Hi everyone at MLC. It’s Pastor John here again. I hope you are enjoying the midweek dip into the 90 series.
Last Sunday Andy told us that Jesus came to bring something brand new, and that his followers should not cling on to the old things.
One of the indicators that I’m getting old is that I am sometimes called a “WHEN WE!”. The reason for this is I frequently say things like: “When we were young, we did…..”. When we lived in South Africa, we did…”, and so on. It seems the older you get the more you reminisce and perhaps wish you could rewind the clock. Many folks had to leave the country I grew up in and a bunch of us would get together in our new country and reminisce about the old days. Funnily enough this group of people were labelled the “WHENWEs”. After a while the reminiscing grew old and we realized that if we were going to move forward and be happier, we had to let go of the past and move ahead to the new things God had for us.
It’s a fascinating thing when seasons of history change (and the “way things work” changes with them). Last Sunday, we learned more about how much Jesus’ arrival changed life for those seeking to worship and know God.
Previously, people remotely connected to God through priests and ceremonies. Now, Jesus was standing face-to-face with them, seeking to interact intimately and directly.
THERE WERE over 600 commandments OUTLINING religious life for the Jews. Now, Jesus was saying all those commandments could be summed up in just two. That is a huge difference!The old system with many commandments created a complex system to determine one’s “rightness” with God. Jesus was now saying that everyone was in the same boat, equally in need of help and equally able to receive it.
Change is hard to take . . . especially if you’re used to the way it’s always been. Still, Jesus came to call those he met to a new, fuller life . . . and he does the same for us. So . . . do you trust him?
Would you spend a few minutes praying and asking God to help you let go of the past and move forward to the simpler but more liberating future he has for you.
Last week, we heard about how important it is to Listen, Believe and Obey what Jesus asks us to do. God’s instructions for our lives often get projected as if he is over demanding or a cosmic killjoy. But we can all point to a time when we listened and were better for it.
The bottom line is that following Jesus makes life better and makes us better at life. Why? Because he cares for you. There is so much that hangs in the balance of following him or not.
If you’ve got an extra three minutes, click the link below to hear David’s story and how he ultimately came to trust God’s way for his life.
Welcome back to our 90 day journey. It’s Pastor John again.
This mornjng, I want you to imagine you had a map to a very valuable treasure but you paid very little attention to it and left it in a drawer. A few months later, you mention the map to a friend. They’d think you were crazy for leaving it in the drawer.
In Andy’s message last week, we learned that Jesus met every temptation with a “truth” from the Scriptures. Where a lie tempted him, he matched it with a truth. Jesus gave us a great example of what it looks like to simply trust in God’s direction.
It seems reasonable to think of the Bible not as a book of history or a set of restrictive rules, but as a map directing us to the life we most want. Still, you (like me) can get busy and find yourself leaving it in the drawer.
Sometimes it is hard to even know where to start reading the bible. But maybe this is the year to put a plan together or download the YouVersion Bible app that has tons of plans already designed.
If you have an extra six minutes, click the link below to check out more about the life of Jesus, found in the book of Luke!
Bible Project: Summary of Luke 3–9 https://thebibleproject.com/videos/gospel-luke-2
Hey this is Pastor John again! I am so glad you are part of this journey
In Andy’s first message, we heard the biblical account of when Jesus was introduced as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
Why a lamb?
The simple answer has to do with the sacrificial system of the Jewish people. Every morning and evening, priests sacrificed a lamb in the temple to make a payment for the daily screw-ups of the people, which allowed people get right with God.
Well this is what John was announcing to the world. Here is Jesus and yes Jesus would teach and do amazing things, but his greatest feat would be to be the payment for everyone to “get right” with God once and for all. In other words, John was saying, “Jesus will be the final and ultimate lamb of sacrifice.”
Still, before that would happen, Jesus would hang with the people and feel the full weight of the world’s troubles and temptations. We’ll pick up the story there this coming Sunday.
If you’ve got an extra seven minutes, click the link below to watch a cool video that talks a bit more about this whole cost and payment, sin and sacrifice thing . . . and how Jesus played into it all.
Bible Project: Sacrifice https://thebibleproject.com/explore/sacrifice-atonement/
Hey everyone at MLC! John here. The reason you are reading this is because you enabled PUSH NOTIFICATIONS on our MLC app. I am really excited that you did that, because, we are about to embark on an exciting journey for the next 12 weeks. This journey is called 90 because, believe it or not, in just 90 days we will be celebrating Easter. So, over these next 90 days we are going to Journey through the life of Jesus beginning with his appearance at the Jordan River right up to his crucifixion and resurrection.
In just three years, Jesus flipped the script on religion and created space for everyone. Perhaps over the next 90 days, we can all make some space to consider or maybe reconsider just what Jesus did and more importantly why.
On Sunday 27th, Andy Stanley will begin the message series designed to touch down on the significant events in Jesus’ life. Then during the week we will provide you with an additional touch point to help you navigate this remarkable journey.
I am really excited about this message series. And the fact that 90 allows us to add some content during the week is icing on the cake.
So thanks for participating in 90. Tell your friends. And keep an eye out for our next installment!
PROMOTE THE 90: If you’ve got an extra minute or two, copy the link below to text or email and invite as many people as you can to join you at Mountain Lakes as we kick off the new series.