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WORTHY IS THE LAMB (CC)

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PASTOR DAVE BOSTEDT SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013 SERMON TEXT: REVELATION 5:11-14 LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US IN JOHN'S REVELATION WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 5, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 11: THEN I LOOKED AND HEARD THE VOICE OF MANY ANGELS, NUMBERING THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS, AND TEN THOUSANDS TIMES TEN THOUSANDS. THEY ENCIRCLED THE THRONE AND THE LIVING CREATURES AND THE ELDERS. IN A LOUD VOICE THEY SANG: "WORTHY IS THE LAMB, WHO WAS SLAIN, TO RECEIVE POWER AND WEALTH AND WISDOM AND STRENGTH AND HONOR AND GLORY AND PRAISE!" THEN I HEARD EVERY CREATURE IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH AND UNDER THE EARTH AND ON THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM, SINGING: "TO HIM WHO SITS ON THE THRONE AND TO THE LAMB BE PRAISE AND HONOR AND GLORY AND POWER, FOREVER AND EVER!" THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES SAID, "AMEN," AND THE ELDERS FELL DOWN AND WORSHIPED. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: ISN'T IT A BIT DISAPPOINTING IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU'VE LOOKED UP TO SOMEONE AS BEING TRULY A GOOD PERSON; SOMEONE WHO IS GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT IS REVEALED THAT THEY'RE NOT WHO THEY SAID THEY WERE. THEY'RE NOT WHAT THEY SAID THAT THEY WERE PURPORTING THEMSELVES TO BE. MAYBE IT IS THAT ATHLETE WHO JUST SEEMS TO NOT BE ABLE TO STOP BREAKING RECORD AFTER RECORD AFTER RECORD. ALL THE WHILE PROCLAIMING THAT HE'S NOT DOING ANYTHING THAT WOULD ENHANCE HIS PERFORMANCE. NOT TAKING ANY DRUGS THAT WOULD DO THAT. UNTIL FINALLY ... IT'S REPORTED ... THAT HE IS. AND YOU HAVE A FRIEND, WHO YOU SEE AS TRULY ... AND THINK HE'S TRULY A VERY GOOD PERSON. AND THEN THE DAY COMES ALONG WHEN CPS COMES TO THE HOUSE BECAUSE SHE'S BEEN BEATING HER CHILDREN. AND NOT TAKING CARE OF THEM. AND YOU THINK A CO-WORKER IS SOMEONE THAT YOU REALLY LOOKED UP TO AND RESPECT AND YOU FIND THAT THEY REALLY DON'T HONOR THEIR MARRIAGE VOWS. HOW QUICKLY AND EASILY PEOPLE THAT WE LOOK TO AND SEE AS GOOD PEOPLE ... PEOPLE WHO ARE HONORABLE, PEOPLE WHO ARE WORTHY OF OUR RESPECT, FALL IN THE TRAP OF SIN IN THIS WORLD. AND IT KIND OF JADES US, IN OUR OPINION AND SOMETIMES WE BECOME CALLOUS AND THINK THAT THERE AREN'T PEOPLE WHO ARE WORTHY OF OUR RESPECT ANYMORE. OR THEY REALLY, REALLY HAVE TO EARN IT AND DESERVE IT. BUT THERE IS SOMEONE WHO HAS EARNED OUR RESPECT. WHO IS TRULY WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE. IT CERTAINLY IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. THROUGHOUT OUR GOSPEL LESSONS IN THIS EASTER SEASON, WE HAVE SEEN HOW JESUS HAS TAKEN THE CONCERNS OF HIS DISCIPLES FIRST AND FOREMOST IN HIS MIND. HE KNEW THAT THEY WERE CONFUSED. HE KNEW THAT THEY WERE HAVING DIFFICULTIES WITH HIM AS THEIR LEADER. THE ONE THAT THEY HAD SO MANY HOPES FOR. SO MANY EXPECTATIONS FOR. AND THEN HE WAS CRUCIFIED AND HE WAS KILLED. AND THEN THEY WONDERED. WAS HE THE ONE? YET JESUS RETURNS TO THOSE DISCIPLES TIME AND TIME AGAIN SAYING TO THEM: I AM THE ONE. I AM YOUR LORD. I AM YOUR SAVIOR. I AM THE ONE WHO CAME AND GAVE MY LIFE FOR SIN. I WILLINGLY SUFFERED THAT DEATH SO THAT THE PAYMENT COULD BE MADE THAT GOD DEMANDED FOR SIN. THAT THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH. HE WAS THE ONE WHO CAME TO THEM WITH HIS PEACE TO COMFORT THEM, TO SAY: AND I AM ALIVE. THE GRAVE DID NOT HOLD ME; IT COULD NOT HOLD ME. I AM RISEN FROM THE DEAD. JUST AS I SAID I WOULD. I HAVE KEPT MY WORD TO YOU. I AM HERE AS LIVING PROOF THAT I AM YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR. THAT HE CAME TO THEM IN THAT LOCKED ROOM. HE CAME TO THEM AS WE SAW THIS MORNING ON THE SHORE OF THE SEA CALLING OUT TO THEM A SIMPLE QUESTION: HOW IS THE FISHING GOING? AND THE DISCIPLES REPONDED BY SAYING: NOT WELL. WELL THEN, THROW THE NET OVER THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BOAT. AND ANOTHER MIRACLE WAS PERFORMED FOR THOSE DISCIPLES AND THEY RECOGNIZED WHO WAS ON THE SHORE. IT WAS THEIR LORD AND THEY WENT TO BE WITH HIM. TO SPEND THAT TIME WITH HIM. TO BE NOURISHED BY HIM .. NOT JUST WITH FOOD BUT BY HIS PRESENCE AND HIS WORDS. HE WAS WORTHY OF THEIR HONOR AND RESPECT. AND THAT SAME LORD COMES TO JOHN IN THE VISION OF REVELATION STILL CONFIRMING WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE HAS DONE. HE IS THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN WHO IS AT THE CENTER OF HEAVEN SURROUNDED BY THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS TEN THOUSAND TIMES TEN THOUSAND ANGELS SINGING HIS PRAISES. SINGING HIS GLORY, SAYING THAT HE IS WORTHY; WORTHY IS THE LAMB BECAUSE HE WAS SLAIN FOR SINNERS. WORTHY IS THE LAMB BECAUSE HE REIGNS FOREVER. THEIR CRY GOES UP IN ENDLESS PRAISE TO THE GLORIOUS LORD AND SAVIOR WHO CAME TO THIS WORLD. LEFT ALL OF THOSE ANGELS BEHIND TO BE BORN AS A MAN TO BE PLACED UNDER THE LAW TO KEEP THE LAW OF GOD PERFECTLY. TO FULFILL IT IN EACH AND EVERY ASPECT TO BE THE SINLESS BEING THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD BE. HE WAS HOLY; HE WAS SINLESS; HE WAS PERFECT! AND IT WAS THAT PERFECT LAMB THAT WAS LED TO THE SLAUGHTER ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY. IT WAS THAT INNOCENT BLOOD THAT WAS SHED TO WASH AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD. AND THAT MAKES ... HIM ... WORTHY. WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE. WORTHY OF OUR GLORY; WORTHY OF OUR HONOR AND WORTHY OF ALL POWER. HE DEFEATED THE STING OF DEATH. HE DEFEATED SATAN AND SATAN'S EVIL ATTACK UPON GOD AND GOD'S BELOVED CREATION. HE DEFEATED DEATH BY RISING FROM THE DEAD IN ALL OF HIS STRENGTH AND ALL OF HIS POWER. AND THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT; THE CHURCH IN HEAVEN; THE ANGELS AROUND THE THRONE KEEP CRYING OUT: WORTHY IS THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN. TO RECEIVE POWER AND GLORY AND HONOR AND THANKS FOREVER AND EVER. HE IS THE ONE WHO IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR WHO REPEATEDLY COMES TO US REMINDING OF ALL THAT HE HAS DONE FOR US ... TELLING US TO LISTEN; TO BELIEVE; TO TRUST ... IN HIM AS OUR LORD AND OUR SAVIOR FOR ALL THAT HE HAS DONE FOR US. FOR ALL THAT HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED AND WORKED ON OUR BEHALF THAT WE COULD NOT DO FOR OURSELVES. WE LOOK AT JESUS CHRIST IN WONDER AND IN AWE AND RAISE OUR VOICES AS WELL WITH PRAISE AND THANKS WITH EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE BECAUSE OUR LORD IS WORTHY. HE IS WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE. WHEN WE CONSIDER WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US IT IS IMMEASURABLE IN OUR LIVES. BUT THERE IS SOMETHING THAT IS MEASURABLE IN OUR LIVES. WHAT IS MEASURABLE IN OUR LIFE IS THE FACT OF HOW WE RESPOND TO WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE. WHAT DO WE RETURN TO CHRIST WITH? WITH WHAT GLORY? WITH WHAT PRAISE? WITH WHAT HONOR? WHAT ARE WE GIVING TO CHRIST IN OUR OWN LIFE? ARE WE CONTINUALLY SINGING HIS PRAISES? ARE WE CONTINUALLY TELLING HIM WHAT HE MEANS TO US? WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US? OR IS HE SOMEONE THAT JUST GETS A PART OF OUR LIFE? A PORTION OF OUR TIME. A LITTLE PIECE OF OUR HEART, AND A LITTLE PIECE OF OUR TONGUE AND A LITTLE PIECE OF OUR MIND. INSTEAD OF BEING THE LORD AND SAVIOR OF IT ALL! SO THOSE QUESTIONS WE TRULY MUST ASK OURSELVES AND LOOK INTO OUR OWN HEARTS AND OUR OWN LIVES. WHAT DO WE BRING TO CHRIST? IS HE THE ONE WHO TRULY IS THE ONE WHO IS WORTHY IN OUR LIFE? IS OUR PRAISE A TRUE REFLECTION OF WHAT HE HAS DONE? ARE WE GIVING HIM THE HONOR THAT IS DUE HIM? DO WE BRING HIM THE GLORY OF OUR LIFE OR THE LEFTOVERS OF OUR LIFE? BECAUSE THE ANGELS AROUND THAT THRONE FOREVER AND EVER ARE SINGING THE PRAISE OF THE ONE WHO IS WORTHY. BECAUSE HE SAVES SINNERS. WITH THAT THE CHURCH JOINS IN AND SAYS HE IS ALSO WORTHY BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE WHO IS AT THE CENTER OF THE THRONE WHO RULES HEAVEN AND RULES EARTH FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHURCH. HE IS WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE AND IS OUR POWER BECAUSE HE HAS DEFEATED DEATH AND HELL AND SATAN. THEY ARE UNDER HIS FEET. THEY ARE HIS FOOTSTOOL. HE IS THE LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS AND HE RULES AND HE REIGNS SUPREMELY! IN PERFECT KNOWLEDGE AND IN ULTIMATE STRENGTH TO CARRY OUT HIS WILL. TO ADVANCE HIS KINGDOM. TO HAVE HIS WORD PROCLAIMED IN THIS WORLD UNTIL HE ENDS THIS WORLD. SO THAT SINNERS WILL BE SAVED. SO THAT ALL PEOPLE WILL COME TO A KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST AND LIVE IN THAT FORGIVENESS. AND DIE IN THE PROMISE AND THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE AND BE TAKEN TO BE WITH HIM IN HEAVEN. THAT IS WHAT HE ACCOMPLISHES BY HIS STRENGTH AND HIS POWER. THE ADVANCEMENT OF HIS CHURCH. LETTING THAT CHURCH GROW UNTIL HE TAKES IT TO BE WITH HIM IN HEAVEN. HE IS THE LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS. BUT IS HE THE LORD OF YOUR HEART? IS HE THE KING OF YOUR LIFE? HOW HARD IT IS FOR US AS HUMAN BEINGS TO GIVE CONTROL OVER TO GOD ... TO TRUST HIM. TO SAY: I WILL PUT MY HOPE IN GOD AND I WILL NOT BE ASHAMED. LOOK AT THE PERSON OF ANANIAS FROM OUR LESSON THIS MORNING FROM ACTS: GOD CAME TO ANANIAS AND SAID: ANANIAS, I WANT YOU TO GO TO THIS PERSON NAMED SAUL. AND ANANIAS SAID: LORD, I KNOW THAT NAME. I ALSO KNOW WHAT HE'S BEEN DOING. THAT HE HAS BEEN PERSECUTING YOUR CHURCH. I ALSO KNOW THAT HE HAS COME HERE TO DAMASCUS HAVING GONE TO GET PAPERS TO ARREST THOSE WHO FOLLOW YOU. TO PUT INTO PRISON THOSE WHO BELIEVE AND TRUST IN YOU. ANANIAS WONDERED WHAT WAS GOING ON. AND WHAT WAS GOD'S RESPONSE TO HIM? ... GO! GO ... AND DO WHAT I HAVE TOLD YOU TO DO. BECAUSE THAT MAN IS THE ONE THAT I HAVE CHOSEN TO BE MY CHOSEN INSTRUMENT. TO GO TO THE GENTILES AND TO GO TO KINGS AND TO GO TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL WITH MY WORD. AND ANANIAS SUBMITTED TO THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS AND WENT. AND GOD USED PAUL AND HIS AMAZING FAITH IN THE SPREAD OF HIS GOSPEL. BUT WHAT A REMINDER FOR US AS SOMETIMES WE LIKE TO COME TO GOD WITH THE SAME REASONS WHY WE SHOULDN'T DO WHATEVER HE HAS ASKED OF US. BECAUSE WE THINK WE KNOW ALL THE FACTS. WE THINK WE KNOW ALL OF THE ANSWERS IN OUR LITTLE HUMAN MINDS. AND YET GOD CONTINUES TO SAY: TRUST ME. I ... KNOW ... WHAT I AM DOING. I AM RULING ON BEHALF OF THE CHURCH. I AM REIGNING IN THIS WORLD AS KING OF KINGS AND I WILL ACCOMPLISH MY WILL IN THIS WORLD. AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TRUST ... AND TO OBEY. TO SUBMIT TO THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS AND BRING TO HIM OUR HEARTS AND OUR LIVES IN OUR HANDS AND SAY: USE ME. TAKE ME. LET ME DO WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO IN THIS WORLD. AS MY ACT OF WORSHIP. AS MY RESPONSE OF PRAISE TO YOU. AS MY BRINGING GLORY TO YOU AND TO YOUR NAME. BECAUSE YOU ... ARE WORTHY! YOU ARE WORTHY OF ALL THAT I HAVE TO OFFER AND EVEN MORE. AND THAT'S THE LESSON WE LEARN TODAY. THAT OUR LORD AND SAVIOR WHO IS SO GOOD TO US WITH ABUNDANT BLESSINGS; WHO COMES TO US WITH SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS AND CALMS OUR FEARS AND IS WITH US AND TEACHES US IN ACCORD WITH THE WORD ... HIS WORD. THAT WE JUST RESPOND TO HIM AS THE ANGELS AND SAINTS IN HEAVEN SAYING: WORTHY IS THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN TO RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOR AND POWER AND STRENGTH FOREVER AND EVER. AND AS THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES, WE ALSO CRY: AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING, KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 17 minutes and 23 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
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Posted by: hischild on Apr 16, 2013

Do we bring leftovers to Jesus or do we give glory and praise and honor to Him who has given us our ticket to heaven while giving us peace in our hearts right now. Revelation 5:11-14 is the text for this Sermon. www.ziontorrance.info

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