“Jesus is There”
August 21, 2005. Pastor Matt
It was the one place people had to go to worship God
o One temple for one true God
they could not communicate directly to Him
o had to go through the priest
o priest wore a device over his heart to determine God’s will
o priest could only go into the presence of God one time a year
- the curtain between the holy place and most holy place
o separation between us and God...examples of times in the Bible
where God's holiness is evident:
§ moses on the mountain
§ moses and the burning bush
§ the ark of the covenant
· someone touched it and they died
o God is Holy and He cannot be were sin is
o Priests wore bells and it was believed that they had a rope
tied around their ankle in the event that sin was on their heart and they died in the presence of God
- The altar of burnt offering
o People would offer sacrifices to God as payment for their sins
o God requires blood to be shed for the payment of sin
o Blood would be sprinkled on the curtain, on the corners of
the altar of incense and on the altar itself. (blood was everywhere)
Matthew 27:45-51 Jesus’ death on the Cross
(51) at that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom
When the curtain was torn, it was
evident that God no longer physically dwelled in the tabernacle but became available to live within people's hearts
(1) The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming, not the realities themselves
They had to keep sacrificing to maintain their good standing with God
Jesus’ sacrifice was once and for all
His way of doing things takes the place of the sacrifices
Why does all this matter?
His death changed how we relate to God
Unlike the Old Testament people, we can have a personal relationship with God?
No longer do we
have to go through a priest
No longer do we
have to “earn” our salvation (through sacrifices/works, good deeds/Mizpah)
Jesus died for our
sins and He wants us to know that He is there for you in a very close and personal way
Many people believe
in what Jesus did, but they still keep their distance
Many people see
Jesus as that distant uncle who sends gifts at Christmas
If that is how you
see Jesus, you are missing it.
Let me share how
Jesus is there for you.
(20) I am with you always, to the very end of the age
The first church
was going to be without their Savior
They were being
sent on a mission to reach the world with Jesus
But Jesus basically
tells them not to worry because He will still be there with them
According to John 14:17, when we put our faith in Jesus,
He comes to live in us
As believers, Jesus is always there inside us!
The disciples would
no longer have Jesus physically with them, but He would still be there.
Jesus changed the
way He was going to interact with His people.
At one time they
had to go to the temple.
He walked and talked with them
Then He was is in them (as He is in us).
It is a multiplication of God’s power and presence.
We cannot see Jesus,
but we can sense His presence, hear His voice, and see His work all around us. He
is there with us as individuals. If we have chosen to believe in Jesus, He has
a personal relationship with every one of us.
Think of Him as
your big brother or a close friend. He’s got your back.
Not too long ago,
Jesus told His disciples of His coming death. He reminds them Who He is
John 14:12-14. you
will do greater things than Jesus did
…In His name…
They could/ we can
pray as He prayed and see amazing things happen in their lives as long as they pray for the kinds of things He would pray
You are not the
one with the ability but He is. He is big brother. You are just along for the ride.
church discipline. When we discipline, we are to do it as Jesus would.
When we do things in Jesus’ name, He is there seeing it through, guiding it
The Christian life is meant to be walked as if Jesus is walking with you, actually guiding you.
God is not a distant
God. He is right there.
Take a minute and
look to your right or left. See an empty spot, and realize Jesus is sitting next to you, He has His hand on your shoulder,
He’s outside the door of your heart, He’s whispering in your ear,
He has His arm around
you as real as I can have my arm around my brother
If you do not sense
that Jesus is there walking with you, I want you to ask yourself something.
sin in my life? Just as there could be no sin in the temple, when we
sin we can not be in His presence. God cannot be where sin is. He is still there, but it as if He left the room.
Have you ever said
the wrong thing to someone you care about and have them walk out of the room. How
did you feel? How do you still feel? When
we have wronged someone, all we usually need to do is go to that person and ask their forgiveness. Same thing with Jesus.
Just say, “Jesus
Just as the
prodigal son was welcomed back with compassion and open arms, Jesus will welcome you back with compassion and open arms when
you turn back to Him and repent.
Luke 15:11-24. The Prodigal Son is welcomed back with
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Have a relationship
Return to Him
Do you need to have
a personal relationship with Him? You need to have a personal relationship with
Jesus. Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with you.
Jesus needs to be
more than a thought to you
Do you need to repent
of some sin in your life that is keeping you from being close with Jesus? He
is waiting with open arms.
If God seems distant to you, I am strongly going to suggest you take some time to reconnect with Him
this morning. Look Him in the eyes and let Him back into your life.