The latest message from Emmanuel Reformed Church in our ongoing series through the Gospel of John, "Jesus Christ, Son of God and Savior." This morning Pastor Carl looks at John 20:11-18 in a message titled "The Messiah Appears to Mary."
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Jesus' first personal appearance after His resurrection was to Mary Magdalene--a heart-warming 'reunion' that instructs us on love and relationships that are made new as a result of Jesus' resurrection. Jesus tells Mary not to cling to Him so that she may look forward to a new relationship with Him, His Father, and His brethren. The wonderful but much overlooked doctrine of Adoption is one of the great benefits that is possible from Jesus' resurrection.
"Mary!": First Appearance and Change of Relationships (Jn 20:11-18)
I. Exchange of Love (vv11-16)
---A. Mary's Motivation of Love (vv1-10)
---B. Mary's Meeting of Risen Lord (vv11-16)
II. Change of Relationships (vv17-18)
---A. Relationship with Jesus (v17a)
---B. Relationship with Father (v17b)
---C. Relationship with Brethren (v17c)
Theme: Many Will Not Believe the Evidence of Jesus' Divine Power.
I. Every Idle Word will Come into Judgment - vv. 31-37
A. Good Fruits Come from Good People - vv. 33-35
B. Every Idle Word will Come Into Judgment - vv. 36-37
II. Jesus Warns of the Danger of Seeking Signs and Wonders to Believe - vv. 38-45
A. The Scribes and Pharisees "Want" a Sign - vv. 38-40
B. The Danger of Not Believing Christ - vv. 41-42
C. The Danger of Returning Evil Spirits - vv. 43-45
III. Those Who Believe and Obey Christ are His Closest Relations - vv. 46-50
A. Jesus' Mother and Brothers Seek to Silence Him - vv. 46-47
B. The Closest Relationship to Christ is Those who Believe and Obey Him - vv. 48-50
Gavin says, "we are commanded…in I Peter 2:17, 'Fear God. Honour the king' … given that Accession Day of King Charles III falls on 8 September which is Nativity of the Blessèd Virgin Mary's Day, coming ninth months after…the Conception of the Blessèd Virgin Mary, it is to be hoped that in these sad times of the mass murder abortion industry of the Western World…, that in praying to God on Accession Day such prayers as the words of the Accession Day Collect…'O God…vouchsafe so to bless thy servant our King, that under him this nation may be wisely governed,' that in this realm & elsewhere, lawmakers & judges might turn God-ward &…act to protect unborn children from being murdered in abortion." "In the matters focused on today in Old Testament Messianic Prophecies Parts 12a, 12b, & 12c, the Old Testament points at Isaiah 11:2 in what contains both specificity & yet is also a shadowy way to the details of how the specificity was to be worked out in Christ's public ministry, & so from Isaiah 11:2 we can identify in it Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the prophesied Messiah, though we don't find the greater detail that we thank God we now have in the 4 Holy Gospels ... ." "And so we shall in today's 3 sermons, be considering in connection with Isaiah 11:2 & Revelation 4:5 & 5:6, the fact that 1stly, with respect to the issue of Messianic prophecy, the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit are found in a special prophetic way in the anointing by the Spirit of the Christ as foretold in Isaiah 11:2; & 2ndly, as taught in such Book of Revelation references as Revelation 4:5 & 5:6, in a derivative way the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit are more generally found in Christian believers."
The Abrahamic Covenant included prophecy that has been, continues to be and will finally be fulfilled in the history of the people called "Jews", the nation of Israel and the person of Jesus Christ. It is Evidence For God that no reasonable man or woman would dare deny.
Also Reference: Romans 10:17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, James 1:21, John 17:17, Hebrews 4:12
Christ died on the cross after the will of his Father for him in the flesh was complete. In our Lord's last few hours in the weakness of his flesh, John records a few things concerning our Savior that provoke us to consider what he was accomplishing in his redemption for Sinners who believe in him (those chosen of God).
Many people view work as a necessary evil, something to bear in order to just survive. But is that what God thinks? As we near Labor Day, Pastor Jim Scudder will show that God intended work to be a blessing, not a burden.
Who is the Christ-King? Matthew 1:18–24 looks forward to the morning sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these seven verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the Christ-King is God Himself, Who came to save His people from their sins.
The Scripture: Luke 10:38-42,
 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at
the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister
has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me."  But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are
anxious and troubled about many things,  but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her." (ESV) Scheduled Publication Time 082923@1900
John 11:45-46 " Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done."