always thought, think about it. How many people go through situations and endure difficulties because they saw indications of bad times coming, but they’d always had good times. So they just kept doing what they’d always done. The Egyptians, the Egyptians in the days of Joseph are told, you’re going to have seven years of plenty.
You’re going to have seven years of abundance. And during that time, you need to prepare for seven years of famine. And did the people of Egypt prepare for seven years of family? No, but people did. Joseph did remember that. The Pharaoh said, when we meet a man who’s wise, who will actually make sure we’re ready for that day,
but come time for those people who had just gone through seven years where everything was great, they couldn’t plan enough. They got so much in the harvest that they, they couldn’t reap enough. They got so much in the harvest. They had so much abundance that they were consuming 60% excess. And yet year one, they start having problems. And year two,
they start selling things. And year three, they sell all of their cattle and all their livestock and year four, they sell all of their land and enslave themselves to their King. Is it because they weren’t given enough in years, one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. That come famine time. They didn’t have enough.
No, it was that they didn’t prepare. And having been told in advance what was coming, their recognition of the blessings they were getting right then made them act as though those blessings were always going to be there. That plenty was going to be there next year when they needed it. But it wasn’t. These people in Nazareth see someone they’ve always seen,
but they can’t look beyond what they’ve always thought to see who he actually is. And so we learn the importance in Nazareth of understanding that we need to pay closer attention to what God tells us in his word than our own opinions, about what we see. Because so often what we see is not what is actually there, what we understand and perceive is not reality.
It’s what we think is reality. And yet this is reality. Have they witnessed his deeds? And they did. They should have believed him if they were truly observing reality, but they weren’t. They were observing and basing their understanding of reality on their opinion. And what they had always thought was true. And that’s dangerous. That’s how nations get overthrown and people scratch their head and go,
Whoa, everything was fine. Just a couple of weeks ago. No, it wasn’t. You just thought it was okay. So verse five, now he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. Then he went about the villages in a circuit teaching these two verses I have have stymied me in the past.
And yet, as I was thinking about limb, it occurred to me all those times. If you remember all those times, Jesus said to individuals, if you believe you will be healed, remember to the man who was lame, who was let down through the roof. He said, if you believe, get up, go th the one who I’m going to get the instance wrong.
And the statement mixed up the one who was blind, I think no, leprose, there were 10 lepers. He tells all of them to go show themselves to the priests yet the one who comes back and thanks him. What does he tell to him? Your faith has made you whole Jesus had the power to do what he wanted to do. Jesus had the power to heal at a word,
anyone who was sick, but he didn’t do that. That wasn’t how it worked. The way it was done was Jesus healed. Those who believed those who had faith, that God would heal them when Jesus is encountered and, and, and met by those who represent this interior in the century and has a servant who’s sick. And Jesus says, I’ll go to him.
And the Centurion says, no, no, no. I have men under me. And when I speak, I send word and they go do what they need to do. You don’t need to come to my house. Just say the word Jesus observed. I have not found such great faith. No, not in Israel. And Jesus says the word and the servants healed.
Faith is always connected to the, that are done. And here you see the opposite side where Jesus marvels, because in Nazareth, a city, a group of people, a synagogue from which the Messiah came, they are the height of unbelief. Do you think they were the height of this obedient and sinful Judaism? This is what I mean. Do you think these people were just rotten to the core?
These people were just, they were, they were adulterous. They were floundering. They, they were thieves. They were murderers. They were no, no, they were Jews. They were Jews who were in the synagogue on the Sabbath day. But they were Jews who believed what they saw and thought more than they believed what God said and Jesus marvels at their unbelief.
But then notice he went about the villages in a circuit teaching verse seven, and he called the 12 to himself and began to send them out two by two and gave them power over unclean spirits. He commanded them to take nothing for the journey, except a staff, no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belt, but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.
Also, he said to them and whatever place you enter a house or whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. What he’s saying is you go into a city and you begin to teach and you’re provided a place. Someone says, come stay with me while you teach in our city, he’s in you don’t leave their house and go to somebody else’s and then go to somebody else’s and then go to somebody else’s you don’t travel and make a circuit around the city.
You go into that house and you stay there for the duration of your time. In that city, you make that house, your dwelling place your, as it were base of operations, your teaching location, okay? And whoever will not receive you nor hear you. When you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet, as a testimony against them.
Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city. So the disciples are sent out. The apostles are sent out the 12% out. They’re sent out to go and to teach, but they’re not just sent out to teach. They’re given the ability to perform miracles. They’re given the ability to cast out demons.
They’re given the ability. If we understand what miracles in their function were, they’re given the ability to authenticate themselves. You see the miracles weren’t done just so people could be healed. The miracles weren’t done, just so people could have demons cast out the miracles weren’t done. For that reason, the miracles were done to confirm the message of the person who did the miracle.
If a person came to a city and said, let me teach you something that Moses didn’t teach you, let me teach you something that the prophets didn’t teach you. Let me tell you about someone who you’ve never heard about before. They better have some authority to back it up. And that’s what the miracles did. They provided God’s stamp of approval on the message.
The person taught. Well, if they were to come to a city and they came into the city and they began to teach and they began to perform miracles and the people observed the miracles, but denied the teaching. They said, we know that you’re doing these miracles, but we’re not listening to you. Jesus said, you walk out, you leave.
If you can’t find a house that will host you. If you can’t find someone hospitable enough to see God’s word being taught and say, you come to my house and I will provide you lodging. And I will provide you a place to teach others. He said, you shake the dust off your feet and you go to the next town because that city stands condemned.
Why not? Because they always thought that they knew the truth. Not because they had rejected Moses, but because they had observed the confirmation of the truth through the miracles and denied it, they observe reality in front of them and said, Nope, I won’t believe. Okay. So they went out and preached. And what was their message? Repent. They preached repentance and they cast out many demons and anointed with oil.
Many who were sick and healed them. Now, King Herod heard of him for his name had become well-known. And he said, John, the Baptist is risen from the dead. And therefore these powers are at work in him. We’re going to get, Mark’s going to hear record for us. The backstory, because John, the Baptist and a lot of the other records goes off the scene.
He disappears. He’s he’s not there. What, what happened? Mark provides the backstory because he, and he provides it in a context where here Herod is hearing about everything going on. He’s hearing about Jesus. He’s hearing about his teaching. He’s hearing about his miracles. And now he’s hearing about people going out who are his disciples and teaching and miracles.
And all of this is going on in his region. And he surmises this. He doesn’t know anything about Jesus of Nazareth, who is that? He decides this is John, the Baptist. And he is back from the dead. Not a good situation for Herod because Mark’s going to tell us, Oh, wait a minute. How did John die? What happened?
Well, Mark’s going to tell us what happened. If Paul Harvey were presenting it, it would be right after. And now the rest of the story. Okay? So Herod sees or hears word of what’s going on. He says, these powers are at work in John. Others said it is Alijah. And others said it is the prophet. Of course,
the prophet was a reference to Deuteronomy chapter 18 and Moses telling those who were present of that day, there was going to be one who would be sent like unto me. And you were to listen to him. So thumb said, Elijah, some said the profit others, one of the profits, maybe not, maybe not the one Moses was talking about,
but at least a prophet. But when her Herod heard, he said, this is John whom I be headed. When he, he has been raised from the dead for Herod himself, had sent and laid hold of John and bound him in prison. For the sake of Herodians his brother, Phillip’s wife for he had married her. I don’t think we can quantify the amount of damage that has happened to teachers and preachers of the gospel over the centuries,
who have told people who had no right to be married, that they had no right to be married. I don’t think we can quantify the amount of damage that has been done. But John probably ranks pretty close to the top because what happened was John, the Herod of course, Harrods King he’s he’s granted he’s King set up by Rome, but he’s King.
And John goes to Herod and says, you have no right to have your brother Phillip’s wife. Now we know from history that Philip had divorced her radius and Herod hadn’t married her odious. And yet when John speaks of Herodians John, doesn’t say the woman who used to be your brother Phillip’s wife. He says the woman who is your brother Phillip’s wife. And we’re reminded that Jesus said in Matthew chapter 19,
that what God intended from the beginning was that a man leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife and the Twain shall be one flesh. And what may have, or what God hath joined together. Let not man put us under. John comes to Harriet and says, you can’t have her. She’s not yours. Now, according to the law,
Heron could do whatever he wanted to. According to the law of the land, Herod was married. But according to God, he wasn’t. And John told him as much, John said, this isn’t lawful. This isn’t lawful. According to the only law that actually matters. And it is one of the, this is one of those passages that shines this great light on the reality that there are two different laws at work,
in our lives as citizens of the United States. We actually, we appreciate and recognize this already. Do you know how I know that? Because we have a law that is the law of the state of Tennessee. And if you break the law of the state of Tennessee, there is there, there, there are courts and judges in the state of Tennessee that can prosecute you and put you in jail for breaking the law in the state of Tennessee.
But if you break the law in Wyoming, can a judge who is a state judge in Tennessee prosecute you and put you in jail for breaking law in Wyoming. No, they can’t why they have no jurisdiction. But we understand in our country because of our structure of law, that there’s state law and there’s what federal law, and you can commit a federal crime and it doesn’t matter which state you’re in.
When you commit it, the federal law and the federal government can prosecute you. And we live under two different laws every day. Well guess what? We don’t just live under two different laws and our situation case in point, we live under three different laws. We live under the law of the state. We live in, we live under the law of the country.
We live in and then way up there above all the rest of them. We live under the law that God has established and you know, those lower laws, the federal courts law love to, to indicate the lower courts and those lower judges at those lower laws have said and done, and then overrule them. Well, the federal law of the country we live in and the state law and frankly,
the County law and the municipal law that we live in are all way, way, way lower than God’s law. And there is no point in time where a, an individual or group of individuals or collective of individuals gets to make a law superseding God’s law. It doesn’t matter how many people we put in a room or how big of a country we make,
and then decide that what God said, isn’t true. It’ll still be true. We’ll just be wrong. And Herod is told by John the Baptist. No, it doesn’t matter if you’re King. She is your brother Phillip’s wife. And no, it doesn’t matter that he wrote her a writing of divorcement. She is your brother Phillip’s wife, and you have no right to have her.
So Herod being the great King that he was being observant of all of God’s laws and in general, very big proponent of the things that God says. He immediately repents, right? No Herod being King as he was. And Herod decided instead of repenting, allergists, throw him in jail because that worked so well for all of the Kings and the prophets in the old Testament.
So let’s do it again. So he takes John and he throws him in jail, but after he had been there for a period of time, and I might note he did it because of who he did it because of her Proteus B because of his wife, he through John and Jay, there actually is some indication that her Herod had a great deal of respect for John,
but not enough to go against her radius. Okay. So Herodians held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not for Herod feared, John, knowing that he was a just and Holy man and he protected him. So he threw him in jail, but he also put himself in the way of Herodians his desire to kill him. And when he heard him,
he did many things and heard him gladly. So John is in jail, but Herod keeps bringing John to him and keeps listening to John keeps hearing John preach, even though he’s put him in jail, even though his wife is not happy about him and wants him dead, then an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his Nobles, the high officials,
high officers, and the chief men of Galilee. And when Herodians his daughter herself came in and danced and pleased Herod, and those who sat with him, the King said to the girl asked me whatever you want, and I will give it to you. He also swore to her, whatever you ask me, I will give you up to half my kingdom.
Have you ever known men that were just fools around women Herod? So anyway, so she went out and said to her mother, what shall I ask? And she said the head of John, the Baptist immediately. She came in with Hayes to the King and asked, saying, I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.
And the King was exceedingly sorry yet because of the O’s. And because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her immediately. The King sent an executioner and commanded his head be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison, brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl. And the girl gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard of it, they came and took away his corpse and laid it in a tomb. Herod knows that John’s a good man and believes him to be a Holy man, but for the convenience of Harrods, own pride and position, and a least in today’s terms approval ratings, he’ll take his head off As if he’s a common criminal or worse than a common criminal.
And you see wrapped up in all of this, the ungodliness that is present at the very heart of Jewish society, because while Herod is not a full blooded Jew, who did we read? Was it the feasts Herod and his officers and the chief men of Galilee. You think those were Gentiles? No. You think maybe a few of those men, just a few years before had traveled down to the river Jordan to hear John and to be baptized in the Jordan river by John Good possibility.
But did they speak up and did they stop Herod when this occurred? No. And so Jesus sends out his disciples to preach the same message. They hadn’t quite sunk in yet when John preached it, that was repentance. Okay. We’ll go through the questions Sunday morning. Thank you for your attention. Good evening. Welcome to the Collierville Wednesday night Bible study and devotional.
It’s good to see each and every of you out here tonight, and those you that are unable to make it out. I’m glad that you were able to join us, either calling in or via the live feed. One of these days, this pandemic will go away. So we can all join together here and worship our God on the announcements, the guests that are here,
it’s glad to see each and every one of you. And we’re so glad that you chose to worship here tonight. Our sick ed Richardson. That’s my father-in-law Cheryl’s dad. He fell again this past Sunday, and it has injured his back a little bit more. So please keep my father-in-law and the entire family and your thoughts and prayers continue to pray for Barbara Dillard as she goes through her recovery from her surgery.
Joan Springer is at home, recovering from her surgery. She doing a little bit better, Marie. Yup. Okay, good. It’s good news to hear that. And Don Flanagan is still in the Memphis Jewish home, going through his rehab for his hip replacement. Janie Marlin is back home from the hospital, but the note here says that she’s feeling worse right now than she went when she went into the hospital.
So something is still not going right with Janie. So please keep Jane and your thoughts and prayers. Dorothy Wilson. She got a good report from her kidney doctor, but she still has a lot of stomach pains going on. So continue to pray for Dorothy. And then Rodel had his stress test and ultrasound, and we’re still waiting for the results on that.
For Rudel, please continue to remember the Saturn or scent family and their loss of Jenny’s dad. His services are going to be this coming Friday down in bell, chase Louisiana, and also continue to remember the Cozort family and the Stax family and their recent losses. Also potters children’s home will be here on Thursday, February 18th, to pick up the commodities and the coin cans.
So if you have anything that you want them to have, make sure you get it here prior to the 18th of February so that they can pick that up. When I get down here and then on a really, really good note here, congratulations to Gary and Maggie Collie. They have a new great grandson. Ellis Glenn Collie was born Khalifa and Rebecca are the proud parents.
So if you talk to Gary and Maggie congratulate them and also happy birthday to miss Maggie, that’s all the announcements I have are service. Tonight. Song is going to be Michael Dale. The devotion will be Noah Olsen and closing. Prayer is Murray Springer. Thank you. Good Mark song number 911. That will be the song of invitation number nine one one Song number 911.
And our song before Noah brings us, our devotional will be number 470 victory in Jesus. Number Four seven zero we’ll sing verses one and three, 470. I heard an old, old story. How I save you came from glory where you gave us<inaudible> to save<inaudible> me. I heard about his grown, Hey, this precious blah, Tony. Then I repented of my sins.
One vict Ori. Oh, victory. Jeez.<inaudible> for, he saw me and me with his<inaudible>. He loved me.<inaudible> and there’s do, he plunged me to victory. The need, the cleansing heard about a man. He has built for me and glory. And I heard about a street of go beyond the<inaudible><inaudible> and the old Ray damn Shan story and some sweet dad sing a song,
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verses five through nine. You want to be turning there where this evening, first John chapter one, verses five through nine. These are some of my favorite verses and these verses show what a Christian must do to obtain fellowship and to maintain fellowship with God. And again, notice John here is writing to Christians. Those who have been baptized in Christ. And if you notice verse number five,
this then is the message, which we’ve heard of him and declare unto you that God is light. And in him, there’s no darkness at all. Often like the analogy of the circle, God and us, God is always in the circle, meaning light. We can be in that circle with him, anytime that we desire, but we have to do what he says.
And we go out of that circle. Every time we sin and outside of that circle is darkness it’s sin lostness. And we need always to remember, to always walk in the light and he tells us how to, you can say, stay in that circle. Notice verse six. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth.
How many times do you often see quote, Christians say that they’re Christians profess, that they know gone in works. Deny him. If you go over to Titus chapter two, notice what Paul tells Titus in verse 16, Titus chapter one, verse 16. They profess that they notice this. No, God, but in works. They deny him being abominable and disobedient.
And then to every good work reprobate, we need to make sure that we do not just profess to know God or claim to be faithful. We need to make sure that we show that we’re faithful by our works. I can have faith all day long. I can confess that I am a Christian. If my works my life as a Christian has not proved that it means nothing reminds me of Jesus words on the sermon on the Mount Matthew chapter seven,
verse 21, not everyone is safe in me. Lord, Lord shall enter into, came to the feathers here that do with what the will of God, the will of my father, which isn’t heaven. So yes, we have to do those things. But notice verse number seven, what John points out to us here. But if we notice walk in the light,
that’s a continual walk. If I’ve been baptized in the Christ, that’s a good thing. But if I don’t continue, I don’t get heaven. Notice if I walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ. His son cleanses us from all sin. That we’re is a continual process,
keeps on cleansing. If I continue to do, as God wants me to do, yes, I was baptized before I was washed of sin. That I can continue to have that forgiveness. If I continue to walk in the line and he tells me how to live faithfully in verses eight and nine, if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.
And the truth is not in us. One of my, I guess it’d be, Michael’s one of his fellow students. When I was talking to him about, he had a good lesson idea and I love this title, sin as expected. That’s never accepted. God knows that we will sin. He understands that, but he never accepts it. He will never accept sin and he will never accept those who live in sin.
We, we, we know that we will sin, but the question is, what are we going to do about it? We need to repent notice verse nine. If we confess our sins, he’s faithful. And just to forgive us, our sins, notice this and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, we’re going to live faithful. And to God,
we will sin, but we must make that choice to get away from sin. You know, something that I like thinking about as well, notice this phrase, faithful, we need as Christians to forgive ourselves at times. I think sometimes when we don’t forgive ourselves, what are we doing? We’re denying the power of God. God can’t forgive anything. He is the most powerful being in the universe.
Anything that you’ve done, you can be forgiven of if you confess that to God, if we repent. And so we as Christians must do what’s to stay inside the circle, to walk in the lies he is in the line. When we mess up, we come to him repentance so we can live faithful and we can continue to be, as we want us to be.
And perhaps there was one here tonight who has not been doing the things that God would have them to do. You haven’t been walking in the light as he is in the light. And perhaps there are some sending in their life that you do need to repent. God is not going to accept sin. At any times, he knows that you will sin.
Or the question is what are you going to do about that? Are you going to turn away or remain in that second, Peter chapter three and verse number nine, the Lord is not Slack concerning his promise to some men count slackness, but as long suffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all everyone, you will come back to repentance,
but perhaps there’s one here tonight who has never even met obeyed the gospel. Would you believe that Jesus is his son have gone by a printing of your sin and repenting of your sins? Confessing Christ, poor man. And then making that choice to the additives church, through the baptism for the remission of sins. If anyone has subject, why don’t you come as we stand?
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Father in heaven. We’re thankful for Jesus Christ and his suffering on the cross of Calvary, bringing you back redemption between us and God, making peace between us and God Lord, we ask that you would be with us as we go through this life. Help us to remember that baptism is a one-time thing, but repentance must go with us. All our lives keep is with us.
So we can again be clean and spot that in your sight. When you look on the gifts of our sins, father, these things who asked in Christ’s name, amen.