16 October 2016 - Understanding the Four Gospels (Part 2) - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
The good thing about reading the Bible is that you will have assurance from God's word.
Jesus said that Heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will never pass away. This world will not end in a nuclear holocaust.
Jesus will come again and He will set things right. He will not let this world go down the tube.
Watch what you focus on. The Bible says a good report makes the bones fat and that a merry heart does good like medicine.
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. Complaining and murmuring can lead to sickness.
Does God send these things? No, God is a God of health.
Do you want to see how good God is? Look at Jesus - Jesus said that He who has seen me has seen the Father.
Jesus never gave anyone sickness while He was on earth.
God wants us to prosper, but not to love money. Our prosperity is for a purpose - To help those who are in need.
Money is a tool, a vehicle, and a weapon - money in the hands of a good person is used for good purposes, and money in the hands of a bad prison is used for bad purposes.
The whole point of reading the gospels is to feed on Christ. When you're sick, start focusing on all the healings, miracles, and wonders that Jesus does in the gospels.
You can even see yourself as the characters in the story - example: as the woman with the issue of blood who was healed by Jesus.
The word "wind" is the Hebrew word "ruach" which means "evil spirit" (Holy Spirit is ruach hakodesh).
Some sicknesses can be caused by demons. You don't always have to address the evil spirit when you pray for deliverance. Be led by the Holy Spirit on how to pray.
84 chapters talk about the last 3 and a half years of His life, including His death, burial and resurrection.
In the book of John, there are 12 chapters about His life before the upper room. 5 chapters are of the last few hours of His life.
We need four gospels to typify the life of this glorious Man. One gospel is not enough.
These four gospels are what the Holy Spirit deems fit and enough for you to know what Jesus did.
As a boy, Jesus lived a normal life. The first miracle Jesus ever did was to turn water into wine at the Wedding in Cana.
John 20:30-31 - Stop complaining that you don't have faith and start reading the word of God! The Gospel of John was written to produce faith in 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)
Matthew 1:1 - Jesus is the Son of David and of Abraham - David is the king. Abraham was promised the land.
Jesus has a double claim to kingship and the land. This is the gospel of the King.
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:” (Matthew 1:1 NKJV)
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. Solomon's story shows us that our sin is not final. God can bring about a miracle from a very shady past.
This is our story: We were chosen, saved, redeemed, and made royalty by God.
The illustrious women like Sarah and Rebekah were not written in, despite them rightfully being in the genealogy.
The four women mentioned above were written into the genealogy to let us know that Jesus is the King of grace.
“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)
If you are indulging in sin you are destroying yourself. God hates sin as much as He loves you.
Matthew 9:8-13 - Many people cannot receive healing because they think that they are being punished for some sin in their lives, and they are sin-conscious.
At this time, Israel was under subjugation by the Roman Empire. The tax office was under the Roman Empire, and the tax collectors needed to renounce God.
The Jewish tax collectors were hated by their own people and outcasted.
Jesus is not an emaciated and frail Man as depicted in some paintings.
There is something magnetic about Jesus that caused people to follow Him with just two words.
Christianity is the only religion where your disqualifications are your qualifications!
God gave the Law to show how bad man is. The Pharisees want to put the Law outside, but Jesus showed that the Law governs what goes on inside as well.
“Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men. As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”” (Matthew 9:8-13 NKJV)
Matthew 17:1-8 - The word "transfigured" is "metamorpho" where we get the word metamorphosis.
The more we behold Jesus, the more we are metamorphosed into His image.
Pastor Prince believes that this incident took place on Mount Hermon.
Peter made a big mistake - He put Moses and Elijah which represent the Law and the Prophets, on the same level as Jesus who is Grace.
How do you see Jesus only? When you arise and are not afraid of God.
“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.” (Matthew 17:1-8 NKJV)
When you look at celebrities, you stay the same, but when you look at Jesus, you change.
Matthew 26:67 - The Ark of the Covenant is a visual aid that represents Jesus. When Uzzah touched it, he died.
What's more if someone touches Jesus, the true Substance. But the assaulters here did not die because of grace.
“Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands,” (Matthew 26:67 NKJV)
Mathews 27:26-31 - By Jesus' STRIPE we are healed - there was not one sliver of skin left on His back after being scourged.
Jesus was stripped before 500 to a 1000 soldiers (a whole garrison). Why was He humiliated so?
It is because when Adam and Eve sinned, the glory that clothed them disappeared -
Jesus redeemed us from the shame of our nakedness by taking the shame on Himself.
“Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.” (Matthew 27:26-31 NKJV)
Where the word of a king is there is power. Jesus used His power to cleanse us.
The Second Coming of Jesus happens in two phases: believers will be taken up in the Rapture first, then Jesus will come again to judge the world.
Matthew 1:17 - The way Matthew writes this is like how a tax collector counts and stacks coins/money.
It's amazing how God lets the personality of the author of the books of the Bible show in them.
“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.” (Matthew 1:17 NKJV)
John Mark wrote the Gospel of Mark. John Mark is the servant who failed, and yet God chose him to write about the Servant who never fails (Jesus).
When God uses you, He never bypasses your personality.
The only thing left to do is to receive from God. Praying is important but praying doesn't mean receiving.
Believe that you receive when you pray and you shall have. Some people want to have first then they will believe. It doesn't work that way.
How you see the Lord Jesus affects how you receive from Him.
Mark 6:1-6 - Sometimes the ones closest to us are the most cynical and they are the last to believe that God would use us.
When David asked his brother what must be done to slay the giant, his brother accused him of being naughty.
David responded by turning away from his brother and asked the same question to someone else.
Sometimes the best thing to do is to ignore the people who speak ill of us and criticize us.
Receiving from Jesus is like how electricity flows - it must be conducted.
“Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.” (Mark 6:1-6 NKJV)
Leviticus 1:1-9 - There are three types of burnt offerings you can bring: A bullock, a lamb/goat, or a bird.
If you have a bullock-sized revelation of Jesus, you are rich spiritually.
The bullock is a picture of Jesus. When you lay hands on Jesus, all His righteousness is transferred to you.
Laying hands on the offering represents identification. We must identify ourselves with Jesus' righteousness.
Why is the offering separated into three parts?
The head refers to "He knew no sin", Legs refers to "He did no sin", and the entrails refers to "In Him is no sin".
“Now the LORD called to Moses, and spoke to him from the tabernacle of meeting, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of the livestock—of the herd and of the flock. ‘If his offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD. Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him. He shall kill the bull before the LORD; and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood and sprinkle the blood all around on the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of meeting. And he shall skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces. The sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar, and lay the wood in order on the fire. Then the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat in order on the wood that is on the fire upon the altar; but he shall wash its entrails and its legs with water. And the priest shall burn all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.” (Leviticus 1:1-9 NKJV)
Leviticus 1:14-15 - To easily receive from Jesus, you need to have a great revelation of the blood of Jesus.
A bird has less blood than a bullock, and therefore represents a lesser revelation of the blood of Jesus.
“‘And if the burnt sacrifice of his offering to the LORD is of birds, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves or young pigeons. The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off its head, and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out at the side of the altar.” (Leviticus 1:14-15 NKJV)
The spirit that stops us from receiving from God is not the spirit of anti-God but the spirit of anti-Christ.
There is progression in the endings of the four gospels: The Gospel of Matthew ends with Jesus' resurrection,
the Gospel of Mark ends with Jesus' ascension,
the Gospel of Luke ends with the mention of the Day of Pentecost,
and the Gospel of John ends with the mention of the Rapture.
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