What Jesus does with mess. Recently world events have made a lot of people feel anxious, tired and uncertain. In uncertain times we need to find things that are still certain. One thing that remains certain, is the truth about Jesus Christ
Hebrews 13:8 “ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever” For the next few weeks we’ll be doing a series called “Christ in all scripture” In this series we’re going to go on an adventure, we’re going to see where we can find Jesus in the Old Testament, because as christians, we believe that all scripture points to Jesus Christ. There a countless times throughout scripture that Christ is foreshadowed, symbolised, or prophesied. In this series you might hear about Jesus is in the beginning as part of the creation story, or how Jesus is the second Adam, repairing what was broken and starting again. You might hear about how the exodus relates to The gospel story Or how Malchizedek king of Salam was Mysteriously Jesus showing up to Abraham, and you might hear how Jesus fulfils the promise God made to Abraham. In this series you might here about How The story of Jonah symbolises the life of Christ, and how is the true king that Israel needed wasn’t Saul, or David, but the son of David. There are countless prophecies about Jesus throughout scripture that Jesus in his ministry fulfilled, Jesus also fulfilled the mosaic law and the sabbath with eternal rest and completely reconciles Man to God, fulfilling the need of humanity. There is so much to talk about, but Tonight I’m starting at the beginning. John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The original word for word here is Logos It is said that Jewish rabbis often spoke of God Himself as “the word of God. In the mind of the ancient Jews, the phrase “the word of God” could be used to refer to God Himself. Greek philosophers understood the word logos as the power that puts sense into the world, making the world orderly instead of chaotic. The logos was the power that set the world in perfect order and kept it going in perfect order.
In the beginning Jesus was with God and Jesus brought order to the chaos. Genesis 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. The good news bible puts it this way: In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 The manifest word of God declared - let there be, and it was. God declares, and the universe responds Psalm 29:3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of God makes powerful authoritative declarations - creation responds to the voice of the creator by aligning itself and submitting. All creation submits to the word of the creator God is a constructive God who brings order to chaos. God wants to bring order to the dysfunctional pasts of your life. When order comes, life comes, when life comes growth comes.
Jesus, says in Matthew 5:9 (NKJV) 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Everyone say shalom Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace, it’s a term that means so much more than a feeling. It’s a feeling that come from things being made right, reconciliation. Shalom is a state of restoration. It’s a state of harmony. What does it mean to be sons of God? In ancient times a son was someone who is going to fulfill the role. Think of a son of a king, the son of a king is the future king. In the bible there is what they call the sons of the prophets, who are considered the apprentices of the prophets. Blessed are the ones that work peace, that work to bring restoration, that bring about order to chaos, that heal wounds, and repair what has been broken. because those people represent God to humanity, the are the sons of God God is a God of order, God is a God of restoring order, God is a God of peace. I remember a time in my life where I didn’t have peace, I did believe in God, but there was one thing in my life that I wasn’t giving up. I new God was asking for me to trust him and obey, but I didn’t feel like I could. I didn’t have peace. It’s impossible to have peace with someone that you are in conflict with, if I ask my daughter to do something and she ignores me than we don’t have peace. There is no peace until she obeys me. I was in conflict with God, my father, I was in rebellion and I had no peace. Do you have peace with God tonight? God wants to bring his order back into your life.
God wants to restore you to who you are called and designed to be, for that you need to submit to the word of God, like creation did in the beginning. If creation rebelled we would only have mess and chaos Would you trust God with your life and allow him to reorder it? //////////////// Band Up ////////////////////// Christ is in all scripture, because all scripture is about him, the story of Gods faithfulness to humanity He was there in the beginning, declaring, creating. He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end Colossians 1:15 NIV 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Jesus Christ came to repair and restore what we had torn and broken. He came to restore Your relationship with God, because you sinned,, but he died and rose again, paying your penalty with his own body. If you are far from him tonight, you need to know that he has done everything to reach you, to repair the offence that you caused with your sin. He is inviting you into a repaired, forgiven relationship.