Ps Clinton Phillips 20th Apr 2014 (John 19:38-20:16, John 6:40, 1 John 1:4, John 11:25-26)

Clinton Phillips, April 20, 2014
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Sin can't stand being in the presence of God. But God is a god of relationship, and wants to remove anything that stops us from coming to Him. Easter is a message of transformation.
Poem by John G Lake. He Is Risen.
John 19:38-16
The supernatural became natural so that the natural can become supernatural.
Story of the encounter of Mary and Jesus after he was risen from the dead.
Just because things are dead, doesn't mean that the story is over. God can bring the dead to life.
Creation vs evolution debate during the week. It's just a case of believing. Sounds easy but is really difficult. What is it that you believe? Not a debate, not brainwashed. Don't leave your brain at the door when you become a Christian. Jesus takes the foolish things to confound the wise. Believing is placing trust in the transforming power of God, which will renew your mind.
This world - show me the evidence. If we see, then we'll believe. But God says - believe first. The evidence is Easter itself - time is measured BC and AD - around Jesus Christ.
Jesus the champion of all heaven would leave his place and come to earth and take on the form of man, take on unbearable suffering. He did it because Father God loved us so much. Sin separated us from God, Jesus came to bridge that gap and wash away anything that would keep us from God.
The Gospel not about education or proving a point - it is that Christ died for us and rose from the dead for us - do you believe this?
Challenge - no matter what I know or don't know - I choose to put my faith in Christ. The worldview about Christianity is about being nice to people. The morality card (Christians don't do ... etc)
When Jesus came, not just talking about loving others, healed the sick, fed the hungry. At the end of the day, the whole reason he came was to proclaim his kingdom and immortality. We are created to be eternal beings. Sin separates us from God.
God went to this length so that he could have relationship with us - God made a way through Jesus, inviting us all to have relationship with him.
John 6:40.
1 John 1:4 - In God was life and the life was the light of men.
John 11:25,26 - I am the resurrection and the life.
We're going to spend eternity with each other.
When God comes into our lives, he wants to look at all the rooms in our lives, even the ones that we lock up and hide away, the one that says "no entry" that's barred and nailed. God wants to look at all those parts of my life. God has come to renovate those parts of our lives. It takes courage to take the key and unlock and unbar the doors to those parts of our lives. When the light goes on in those rooms, you see there's a lot of mess. When God clears that stuff out of our lives, we see how much more capacity we have, so much more life.
So when God invites us to relationship, it's not a matter of do's and don'ts, but of life, hope, healing, a transformed mind. There's going to be challenge, hard times, trials. But God has come to bring healing to each one of us.
1 Cor 1:8 - The message of the Cross is foolishness to the world, but to those who are being saved, it is the power of God.
Personal testimonies - those who have given their lives to Christ, has been transformed.

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John 19:38-20:16

38And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 39And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 41Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 3Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 10Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 11But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 14And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. (KJV)

John 6:40

40And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)

1 John 1:4

4And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. (KJV)

John 11:25-26

25Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (KJV)

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