Summary: We are all on a spiritual journey in which God is building us up. How do we respond to his work in our lives?

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1. We are on a spiritual journey with God

a. Each is at a different place:

• Some are all in and have a strong relationship with Jesus

• Some are just beginning the journey

• Some are unsure and considering to start the journey

• Some never intend to start the journey with Jesus

b. God is working to build or rebuild our lives on this journey

2. Some of us reflect and say, “My life is in ruins.” – Discouragement and hopelessness

a. [St. Andrews Cathedral in Scotland – construction began in 1158 and continued for over a century. West end blown down in a storm and rebuilt 1272-79. The building was dedicated in 1318. A fire partially destroyed the building. Repairs and embellishments were made until 1440. Eventually the building fell into disrepair and was abandoned. Today only the ruins remain.

b. We have a choice – to give up in our broken condition or embrace the hope that Jesus offers for NOW as well as eternity

c. We have more than a ticket to heaven when we die – Philippians 3.10 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection,

d. The power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to rebuild our marriages; rebuild our finances; rebuild our morals and every other aspect of our lives

3. Jesus came to build us up on the journey – Isaiah 61.1-4 (cf. Luke 4.18ff)

4. The Construction Process:

I. The Good News Announcement

Isaiah 61.1a The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,

because the LORD has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor;

A. God Initiates the Process

1. Announcement to Shepherds of the coming of Jesus

2. God reaches out to the bankrupted souls of the world

a. “Poor” are not financially poor, but “poor in spirit” who enter the kingdom

b. People Jesus spent the most time with – Woman of the night; Samaritan woman; Tax Collector; “Commoner disciples”; cast off as irredeemable and worthless

B. God Gives Good News – “Gospel” – Romans 1.16-17

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

C. This is the Experience of the Cross – “It is finished” – payment for sin

II. Stop Dying and Start Healing

Isaiah 61.1b he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

A. All of us Have Been Broken, Wounded, and Scarred

B. Jesus Came to Heal Us – Isaiah 53

4 Surely he has borne our griefs

and carried our sorrows;

yet we esteemed him stricken,

smitten by God, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his wounds we are healed.

• Wounds on His Head – Our Thoughts, Memories, and Experiences

• Wounds on His Side – Near His Heart – the Seat of Our Emotions

• Wounds on His Hands – Actions and Activities: Jobs; recreation; school;

• Wounds on His Feet – where we go in life

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