My Favorite Love Story - 10/22/16

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John 3:16-18 (The Message Version)

Main Points

  1. Jesus provided us with a new way of understanding and relating to God the Father. It was no longer a matter of the shedding of blood and having a human intercessor approach the Mercy Seat. We can intimately know and communicate directly with God through the sacrifice of the Son

  2. When Jesus told us that we must be as little children (Matthew 18;1-4, Matthew 19:13-14; Mark 10:13-15; Luke 18:13-15) He was not speaking metaphorically. Think of the relationship between a small child and a loving father. There is no fear, there is affection, love, confidence and trust.

  3. Whenever we see interactions between the spiritual world and humanity, almost always the first communication is “Don’t be afraid.” Paul tells us in II Timothy that God does not give us a spirit of fear. Hebrews 4:16 tells us “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Romans 8:15 tells us “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” These are the exact same words Christ used in the garden when he poured out His heart to the Father before going to the cross.

Focus Questions

  1. Do I come to God with the heart and spirit of a loving dependent child, trusting in His goodness and righteousness?

  2. Am I afraid that I will not meet His standards in order for His blessings to be mine or do I know His love for me is unshakable?