Left Behind

Easter 2017  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Loved by God, Jesus is coming back because He fell in love with us.

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The Stage

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages."
- Shakespeare
Looking for my 15 mins of fame
Scripture full of amazing characters that are so different from me
I could never be them or do what they do
I'm a background character
I feel blessed even knowing the stars of the stage

Bigger than ourselves

Love catches us up in something bigger than ourselves.

Before I go...

John 17:1–5 NRSV
1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
Part 1: the Gift of Life - Jesus goes backstage (the human side of Jesus)
- Knowing God and Knowing Jesus
- I glorified You, now You glorify me
- ( I'm ready to go home.)
- But there's one more thing
- In getting to know them I learned to love them
John 17:6–11 NRSV
6 “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
Part 2: Becoming a gift ourselves (Who belongs to Who?)
- they were God's
- Given to Jesus
- They kept God's word
- Now they know everything given to Jesus came from God
- passing on the words (Jesus as middle man)
- Jesus as gift to us \ us as gift to Jesus
- Mine are yours and yours are mine - the Great Sharing
- Protect them (ours) while I am gone
- Jesus is choosing to come back for us!
1 Peter 5:6–11 NRSV
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter
“God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”
- anxiety deceiving us into the spotlight - so the lions can see us better
- when anxiety becomes suffering it is not the light we seek, but isolation.
- it is humbling to bring your suffering and weakness to community, especially if you cannot see how they can help.
- Peter does not promise the church will be able to help, he says Jesus Himself will be our help!

What’s your focus?

- God focus: Does God the Father love Jesus His Son?
- Will God take care of us for Jesus's sake?
Our love is too small
If I love this much,
How much more does God love?


- Self focus: Am I good enough? Does God love me?
- God focus: Does God the Father love Jesus His Son?
- Will God take care of us for Jesus's sake?
Our love is too small
If I love this much,
How much more does God love?

Where death dies...

Not a hospital where fragments of life are preserved - We are a place where death dies and new life is created!
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