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Breakfast with Jesus

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Sermon shared by Richard Francis

May 2007
Summary: If you have turned from Jesus, feel far from him, he is closer than you think ready to met with you prepared to forgive and restore, all you need to do is ask and recive his unconditional and never ending love, are you ready?
Audience: Seeker adults
Sermon:
This is an amazing message for us and the Church

Why, it tells of God and his heart for all of us brings us hope eternal and true
Why, well its tells of forgiveness and love beyond belief
Why, through this we see the foundation of the universe it self here is Gods fingerprint his blue print for church
Why, well its true for us today as it was for Peter and the disciples then
Why, well it’s the same Jesus that waits for us, for the time when we will see him
Why, it’s a love story with all of us in the centre stage the truest story ever, full of beauty, betrayal, death, hope, faith and above all Love
Why, well it’s a story that’s still being told


So What?
Are there times when you turn away from Jesus
Are there times when you just can’t see it any more, want to get back to the way things were before he came
Are there times when the worries and concerns of the world just sweep you away
Are there times that the love just does not get through, our hearts turn cold
Dangerous times, times when the Lord seems distant, far off, insignificant, unimportant, far from the centre of our lives
Are there times like these?
Are there times when we still have the stench of betrayal on our lips, when we deny Jesus, say we don’t know him, turn away
The Apostles knew times like this, the Disciples sometimes could not even see Jesus when he stood in front of them


Where?
Lets keep that idea, consider the number of times in the bible were Jesus was there BUT no-one could see him
I mean not recognise him, know him for his divinity, for his truest humanity surely a man like this must of stood out in the crowd, almost shone surely if you had lived with him for three years, seen him died and laid to rest, you might think “don’t I know You from some where?”
Jesus showing us what humanity is at its ultimate best and we were incapable of seeing the beauty of who God is.
But it happened all the time consider Mary at the tomb, those on the road to Emmaus the disciples look right at Jesus but they did not recognise him and it amazes me, bugs me and scares me that this can happen.
Jesus Christ looking at them straight into their souls and they did not recognise him who had walked amongst them, how many times I dread to think was that me looking at him and just not seeing?

John 1: 10 – 14 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Isaiah 53: 1 – 6 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by
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