Summary: God has given us so much in Jesus!
What We Have in Jesus
November 9, 2014 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: God has given us so much in Jesus!
Focus Passage: Ephesians 3:14-19
Introduction: A rock hound named Rob Cutshaw owns a little roadside shop outside Andrews, North Carolina. Like many in the trade, he hunts for rocks, then sells them to collectors or jewelry makers. He knows enough about rocks to decide which to pick up and sell, but he's no expert. He leaves the appraising of his rocks to other people. As much as he enjoys the work, it doesn't always pay the bills. He occasionally moonlights, cutting wood to help put bread on the table.
While on a dig twenty years (before), Rob found a rock he described as "purdy and big." He tried unsuccessfully to sell the specimen, and according to the (newspaper), kept the rock under his bed or in his closet. He guessed the blue chunk could bring as much as $500 dollars, but he would have taken less if something urgent came up like paying his power bill. That's how close Rob came to hawking for a few hundred dollars what turned out to be the largest, most valuable sapphire ever found. The blue rock that Rob had abandoned to the darkness of a closet two decades (before) -- now known as "The Star of David" sapphire -- weighs nearly a pound, and could easily sell for $2.75 million. John MacArthur, Grace to You Newsletter, April 15, 1993.
I. A Friend
a. Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent. (Exodus 33:11 NASB)
b. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 NASB)
c. and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the friend of God. (James 2:23 NASB)
II. God’s Riches
a. Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2:4 NASB)
b. And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, (Romans 9:23 NASB)
c. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7 NASB)
III. Eternal Life
a. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NASB)
b. "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. (John 5:24 NASB)
c. "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12 NASB)
Application/Invitation: If you don’t have Jesus, you don’t have anything. If you have Jesus, you have everything! Everything good that God intends for you for eternity, comes through Jesus, and Jesus alone!