Summary: God wants to have a relationship with us, and we know this: 1. By the Lord's witness to us (vs. 15). 2. By the Lord's work in our lives (vs. 16). 3. By the Lord's willingness for forget our sins (vs. 17).
God's Longings for Your Life #2: Relationship
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - Sept. 7, 2014
*We are taking a look at some of God's greatest desires for our lives, and last Sunday we started with God's rescue. God wants to rescue us from our sin and eternal death. And His commandments help, because they teach us how much we desperately need to be rescued by God. You see, no matter how hard we try to obey God's laws, we can never keep them all. So vs. 1 tells us that God's "law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect."
*Nobody but Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has ever lived a totally perfect life. And the only way He could rescue us was to come into the world as a man. That's why in vs. 5-7, we hear God the Son speak to His Heavenly Father about coming into the world:
5. Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.
6. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure.
7. Then I said, 'Behold, I have come in the volume of the book it is written of Me to do Your will, O God.'''
*Our rescue never could have happened without Jesus coming into the world, but even that wasn't enough. Our rescue could only be possible through the cross of Jesus Christ. That's why vs. 10-12 tell Christians that by God's will:
10. . . we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices (i.e. the same Old Testament sacrifices), which can never take away sins.
12. But this Man (Jesus), after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
*One of God's greatest desires for your life is to rescue you from eternal death, and He will, if you will trust in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross for you. God wants to rescue you. But that's just the beginning, because God also wants to have a relationship with us. Think about this great truth as we read vs. 15-17.
*When I explain God's plan of salvation to people, I like to use my hand, because every finger tells part of the story. And my ring finger highlights the fact that the heart of Christianity is a personal relationship with God. The Bible uses human relationships to help us understand God's desire for us to have a personal relationship with Him.
*The Church is called the Bride of Christ, Jesus wants to be our best Friend, and God the Father wants to be our Heavenly Father. This is the heart of Christianity: God the Father wants to have a close, personal relationship with us through His Son Jesus Christ.
*Nothing could possibly be more important. Listen to what Jesus said when He was speaking to His Heavenly Father in John 17:3: "This is eternal life, that they may KNOW You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."