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Sermon – God’s Love – Creation and Provision 02142010

What better topic to discuss today, Valentine’s Day, but Love. Today is a day that millions of people in the United States and around the world think about and celebrate the love they have for someone. I am sure there are a lot of messages being given this morning talking about how two people are meant to love each other or what a loving marriage is meant to look like. While I considered writing a message along those lines this week, I thought about New Life and where we as a church are at. I decided that instead of talking about the love we are to have for each other, I would talk about God’s love.

 God’s love is more than we can ever imagine. If you remember God’s love is known as Agape love, or sacrificial love. This is the Love He has for us and tells us a lot about the history of mankind from the Biblical point of view. The first point I want to talk about this morning is the Love that lead to the creation of mankind.

 Genesis 1:26-27

26Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

 We were created in God’s image.

If we continue reading in verse 28 we see some of what is meant by being made in God’s image. We are to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it, and rule over it. These verses also give us a good reason for why God created us to begin with. But I think that is only part of the picture. There is more to being made in God’s image.

As we look at verses 26 and 27 again, we see that God is saying ‘Let Us’, ‘Our Image’, and ‘Our Likeness’. These are all plural words, and means that it was not just God the Father creating the earth and everything in it. It was more than just God the Father creating Mankind.

 John 1:1-4 tell us

“ 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”

 These verses tell us a few things, but first off we need to understand that the Word is Jesus Christ. We get this from verse 14 where it says:

14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth”

The Word became flesh, and was the only begotten from the Father can be translated as Jesus became flesh and is the only son of Father God.

 Now that we know that the Word is the same as Jesus, we can look at verses 1-4 with a little more understanding.

Verse 1 “ 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

This verse alone tells a lot, and could easily be the basis for a whole sermon. But that is for another day, today I want to focus on us understanding that Jesus existed in the beginning, before all of creation. That Jesus was ‘with’ God, that he coexisted with God the Father. And that he ‘was’ God, that Jesus IS God He is of divine nature.

 Verse 2 tells us “2He was in the beginning with God.”  Jesus coexisted with God the Father. He was there with him before it all began.

Verses 3 and 4 “3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”

Jesus was involved in every aspect of creation. He was the tool, the instrument that created all things.

Ok, so I think it is clear that Jesus existed before time began, He was and is God, and that He was instrumental in the creation of everything. I want to go back and look at verse 1 again.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

I want to focus for a minute on where scripture tells us “the Word was WITH God”. What this is telling us is that Jesus existed separately from the Father, but He was with him. What does that mean? The word ‘with’ has a different meeting than we tend to use it today. For example I am here with you today. We are worshipping the Lord together, we are getting into His word, but we are still separate and distinct people and we will part from each other.

What we are being told in verse 1 when it says Jesus was with God, is that they were in communion together. They were distinct but inseparable. They were essentially joined at the hip, they were in perfect fellowship together. A fellowship that can only be built on Love.

John 17:24 confirms  this:

24“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world”

Jesus is telling us in this prayer, that God the Father loved him before time began. And they way he talks in verse 26 this is not an ordinary form of love.  “and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Jesus is praying that the we have the same eternal brotherly love that He and the Father share.

Now if we go back to Genesis 1, we are told that we are made in Our Image, meaning we were made in the image of the Father and the Son. Being made in their image, means several things like I mentioned earlier. What I want to focus on is that it means we were made in Love. We were made with the Love that the Father and Son have for each other.

A good example of this can be found in Genesis chapter 2 verse 7.

7Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being”

Picture this for a moment. God the Father and the Son took dust from the ground and shaped us. They took the time and energy to form us exactly as they wanted us, or more specifically in this case Adam. The process of forming something is not quick. For example think of the amount of time it took to form a dairy barn, into this beautiful church building. This was something that took time, blood, sweat, and tears. It was lovingly shaped from what many would have thought of as just ‘dust from the ground’ to something special. Man was made this same way, with Love.

The  next part of verse 7 tells us that God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life”.

I want to share with you something I was once told about this. This verse is not saying that God just snapped His fingers and man came to life. God has the power to do just that, but He doesn’t.  He is creating mankind in love. So what does He do. He breathes into his nostrils. Imagine this for a minute. Here lies a lifeless pile of dust. God then lovingly gets up close and personal, He knells down and comes face to face with His creation. He then breathes into that lifeless pile of dust and gives it life. This is a very intimate and loving gesture by God to His creation. This verse shows us that God created us in Love. He formed us in Love, He breathed life into us with Love.

The Father and Son have shared their love when they created us.

If we continue reading in Genesis chapter two we see another way that God has shown His love for us.

“8The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.

 9Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

What we see here is that God provided for His creation by creating the Garden of Eden, all mans needs were met. But then God noticed that Adam was alone and did not have a suitable partner. So what did He do?

21So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.”

God loved man so much that He did not want him to be alone. So again God created out of love and gave man a partner. God not only provided for his needs, but He also gave man companionship.

There are many examples in scripture that show us how God has provided for His creation. In Genesis 22, we find Abraham following God’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac. Once God sees that Abraham is trustworthy and loves the Lord above everything else, God provided a ram for the offering. Out of God’s Love for Abraham He provided what was needed.

Continuing in Genesis starting in chapter 37 we find the story of a boy named Joseph. His brothers sell him into slavery and then Joseph ends up in jail. This starts out as a horrible story, but then, in chapter 41, we find Joseph being named ruler of Egypt second only to Pharaoh. Through the end of Genesis we see how God provided for all of Egypt and Israel. Out of God’s love He provided everything that was needed.

Jumping forward in time we see how God continues to provide.

In Philippians 4:15-16 

15You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; 16for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs.”

Here we see the church in Philippi providing for the needs of the Apostle Paul.

So far we have seen that God created us out of Love, and out of that Love he provides for us. But there is one more thing we need to look at.

Romans 3:23 tells us “for all of sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.

This tells us that we have fallen out of grace and simply put we do not deserve to be in fellowship with God anymore. Basically we are sinners and do not belong in Heaven.

Romans 6:23 starts by saying “For the wages of sin is death”

God the Father and God the Son did not create us out of the love they share for each other, they did not provide for all of our needs out of love, for us to spend eternity apart from them. For us to spend eternity in Hell. No, they want to spend eternity with us. That is why the provided the ultimate gift, the ultimate sacrifice.

Verse 23 continues with “but the free gift from God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Jesus died on the cross at Calvary so what we may have eternal life! Jesus sacrificed Himself for us out of love.

John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”

So what do we need to do to accept this amazing gift? We need to believe in Jesus! We need to confess our sins, we need to believe that Jesus is our savior, and we need to follow Him. My hope today is that each and every one of us will accept this gift of love. If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior we can easily rectify that with a simple prayer.

Thank You for Reading and God Bless!

Pastor Robert

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February 14, 2010 - Posted by | Sermon

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