The Wonderful Story of Jesus Part 3

Praise the Lord Saints! Last week we discussed how wonderful the ministry of Jesus was.  His ministry consisted of teaching, preaching, and healing.  And the Scripture bears out that Jesus taught with great power. 

LUKE 4:32

And they were astonished at His (Jesus) DOCTRINE: for His Word was with POWER. 

So I want you to understand that teaching and preaching the Word were part of the mighty works that Jesus did.  He was Wonderful in works – in His Words and in His deeds – or you could say, Jesus was Wonderful in ministry!  But if the story of Jesus had ended with His ministry, there still would be no salvation for us, because there would be no New Birth.  No, Jesus was not only Wonderful in ministry; He was Wonderful in His death. 

God no longer dwells in a man-made temple, shut up in the Holy of Holies; He dwells in us.  The moment we were born again, the Shekinah presence of God bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God (Rom. 8:16).  Hallelujah!  Even in His death, Jesus was Wonderful! 

But, thank God, it didn’t end there either – Jesus was resurrected!  That’s part of the Christmas story, my friend.  And Jesus was Wonderful in His Resurrection! 

Let’s take a look at what the Scripture has to say about it, and let the Word speak for itself. 

MATTHEW 28:1-3, 5, 6

1 In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.

2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow…

5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye:  for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

6 He is not here:  For He is Risen, as he said.  Come and see the place where the Lord lay. 

He is not here!  He is Risen!”  All the powers of the earth and hell failed to keep Jesus in the grave.  Isn’t that Wonderful!  Then if you continue reading this chapter, you will see that Jesus is not only alive and risen, but He was given all power in Heaven and in earth. 

MATTHEW 28: 18-20

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All Power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go Ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Amen. 

That Greek word “power” in verse 18 is also translated “Authority” throughout the New Testament.  In other words, Jesus said, “ALL authority is given unto me.”  Then He immediately delegated the authority upon the earth to His Church.  

That’s why Jesus authorized and commissioned us to “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel unto every creature” (Mark 16:15).  We have the Wonderful message of the resurrection. 

Your Pastor

 

 

Word for Today:  Exceed Expectation

The world is filled with people who are prepared to do no more than the absolute minimum necessary to get by.  Do you want to be happy in your work place? Do you want to experience promotion and financial reward?  If so, you are going to have to consistently do more than is expected of you; get more done than is required; and bring more excellence to your work than the minimum standards demand.  This is what Jesus meant when He said, “If someone compels you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” GO THE EXTRA MILE!  This is a very important key that will bring success in your life in 2017.