This is a reprint of a sermon I gave twice in the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection last year. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I would like to post this sermon in three parts- one for each simple truth. I pray you are blessed.
Anybody interested in seeing the full video, mp3, notes, or PowerPoint of this message can click HERE. Grace & Peace- Scott
To say that our country is in the midst of difficult times is an obvious understatement. We survive 2020, think “it can’t get any worse”, and 2021 hits like a ton of bricks. I won’t go into details on what is happening. People I’ve talked with lately suggest that we are in the end times. Jesus said that’s not for any of us to know when He will return. I do know that every generation has thought that Jesus was returning immediately all the way back to the apostles.
The authors of the New Testament wrote with an urgency like He was coming back the next day! This is because we live in a fallen world, a morally bankrupt pain machine, to borrow a phrase from my seminary professor. The world has been that way since Adam and Eve shared some fruit and it will end when Jesus returns to Earth to rule and reign.
I also promise not to point any fingers today. There is already plenty of judging going on. I do know that while I may not understand all that’s going on, who caused it, and what we can do about it…I will say that the one who does have the answers is the God who created this universe. He has the Master plan.
We don’t always have a clear picture of the plan- or even of God. Sometimes understanding God seems like a really complex puzzle- you know like the ones where all the pieces are the same shape with no good edges…or like the board game Othello- remember that? – A Minute to Learn and a Lifetime to Master…
Well today in the middle of all this complexity, I want to introduce 3 simple truths. If we understood these statements about God and applied them to our lives, they would have the power to heal our country and revive our church. The seed for this message was planted when I read a storybook to my Kindergarten class about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Two of his quotes from the book stood out to me.
I thought…great words from a strong Godly man but it seems like we are pretty far from achieving this…like maybe we’re taking one step forward and two steps back. When you think about all that’s going on in the world; if you dwell on the negative, you will be negative. You get sucked down the swirling vortex…and flush.
Instead, I’d like to go the other way- up. These are 3 Biblical truths that relate to this great man’s words. They are descriptions of God and Jesus that are in the Bible. Please turn to 1 John chapter 1.
1 John 1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
Simple truth #1, God is light. God described Himself this way speaking to Moses in Exodus
Exodus 33:20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”
God had to tuck Moses in the cleft of a rock to shelter him from God’s glory.
The Apostle Paul explains Jesus this way…
1 Timothy 6:16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
And in Hebrews 12 it says this
Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Nobody has ever laid eyes on God in this world. But by understanding these descriptions we come to understand better who God is. Saying that God is light, we are speaking to His complete Holiness- there is no darkness or evil in Him. We begin to understand the magnitude and magnificence of God; how awesome and wonderful He is. And we should be afraid…God is all-powerful, infinite, all knowing. He never changes. He is everywhere…He’s a BIG God.
But we don’t have to be scared…Why? It’s in Hebrews 12:28- Grace. We have been given His grace and mercy, offered to all, shown in His son Jesus who died for our sins and rose again so we may be spiritually alive. God is BIG but He’s on our side.
Knowing that God is light (Truth #1) helps us to better understand who God is.