Posts Tagged 'King'

Lent: Our Reception

Lent: Our Reception Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 21:1-11

In computer terminology, a “handshake” is an exchange of signals necessary for two-way communication. How does God “signal” us that He is at work?

God Readies His People To Receive

Notice the Preparation ~ Matthew 21:1-5

  • v1/3 Jesus functions as PROPHET; because of vs 3 “IF anyone says anything”
  • => PROPHET – one chosen by God to listen for and tell others the Word of the Lord
  • v4/5 Prophecy points to Jesus as KING; segue to next section

Notice the Reception ~ Matthew 21:6-11

  • v8/9 Crowds received Him as KING: cloaks on the road just like King Jehu in Old Testament (2 Kings 9:13)
  • => KING – one invested with authority
  • Crowds received Him with joy: palm branches as expressions of joy (Lev. 23:40; 1 Maccabees 13:51)
  • v10/11 Crowds recognized Him as PROPHET

Final questions:
1) Since Jesus is Prophet: How will you LISTEN for God’s Word?
2) Since Jesus is King: how will you FUNCTION under God’s authority?
3) Since Jesus is Savior: How will you WELCOME Jesus as He approaches?

Learning from Luke: Seek the Easter Kingdom

Learning from Luke: Seek the Easter Kingdom Sermon Audio Here

Click here to play the file


Luke 12:22-34

Frederick the Great of Prussia once visited a school, and singled out a little girl, held up a stone in front of her, and asked, “To which kingdom does this stone belong?” “To the mineral kingdom,” came the quick reply. “And to which kingdom does this apple belong?” “To the plant kingdom.” Next the king pointed to the picture of a horse and asked her to classify the horse. “It belongs to the animal kingdom,” said the girl. Then, after a pause, the king demanded, “And to which kingdom do I belong?” Now the girl hesitated. Finally, she answered, “You belong to the kingdom of God.” The king was deeply moved by this unexpected reply and said to the girl, “Pray God that I may be found worthy of such an honor.”

Anyone who accepts the work that Jesus has done on the cross can be a part of that Easter Kingdom.

As A Part of the Easter Kingdom, We Can See That:

He is Lord of Everyday Life
Luke 12:22-24~ don’t worry about stuff

  • v22 Jesus’ focus: don’t worry about life
  • v23 Life is MORE than stuff (cf. Abundant Life John 10:10)
  • v24 how valuable are you? Do you agree with God on this?

=> If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400, that carried no balance from day to day, allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and finally every evening canceled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. what would you do? Draw out every cent–of course!
Well, you have such a bank and its name is “Time.” Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off–as lost–whatever of this you had failed to invest to good purpose.

He is Lord of Common Time
Luke 12:25-28~ how do you spend your time?

  • v25 we are not in control
  • v26 what is impossible for us is a little thing to God
  • v27/28 God cares for you because of who HE is

He is Lord of Constant Care
Luke 12:27-31~ think about how God values you

  • v29/30 God knows your needs
  • v31 Agree with God about His priorities

=> Queen Victoria, after hearing one of her chaplains preach on the second coming of Christ, said, “Oh, how I wish that the Lord would come during my lifetime.” When asked why, she replied, “Because I should so love to lay my crown at His feet.”

He is Lord of Everlasting Hope
Luke 12:32-34~ let go of stuff; hold onto God

  • v32 We don’t trust God because of FEAR; yet God trusts US
  • v33 trade your old stuff for PERMANENT treasure
  • v34 your heart is connected to your stuff (how do you define yourself?); Jesus reminds us to be connected to GOD, and let HIM define us

Think about your daily life: how do you spend your common time? Are you burdened with constant care over what you feel you need? Let go of anything that weighs you down, and be lifted in the Hope of the Risen Savior. Set your mind and heart on God’s trust in you to live as a citizen of Heaven right here, right now.

Highlights from Hebrews: The Great High Priest

Highlights from Hebrews: The Great High Priest Sermon Audio Here


Hebrews 5:1-10

In college, I sold vacuum cleaners. To be effective in selling my specific model, I had to show how it was better than the old vacuum the customer had.

To Understand Jesus’ Worth, We Must Understand

The Work of a Priest
Heb. 5:1-4

  • v1 appointed to represent; “placed to interact with God”
  • v2 deal gently; put aside their own feelings about sin
  • v3 every human priest sins; they live in contradiction
  • v4 discernment of call is important, no matter the vocation

Jesus is Better than Priestwork
Heb. 5:5-10

  • v5 Psalm 2 overlay; the Son does what the priest cannot
  • v6 the Son serves longer than the priest
  • v7 the Son was saved from the permanence of death
  • v8 the Son suffered and learned
  • v9 the Son is the source of salvation
  • v10 Melchizedek = King of Righteousness; The Father placed the Son as both King and Priest

Jesus combines kingly authority; priestly representation; and perfect sacrifice into one. Our High Priest not only pays for our salvation, but defeated death itself to let us know that we have been represented and restored to God.

Adopted Royalty

Adopted Royalty Sermon Audio Here

Isaiah 61:10-62:3

Sarah Culberson, adopted in W.Va, received phone call in her 30’s. Her birth father, chief of the Mende tribe in Sierra Leone, had to give her up for adoption, and now was able to bring her into his family. She was a princess and didn’t even know it!

We Receive Our Royalty When

God Endows Us
Isa. 61:10-62:3 God gives us what He knows we need

  • v10 He has Clothed me – receive gift new clothes
  • v1 He has Coached me – receive goal of new life
  • v2 He has Called me – receive glory of new name

God Endorses Us
Gal. 4:4-7 def: “to approve, support, or sustain”

  • v4/5 He has Claimed me – receive full family status
  • v6 He has Confirmed me – receive the Holy Spirit

As for embracing the family’s royal status, says Culberson, “If being a princess is caring for people who are depending on you for help, then yes, I am.”

Your God and King has made you to be His own. Receive Your Royalty for Your Father’s Glory!


Pastor Ed Backell

Flickr Photos

Pastoral Tweets

  • Check out this photo of Pho Yelm Restaurant on #Yelp yelp.com/biz_photos/pho… 1 day ago
  • How Does God Show Us He Loves Us? God Brings Us Into His Family (Romans 8:14-16) 2 days ago
  • God chooses US, just like He chose Jacob. He calls us His own; we belong to God, and there’s nothing we can do to break God’s promise to us. 2 days ago
  • How Does God Show Us He Loves Us? God’s Plans Change Us (Genesis 28:16-19) 2 days ago
  • How Does God Show Us He Loves Us? God Has Plans For Us (Genesis 28:10-15) 2 days ago

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 774 other followers


%d bloggers like this: