Summary: ❶ World Panic ❷ Controlling Panic ❸ Defeating Panic ❹ Panic Free

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Luke 21:7KJV

7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

Luke 21:26KJV

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

- Jan 15/09 Declared as the “Miracle in New York,” US Airbus 320 rescue from the Hudson River

- Sullenburger credited for saving 155 lives

- America is looking for heros and hope

- 1/20/09 - Inauguration statement from the Toronto Star - America now has hope rather than fear. The world is tasting hope rather than fear. Faith moves mountains. Fear destroys.

❶ World Panic

- Fear is an emotional response to threats and danger.

- Fear is a basic survival mechanism of escape and avoidance

- (EU Observer 1/22/09) EU civil unrest

- Riots over the economic crisis erupt in Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Greece.

- At risk Hungary, Ukraine, and Belarus.

- International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn

- "The situation is really, really serious”

- Iceland’s PM resigns under growing pressure from a financial collapse

❷ Controlling Panic

- One disciple had betrayed Him;

- Another had denied Him, under the solemn sanction of an oath; - - The rest had forsaken Him

- Thomas - John 20:25KJV .... Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

John 20:29KJV

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

1. We Have Heard - Recognize the OT Promise

Genesis 49:10KJV

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Isaiah 9:6KJV

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Jeremiah 23:5-6KJV

5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

On the Emmaus Road

Luke 24:27KJV

27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

2. We Have Seen - His Teaching & Work

- Sin, Forgiveness, Life, Hope

- Blind, Lame, Leper, Dead

3. We Have Looked Upon - Arrest, Trial & Crucifixion

- Mockery, Suffering, Scoffing, Brutality, Death

4. We Have Handled - Proof of His Resurrection

- Witness - Joyful celebration — fulness of the Spirit

- Possessed their life until the world could stand it no more

Stephen - Stoned

James brother of John - Beheaded

Philip - Crucified

Matthew - Speared & hacked to death

James , the ½ brother of Jesus - stoned & clubbed to death

Matthias - Stoned then beheaded

Andrew - Crucified (St. Andrew’s Cross

Peter - Crucified upside down

Paul - Beheaded

Jude - Crucified

Bartholomew - Beaten then crucified

Thomas - Speared to death

Luke - Hanged

Simon the Zealot - Crucified

John - Only one who died of old age

❸ Defeating Panic

What is from the beginning?

Genesis 1:1KJV

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

John 1:1KJV

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

1. The Truth of His Word

Psalm 119:160KJV

160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

2. Eternal Wisdom

Proverbs 8:22-23KJV

22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

❹ Panic Free

WORD “logos” - to point out God’s reason or plan which coordinates a changing universe.

- Through Him all things are made

John 1:1-4KJV

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

God incarnate, Jn 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

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