REJOICE!

Connecting Points

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Today’s Topic: Rejoice!!!

Today’s Text:  Luke 10:17-20 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven”

Man’s joy does not come from results but from relationships. The greatest joy comes from the greatest relationship possible –personal friendship with Jesus Christ.

After doing miracles under the authority of and in the power of Jesus’ name, the disciples were reminded that the results they experienced were not the real reason for rejoicing, but rather that their names were written in heaven in the Lamb’s Book of Life. No matter what our circumstances, good or bad, there is reason to rejoice because we have been redeemed.

Let me remind you of the reasons we have to rejoice in our redemption.

Redemption is Eternal

  • Hebrews 9:11-12, 15    11But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come,  then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)   12he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. ..    15Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.  

Redemption delivers us from judgment

  • Revelation 20:11-15  Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Redemption grants us access to the heavenly city

  • Revelation 21:22-27(ESV) 22And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.  23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.  24By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it,  25and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.  26They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.  27But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Redemption Sets us free from sin

  •  Galatians 3:10-13  10For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written,  “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”   11Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for  “The righteous shall live by faith.”    12But the law is not of faith, rather  “The one who does them shall live by them.”   13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written,  “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—  

Redemption  secures the Holy Spirit  

  • Galatians 3:14   14so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Redemption protects us from false religion and deception

  • Revelation 13:5-8 5And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. Authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain. 

Redemption qualifies us as Sons and heirs

  • Galatians 4:4-7  4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,   5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.   6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”   7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Redemption changes our lives

  • Titus 2:11-14  For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,   12training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,   13waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,   14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

NOW REJOICE!

Pastor John

 

 

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