January 3, 2015
New Year; New Creation
Talk at the table. Kids want to watching the ball drop in Time Square.
I started sharing my New Year’s Memories.
Seasons of Life; College, or After high school.
College is a time to get away. To consider, rethink and change.
Marriage, Children, Empty Nesters.
In the mist of big life seasons, God gives us annual seasons of change.
New Year’s Eve is a season of change.
Birthdays, Spring time, Summer Vacation
Seasons of change.
Seasons allow us time to reflect, consider and make course adjustments.
Very evident in high school.
A few kids come back from summer break.
New hair dew, new style of clothes and they are hanging with a new group.
They “Felt” free to change, once they had a chance to get away
The most significant and important season of life is the crisis point when you decide what you will do with Jesus Christ.
Will He be the religion of your parents or will He be the LORD and Savior of your very essence/being?
[Jhn 3:1 ESV] Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
[Jhn 3:2 ESV] This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him."
[Jhn 3:3 ESV] Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
[Jhn 3:4 ESV] Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
[Jhn 3:5 ESV] Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
[Jhn 3:6 ESV] That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
[Jhn 3:7 ESV] Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
Prerogative of the Holy Spirit
[Jhn 3:8 ESV] The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
[Jhn 3:9 ESV] Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?"
[Jhn 3:10 ESV] Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?
[Jhn 3:11 ESV] Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.
[Jhn 3:12 ESV] If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
Jesus talks about Himself
[Jhn 3:13 ESV] No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
[Jhn 3:14 ESV] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
[Jhn 3:15 ESV] that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
[Jhn 3:16 ESV] "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
[Jhn 3:17 ESV] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
[Jhn 3:18 ESV] Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
[Jhn 3:19 ESV] And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
[Jhn 3:20 ESV] For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
[Jhn 3:21 ESV] But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."
Concerning our resurrection
[2Co 5:10 ESV] For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
[2Co 5:11 ESV] Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.
A Christian Judgment
Referring to himself and the Apostles.
[2Co 5:12 ESV] We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart.
[2Co 5:13 ESV] For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
[2Co 5:14 ESV] For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this:
that ONE has died for all, therefore all have died; (died to sinful self)
[2Co 5:15 ESV] and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
[2Co 5:16 ESV] From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
[2Co 5:17 ESV] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
[2Co 5:18 ESV] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
[2Co 5:19 ESV] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
[2Co 5:20 ESV] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
[2Co 5:21 ESV] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Concerning Circumcision: “Works of the flesh”, Empty Religion or The Law.
[Gal 6:14 ESV] But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
[Gal 6:15 ESV] For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
Happily Ever After!
[Rev 21:2 ESV] And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
[Rev 21:3 ESV] And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
No More Bad
[Rev 21:4 ESV] He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."
[Rev 21:5 ESV] And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
[Rev 21:6 ESV] And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
Conquerors receive a reward.
[Rev 21:7 ESV] The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
[Rev 21:8 ESV] But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."
How do we respond?
[Psa 98:1 ESV] A Psalm. Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
[Psa 98:2 ESV] The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
[Psa 98:3 ESV] He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
[Psa 98:4 ESV] Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
[Psa 98:5 ESV] Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!
[Psa 98:6 ESV] With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!
[Psa 98:7 ESV] Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!
[Psa 98:8 ESV] Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together
[Psa 98:9 ESV] before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.