I am now starting
a new sermon series. It is a continuation of my previous series, “The
Destiny of Humanity,” which showed God’s master plan and how it
countered the Devil’s accusations that God is not righteous, working out
the redemption plan for the human race, and culminating with the long
awaited Messiah being incarnated into a human body. I am excited to
bring out the life of Jesus to believers in Christ. This series will not
necessarily go into every detail in the New Testament, but we are going
to examine certain highlights of Jesus' life on earth.
The first thing I
want to look at is how Jesus started his ministry. It would have been
easy just to do everything in the supernatural but then Jesus would have
been disqualified from becoming the sacrifice for sin. He had to use His
resources simply as a man. Aside from the sinless blood in His veins,
the only supernatural power that Jesus had was the Holy Spirit, who is
also available to any born again person that asks for it.
When Jesus turned 30 years old, He walked away from carpentry and began
ministering on a fulltime basis. He was certainly aware that two other
Jewish men had each declared themselves to be the messiah and
subsequently been executed. The New Testament records that Jesus’ family
and friends thought He had become mentally sick and tried to take him
back home. This must have been heart breaking for Jesus, that His own
family members did not believe that He was the Messiah.
This week we will
examine how Jesus launched His ministry. It started with water baptism
by John the Baptist and then enduring 40 horrible days of fasting in the
wilderness while the Devil tempted and harassed Him every day. Then
Jesus left Judah and returned to His hometown of Nazareth where He
proclaimed his Messiahship. Instead of embracing this news, the
townspeople rejected Him and wanted to kill the incarnated Son of God.
Jesus then moved
to Capernaum and began recruiting the men who would later become
apostles. They stopped what they were doing in faith and followed after
the man they could not ignore. Jesus experienced rejection just like
everyone else but it did not deter Him because He knew who He was and
why He was on the earth. I look forward to having you with me this week
as I will present this exciting message.
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell