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A Gift that Keeps on Giving

Dee Casper


Dee Casper

Director of the CORE Evangelism Training Program



  • January 2, 2021
    10:00 AM
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God in heaven I just want to thank you for being amazing that your Grace does amaze us and I'm asking now as we reflect upon Scripture this morning in the end current Asian I pray that you would do something in this space in this very moment that none of us would soon forget I pray as Moses prayed in xs chapter 33 that you would show us your glory in God that you would draw us even closer to yourself ministered to the hurting hearts that are in this congregation and bless us now we pray in Jesus' name amen. As Lou did mention the privilege of helping around a school for the Pennsylvania conference called core our websites our new website should be live in like the next 72 hours or so is core of Angela's own dot com If you'd like to find out more information or does come talk to me afterwards or go postcards recta giving away or 3 messages class for free so you can walk through the messages content for free and those can be available very soon as well so we're excited for that and core online will be coming by things giving this year by God's grace if you can't come to Pennsylvania you can still receive all the training all of the lectures and so forth by Thanksgiving this year thankfully but again today we're going to discussing something that I think is very relevant to this time of year address the topic of the Incarnation Yes it's true Jesus was not born on December 25 if you didn't know that I'm sorry to crush your hopes and stuff but he was not born December 25 is born in the autumn but this time of year does give us a space to talk about the significance of that event more than any other time and but what I hope we will realize today is that this is something we should be dwelling upon regularly not just on December 25th and the week before in the week after we really need to immerse ourselves in this topic because I think there's a lot of keys to a lot of the grief and heartbreak and challenges of this world is dealing with right now in this topic so in Genesis chapter one in Genesis chapter 2 we have a perfect people and perfect communion with a perfect God in a perfect environment it's all good it's an amazing experience face to face communion with God Himself guys can you imagine face to face communion with God Himself and the difficulty is in there's this you know kind of bad circumstance I have is the Genesis Chapter 3 were Adam and Eve fall and we're told Isaiah Chapter 59 averse to that sin causes separation from God and this had to have been devastating for our 1st parents I can't even imagine the grief they went through in recognizing the consequences of their decision and what was lost through this process but. There's this interesting scenario in Genesis Chapter 3 where when the separation occurs God comes in and investigates in the Ask them where are you now can you hide from God behind a bush yes or no no you can't hide from God behind a bush and we get evidence here that sin doesn't just separate us from God right there's marital strife that begins immediately he's blaming her she's blaming the serpent right it causes separation amongst ourselves but even causes separation you know from like logic and stuff sin makes us kind of dumb you males might testify to that sin can make us kind of dumb at times it makes us do things we wish we didn't do and but what comes along with this is shame right this idea that I'm nothing but the mistakes that I have made and this can be absolutely crippling for many people and they realize that they were naked and so they cover themselves with fig leaves I'm sure anonymous have ever done that we never found ways again to cover ourselves up to look a little bit better because we don't want people to see as negative ashamed we don't want we're not about that life right so the problem is if all of us are wearing fig leaves then because you know I don't want anyone to see me and I don't want you to see me because you know I got my stuff and I don't want you to see my stuff I want you to think them together then that makes us feel even more alone. Right if we're all living this lie in our fig leaves of piety and claiming to be something we aren't the nobody feels safe no one feels connected and it makes matters even worse right Shane can distort our thinking it isn't the circumstance but God preaches the gospel in Genesis Chapter 3 and tells that he curses the serpent and says that the sea that comes through Eve through human means is going to crush you but you will bruise his heel in the process right that he's going to suffer as he conquers Satan This is the 1st gospel sermon that is ever preached on planet earth so we go from face to face communion 10 now separation we lost that fellowship that we want to have there's still the blessing of communion with God in the Sabbath and which we can't any other time but it's a challenging and difficult season for our parents but this goes on for some years and then God makes a statement and exit Chapter 25 and verse 8 that I'm so thankful for he says and I want you to pay attention languages you see in fact here and there because I want you to help me out exit Chapter 25 and verse 8 you may be able to recite it from memory praise the Lord if you can and it's quite all right if you can't but turn exit Chapter 25 and verse 8 God tells Moses the separation has gone on for years now God tells Moses let them build me a sanctuary why and he's a verbal feedback I'm tired of preaching a computer screen to real people here prove it say something you all. That I may dwell among them Ok that word well very important our study today Ok I want to dwell among them in the very idea the very fact that God says he wants to do well among us seems to me that he's trying to get rid of the separation are you noticing that right he doesn't want this separation he's trying to deal with that and moving next door so the very fact that God is choosing to relocate himself of sorts to live next door to selfish judgment all and debris and to pray people like me implies that he's not done with me Amen yes we've sinned Yes we fall and yes we cause problems but God isn't done with us that even if I've made a mess of my life he must see something of value in me else he wouldn't be moving next door and so for all intents and purposes God becomes the neighbor of his people and if you're familiar with his or the curve the layout of how this worked in Exodus and in the Hebrew sanctuary service in the kind of the layout of the community the tabernacle was in the middle of the community if you ever been like old talent with a house like it the city square you know the roundabouts and they've got the clock tower in the middle of the court house it was very much like this this was the life of the whole community yet tense on the north the south east in the West but God's present was dwelling right there in the middle in the purpose of this sanctuary and the service of the sanctuary was to alleviate the problem of separation to communicate that there is a messiah who's coming to this world who's going to suffer who is going to die and put an end to that separation is reminding us of the 1st gospel sermon priest in Eden that introduces this idea of the incarnation of God becoming a man and suffering and dying for the sins of humanity and goes into 1st Kings Chapter 6 because God uses very similar language. As he gives the instructions for the Solomonic Temple go to 1st Kings Chapter 6 The temple that Solomon built 1st Kings Chapter 6 beginning of verse 11. First King 6 beginning of verse 11 then the word of the Lord came to Solomon saying concerning this temple which you are building if you walk in my statutes execute my judgments keep all my commandments and walk in them then I will perform my word with you which I spoke to your father David in there what does God promise to do he will dwell among the children of Israel and will not for seek my people Israel right guys desired to dwell with his peoples continually he's making that clear the whole point of this tabernacle of this service is to communicate my intention to get rid of the separation between us so that I can dwell with you once again God is communicating this through the sanctuary service so I'm not Ok with the separation I'm moving next door I miss you but I love the fact that God doesn't stop here right God is not content to be the neighbor of his people right he wants even more than that and it's going to take more than that to remove this separation so now go with me to the Gospel of John chapter one the Gospel of John chapter one. Beginning in verse one John chapter one beginning in verse one says in the beginning was the word in the Word was with God and the Word was God he was in the beginning with God all things were made through Him and without him nothing was made that was made in Him was life and the life was the light of men and the light shines in the darkness and the darkness and not comprehend it or overcome it Ok this is one through 5 skip down to verse 14 though interact with me here and the Word became flesh and did what any to talk really loud because you're like a mass of trained couple I mean here get it in quick yaar. Yet to dwell among us to write the word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory the glory as of the only begun the unique of the Father full of grace and truth writes a Cheesus k. that we may be a whole the glory of this the father of his father and this is another beautiful reason for the incarnation because Jesus says and John 149 that if you see me you've actually seen the Father he came to show us how God does life and what God's disposition towards man gives right towards broken and wounded in fallen people in this is super important because in our sinful and shame filled flesh we're tempted to feel that God looks at us in the same way that we look at us that we're losers right that we are worth his time that we're a waste of his time and with Jesus is communicating through the incarnation is that I have come to reveal to you had the Father looks at you and he looks at you he doesn't see what's wrong. He sees what's missing. Right and he pours himself into these vacancies right into these holes in these gaps in our experience that when Jesus came to do for humanity and for the father does so the Incarnation also encapsulates the entire plan of salvation Jesus didn't just come to be born in a stable to go from God on high to a little baby in a forgotten tell him he's now become the brother of humanity right he's taken a step even closer to us he came to live a life that you're acquainted with right a life of rejection of disappointment of abandonment and abuse he was tempted to believe that he was 1st again by God and man a life of being misunderstood of being unappreciated of loneliness or just imagine when you've been in eternal fellowship with God on high walking along the earth with no one who really understands you who you really are why you're here what your purposes and very few will appreciate it while you're here. Jesus knows the lonely those that you and I will never know. Right and he went through this just for you in just for me and he felt that this was a price worth paying he wanted you to see that he's safe he wanted you to see that he's trustworthy and he wanted you to see that this is somebody that you can come boldly to a man this is what Jesus came to declare and to give as an example Paul is to this in the book of Hebrews Chapter 2 term as me there he was Chapter 2. Hebrews Chapter 2 we're beginning verse 11. Hebrews 2 beginning of verse 11. Says for both he who sanctifies and those who are be a sinking from being sanctified are all of one for which reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brother and Amen amen Jesus is not ashamed to be called your brother Jesus is not ashamed to come in human flesh and suffer like you be betrayed abandoned and lonely like you he was more than happy to do so in verse 12 I will declare your name to my brother and in the midst of this simply I will sing praise to you and again I will put my trust in him and again here I am of the children whom God has given me in as much then as the children have for taking the flesh and blood he himself likewise shared in the same that through death Jesus might destroy him who had the power of death that is the devil and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject of bondage you have been overwhelmed by fear of death the fear of your own mortality fear for your own safety Jesus came to speak into this space. And to release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage for indeed Jesus does not give aid to angels but he does give aid to the seed of Abraham that's you and that's mean therefore in all things Jesus not just you know might choose to be like his brother says that he had to be made like his brother in the he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God to make propitiation to make covering for the sins of the people for him that he himself has suffered being tempted he's able to aid those who are being tempted this is another beautiful truth about the incarnation that Jesus had to be tempted like you he had to be discouraged like you and he had to go through the heartbreak that you go through so that he can help you when you go through these circumstances guys this is the beauty of the incarnation he came to enter into your experience to show you hey I can help you don't have to go through this experience alone I remember hearing Dr Timothy Keller phrase it this way that Jesus was truly abandoned so that you will only feel abandoned the Jesus had to go through an experience of truly feeling abandoned truly and this idea that you know we have the comfort of Jesus and the comfort of the Holy Spirit to go through the trials of life Jesus had himself yet he had disciples yet but where were they when he needed in the most. Jesus is acquainted with a loneliness that you and I will never have to experience and he did this so that he could comfort you when you go through these challenging experiences in life he was for picks up even more on this and here is for beginning a verse 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priestess suffering messiah whose pastor the heavens Jesus the Son of God Let us hold fast our confession polymer stands at will we encounter the difficulties of this life it can be easy to let go of architecture right to give up hope in Jesus is no no no this is not the time to let go of Jesus for we do not have a high priest who cannot sit with eyes with our weaknesses but was an all points tempted as we are yet without sin and then he tells us what to do let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may have taken mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need guys Jesus came and lived in suffered and died just like you to make it clear that he's saved that you have someone you can come to when no one else is there when no one else is work you don't know what to do when you're overwhelmed by the things you're dealing with in this life you can come boldly to Jesus a man maybe or maybe can't talk to your family about this Jeff you're dealing with maybe can't talk to your pastor I hope you care maybe can talk to other people and you can come to Jesus and you can come boldly today and the Incarnation shows us just how safe and reliable and faithful that he is when his people have a need we're told in Matthew Chapter one of 23 there's a really quick reference met each after one of those $23.00. 20 from Isaiah Chapter 6 I believe but in Matthew Chapter one of verse $23.00 says Ball hold the virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they shall call his name Emmanuel which is translated God with us guys we're not alone in this journey you're not. And it reminds me of Dana Chapter 2 when the wise men told King Nebuchadnezzar looking no one has the answers that you're asking for except for the gods whose dwelling is not with men the Babylonian view of God is that God is nowhere to be found you can't even access him he's at a distance he's inaccessible whose dwelling is not with men but that's not the case here Jesus became one of us right he walked our experience His name is God with us and look at how he had to do this going to be a shepherd to. Philippians chapter 2 and beginning of verse 5 some of this is just in comprehensible. Plebeians to verse 5 Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God The i.v. easier to understand in this is those who being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped that Jesus laid aside aspects of his god yes to become a man right but made himself of no reputation taking the form of a bondservant coming in the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man He humbled himself and became will be to him to the point of death even the death of the cross therefore God is also highly exulted him and given him the name which is above everything that the name of Jesus every knee should bow those in heaven and of those on Earth and of those under the earth and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father that the incarnation even shows as the grand jury of God and his willingness to humble himself to become one of us to save us to be willing to be nothing so that all of you could be everything. Right so we went from face to face communion he's still not done we went from face to face communion to separation to God being the neighbor of his people to now Jesus becoming the brother of the human race but he's still not done right he suffered and died for humanity and bore our sins but look at what he doesn't judge chapter 14 John Chapter 14. And beginning of verse 15 and I love this so much because the incarnation is teaching us that the Godhead is relentlessly and to nature sleeper suing his people right God is not passive in the great controversy God is not passive in this conflict with evil he is aggressively pursuing his people and doing whatever it takes to win our affections to win our trust to win our hearts but in John Chapter 14 of verse 15 it says if you love me you will keep My commandments the Marja reference says and I will pray the Father in he will give you another Helper that he may abide with you forever and keep reading with me makes you go to Bibles open for this verse 17 The Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him but you know him why. For he dwells with you and will be in you. Guys God has promised here that we are not going to be left alone the Holy Spirit not only walks alongside is the word Pyrrhic Leto's the word helper that he uses here is one who comes beside but he doesn't stop there he's willing to live it in you to bring the very comforted Jesus into your experience when you're grieving and alone and there is no one there for you right the Holy Spirit makes this this beautiful transaction available to us and he says in verse 18 I will not leave you orphans I will come to you so God does not just promise to be with us as our brother he's promised to be in us as some are to comfort us in our trials as we discussed last night as someone to encourage us in our difficulties as someone to guide us as we're in the valley of decision and he's promised to live in us to empower us to live that life that he requires and he's going through all of this so that he can be with us face to face yet again in Glacier chapter 4 in verse 4 picks up on this idea Galatians chapter 4 verse 4. Says but when the fullness of the time it come God sent forth His Son born of a woman born through human means born under the law to redeem those who are under the law that we might receive the adoption as sons will come back to that language are on the same 2nd and because you are sons of God is sin for the spirit of a son into your hearts crying out Abba Father therefore you are no longer a slave but a son and if a son then an heir of God through Christ guys we have been grafted into the family of God we rebelled we left but God in His great mercy and sinning Jesus has now allowed us to be coal heirs with Jesus right not just someone who hopes to be good enough at the end of the day and maybe he'll let me in the front door if I beg really hard literally we are intitled to all of with Jesus as intitled to by becoming children of God Romans 8 grabs more of this Romans chapter 8 beginning of verse 3. Romans chapter in beginning of verse 3. For the last act I'm going to verse one there is therefore hell much condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh but according to The Spirit for the law the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death right sin and death are so overbearing in our experience that he equates them to a law were it not for the grace of God right in the law the sin of life the law the spirit of life in Christ Jesus makes us free from that law of sin and death for what the law cannot do save us and that it was weak to the flesh because our flesh can't keep the law on its own God did by sinning his own son in the likeness is sinful flesh to the Incarnation and on account of sin he condemned sin in the flesh he overcame sin in the flesh and here's why in verse 4 so that the righteous requirements of the law be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to The Spirit Jesus didn't just come to suffer and die for humanity this is a tremendous blessing for us he also lived a right just life that the Holy Spirit makes a reality in your life the Incarnation also gives us hope of overcoming sin in this broken world right in this sin filled world to give down a verse 14 for as many as are led by the Spirit of God These are sons of God If you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear but you receive the spirit of adoption again by whom we cry out of a Father the Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are current tense children of God and if children then heirs heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ if indeed we suffer with Him that we also may be glorified together and I love this because he uses the language of adoption here and adoption can be a very. Painful in beautiful circumstance for people because what's implied is that I wasn't wanted I was implied is that I had no home I had no place where I was welcome but the beautiful message to the incarnation is no no there is a place for you right you're welcome here you are desired you are loved you are accepted the very thing that we're running to everything but God to receive acceptance affection loyalty love they're already yours we're selling our souls to receive something that literally is already ours and Jesus you're already adopted by the grace of God Except that right except that you are accepted. So the incarnation was not just about Jesus coming in living a right to slice it was also about him setting us up to succeed in living his righteous life he said in John Chapter 5 in verse 30 that he did nothing of themselves and in John 1410 that it was the father that works through him and then he has the audacity to say in John 1412 that we will do even greater things than he did. So through the incarnation we are offered reconciliation with God and through the Incarnation were offered power from God to be a child of God were told us in John chapter one of verse 12 that as many as received Him to them he gave power to become children of God and as we just saw here in Romans 8 through the power of the Holy Spirit He teaches us how to live as a child of God right and the Spirit empowers us to walk in that successfully this is such good news for us guys there is so much more wrapped up in that baby that was wrapped in swaddling clothes and c.s. Lewis says this in the book Mere Christianity he says the Son of God became a man to enable min to become sons of God. The Incarnation is the answer to the sin problem in every aspect it was God's amazing act of letting us feel understood and safe that he that we would believe that he is indeed trustworthy and I can give him my all and if he would go through all that for me then the least that I can do is give all for him whatever it costs if he will be that faithful to me in giving up his son to die for me the least I can do is go all him. And guys 2020 was a challenging year for many of us we face stuff we didn't even know existed inside of us right we face challenges that we thought were many years in the future some of us came to a painful reckoning that I thought I had more time right and it's been a challenging and difficult circumstance I just want to speak in that space here for a moment that you know some of us maybe realize who we really were when heavy real trials came and some ugly stuff came out right we're going to talk about that this afternoon if 2021 dot dot dot right if 2021 and you are who you thought you should be then this afternoon at 4 o'clock tune in because I want to begin to that's because over time to do that right now but through this time God is teaching his people how to grow their feet how to trust him reminding him of how much we need him to get through this life it's unfortunate that it takes trials to remind us that we need God in our lives that I can't handle the stuff that's going on in my life that I don't have what it takes it's humiliating isn't it and some of us having to face that humiliation nearly broke us but God works through these circumstances even as we talked about that last night finding purpose and pain and I believe that he's preparing us for what's to come I very much believe the what's going on right now is at 1st see to Drusilla I'm right in 87 the God is doing a process you're preparing his people for what's to come and this time is not wasted guys it's really easy to think it was a wasted year horrible things happen I lost my job it was scared about my professional career I was scared about whatever right maybe had relational ambitions maybe you had family ambitions maybe you had you know a desire for healing and healing still hasn't come right maybe looking for a change in living circumstances whatever your thing may be you're praying for your wayward children to come back to the Lord this only pushed them even further away and you just wonder God what are you doing. I mean really what are you doing we're suffering and where are you we're told this in the book The Rick controversy the season this is the great controversy page 621 this and by the way that book is more relevant now than ever if you have not read that book I implore in behalf of Christ read this thing it will change your life for toll this the season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure weariness delay and hunger anybody here going through a season of waiting right now waiting on the Lord can be crippling but we're told that the season that we're about to go through will require a faith that can endure weariness and delay God is teaching us how to handle waiting on him when the tree is green so that when the tree is not green we know how to handle that circumstance right a faith that will not faint though severely trying the period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time Jacob prevail because he was perseverance and determined his victory is an evidence of the power of importunate prayer I'm not taking no for an answer type of prayer and his victory is an evidence. Of the power of importunate prayer all who will lay hold of God's promises as he did and be as earnest and perseverance as he was will succeed as he succeeded a man God is challenging us of these circumstances to trust him to take him at his word to grab ahold of the promises he's made to us and do not let him go until he blesses you that's what he's trying to cultivate during these seasons those who are unwilling to deny self to agonize before God to pray long and earnestly for his blessing will not obtain it there is no easier out there guys. Right if you give up you won't see it in fact I was given this amazing vision and she asked why there was so little faith amongst the people of God and are attending angel told her you let go of the hand of the Lord to suit. The reason why people are losing faith is because they're losing faith right the reason why we're not seeing the breakthrough that God has problems this is because we're letting go of the hand the Lord's hand too soon wrestling with God how few know what that is how few have ever had their souls drawn out after God with intensity of desire until every power is on the stretch when ways of despair which no language can express sweep over the suppliants how few cling with an yielding fav to the promises of God This is a wonderful opportunity for us to church to just figure out how to claim his promises how to trust him how to be willing to wait patiently until he does what he says right for some of us all we have is the promise and what we're waiting for isn't happening and we feel stuck but God is saying I've got this if I've carried you this far I'm going to take care of these circumstances but I tell you what for some of us reality doesn't look that way but I've heard some of your stories it's difficult God may tell you to go forward and you may not have what you're looking for when you go forward right but we have to cling to what he said in those moments and he will provide for us we're told there's no desire to be disappeared 123 every problem is in God's word is ours by every word to precede it out of the mouth of God are we to live when assailed by temptation look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self but to the power of the word Him in all its strength is yours the word says the Psalms have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against the by the word of their lips I have kept me from the past of the destroyer here's the point guys. The Incarnation shows us that if Jesus is willing to go through all of that for me the least I can do is hang in there and cling to his promises and seek to be transformed by his grace this is not the time to it to quick eyes it's not if he was willing to walk through the hell that you and I go through on this earth and suffer and die in a burst of that to Monday 3 then I truly believe that God can handle whatever 2023 which you write if Jesus can burst through that to one day 3 there is nothing that's impossible nothing and we need to believe that to be reminded of that today in the midst of our grief and difficulties so the Incarnation gives us the most profound evidence that God is exactly who he claims to be and that is faithful him in the Incarnation gives us evidence that God keeps his word he keeps his promises he doesn't leave his people to suffer alone you don't have to fight these battles by yourself God is faithful and we have to cling to that he's already proved it by how he's lived his life so if I prove that I'm good for an instant in my son if he suffered and died in the birth of that 2 Mondays 3 if he's ever living to intercede for you in the heavenly sanctuary if he's cleansing the heaven of any record of your sin in transforming your life to set you free from the power of sin in the here in l. then you better believe that what I told you I still intend to do and I'm going to get you through this mess and I'm going to come back and claim you as my own Amen that's the promise we have guys the Incarnation gives us that testimony so we go from face to face communion to separation to God becoming the neighbor of his people to God becoming the brother of his people to now God promising to live within us sending the heavenly helper to comfort us to strengthen us to get consolation in our trials and difficulties but he's still not done turned me to Revelation chapter 21 Revelation chapter 21. About done relationship for $21.00 universe one. Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the 1st heaven and the 1st earth had passed away and then he says also there was no more see now in John's context this see is the means of separating him from everything that matters most in his life John is a prisoner on the island of Patmos everything he loves and cares about is separated from him and this see is that means I believe John by faith is speaking into that space this separation is going to end this isn't going to continue this craziness I'm going through right now can't go on forever and then I John saw the holy city New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for has been and I heard a loud voice from heaven saying Behold the tabernacle of God is with men very similar language Texas chapter 25 and other text in the Solomonic temple the 1st king 6 and he will do what he will dwell with them. God himself will be with them and be their God and they shall be his people and God will wipe away every year from their eyes there shall be no more death nor sorrow nor crying there shall be no more pain for the former things have passed away Amen guys this is going to come to an end there is hope and Jesus the Incarnation shows us that and if he was faithful in his 1st coming you better believe his and be faithful in a 2nd coming this craziness can't go on for much longer but then he says in verse 5 then he who sat on the throne said ball hold I make all things. All things some of us struggle with this. You promise to change my circumstances and they are changing you promise to change me and I'm not changing Can you really do that. I want to believe that Jesus I do but I struggle to believe it and he knew we would struggle so he doesn't stop there he says Behold I make all things new but then he says right John write this down for these words are true and they are faithful you can take it to the bank God is coming to make all things new guy's all things. All the chapters of pain in our experience will be gone no more trials no more pain no more sickness no more covert hunger lujah no more crying the incarnation is the apex but it's not the end of the story he's sinning the spirit to prepare is to be ready when he comes again and when he comes again we will see Him face to face we will dwell with him forever and all the separation and loneliness and heartbreak grief and sorrow will be gone and we can finally have what our hearts been longing for all along guys what makes heaven heaven to me is not what it's going to look like I could care less what they paid the streets with I mean we all know there's a mean man goes another God is in the tree of life. And the going to be delicious but that is not what makes heaven heaven to me what makes heaven heaven to me is I could bowed down and weep at the feet of Jesus I never have to leave him and never have to wonder from good enough for him I'm whole and I can stay. Never again to be separated never again to be hurt right some of us are so fraid to open up because we've been hurt you have to worry about that any more you can trust fully and completely with Jesus some of us are ashamed of who we've been and we just wonder can his grace really cover that yes absolutely yes and again this afternoon at 4 o'clock when the deal with that the guys there is hope in Jesus the Incarnation gives us this tremendous beautiful picture of God to show is that he's willing to do what ever it takes to see you saved healthy whole and happy and he is committed in his heart of hearts that I'm coming to this earth and I will wipe those tears from your eyes myself no more of this 3rd hope and Jesus this nonsense is going to end and our King is coming soon. Let's pray God We need you now more than ever there are people who are hurting right now with people that still have large questions that are unanswered and they don't know what to do and I just pray that the incarnation would give us hope and consolation that if you kept that promise and you promise to make all things new then your to keep every other promise you made to us that you would rather die than not keep your promise was written in Genesis 15 my devotion to supporting us just reminded that when you made a promise to Abraham when you told him in chapter 15 of verse one that you were everything that he was looking for and Abraham struggled to believe that. Abraham said no you're not you promised me a kid and I got no kids you took him for a walk and said look up Abraham you see these stars that's how many descendants you're going to have if you could count them this is the number of decisions that I would give you my promise to you hasn't changed you're waiting and hurts and I know that Abraham but my promise is still true. Then Abraham says How will I know that you're going to do this and God you gave the most powerful testimony he told him to cut those animals in half. And a torch passed between that sacrifice making a declaration to Abraham and to me and my friends who are sitting out here today that's so let that be done to me if I don't keep my promise to you so let me be torn in half a final keep my promise to you and God The amazing thing is the incarnation tells us you did that that the Godhead was torn asunder to save humanity you came to suffer and die to show us that you're safe that you can connect with us and all over a heartbreak and you've come to set us free and so God I pray that we would place our faith in you I think you've already shown your faith in us through the faith of Jesus and I pray oh God that we would cling to that in the coming days in this new year for some of us it's been too difficult to even hope for anything good this year but God I pray that you would speak into those wounds they would speak into that space and that you would heal us I pray that the God of hope as we talked about last night. Would fill us with all joy and peace in believing and that we may have balland and hope by the power of the Holy Spirit as it says Romans 15 and verse 13 Romans 55 tells us that hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit we cling to that today. May the Incarnation bring hope into our lives not just in this Christmas season that is just past but every day of 2021 cover our sins of the blood of Jesus fill us with your Holy Spirit and save us of God we in Jesus' name. In. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermons leave a visit w w w audio verse or.


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