Jesus Christ Has Authority Over Death

The great hope of every Christian is that the grave will not be the end for them when they die. Jesus Christ will one day raise them up to everlasting life. Jesus has authority over death, and He proved this during His earthly life as He raised the dead back to life.

Mind Battles: Victory Over Wrong Thoughts

There are many wars that have taken place and are taking place in this world. But one of the greatest wars constantly taking place is in the mind of Christians. Evil and wicked thoughts can bombard our minds incessantly and greatly grieve us. What are some things that can help us in this hellish warfare?

The Secret Things and the Revealed Things

We’ve been given a Book that contains the revelation of God and who He is. Because this Book is given to us, we should expect to be able to understand most parts of it. But because this Book is about the eternal God, we should also expect that there will be some parts that exceed our human limitations of understanding. The secret things belong to God, but the revealed things belong to us.

Deuteronomy 29:29 – The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Our Suffering is Over at Death

The moment a Christian dies, all of their sufferings will be forgotten. All their sufferings will be swallowed up by eternal glory.

Excerpt taken from the full sermon, “Suffering and the Eternal Weight of Glory“.

Every now and then, it’s very seldom that it’s ever happened, but every great once in a while, just bam! It hits you: I’m going to die. It’s going to happen very, very quickly. We’re rapidly approaching. If you’re not a Christian here tonight, the time is going to be there before you know it. You know how sometimes like as a student I remember I’d study for a test. You’ve got that big test coming up you know in two months – it’s far away, but you’re studying maybe. And it gets a little closer. All of a sudden there you are. The hour has come. And you know, like I said, I can only believe it every once in a while. You know what I’m talking about right here. Every now and then a little glimpse: I’m going to die. I’m going to be there. You’re going to be there. And if you’re not right with God you’re in a desperate situation. And if you are right with God, what in the world are you so worried about this thing you’re going through right now? It’s temporary. It’s just nothing. It’s light compared to this glory that’s coming. Difficulties are temporary. Trials are temporary. Setbacks are temporary. Sufferings are temporary. Soon, very soon, whatever I’m facing right now – you may be weary. You may be weary in the battle. It’s going to be over so fast. Soon shall the cup of glory wash down earth’s bitterest woes. I don’t think we had that verse in “The Sands of Time.” Soon shall the cup of glory wash down our bitterest woes. Soon shall the desert brier break into Eden’s rose. Soon. Wash down earth’s bitterest woes. People that are being tortured – some people are being tortured to death. The instant they wake up, it’s all washed down. Everything’s forgotten. Washed away in a moment. There’s a card that we’ve shared a lot with people who have lost a loved one. It’s entitled, “Absent From the Body, Present with the Lord.” It goes like this: “Oh think… Oh think, to step on shore and that shore Heaven, to take hold of a hand, and that God’s hand. To breathe a new air.” You know, you just breathe it in. You find it celestial air. “To feel invigorated and know it immortality. Oh think, to pass from a storm and a tempest into one unbroken calm. To wake up and find it glory. Oh think…” To step on a shore. All that will happen in a moment. The tempest of life will be gone and they’ll seem like nothing. To step on a shore and that shore Heaven. Well, what’s the shore of Heaven going to be like? Well, it’s one unbroken calm. Celestial air. Feeling invigorated. I can almost imagine that, you know. Instantly, you’re alive and you’re invigorated.

The Importance of Encouraging One Another

An often overlooked ministry in the church is the ministry of encouragement. We need to be encouraged by other Christians, and other Christians also need to be encouraged by us. Our attempts of encouragement may not seem that influential, but we would be surprised at how greatly God can use them to help our fellow believers.

Doing Greater Works Than Christ

Jesus said that we would do the same works that He did and even greater works. This is a glorious promise and it’s given to every believer. But we must ask the question: what does this promise mean?

John 14:12 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

The Commonplace Christian is the Glory of the Church

Most of us will be not be remembered after we die. We’ll be forgotten by the world and only a fading memory to those who knew us. But we can’t let this cause us to think that we’re not needed in Christ’s Church. Almost all of the advancement of His kingdom has been done by little, unknown Christians.

Don’t Go Away From Christ!

Sometimes Christians feel that they can’t come to Christ for help. Sometimes they feel that Christ won’t help them because of their sin. But these feelings are all lies. Christ tells them to come to the throne of grace, not the throne of worthiness.

But Jesus said, v. 16, “They need not go away…” You give them something to eat. And of course, He does this miracle here in the feeding of the 5,000. But what I want to focus on: “They need not go away.” You see, the people were hungry. The hour was late. They were in a secluded place, a desolate place. So it seemed obvious that the people needed to go away to the surrounding towns and the villages in order to buy something to eat. They were convinced they needed to go away from Jesus. That’s what they had to do they thought. But Jesus is sufficient for them as He is for you. He can meet their needs. He had great compassion on them and He said, “You need not go away.” Well, maybe there are some Christians here going through trials or going through much suffering. Well, certainly don’t go away from the Lord when you’re going through trials. You need not bear your burdens alone. Go to Jesus. Cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you. Maybe there are some here who feel tempted. Maybe in times of temptation, you come under great temptation and so you feel dirty. You feel guilty. So you feel you must go away from Jesus. But Jesus says here you need not go away. He is the great High Priest who sympathizes with your weaknesses. He tells you in His Word in times of temptation go boldly to His throne of grace. But you might say how can I go boldly in such times where my thoughts are polluted by sin? The answer is it’s a throne of grace, not a throne of worthiness. You see, sometimes when Christians, they think they can’t go because they’re too guilty. But no, it’s a throne of grace. Grace is unmerited favor. So you don’t have to be worthy enough to go there. You need not go away in such times of temptation. Go boldly to Christ and find your help. Hideaway in Him.

The Sufferings of the Cross

One of the major ways Christ became like us was that He was able to suffer in the same ways we do. When He went to the cross, He suffered as a man in every way imaginable. And the worst part of this, of course, was His spiritual suffering from bearing our sin and being forsaken by God.

Sorrow Turned Into Joy

Jesus taught and promised amazing things to His disciples the night before He died. One of these amazing promises is that they would have fullness of joy that no one would be able to take away. He promised joy that would remain with them even in the midst of suffering.

Text: John 16:16-26