Sunday Morning 3-31-2013

Posted by Sherry


Don’t Put God First
John 19:16-18
CBC 3/31/13 EASTER SM
  • Focus:  
    • The resurrection is about the living Lord.  
    • His life should be the center of our lives.
  • Function: 
    • Don’t put Jesus first on the list; 
    • make Him the center (MIDDLE/MIDST) of everything that you are and do.

TEXT:16 Then he delivered Him over to them to be crucified.
17 And they took Jesus and led [Him] away; so He went out, bearing His own cross, to the spot called The Place of the Skull—in Hebrew it is called Golgotha.
18 There they crucified Him, and with Him two others—one on either side and Jesus between them.

JESUS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR TROUBLE
MATTHEW 14:24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea,[a] tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

JESUS MAKES US THE CENTER OF HIS ATTENTION
MATTHEW 18 At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, “Who gets the highest rank in God’s kingdom?”
2-5 For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.
6-7 “But if you give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don’t have to make it worse—and it’s doomsday to you if you do.

JESUS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR WORSHIP
MATTHEW 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

JESUS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR CONFUSION
LUKE 24:36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”

JESUS TOOK THE MIDDLE GROUND ON GOLGOTHA 
JOHN 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
  • Between the repentant and unrepentant thief
  • Between a Holy God and Sinful Man

JESUS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF HEAVEN NOW
REVELATION 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
ROMANS 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

CONCLUSION:
Do we have Jesus Isolated at the top of the list 
(lonely at the top)
Throughout His earthly ministry He was in the MIDDLE of everything
He’s asking to be in the middle of everything in your life & mine
INVITATION:
put Jesus in the Middle, not first of the list

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