“I’m willing to admit, life has left me thirsty.” When you are willing to say that, to admit that, to dwell in the truth that all the pursuits of this life have left you thirsty, then, in that defining moment, you are a candidate for God’s thirst-satisfying grace.
What we’re going to discover is this wonderful liberating truth, that you don’t have to understand everything in order to believe in something. Even though there are some things that are unexplainable, there are also some things that are undeniable. And when we focus on the unexplainable and avoid facing the undeniable, we’ll never have faith. But when you get focused on the undeniable, the unexplainable won’t harm your faith at all.
God doesn’t want you to get into a system where you think by doing a few right things, and being a pretty good person, you’re going to get to eternal life. So from time to time in your life, he’s going find ways to say, “nothing is more important that a relationship with me. That’s what eternal life is…to know God and to know Jesus Christ, His Son.
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It’s not good people who go to heaven. No matter how good you may be, good people don’t automatically go to heaven. FORGIVEN people go to heaven. And forgiveness is only found through belief in the good work of Jesus Christ.
Many of you are going to be uncomfortable through this series, because we’re going to find out some things about God that might not be what you’ve always thought about God. They might cast a really bright light into the darkness where you are comfortable. What I’m asking you to do is not to push back and argue with God and retreat into your darkness, but to just remain and dwell in and abide in the light for a little while.
Christians aren’t gathered all over the world today simply to celebrate the event. It’s bigger than that. We gather today to celebrate the implications of the resurrection. When we fully understand the implications of the resurrection & the fact that Jesus died on the cross on our behalf, it creates a context for our lives that impacts every facet of our lives.
Now today’s character in this series tried to get Jesus to do his bidding. And when Jesus didn’t do what he wanted Jesus to do, this character bailed. And the reason we’re talking about this guy is because there’s a little bit of him in all of us.
When we barter with God, rather than surrender, we are responsible for the outcome. And apparently, God will not get in the way of you having your way. He won’t rob us of the responsibility and the outcome that’s associated with our decisions.
I understand why we Christians resist the God we say we trust. Surrender is terrifying. But the story of Caiaphas reminds us of something we dare not ever forget. That while saying yes to God will cost you something, saying no will always cost you more. Saying no to God will even cost you what you put in the place of God to begin with.
God is working in our world. Through the compassion of the church, through the message of the church, through the interaction of the church with the community, through the influence of the church, God is working. And we don’t always get it right. We’re not that smart. But God uses us anyway. That’s kind of the point. Jesus said, “I’m going to build my gathering, and nothing can stop it.” You & I have been invited to participate in the activity of God on this earth.