First Baptist Church of Minneola
The Way from Sadness
- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.Single, solitary, sad, and sorrowful is not God’s plan for your life.God created humankind; He wanted family:Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”God created man and women to be together.God’s plan always had relationship in mind.He made himself small in order to be with humankind:You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor,God promises to always be with us:Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”God’s plan for His children is permanent:And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.INTRO - We left off last week talking about the empty tomb. This week we turn our attention to the time when Mary Magdalene met up with Jesus after he rose from the grave. It is still that first Easter morning. Mary is saddened and speaks to a man who she thinks is a gardener.EST - Describes an encounter with the risen Christ.ESS - Describes the effect of taking focus off of Jesus.OSS - Will challenge us to focus on Jesus instead of ourselves.What does it say?Let’s read our text in context, then by itself:But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”Now, let’s look at verse 15 again:Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”TRANS - This is our primary verse for this morning’s message.Let’s begin with a PRAYER and then turn our attention to understanding this text and how we might apply God’s principles in our lives today.PRAYWhat does it mean?TRANS - Our message is broken into three parts that follows along with the passage’s “Weeping, seeking, and supposing.”Why are you tearful? “Woman, why are you weeping?”BAK - Mary Magdalene appears in all four Gospels.Some highlights about Mary:Jesus cast seven demons from Mary.Mary’s name implies that she was from Magdala which was a town on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee.Mary is at the foot of the cross and at the tomb.She might had been a women of means; she provided for Jesus.She is the first to share the the good news and often called the first evangelist.Up until meeting Jesus, Mary was a wicked woman.But, Jesus changes us .Still, often we continue to carry along some of our old and bad characteristics.One of those bad characteristics is pessimism.Mary allowed circumstances to dictate her feelings.Instead of saying, “Jesus, you did the amazing with me and I know you are still in charge.”Mary made the choice to let negative circumstances influence her emotions.Mary ignored the empty tomb.Mary paid little, if any real, attention to the angles.Mary ignored the message of the resurrection.Instead of focusing on the facts, Mary refused to see hope.Is that why she couldn’t recognize Jesus?Pessimism is death to hope.Pessimism blinds people from truth.Mary didn’t see Jesus, didn’t see hope, right there in front of her.Pessimism will kill your faith.Pessimism is an evil that dishonors God.Pessimism makes God look weak un unable.I challenge you to find one good thing about pessimism.TRANS - Mary reminds us to always challenge our old nature.We are in charge of what we think.What we think determines how we feel.Mary choose to think on things that spiritually drained her, made her feel terrible, and it was her own fault.ILL - It’s easy to focus on the negative.why menever have enoughproblems, problems, problemsHow I wish I could take back all the emotional energy I’ve put into worrying and wondering about things over which I’ve had little or no control.Of all the things I’ve lost, we kid, I miss my mind the most.Well, of all the worrying I’ve done, I miss the joy I willingly gave away the most.Now we inquire who was it Mary was seeking?Whom are you tracking? “Whom are you seeking?”This question stopped Mary in her tracks.Mary was not ashamed of seeking Jesus.Mary loved Jesus.However, she was looking for a decomposed, a dead, Jesus.Seeking Jesus is the key we require when turning back toward Him.Mary was not seeking recognition or renumeration by looking for Jesus.If we’d spend our time wisely, we’d spend it looking for Jesus:“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;Like Mary, even when we’re not all right, Jesus will make us alright again.TRANS - From tears to tracking down Jesus, Mary must not face what is going on in her mind.Mary must see herself in view of what God says must be.What are you thinking? “Supposing him to be the gardener”Mary is so caught up in her own thinking, she doesn’t even recognize Jesus.Mary is encountering Jesus, but fails to even know.ILL - Three out of four Americans identify themselves as Christians.How can most people be Christians and not recognize Christ?So many people want to make Jesus a mere man.Jesus is more than man, He is the Creator of the Universe:In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.I believe that many Christians do believe in Jesus, but fail to recognize Him as Lord.I believe that Lordship, saying “I will do everything that the Bible tells me to do” is what is missing in the church.In what way should the Christian demonstrate that God is in control of their life?What does the Bible say about Him:On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.Jesus is King, is Lord, over and above all others.Only Jesus can forgive sin and save people:And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”He is the Lord, God, Redeemer, King.Calling Him a gardener sounds like a putdown?Likewise, Christians that do not do what the King says lacks the high view of His Lordship.People that don’t believe in the resurrected Christ Jesus will not have a high view of God.People who deny Jesus’ identity will not know who God is even when standing before them.Mary realized that the One before her was the risen Lord, what she was thinking changed radically.TRANS - From tears, to tracking down, when encountering Truth, Mary’s thinking, her theological perspective changed.What does this mean to me?How do people describe your character?Do they say you cry about things too much?Or, do they say you are upbeat when others would be down?You say you seek Jesus?When last did your sorrow turn to joy encountering Jesus?You have God Spirit, His living Word, and He is your King?What is God asking you to do for Him?(end)We Need the Lord’s SupperWe initially receive the Lord Jesus Christ at conversion:But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,That initial reception needs to be followed up by a growing knowledge of him:Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.Sometimes, especially after a period of barrenness or backsliding, it may almost feel like starting all over again:Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.John’s passage on the reason we need the Lord’s Supper:So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.What we eat and drink we appropriate to ourselves.You appropriate money and put it in your pocket—you may lose it; you secure a piece of land and put your hedge about it, but that hedge may be broken down; but when you receive by eating and drinking, you have placed the good things where you will never be robbed of them; you have received them in the truest and surest sense, for you have real possession and enjoyment in your own person.To say, ‘Christ is mine’ is a blessed thing; but really to take Christ into you by the act of faith, is at once the vitality and the pleasure of faith.In eating and drinking a person is not a producer, but a consumer; not a doer or a giver forth; simply takes in.If a president should eat, if a billionaire should eat, they would become as completely a receiver as the poorest of persons.Eating is an act of reception in every case.So it is with faith: you do not have to do, to be, or to feel, but only to receive.The saving point is not a something which comes from you, but the reception of something imparted to you.Faith is an act which the poorest, vilest, weakest, most condemned sinner may perform.It is not an act requiring power on their part, nor the going forth of anything from them, but simply the receiving into themself.An empty vessel can receive and so much the better because it is empty.Are you willing to receive Jesus Christ as the free gift of divine mercy?Do you this day say, ‘I have received him’?Well then, you have eaten his flesh and drunk his blood.Let’s remember this together.
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