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 “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Chuck Swindoll

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom

“If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look ‘little’ or ‘big’.” – Elisabeth Elliot

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Extract from Jim’s Preach ‘Lifted Up’

Full Notes in Preaching

John 12:27 – 32
Jesus said, “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.  Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 

The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgement on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But if I am lifted up from the earth, then will I draw all men to myself.”

This was the third time Jesus spoke about being lifted up.
First time was in Joh 3:14  ‘..as Moses lifted up the wilderness serpent, even so must the Son of man be lifted up’.

Jesus was saying the lifting up of the serpent in the wilderness (Nu 21:4-9) was a picture of Himself being lifted up. In their long journey through the wilderness after escaping slavery in Egypt the Israelites complained because the food was the same every day. Manna porridge, manna toast, manna sausages, manna burgers! They were fed up with manna. They were dissatisfied with God’s provision and were rebelling against Him.

Scripture says that as a result poisonous snakes infested their camp, people were dying and Moses cried out to God for mercy. God told Moses to make a brass serpent and put it on a high pole. If anyone bitten by the serpent looked at the brass serpent they would live.

This serpent story in the wilderness links to the serpent story in the parable of the Garden of Paradise. Humanity rebelled the first time. Not satisfied with what God had provided, they wanted more. So a serpent poisoned them with the toxin of pride and independence from God.

Both stories involve humanity rebelling and rejecting what God provided in favour in favour of self sufficiency and self satisfaction.

The antidote and cure needed was the elevation of One named Jesus, who didn’t consider self but made Himself nothing. The one the Psalmist described as ‘a worm’ and you can’t get much lower than a worm.

This man called Jesus trusted God for every provision and was satisfied; He gave God the glory for everything. Jesus was then lifted up, elevated by God to the throne of Glory. We too can lift Him to the rightful place as Sovereign in our lives and be satisfied.

Moses brass serpent was kept by the people and became an object of worship, an idol. Years later King Hezekiah destroyed it along with all the idols in the land. As human beings we have a tendency to revere objects and rituals even idolise them. There are many objects (crosses for example) even today that are revered and ‘used for the purpose of worship’ in Christian churches.

The Second ‘lifted up’ verse is Joh 8:28  Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am, and that I do nothing of Myself;

Jesus the man, says that when we elevate Him, He reveals Himself as God. Jesus also said  ‘in my humanity I can do nothing of Myself’. He was always totally dependent on the Father.

In dependence on His Father He can do everything according to the will of God. Jesus’ reliance, Jesus’ trust, Jesus’ God given faith pleased God. Jesus was content to walk the path God chose for Him and with God meeting His needs.

As human beings we often think our wants should be met. Our physical and emotional wants then get in the way of our spiritual contentment with what God provides for us in this life.

Christians often concentrate on lifting Jesus up as the man who was crucified on the cross but the work of the cross is finished. Like the brass serpent it was for a specific time and specific purpose. It was of great importance but Jesus is no longer there.

God has lifted Jesus up to the throne of glory, from a worm of a man, to the majesty of a Divine King. That is where we need to focus our worship.

When the work of the cross was finished it was covered in darkness, but the prophet (Eze 1:27-28) tells us Jesus’ throne is bathed in the radiance of a rainbow that shines out from His glorious light at its centre.

It was when I lifted Jesus up to His rightful place on the throne of grace, that the rainbow shone into my life. I realise that that like Him ‘in my humanity I can do nothing of Myself’.

But I fell into the abundant sufficiency of His Grace.  Grace big enough for us all to fall into. Grace that frees us beyond our imagination. Grace that isn’t cheap, its free!

I believe with all my heart as we, as His church seek only the heart of God and exalt Jesus above all else He will draw people to Himself as He has promised.

There are those who have over the years have actually seen, the radiance of His rainbow in this church. I also want the people in our community to see the radiance of His rainbow and be drawn to know Him.

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