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Ordinary to Extraordinary

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Introduction: Because Jesus uses the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary, we can trust him to provide in impossible circumstances.

The Text: John 6:1-15

The Setting:

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation…” [Genesis 12:1-2]

This was God’s promise to Abraham. But by the time his descendants were numerous enough to be considered “a great nation”, they had become slaves in the land of Egypt. Then God called a man named Moses to lead the people out of slavery and back to the promised land. They did become a great nation, with kings like David and Solomon.

By the time of Jesus though, they were again in relative slavery. This time to Rome. And the people are looking for, longing for, the promised Messiah, the Prophet like Moses, to again lead them to freedom.

There has been four hundred years of silence, when there was no prophet at all. Then came John the Baptist! A prophet! It was a time of great national excitement! John proclaimed that the Messiah was coming. He was here to prepare the way!

One of the things we saw in the previous chapter was that John burned brightly and the nation, even the religious leaders,

…were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. [John 5:35]

And now John tells us that Jesus is gathering a large crowd,

…because they saw the signs that he was doing… [John 6:2]

So here is Jesus, doing these miraculous things, like healing people who have been crippled for 38 years! And so people are talking and gathering to see what he will do next. And to add to the excitement, 

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Walk as Children of Light

Walk as Children of Light

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
covering yourself with light as with a garment, (Ps 104:1-2)

Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the alter of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God. (Ps 43:3-4)

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple. (Ps 119:105, 130)

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadows of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light. (Ps 36:7-9)

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Cor 4:6)

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, (Col 1:11-13)

That was our text a few weeks ago. And while we were in that text we talked about this idea of darkness and light, and the shadowlands in between.

The kingdom is a place of light, where God dwells in such a glorious and radiant way that the sun has become irrelevant!

But there is a place of outer darkness, where there is no light, only sorrow and anger and despair. This is where those who do not know Christ will spend eternity.

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The Kingdom of the Beloved Son

The Kingdom of the Beloved Son

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son. (Colossians 1.18)

I have one aim with this text. My desire is to give you a glimpse of the kingdom of the Son. I want to stir up within you a desire for that kingdom.

Before we get to the kingdom though, I want to quickly go over two other important elements in this verse.

  1. the domain of darkness
  2. has delivered from and transferred to
  3. the kingdom of his beloved Son

1. the domain of darkness

What is a domain? It is a realm of authority. So what kind of a realm is it, where darkness is in authority? It’s not a pretty place.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:11–12)

So this is a domain, a realm, ruled by evil spiritual forces and authorities. And notice that it is “this present darkness“. This domain exists here and now, in this world, and is ruled over by evil spirits, cosmic powers. Furthermore, this domain is hostile toward Christians. Notice that Paul said we “wrestle against” these rulers of the domain of darkness. It’s a struggle, a battle. And notice also that he said in verse 11 to put on the armor of God (elsewhere called the armor of light), so that “you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” So Satan is scheming against you, if you are a Christian. This domain of darkness doesn’t like you, it’s hostile.

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