Summary: Pentecost 10(A) - Our thirsting soul is satisfied because our gracious God freely invites and then our gracious God richly blesses.
OUR THIRSTING SOUL IS SATISFIED (Outline)
August 5, 2007 -
PENTECOST 10 -
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INTRO: There are all kinds of invitations – birthday, wedding, and anniversary. Such invitations to a celebration bring us joy. We are happy when someone remembers us to share in one special event or another. We often make all kinds of plans to attend the event.
Our gracious God extends his free invitation to us this morning. He wants us to partake of and enjoy his free gift of eternal life. This gift of God is found in his holy word. "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good"(1 PETER 2:2,3). May our souls always desire the satisfaction that only the Lord himself can and does provide.
OUR THIRSTING SOUL IS SATISFIED.
I. God freely invites; II. God richly blesses.
I. GOD FREELY INVITES
A. Read verse 1 of Isaiah 55. Over and over the Lord God uses imperatives = words of command.
1. 4 times the Lord says come! The Lord wants Israel to approach him and be satisfied.
2. The Lord invites his people to come, buy…without money and without cost.
3. There is food and drink for all. There is no cost. Everything necessary is freely provided.
B. In these verses God is describing his grace with very earthly, human terms.
1. God’s free invitation for food and drink is for spiritual blessings, verse 3a.
2. The Lord says listen, come so that your soul may live. This is eternal food for the soul.
C. Verse 3b adds God’s promise, which does not end for God’s people. God freely invites, come
D. Over the centuries the Lord God’s invitation has not changed. God freely invites the sinner to come and find rest. Again – God’s rest is not just for the physical body. God’s rest is for the soul. Listen to Jesus’ invitation in Matthew. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest....and you will find rest for your souls"(MATTHEW 11:28,29b). What is rest for your souls? This rest that Jesus offers is nothing less or more than forgiveness. God’s forgiveness is freely provided for the sinner through the sinless, sacrifice of Christ Jesus our Savior. This is God’s rest for the soul.
E. Rest for the soul is what every sinner needs. Daily we sin much and often. Our thoughts condemn us. Wicked words demand God’s punishment. Evil actions abound in our world and even among us at times. How can we be saved? What are we to do? All this can lead one to despair. No one can deliver oneself from the consequence of sin. Thus God freely invites the suffering soul to receive rest. "The Spirit and the bride say, ’Come!’ And let him who hears say, ’Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life"(REVELATION 22:17). God’s gift is free.
F. Scripture describes the food and drink that saves. We are reminded of God’s food of and for life. This food is freely given for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus says about the bread, This is my body. Jesus declares of the wine in the cup, This is my blood. By faith we believe the words of Christ, our Lord and Savior. Take time to read JOHN 5 and 6. John 5 describes the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. After that, the crowds wanted to make Jesus their Bread-King. In John 6 the Savior tries to explain there is more, much more than daily bread. "For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him"(JOHN 6:55,56).