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TRUSTWORTHY and TRUE (CC)

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CLOSED CAPTIONED SERMON APRIL 28, 2013 SERMON TEXT: REVELATION 21:1-6 LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US BY JOHN IN HIS REVELATION WHERE WE READ THE FIRST 6 VERSES OF CHAPTER 21: THEN I SAW A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH, FOR THE FIRST HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH HAD PASSED AWAY, AND THERE WAS NO LONGER ANY SEA. I SAW THE HOLY CITY, THE NEW JERUSALEM, COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN FROM GOD, PREPARED AS A BRIDE BEAUTIFULLY DRESSED FOR HER HUSBAND. AND I HEARD A LOUD VOICE FROM THE THRONE SAYING, "NOW THE DWELLING OF GOD IS WITH MEN, AND HE WILL LIVE WITH THEM. THEY WILL BE HIS PEOPLE, AND GOD HIMSELF WILL BE WITH THEM AND BE THEIR GOD. HE WILL WIPE EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES. THERE WILL BE NO MORE DEATH OR MOURNING OR CRYING OR PAIN, FOR THE OLD ORDER OF THINGS HAS PASSED AWAY." HE WHO WAS SEATED ON THE THRONE SAID, "I AM MAKING EVERYTHING NEW!" THEN HE SAID, "WRITE THIS DOWN, FOR THESE WORDS ARE TRUSTWORTHY AND TRUE." HE SAID TO ME: "IT IS DONE. I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END. TO HIM WHO IS THIRSTY I WILL GIVE TO DRINK WITHOUT COST FROM THE SPRING OF THE WATER OF LIFE. 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: THROUGHOUT MY ACADEMIC CAREER, I THINK I COULD VERY EASILY SUM UP THE TWO KINDS OF TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS THAT I HAD. THERE WAS THE ONE TYPE WHO WOULD TALK ON AND ON AND ON WHETHER BORING PEOPLE TO TEARS OR IN THEIR OWN STATE OF EUPHORIA ABOUT THE TOPIC THAT WAS BEFORE THEM. AND THEY WOULD LECTURE AND TALK AND TALK AND THE BELL WOULD RING AND WE WOULD GET UP AND GO TO OUR NEXT CLASS. AND THEN THERE WAS THE OTHER TYPE OF TEACHER WHO WAS AS INTERESTED IN THE SUBJECT MATTER THAT THEY WERE PRESENTING. AND YES, OFTEN THEY WOULD LECTURE BUT THEY WOULD ALSO STOP, AND SOME WAY CALL ATTENTION TO WHAT WAS IMPORTANT. IT WASN'T JUST THIS SMORGASBORD OF WORDS AND THOUGHTS THAT GOT BANTERED AROUND THE ROOM, BUT THERE WAS A TIME TO STOP AND PAUSE AND SAY: THIS IS IMPORTANT. THIS IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO KNOW. AND HOW MANY TIMES ERIKA AND ANTHONY DID I NOT STOP AND SAY TO YOU: THIS IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT. THAT IF I CALLED YOU UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, YOU WOULD SAY THESE 3 THINGS TO ME IN THE ORDER THAT I WANTED YOU TO SAY THEM: THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, CHRIST AND SALVATION. WRITE IT DOWN. BECAUSE ANTHONY AND ERIKA HAD THIS WONDERFUL FREE SPIRIT THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SAY WORDS THAT WERE SYNONYMS FOR THOSE WORDS IN ANY PARTICULAR GIVEN ORDER ON ANY DAY. WITHOUT MUCH GUSTO, AND WITHOUT PUTTING IT OUT THERE WITH THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF THIS IS WHAT I KNOW. HARD SOMETIMES TO GET THROUGH TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE THAT TYPE OF MINDSET. CUZ I HAVE THAT MINDSET, TOO. AND MAYBE JOHN, HAD THAT MINDSET AS WELL. BECAUSE IN THE MIDST OF HIS REVELATION GOD SAID TO JOHN: STOP! I WANT YOU TO WRITE THIS DOWN. BECAUSE JUST IMAGINE HOW JOHN'S MIND MUST HAVE BEEN SWIMMING WITH THE WORDS OF GOD AND THE THINGS THAT GOD HAD BEEN SHOWING TO HIM. THOSE MIRACULOUS AND AWESOME AND DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND PICTURES OF WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE. WHAT HEAVEN WAS GOING TO BE LIKE. WHAT THE END TIMES ARE GOING TO BE LIKE. WHAT HE WANTED THEM TO GIVE TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES ALL OF THAT INFORMATION. AND NOW WE COME TO THIS CHAPTER AND GOD SAYS TO JOHN: WRITE THIS ... DOWN. THIS IS A TRUE AND TRUSTWORTHY SAYING: WRITE THIS DOWN. GOD IS WITH HIS PEOPLE. AND IT ... IS ... DONE! WHAT GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS THOUGHTS FOR US AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD THAT GOD IS GOING TO BE WITH US. IT CALLS US BACK; IT HARKENS US BACK TO THE MOMENT OF JESUS' BIRTH. WHEN HE WAS GIVEN THAT NAME IMMANUEL: GOD ... WITH ... US. GOD CAME TO THIS WORLD TO BE WITH US. FOR THE PURPOSE OF SAVING US. FOR THE PURPOSE HE PUT HIMSELF UNDER THE LAW. BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO BE THE ONE HUMAN BEING WHO OBEYED THAT LAW PERFECTLY. HE TOOK ON THAT HUMAN FLESH AND FORM SO THAT HE COULD BE WITH US TO SAVE US. HE CAME HERE TO LIVE WITH US TO TEACH US ABOUT GOD; TO SHOW US THE FATHER. TO TEACH AND SHARE WITH US THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION; WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR HIS PEOPLE. WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO FOR HIS PEOPLE. THAT GOD WILL ACCOMPLISH THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. THAT IT WAS GOD WHO WOULD SACRIFICE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON. PURE! HOLY! SPOTLESS! INNOCENT SON OF GOD! FOR THE HUMANITY THAT HE HAD COME TO LIVE WITH AND TO BE SAVED. TO SAVE THEM, TO SAVE THEM FROM SIN AND DEATH AND THE POWER OF SATAN. TO GIVE THEM A FUTURE THAT IS BRIGHT AND GLORIOUS AND EVERLIVING. RISEN FROM THE GRAVE HE CAME BACK TO HIS DISCIPLES TO BE WITH THEM AGAIN. TO COMFORT THEM. TO REASSURE THEM THAT HE IS THE LORD AND SAVIOR. AND TO REMIND THEM THAT HE IS THE ONE WHO HAS DONE THIS. THAT HE HAS SAVED THEM. THAT HE HAS WASHED THEM IN THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED FOR THEM. AND JOHN USES THAT BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF THE BRIDE ... GLORIOUSLY PREPARED AND DRESSED. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE THAT IS FOR US. INTERESTING BECAUSE THIS WEEK WHILE I WAS WORKING ON THE COMPUTER SAW AN INTERESTING NEWS "POP UP". WAS THE FACE AND PROBABLY THE UPPER SHOULDER PORTION OF A LADY. AND IT SAID: WHAT THE BRIDE IS WEARING. NOT THE PRETTY SHEER BODICE ON THE TOP IS WHAT'S SO SHOCKING, BUT IT'S THE OTHER PART. SO OF COURSE I HAD TO CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE WHAT WAS THE SHOCKING PART THAT THIS BRIDE WAS WEARING. I CONSIDERED IT A PASTOR STUDYING FOR WHAT THE NEW BRIDES COMING UP ARE GOING TO TRY TO THROW BEFORE ME ON THE ALTAR OF GOD. SO WITH THIS VERA WANG DRESS GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS OFF-WHITE SATIN, NOT TIGHT, HALTER-TOP ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR. BUT WHAT WAS SO SHOCKING ... WAS WHAT THE BRIDE WAS WEARING ON HER ARMS ... SATIN GLOVES UP TO HERE ... AND BLACK! AND WHAT BRIDE, UNLESS THEY HAD A LOT OF CHUTZPA, THE ARTICLE SAID IS GOING TO WEAR BLACK ON HER WEDDING DAY? IT'S FUNNY HOW WE SOMETIMES DON'T HOLD UP THOSE TRADITIONS ANY MORE BUT YET THEY COME BACK. BUT THE BRIDE SHOULD BE WEARING WHITE. THAT SYMBOL OF PURITY; THAT SYMBOL OF INNOCENCE. THAT COLOR OF GOD'S HOLINESS. THE REASON THAT GOD USES THAT AS HIS EXAMPLE IS THAT THE CHURCH IS THE BRIDE OF CHRIST. WE DON'T COME PARADING OURSELVES BEFORE GOD IN THE PALTRY CLOTHES THAT WE PUT ON. THE ONES THAT ARE ALL STAINED WITH OUR SINS. THE ONES THAT ARE BLACK WITH DEATH. THE ONES THAT ARE DIRTY AND TORN AND RAGGED. WE COME PREPARED BY GOD AS THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, RADIANT WITH HIS HOLINESS GLOWING WITH HIS PERFECTION. LIVING IN THE FAITH THAT IT IS JESUS WHO HAS SAVED US AND RESCUED US ... WRITE THIS DOWN! THIS IS WHAT BRINGS US COMFORT THAT GOD WAS WITH US TO SAVE US AND IS COMING TO BRING US TO BE WITH HIM FOR ALL ETERNITY! BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE FOR US BECAUSE OF HIS COMPASSION FOR US AND HE HAS THE STRENGTH AND THE POWER TO DO IT. AND EVEN AT THE WRITING OF THE REVELATION HE SAID TO JOHN: IT IS DONE! THIS IS ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED THAT GOD HAS GIVEN THE CHURCH ITS SALVATION. AND THE CHURCH WAITS AND LONGS FOR THAT DAY WHEN IT WILL BE CALLED OUT OF THIS WORLD. WHEN WE SEE THAT NEW JERUSALEM COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN. THE HOME OF GOD'S CHURCH; OUR HOME. OUR PLACE OF ETERNAL REST. OUR PLACE WHERE WE WILL BE WITH GOD AND THIS OLD ORDER OF THINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. IT WILL PASS AWAY. NO MORE SIN AND ALL THAT IT BRINGS INTO OUR LIFE. ALL OF THE DERISION AND THE HATRED AND THE THINGS THAT HURT US AND MAKE US FEEL BAD WILL ALL PASS AWAY AND GOD WILL BE THERE CARING FOR US. IT IS HE WHO WILL CALL US TO THAT ETERNAL REST. TO BE WITH HIM AND LIVE WITH HIM IN FAITH. WITH HIM ACTUALLY AND THROUGHOUT ETERNITY. TO CARE FOR US IN OUR NEED. SUPPLYING WITH ... SUPPLYING US WITH THE WATER OF LIFE. WHERE WE WILL DRINK FROM THAT FOUNTAIN ENDLESSLY. NO LONGER WILL WE THIRST AFTER THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS. IT WILL BE OURS. IT IS DONE. GOD HAS SET ITS DATE. HE HAS DONE AND ACCOMPLISHED EVERYTHING FOR OUR SALVATION. AND WRITE THIS DOWN. BECAUSE HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS FOR THE SURETY OF OUR FAITH ... THAT WE LIVE IN THE CONFIDENCE OF KNOWING THAT HEAVEN IS OURS. THAT WE WAKE UP EACH DAY IN THIS WORLD LONGING TO BE OUT OF IT AND TO BE WITH GOD IN THAT HOLINESS AND THAT PERFECTION. IT IS WHAT WE GIVE TO OURSELVES AS A REMINDER EACH AND EVERY MORNING. IT IS WHAT WE INSTILL IN OUR CHILDREN. IT IS WHAT WE HAVE TO PASS ON TO ANTHONY AND ERIKA TO REMIND THEM THAT THESE ARE NOT JUST ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS THAT THEY HAD TO GET THROUGH TODAY. BUT IT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH OF OUR FAITH. THAT GETS LIVED OUT EACH AND EVERY DAY. IT IS THE CONFIDENCE AND STRENGTH OF KNOWING THAT GOD HAS DONE THIS. HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED IT FOR US. HE HAS EVEN WRITTEN IT DOWN SO THAT WE CAN GO BACK AND STUDY IT ... TO KEEP OUR FAITH STRONG IN THOSE DAYS WHEN THE WORLD OR SATAN ATTACKS US. AND WE NEED OUR FAITH STRENGTHENED ... WE COME BACK TO THE WORD. TO THE RECORD OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE. AND OUR FAITH IS MADE STRONG AND OUR HOPE IS RENEWED AND WE LIFT OUR EYES HEAVENWARD FOR THAT NEW JERUSALEM COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN TO BE OUR HOME. IT IS OUR HOPE. IT IS OUR FUTURE AND WE LIVE IN THAT STRENGTH EVERY DAY. WE REMIND OURSELVES THAT THE WORLD IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE ATTACKING US. AND THE WORLD IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE TRYING TO SILENCE THE WORK AND THE WORD AND THE WRITINGS OF GOD. BUT FOR THOSE OF US WHO BELIEVE ... IT IS OUR STRENGTH. IT IS OUR JOY. IT HAS BEEN WRITTEN DOWN. WE TRUST IT AND WE BELIEVE IT. 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: 15 minutes and 5 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 30
Posted by: hischild on Apr 30, 2013

PLEASE TURN ON Closed Captioning (CC) for this Sermon which is based on Revelation 21, verses 1-6. www.ziontorrance.info

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