“Reclining With Jesus” . John 13:23. “Reclining With Jesus at the Table. Consider What’s Being Served: Four Course Meal! . Love and mercy – gracious amounts mixed well Forgiveness and Cleansing – copious amounts! Hope and Holiness – simmered on low to tenderize – (Philippians 4:13)
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Love and mercy – gracious amounts mixed well
Forgiveness and Cleansing – copious amounts!
Hope and Holiness – simmered on low to tenderize – (Philippians 4:13)
A call to follow = a clear call to turn, serve Him Luke 13:3, 2 Corinthians 5:15
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world”Unconditional love
Mercy – formerly condemnation, but a reprieve
Romans 5:1 – peace with God
Matthew 11:28 – “Come unto Me”
The table offers rest for the insecure/unwanted soul.
The heavy burden of guilt, shame, sorrow is crushing! Regrets over past deeds and words spokenFrom the beginning, Genesis 3,Adam and Eve – hid from God, one another, and their own selvesSin has powerful consequences
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!” (Romans 8:1)
1 John 1:7 – “if we walk in the light … the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin!”
John 16:8 – the Spirit works to “convict of sin, judgment, righteousness”
If God’s Son:* loves us to die for us;* was buried, then raised from the dead
Then God can do anything in our world; and
“I can do all things through Christ” (Phil 4:13).
THAT INCLUDES HOLINESS! Jesus living in and through us!
Holiness / God’s character / burns away “chaff” in our character; “we lay aside the sin that so easily entangles us and run with endurance the race set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
Result: HOPE! Realizing God’s work in us!
Examples: Moses – Exodus 3 – leads people from bondage
Peter, James, John “transfiguration” Matt. 17
Saul/Paul – Acts 9 – apostle to the Gentiles!
Matthew 22 – “love God will all heart soul mind strength” – every ounce that you have! Cross and resurrection incites praise and adoration (John 12:32)!
Romans 2:4 – “the kindness of God leads to repentance”
2 Corinthians 5:15 – “no longer live for themselves”
Mark 6:31 – “Come away… and rest a while…”
* Love / mercy* Forgiveness/ Cleansing* Hope / holiness* Call to turn/ serve Him