Sermons tagged #Vicotry
Easter is the day that defines us as Christians. It is the day that began the church of Christ, it is the culmination of 3 years of ministry and the inception of a movement that would change the face of the known world forever. This movement was the way, the ongoing walking after the risen Christ in the power of His life. It was secured by the transformative reality of the empty tomb. No one was ready for what they encountered in the risen Christ. They had been warned, they had been told, they had been prepared over and over by the careful instruction of Christ Himself. But all of it faded into oblivion when the stone was rolled away. For what was revealed was a victory so profound that nothing else could ever have even come close. It stands supreme as the very centerpiece of human history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in the whole of creation. Thus this day defines all of creation, for here the plan of God is revealed as the masterstroke of grace against the forces of evil. Here the mercy of God triumphs in defeat, and the love of God flourishes in its own destruction… here all things come to the point of all creation, and that very simple point is this: God is a God of mercy and redeeming love… He has revealed His own nature and heart written across the universe in scarlet, unescapable, unassailable, unchangeable, uncompromising and absolutely unearned and un-earnable. He has revealed to us and in us the grandeur of Himself and it is glorious in our sight. This day let us consider together the victory of the Forerunner so that as we see His working, we might worship and praise His name and the wonders of His infinite love!
Jephthah, a rejected person, one who was unacceptable to others, was called by God and raised up as deliverer. Desperate for good leadership, the Israelites knew of the reputation of Jephthah as a mighty warrior and strong leader. So they sent a delegation to make a desperate appeal for him to become their commander. In response, Jephthah made a painful and bitter complaint against the leaders of Gilead: they had taken part in driving him away from his home and the inheritance that had been due him. Bitterness was bound to fill the heart of Jephthah against these leaders for their part in his mistreatment, his being exiled, and the threat against his life. He wanted to know why they had taken part in his brothers' greedy attack against him. And now they were coming to him for help when they were in trouble. Hearing this bitter response, the elders became even more desperate. They replied that they were willing to lift the banishment permanently, and they would make him the ruler over all Gilead. Becoming the commander-in-chief and the supreme leader of Gilead was not a political opportunity for Jephthah, but an occasion for trusting the LORD and serving the Israelites. Jephthah expressed faith in the LORD: it would be the LORD who would give him victory if he accepted the proposal. Jephthah was acknowledging his faith in the LORD and his dependence upon the LORD. The LORD Himself was working behind the scenes and calling Jephthah to serve Him and His people in a remarkable way. The New Testament makes it plain: Jephthah was not an opportunist, but a man of strong faith.