John the Baptist was a pointer; he was sent by God to send sinners to God.
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The Pointer, Not the Point
What is the function of a signpost? They are designed not to be the point, but to point to the point. They declare to you the purpose, the objective of why they exist; it is literally written on them why they are planted on the side of the road. Now some of us have pictures with signposts, or have even seen some that we smiled at or liked — but we don’t go to the Grand Canyon to merely take a picture with the sign and then turn around.
The best pointer ever born of man was John the Baptist (Matthew 11:11). He was a perfect example of what the pastor is called to be: the pointer, not the point. John was a ‘messenger’ who was sent to ‘prepare the way before [the Lord]’ (Malachi 3:1). He ‘came preaching’ (Matthew 3:1) in order ‘to make ready for the Lord a people prepared’ (Luke 1:17). John the Baptist was a pointer; he was sent by God to send sinners to God. John was the server, not the Savior; he is the messenger, but the Message.
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Let us look to the Scriptures, and consider.
God’s Traveling Preachers
One of my favorite texts that I have penned to my heart is Psalm 19. Many of us are familiar with the opening words of David, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Among the many uses of the Hebrew word translated here as ‘proclaim’, it can be found in Job 1:15, 16, 17, and 19 as “to tell.”
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It is never the amount or exercising of our faith, but the object of our faith.
Take the truth of what is better
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The Empty Deceit of Sin
Believer, the delicacies of sin are widely displayed and lifted up for all to indulge upon. From movies to Netflix Originals to commercials to Facebook posts, everywhere we look there are vices set like bear traps — covered up and entrapping in their grip. Like in the life of Samson, sin comes at us like a lion ‘roaring’ (v.5) that we can tear as easy as ‘one tears a young goat’ (Judges 14:6). Then, we pass by the ‘carcass of the lion’ again to see that honey has developed (14:9) and we stop to taste the sweetness of decay, death, and the sinfulness of sin.
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This is fight of the Christian life: subduing what once subdued us
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The triune God rules supremely and perfectly as the happy God (cf. 1 Timothy 1:11). During his creation, everything that exists was created by him and exists by and for his will (Revelation 4:11). And all of creation was created and declared good by him (Genesis 1:31; 1 Timothy 4:4).
By his sovereign decree, the creation exists to serve one purpose: God. Psalm 119:91 says in reference to the sun and the earth, “By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.” Created things exist to serve God, and if God’s chief end is, as John Piper says, to glorify God and to enjoy himself forever (cf. Isaiah 48:9-11) then all created things exist for God.
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The suffering of Jesus in the gospel was designed to save us from eternal suffering.
A sermon preached on 11-30-17
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Read 1 Peter 2:18-25.
The Purpose of Suffering: God’s Glory
What is God’s purpose in suffering? What does it do? This is one of those questions that we may be able to grasp the answer for and intellectually understand it, but to actually see it or live it, is another thing. In 2015, ISIS members were heavily attacking and threatening Christians spread all throughout the Middle East.
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And this same Jesus, offered up himself so that we, like the disciple Thomas, might behold him and say, “My Lord and my God!”
The Squishy, Babysitter Jesus
How many times in school were you told to treat others the way you want to be treated? We even called it the Golden Rule! This is by far one of the most popular sayings of Jesus in the popular culture, even in the realm of relative truth and morality (which is self defeating). Everyone loves the Jesus that is king, polite, loves others, and doesn’t really challenge anybody’s belief’s or opinions but only loves people and seeks to be generous. But, this is not all of Jesus — this is only a glimpse, a rip-off version of Jesus that he did come to be presented as, merely. The type of Jesus in the culture is one of a squishy kind. He does not challenge, he does not condemn, and he only is loving. But, in the gospels we see that this is not the full picture of the Son of God, there is so much more to be examined, offended and convicted by, and to see as more than just a type of babysitter who can do no wrong and is here to aid us in living properly. Continue reading “Basic Apologetics: Jesus is God”