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Theory of Thanatos in Thessalonica

Theory of Thanatos in Thessalonica Sermon Audio Here

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

It seems that every time we watch the news or read the paper, we learn about some new tragedy. Death occurs with astonishing regularity, even if the circumstances surrounding it become more and more bizarre.

How Can We Respond When Faced With Death?

We Can Have Knowledge AND Hope ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  • 13 WE GRIEVE DIFFERENTLY
  • 16 NO SECRET~ ALL WILL KNOW GOD IS AT WORK:
  • 17 WE JOIN JESUS AFTER HIS RETURN:
    • Day of the Lord order: Return of Jesus FOLLOWED by resurrection of dead in Christ FOLLOWED by our joining Christ in the clouds
  • 18 This is GOOD NEWS: we haven’t missed it!

The Thessalonians were concerned because they’d received differing accounts of Jesus’ return. Paul writes to them to set them straight… and we can be reassured as well: Jesus WILL return, and He WILL take us home: that’s all we need to know, and that’s what gives us hope!

Highlights from Hebrews: The Founder of Salvation

Highlights from Hebrews: The Founder of Salvation Sermon Audio Here


Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12

I had a friend on Facebook post that they were struggling with self-image, that they were listening to voices that pulled them down. Who do you listen to?

Jesus is Better Than:

Angels
Heb. 1:1-4 Better Than: Angels

  • v1/2 needed background for Hebrews: written to Jewish Christians to show that Jesus is the Ultimate Answer for life
  • v3 in ONE verse: Jesus is –
    • living Shekhinah glory;
    • the character of God in human flesh;
    • authoritative over all the universe;
    • the sacrifice for sin; and
    • receives worship and praise and honor with Yahweh
  • v4 Angels important messengers in Jewish faith; Jesus is BETTER
  • (rest of chap 1, and beginning of chap 2 prove this with OT)

Humanity
Heb. 2:5-8 Better Than: Humanity

  • v5 the world IS subject to Christ
  • v6/7 humans are lower than angels
  • v8 Jesus is BETTER; some humans just don’t recognize it yet

Death
Heb. 2:9-12 Better Than: Death

  • v9 suffer death/taste death DID NOT SUCCUMB
  • v10 Perfect=telestai=finished; He finished His work of salvation
  • v11 are of the same family; we’re connected to God thru Him
  • v12 Jesus calls US family!

No matter what you feel you might be going through, Jesus can be the answer for it. Feel alone? Jesus says that YOU are His brother or sister. Feel powerless? Jesus says that His power is perfected in your weakness. Feel worthless? Jesus says you’re worth dying for. Jesus is BETTER for us than anything else.


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