Thursday, April 17, 2014

Good Friday

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Inside cover church bulletin

Good Friday
Wesley Methodist Church Singapore
Rev Joel Yonng
Text: Luke 23:39-43

Zaccheus view of Jesus was blocked by the crowd
But in faith he climbed a tree to see Jesus

There is no more amazing view in his world than that of Jesus Christ.

What is blocking your view?
How do you unblock it?
Luke 8:43-48
Bleeding woman
Blocked by crowd
She stooped down and reached forth in faith to reach Jesus

Blind Bartimeus
Blocked by the crowd who told him to keep quiet
But he shouted out in faith "Jesus"

Paralytic man with four faithful friends
the entire room was filled
blocked by crowd
blocked by wall
blocked by roof.

In faith they climbed to the roof,
made a hole and let him down on his mat

Jesus responded to their "pistis"
their devine persuasion
their deep faith
God is the answer to their problem

Cliff climbing
Joel is 3/4 way up:
feet secure on foothold
each hand secure on a hand hold
to grasp final hand hold
instructor tells him to let go of both hands
and reach up to single handhold with both hands

Sometimes you have to let go of both hands to continue journey with God

What barriers are you facing?
Are they so close that they are blocking/ obscuring/ filling your view?

The Philistine giant Goliath
Terrified the Israelite army
they saw the size of Goliath but did not see the size of God.
1 Sam 17
David did not focus on thesize of Goliath
David focused on the strength of God.

If we only focus on obstacle we are blocked:
The more we talk about them the bigger they seem.
This is reverse faith!
The immobility of the obstacle.

Pistis= faith
Jesus is the answer to your problems
Good Friday

God sees all  our  imperfection
we say wrong things
do wrong things

we were made for something better

constantly weighed down
Heavy mountain on our shoulder
That mountain is sin

God took that mountain away
God took that burden away
Sin has no more hold on us.

but people doubted
how could it be?

God is God of

The love of God and the wrath of God collided on Good Friday

"Remember me"
= Hebrew Zachar
think and act on my situation

God remebered (zachar) Noah when Noah was on the boat in the flood.

The penitent robber
covered in sin
covered in blood
covered in lifetime of crime
needed all these things to gp away
for life in the world to come to be made anew

Today you will be with me in paradise

 Jesus is the answer to all your problems
What people say about you is not so important
What God says about you endures for ever

those who accept God
their names are written in the book of life

Seen from Pluto our planet earth is a small pale blue dot

In despair Carl Sagan, atheist, writes "In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves."

Segan is wrong

Jesus came to die for you
Dont let anything prevent you from coming to him.

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