Sermons on Restoration
Sermon text: 1 John 4:9-10 The greatest demonstration of God’s love is Jesus Christ. When God sent His only begotten Son to die for mankind’s sin, God gave the most precious gift He could give. What’s even more amazing about this is that God showed us this love before we even loved Him.
Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son is one of His most loved stories. But Jesus makes it clear from the outset that it is the tale of two sons. The younger son takes his inheritance and squanders it. But what about the older son? There is much to learn from the experiences and conduct of both.
God’s wrath is a part of his righteousness. If God did not punish sin, then He would not be truly righteous. The latter part of the first chapter of Romans describes to whom and why this wrath must be applied. And even though these words were written almost 2000 years ago, the actions they describe are as fresh as tonight’s evening news.
Sin can destroy every aspect of your life. But Jesus’ finished work on the cross is greater than the power of sin. He is able save you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. But you have to ask Him.
The focal verse is often used to speak of Jesus calling unbelievers to repentance. Pastor Chuck points out that Jesus also calls believers to repentance. When there’s broken fellowship with Jesus, that’s not because of Him. It’s the result of sin and pride in our lives. Is Jesus knocking on the door of your heart?
Jesus never sinned, even once. Yet He willingly took our place to pay for our sins. All of them. This one great act by Jesus allows those who trust Him as Lord to be deemed righteous by God the Father.
Peter failed miserably the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. He had denied the Lord three times. There was no time to make amends. Jesus was dead, and the disciples were in total disarray. Then Jesus rose from the dead. And how Jesus dealt with Peter’s failure is an encouragement to us all.