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To Know Jesus and Make Him Known
TO KNOW JESUS AND MAKE HIM KNOWN
3 snapshots of Jesus
Psa 61:1-4 For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David. Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. (2) From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (3) For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. (4) I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah
1. Eternal Immoveable Rock
Man has always gone his own way, trying to find his own solutions to the hardships of life… but we need to look higher! We need to look up! Look up to the one “who is higher than I”
The only One who can be our fortress against the enemy… Our rock, our strong tower against the foe is Jesus
Josh Groban – he raised me up so I can stand on mountains, he raised me up to walk on stormy seas
…YOU RAISE ME UP TO MORE THAN I CAN BE!
Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever!
2. Isaiah 53 the suffering Servant
Jesus suffered so that we could have freedom, he died so that we could live, he was cut off from the Father so that we could be reconciled to the Father… he experienced darkness so that we could experience light…
[Isaiah 52:13-15 says, "Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up, and greatly exalted.  Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.  Thus He will sprinkle many nations, Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; For what had not been told them they will see, And what they had not heard they will understand." (NASB) This preamble takes three perspectives. The first is an eternal one. Verse 13 draws attention to the exalted state of our Lord. Verse 14, takes a view at the historical Jesus from the foot of the cross, and verse 15 shows the coming drama where Jesus shall return victoriously. ]
Heb 12:3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Heb 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
THERE IS PAIN IN THE NIGHT BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNING!
WHILE HELL FOCUSED ON HIM, HE FOCUSED ON US! He experienced intense darkness so we can experience intense light! When we read Isaiah 53 how could we ever think that we could earn our salvation with works?
3. The Resurrected Christ
Rev 5:1-10 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. (2) And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" (3) But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. (4) I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. (5) Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." (6) Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. (7) He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. (8) And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (9) And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. (10) You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
The Jesus John saw on the Isle of Patmos, the resurrected Christ is described in revelations like this:
Rev 1:12-17 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, (13) and among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man," dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. (14) His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. (15) His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. (16) In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. (17) When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
Jesus asked his disciples “who do they say I am?”
Are we passionate about Jesus… Do we know Him?
1Jn 2:4-6 The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (5) But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: (6) Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
To "know him," to be "in him," to "abide in him," are nearly synonymous terms; only with a gradation, - knowledge, communion, constancy*. – Wesley
*[long line of obedience in the same direction]
SONG: Beautiful Scandalous Night
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