9 October 2016 - Understanding the Four Gospels - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
We freely receive healing from God, so don't put a price tag to it. Freely receive, freely give.
People who are not freely giving are people who don't know that they have freely received.
Praying in Jesus' name means seeing yourself as His beloved and seeing yourself as deeply loved by Him.
Joseph Prince is not preaching the message of grace - He is preaching the gospel of grace! The gospel is the church's weapon!
The faith that pleases God in the New Testament is seeing God as love and as Savior.
Pontius Pilate was hoping that the people would choose to free Jesus, but they chose Barabbas the robber and murderer instead.
Barabbas' name means "Son of the Father". The true Son of the Father, Jesus, was standing next to Barabbas.
Jesus died so that we could also become sons and daughters of the Father.
Judas delivered Jesus up to be arrested and he was a thief.
Jesus said that "those who come before me are thieves and robbers".
With God, it is more blessed to receive from Him. We are bankrupt in contrast to God.
Matthew, Mark and Luke are synoptic gospels. John stands in a class of its own.
The Father deems fit for Jesus to have four stories of His life on earth.
Hebrews 10:18-20 - We cannot offer anything as a sin offering. It all falls short.
Jesus' death at the cross is the only sin offering that makes the cut.
The word "boldness" means freedom of speech. We can speak freely before God without fear.
The word "new" means freshly slain, as if Jesus just died for us just now.
When we come to God (by spending time in the gospels), our youth and strength is renewed and we get healthier and healthier.
The veil stands on four pillars - the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The veil is Jesus' flesh. His flesh was torn for us to make a new and living way for us.
“Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,” (Hebrews 10:18-20 NKJV)
In the Tabernacle, the veil is hung on the four pillars. The veil has four colors on it -
Blue (Heaven - Represents the Gospel of John),
Purple (Royalty - Represents the Gospel of Matthew - Jesus' genealogy and right to kingship explained),
Red (Man - Adam's name means "blood man" - Represents the Gospel of Luke),
and White (Represents the Gospel of Mark)
The cherubim have four faces and it's always consistent - the man, the lion, the ox and the eagle.
Don't travel through life at the speed of your age or at the pace of the world. Travel with the rhythm of grace.
The faster you try to go, the 'behinder' you are. Pull back and you will go far.
A key to studying the Bible: The key hangs on the door, not hidden somewhere.
The first few verses of a book in the Bible will give you the right perspective on how to read and understand that book.
Matthew 1:1-6 - These four women don't have good repute, but their names are included in the genealogy of Jesus Christ:
Tamar - a story of being chosen.
Rahab -a story of salvation.
Ruth - a story of redemption.
Bathsheba - a story of royalty.
Their stories put together is our story: We were chosen, saved, redeemed, and made royalty by God.
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.” (Matthew 1:1-6 NKJV)
The book of Mark (the gospel of the Ox) shows Jesus as a Servant.
There is no genealogy mentioned in the book of Mark because you don't ask a servant for his pedigree.
The book of Luke shows Jesus as a Man. He is shown in it growing up as a boy of thirteen years old.
The book of John is the Gospel of the Eagle. The eagle flies higher than any bird. The eagle can see further than any bird.
Every leader must have the four faces: Lion (the King), Ox (the Servant), Man( the Man), and the Eagle (Man of God).
Reading the Gospel of John will renew your youth - God renews our youth like the eagles. That's the heavenly clue that God left for us.
Matthew 1:23 - The Gospel of Matthew begins with saying that God is with us.
““Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”” (Matthew 1:23 NKJV)
Matthew 28:20 - The Gospel of Matthew ends with Jesus affirming that He is always with us.
“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:20 NKJV)
The Gospel of Mark begins with Jesus going around performing miracles, casting out devils, healing the sick, getting baptised, etc.
It shows Jesus as being very busy serving.
Mark 16:19-20 - The ending of the gospel of Mark shows Jesus the Divine Servant still "working with them" - He is still serving.
“So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.” (Mark 16:19-20 NKJV)
Luke 1:5 - The Gospel of Luke begins with Zacharias the priest which represents the Levitical priesthood. It is the priestly gospel.
“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.” (Luke 1:5 NKJV)
Luke 24:50-51 - The Gospel of Luke ends with Jesus our High Priest blessing the disciples under the Melchizedek priesthood.
He was "parted from them" while blessing them, showing that Jesus didn't want to leave His disciples - He loves them!
“And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:50-51 NKJV)
To see God in His love is not natural. That is the mark of someone's spiritual maturity.
What is natural is to see God in His holiness and be fearful. The first time Peter met Jesus, he was fearful when he saw the miraculous catch of fishes.
He saw Jesus in His holiness (and his own sinfulness).
After Jesus died and rose again and Peter was restored to Jesus, he jumped into the water to go to Jesus.
Peter grew spiritually. He now saw Jesus in His love.
John 1:18 - The Gospel of John begins with the bosom (breast). Jesus always lives in the bosom of the Father - in the love and presence of the Father.
“No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (John 1:18 NKJV)
John 21:20 - The Gospel of John also ends with the breast which represents love. The gospel of John is the gospel of love!
“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”” (John 21:20 NKJV)
John 20:30-31 - What is the purpose of the Book of John? The gospel of John is designed to create faith in you.
The Father specially chose these miracles, signs and works of Jesus to be included in this gospel for you.
“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31 NKJV)
Jesus leaves the best for last. He saved the best wine for last at the wedding in Cana.
That speaks of the end time generation - that we are the best generation in terms of God's giftings.
Jesus is the Lord of time - Wine takes a long time to be made, but He was able to transcend time.
You want grace? God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.
Grace, like water, always finds the lowest point and flows to it.
Before destruction, the heart of man is haughty (full of pride). Never let what God has blessed you with become a source of pride.
Look at self, and you'll be depressed. Look at Jesus, and you'll be at rest.
John 18:12-13 - When they came to arrest Him, Jesus said "I AM" and the 1000 soldiers fell to the ground. That's power!
This is the only place which says that Jesus was bound.
“Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year.” (John 18:12-13 NKJV)
Genesis 22:9 - Jesus is the true Isaac!
“Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.” (Genesis 22:9 NKJV)
Exodus 30:22-26 - The myrrh represents the Gospel of Matthew [500 shekels (Matthew: Purple) = 250 shekels (Luke: Red) + 250 shekels (John: Blue) ]
The cassia represents the Gospel of Mark.
The olive oil which is a picture of the Holy Spirit, represents the Book of Acts.
The four gospels and the Book of Acts together form the holy anointing oil!
“Moreover the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Also take for yourself quality spices--five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon (two hundred and fifty shekels ), two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling cane, five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil. With it you shall anoint the tabernacle of meeting and the ark of the Testimony;” (Exodus 30:22-26 NKJV)
Stop looking on the internet for your disease and its symptoms. Read the four gospels and receive your healing from Jesus!
John 19:30 - Jesus did not die from the pain of crucifixion - He died when He gave up His spirit.
Jesus was not killed, He laid down His life!
The last thing Jesus did before He died was to worship.
The bowing of His head represents worship, surrender to the Father, and rest.
Jesus finally found His rest after His work was finished. He found His rest in loving us.
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” (John 19:30 NKJV)
Genesis 24:26 - The first mention of bowing of the head which represents worshipping God.
“Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the LORD.” (Genesis 24:26 NKJV)
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