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Jesus, our Feast of Tabernacles

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Sermon shared by Mike Cleveland

September 2008
Summary: Jesus Christ is our Shelter, our Sabbath, our Sacrifice, our Savior and our Satisfaction.
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: General adults
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on the cross (He’s our Sabbath), 3.Just as they were to sacrifice in order to be accepted by the God, in order to have fellowship with God, so Jesus sacrificed Himself to bring us to God (He’s our sacrifice). 4.Just as they remembered their deliverance from slavery, even so Jesus is our Savior. 5.And just as they had a season of joy, Jesus is our eternity of joy. (He’s our satisfaction, and our elation).

Now 2 days ago my wife and I were driving around Wooster and we saw a church sign that said, “We are a Lifeboat, not a Party Boat” and I felt like telling them to change boats. For while its true that we are to rescue the perishing, it’s also true that those who have been rescued are to be partying (or if you prefer “celebrating the festival”). In other words Christians are those who rejoice that Jesus purchased our pardon on the cross, celebrate that He rose from the dead triumphant, partying over eternal life. Even in the midst of very severe trials, Christians find that the joy of the Lord is our strength. Jesus is our Shelter, He is our Sabbath, He is Sacrifice, He is our Savior, and He is our Satisfaction and elation. In other words, Jesus is our Feast of Tabernacles. That Feast was the shadow, Jesus is the reality.

So the context of John chapter 7 is the foreshadowing of the cross (verse 1), and the celebration of the feast (verse 2). Today, I want us to notice these 3 points together: 1-The Challenge to Jesus (verses 3-5), 2-the Cross of Jesus (verses 6-8), 3- The Conflict over Jesus (verses 10-13).

So in verses 3-5 we have the challenge to Jesus. In verse 3, His brothers challenge Him to go prove Himself to His disciples, and in verse 4 they challenge Him to go show Himself to the world, draw a crowd, get a following. In other words they said, “go to the feast and work your miracles, give your disciples something to really believe in, show yourself to the world, become a public figure, gain a following after yourself.”

And verse 5 tells us that his brothers did not believe in Him. You know why they didn’t believe in Him? One of the reasons is they were too familiar with Him. Look at chapter 6 verse 42. Verse 41 Jesus says He’s the Bread that came down from heaven, and in verse 42 they said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ’I came down from heaven’?" “Hey we know Him, we’re familiar with Him, we know His mom and dad and where He is from.” Listen I have a warning for us here today. Guard your heart that you do not become so familiar with Jesus and His cross that it doesn’t affect you when you read it or hear it. Guard your hearts against familiarity and complacency.

Jesus didn’t want to become a public figure, He had in mind becoming what looked like a public failure. In Jesus’ answer to His brothers, we see the cross. Look at verses 6-8: 6 Therefore Jesus told them, "The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. 7 The world cannot hate you,
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