Changing Change

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Intrinsic to the concept of Christianity is change.

• Christianity is all about Jesus and Jesus is all about change.

• Jesus is the only one who’s qualified to change people because He never changes. Another human being can’t truly change you since they need to focus on changing themselves. But Jesus doesn’t have that problem.

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The problem is that we have Christians who aren’t changing. Our definition of change is faulty. What if we change the way we change?

Luke 24:36-53 NKJV

Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood In the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” So they gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence. Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.

• Good news: with our glorified bodies, we can eat!

• The Holy Spirit has to open your understanding.

• Repentance and Remission: these two words exclusively belong to the church.

There’s this pattern: the more you obsess with changing, the less you change. This is the problem with change.

• Within yourself, you have no power to change or transform.

 

God thinks of change in terms of repentance and remission. The first word Jesus used in the beginning of His ministry was, “Repent!”

• People think repent means just to do a 180-degree turn.

• Do you think that the greatest communicator of all time chose to open with, “Change! Just change already!” ?

— This is actually not what the ancient Jews heard. What they heard Jesus say was, “Hey! Look again! I’m here now.”

— The ancient Jews got calloused because every so often there would be someone who popped up claiming to be the Messiah. When Jesus came, He had to tell them to look again.

— We need to look again at Jesus.

 

REPENTANCE IS:

1) Realization

• We think it means remorse.

• Condemnation is the greatest killer on the planet.

• Remorse is not repentance.

• Realize that you have a problem and that the solution is Jesus.

• Realization is a gift from the Holy Spirit.

2) Returning

• Not turning—returning.
— There is no power in just turning from.

• Repentance is not possible until Jesus is preached.

Romans 2:4 NKJV

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

[Judah demonstrated using microphone and the lights on the stage. You could have someone who loves the microphone, really wants it, and Christians just tell him, “Don’t touch the microphone!” He’s trying to justify it and the Christians tell him that if he touches the microphone, they wouldn’t accept him into their community. So he doesn’t touch it. But it’s nothing has really changed. He still wants it. But he just wants friends. He wants community and he fears they wouldn’t accept him. But when the temptation gets too much and he touches the microphone then he gets condemnation and a whole slew of problems. What then? Instead of preaching against the things that are bad, we should shine the light on Jesus. Instead of telling him don’t touch the microphone, we should tell him, “You could touch the microphone but then you’ll miss out on what’s behind you if you turn around.” Tell him that if he turns around, he gets the light which is way better than what the microphone would give you. There’s beauty, there’s light, and there’s majesty. The microphone leaves you empty and never satisfies but the light (Jesus) never leaves you empty.]

• Repentance is when you realize that there’s more to life than this and you fill the hole in your soul.

• We need to tell people that there’s something better to turn to.

REMISSION IS:

1) Removal.

• It’s forgiveness.

• It’s not temporary relief and it’s not regrouping.

Psalm 103:12 NKJV

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

• It’s not a cover-up.

• Jesus died for your past, present, and future sins. There’s no, “He loves me. He loves me not.” Don’t doubt His love.

• Quit living like you’re in close proximity to your sins.

• Jesus didn’t die for me. He died as me.

2) Release.

Colossians 3:3 NKJV

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

• When God sees you, he sees his Son.

• Jesus died once and for all and sat at the right hand of the Father. He sat because it is done.

Proverbs 24:16 NKJV

For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.

• A righteous man falls and gets back up again.

• We need righteous followers of Jesus to get back up and do what God has called us to do.

Romans 8:1 NKJV

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

• Condemnation is not helping anyone.

• We tend to listen to gospel of sin more than the Gospel of Jesus.

• You are who you are in Christ Jesus.



JUDAH SMITH

The Father's House

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John 14:1-6 NKJV

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

• Jesus was saying, “Really, Thomas? Really? You don’t know the way? I am the way. I’m the full package.”

John 21:1-14 NKJV

After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them,“Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

• John calls himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved” • Peter puts on his jacket and jumps in the water for some reason. The disciples stayed in the boat… because they weren’t far from the shore.

ONE OF THE GREATEST HUMAN NECESSITIES IS A PLACE TO FIT. • Many people don’t come to church because they don’t believe they’ll fit there. • Some churches have precipitated this by saying that they won’t fit in if they don’t look or smell right. So people end up still in the high school lunchroom trying to find a seat. • We all need to fit.

John 13-17 is the farewell discourse of Jesus. It was a Jewish custom for people to do when they knew they were about to die. This included: • Telling family about soon-coming death • Recalling His existence and journey • Passing on the baton • Speaking blessings over people

NOTE: “Troubled” in this Greek/Aramaic translation doesn’t get transliterated right in English these days. • “Troubled” here means: acutely, mentally distressed; intense emotional turbulence; your world on the inside is being shaken • Jesus telling the disciples not to be troubled is like a doctor telling you to stop coughing. • The natural response is: “How? We’re human. We fail and sin. We want to stop but can’t stop and so we can’t stay.”

So the prescription is heaven — the Father’s house. • We’re not talking about square footage in heaven. Jesus says in His Father’s family there’s plenty of room. You fit. • Then Jesus says that He wouldn’t have said it if He didn’t mean it. • You fit in the family, sit in the table and have a room down the hall.

WHATEVER GOD PREPARES TO DO, HE ALWAYS FOLLOWS THROUGH. • If he says he’s gonna make room, it means you’ll fit in it.

The answer to this distress is to remember that you still fit in His family.

Right before Jesus was crucified, He told Peter that he would deny Jesus. Peter said, “No, I won’t!” Jesus essentially says, “Dude, I’m God. I know what’s gonna happen.” Peter ends up doing exactly what Jesus said he would do (not just once but three times).

Now there are rumors that Jesus is around. Peter is probably not excited about seeing Jesus. He’s probably thinking, ”I swore I’d never do it and I did it three times.” So Peter says “I’m going fishing.” • The significance is: that’s not what Peter does anymore. Peter used to be a fisherman. That’s what God called him from. Peter went to his backup plan and what he knew. • The problem is: people followed him. The other disciples decided to go fishing with him. All of these people were called out of fishing.

Jesus shows up and asks, “How’s the escape clause working? How was the night? Did it feel good in the morning? Was it worth it?” • These are trick questions that Jesus knew the answer to. Jesus knew they didn’t catch anything. He just wanted him to acknowledge that it didn’t work.

The first word that came out of Jesus’ mouth was “Children”. That’s a relationship/family term. That is a word from a father: “You’re fishing but you’re still mine.” • Peter probably dives in with his jacket on because he’s beside himself. He knew Jesus knew what he was doing. He plunged himself in the water out of relief and love and grace because he knew Jesus was here to tell him that he still fit.

They didn’t have a prayer meeting or steps or an altar call. Instead Jesus cooks Peter food. They eat and say nothing. -While Jesus is preparing breakfast he’s telling Peter that he’s already prepared a place for him. The breakfast signified Jesus saying, “I’m your sustenance, your source, your strength—me and me alone are these things to you. I came out to where you used to be to fix you breakfast.”

WHERE YOU WENT TO GET AWAY FROM GOD IS WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO END UP MEETING GOD.

Then Jesus asks Peter if he loved Him. In this Jesus is saying, “I’ve already prepared for this.” • You only need to prepare for a sinless life. Jesus has your comeback covered. Quit trying to fix yourself.• While you feast, Jesus will fix you—not discipline or your church attendance.

Don’t go fishing. But if you do, He’ll find you. • You think He can’t get to you when your fishing. He will and he’ll remind you that you still fit.



JUDAH SMITH