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Sermon July 11th – Colossians 1 When Trouble Hits?

Please note that below is not a complete word for word message write up, they are my notes instead.

Message title:  Colossians 1 – When Trouble Hits?

The Big Idea for message:  Life is going to throw us some curve balls, but Jesus is bigger than anything we encounter.

Sticky Statement: When life knocks you down, remember who Jesus is!

Intro:  As most of you know my life has been a little hectic recently. Finding out in Feb that I had a brain tumor, in Mar I finished my Masters Degree, followed by all the testing at UofM and then surgery at the end of May. Then everything that did not go as planned.

Tie In:  All of us go through things that make life seem like it is out of control. We have medical issues, back problems, knee surgery, worry about unemployment running out, finding a job, housing issues, and much more. Life never seems to go as we want it to, or would like it to.

Scripture:  We have all heard preachers tell us to ‘lay it at the cross’, ‘ give it to Jesus’, ‘pray about it’, ‘Jesus will provide’ and more. Those are all true statements. Today I want to look at a piece of scripture today and talk about why they are true. See Jesus was not just some ordinary man, who was blessed or empowered by God. He was much, much, more. So the question this morning is “Who is Jesus that He can take on all of our struggles, concerns, and worries?”

 15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

24Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Please turn to Colossians 1 starting at verse 15.

1:15 Jesus was the image of God the Father. He was not a cheap photo copy that is not as good as the original, he was an exact image. He was a masterfully made complete likeness of the Father.

            First Born – Nothing came before Jesus. He was prior to and is over all of creation.

If Jesus is over all creation and is an exact duplicate of the Father, do you think He can handle all of our concerns?

1:16 Since Jesus existed prior to creation, and all things were created through Him. In John 1:3 we are told “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.”

Our Lord Jesus created everything, even the things that cause our struggles. Everything is subject to Him, even all spiritual authorities.

1:17 Jesus sustains all things. Everything that has been created, He holds it together. Even to the point of giving us breath.

If Jesus is involved in our every breath, don’t you think He is capable of taking care of our needs?

1:18 Jesus is the head of the Church. He is completely in charge of everything, he can resolve conflicts and is the ultimate reconciler.

Our problems fall completely within His realm of control.

1:19 Reaffirms what we are told in verse 15. It was part of their plan for Jesus to be exactly like the Father, to have all of His power and authority.

1:20 Jesus has the power to allow us human sinners to be in a relationship with the Father. All who believe are restored. If Jesus can restore our relationship with the Father, He is more than capable of restoring any earthly troubles we may have. He can restore all things, all issues, all troubles, and all sin.

1:21 Simply tells us that as sinners we are separate from God.

1:22 If we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are completely restored. We are ‘free from accusation’. We have been made spotless.

1:23 We are told plainly here that we need to remain pure to the gospel, we need to maintain our HOPE in Jesus. Essentially we need to believe in Jesus and follow His teachings. We need to remain faithful.

1:24 This verse shows us that Jesus suffered and tells us that life will not be easy.

Acts 14:22 tells us “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,”

We are going to face our own afflictions; we are going to have to carry our own crosses.

Thankfully that is not where it ends.

Romans 8:17 “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory”

If we believe, if we have faith, and stay true to Jesus, life will not be easy, but it will mean we get to go to heaven. We get to share in His glory!

1:25-27 Jesus is all these things, an exact image of the Father, The Creator, The Sustainer, The Reconciler, He Restores Us, and He Makes us Spotless.

Verse 27 tells us that If Christ is in us, If we have accepted Him as our Savior, we have Life, we have Glory, we have Hope.

Jesus is bigger than our troubles!

Application:  When life knocks you down, remember who Jesus is!

Now let’s take a look at what this means when we look at our troubles.

If we are having medical issues, Jesus is in control. He created your body, He sustains your breath, He can take care of any medical issue that comes your way. He saw me through my brain surgery, and He will help with your knee, back, or anything else that comes your way.

Are you worried about finding a job or with the loss of unemployment benefits? Do you believe that Jesus is in control? He is! If he can restore our relationship with the Father, He can restore your finances! Put your faith in Him!

We are told in these verses that we will struggle, life will not be easy. The good news is that if we have a relationship with our Lord, we have Hope and will someday share in Christ’s glory.

Going Forward:  So what do we need to do?    

We need to remember, when life knocks you down, remember who Jesus is!

As we go through life together and face all of our struggles, I would like each of us to remember who Jesus is. As we do that compare Him to our medical, financial, and any other issues we are facing. As we do this we will see He is so much bigger and greater than anything we will encounter. If we depend on Him, we will get through it.

Just remember: When life knocks you down, remember who Jesus is!

Thanks for reading and God Bless! I will try to post the link to the audio file later.

Blessings,

Robert

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July 11, 2010 - Posted by | Sermon

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