7 Reasons Why Jesus is Better. I Like #5 the Most

Message Notes from March 13th.

OPEN:

  • Good Morning / Better Series / Baptism Sunday / Fresh Start Series
  • Better Series
    • Not just intellectual / Right and Wrong / psychological Center
    • To know Jesus is better you have to give up what you think is best. <>

ILLUSTRATION

  • Woman at the Well (John 4) <set up story>
  • Jesus says I am better, “If you knew the Gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him he would have given you living water.” John 4:10
  • “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
  • Jesus is saying knowing me is better than water <>
  • Everyone look at each other and say, “Better!” Here is why

TEXT: Hebrews 1:1-4

  • Background
    • Hebrews 1:1, prophets <>
    • Hebrews 1:2, Jesus is better <>
  • Read Hebrews 11:2b-4
    • Jesus is better than your family
      • Family grew up in / forging a better family
      • Jesus family is better because he is the heir of all things
      • Romans 8:15-17, ““The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 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.”
      • We are part of Jesus’ family- co-heirs. >> God’s children
      • This gives you dignity <more dignity then wealth, fame, accomplishments>
    • Jesus is better than your self-respect.
      • What makes you feel like shining? Pride <>
      • Jesus >> “Radiance of God’s glory”
        • Sunlight is to the sun
        • Baptism, ““You are my Son, whom I love; and with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22
      • Jesus is better than anything you take pride in. Why? It’s nothing to God.
      • We can only please God through our faith in Jesus.
    • Jesus is better than nature and sex
      • Two idols in our culture: Nature and Sex <>
      • Jesus is the exact representation of God. <No error>
        • Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Colossians 2)
        • When you know Jesus you know the precise source of all the joy in the world.
      • Jesus is better than any pleasure this world can give you.
    • Jesus is better than your integrity- your word.
      • Our word is our reputation. <>
      • Jesus sustains all things by the power of his word. <Every atom etc>
      • When Jesus speaks it happens.
      • He always does what he says he will do.
    • Jesus is better then what you hope for.
      • Hope for (Grid: marriage, job, a good life)
      • Jesus provided the purification of your sins. <>
      • Hebrews 7:27 says, “Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for people’s sins.”
      • Of all the good things Jesus could have done <>, he chose to meet your deepest need- forgiveness. (shame)
      • Your deepest need is to be connected to your heavenly Father.
      • Sin makes you filthy. Jesus purifies you from sin. (John 3:16)
    • Jesus is better than your accomplishments.
      • Jesus sat down. (not on cross, walking the streets)
      • Priests not sitting in the Tabernacle.
      • He sat down because he accomplished God’s work.
      • Hebrews 12:2, “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
      • What Jesus accomplished changed eternity. <>

 

  • Jesus is greater than the angels
    • Whatever you believe about the supernatural, Jesus is greater.
    • Angels worship Jesus.
  • Jesus is better- Review.
  • How can you know, I mean KNOW Jesus is true?

 

CHALLENGE:

  • You must experience him.
    • obey, walk, trust, faith
    • Participate in his body- the church. (Love like Jesus- not loved like Jesus)
  • Whatever the case, what “best” part of you, needs to be let go, so you can experience Jesus is better? Family, pride, accomplishment, a pleasure, a sin?

APPLICATION:

  • Woman at the well.
    • After he told her about the living water Jesus said, “Go call your husband.”
    • She said, “I have no husband.”
    • Jesus replied, “You are right when you say you have no husband. In fact, you have had five, and man you are with now is not your husband.  What you say is quite true.”
    • She changes subject to worship. Jesus the time is coming location doesn’t matter, but people will worship inspirit and truth.
    • She says, “I know- the Messiah will answer these things.”
    • Jesus says, “I am the Messiah and I am explaining it to you.”
    • She realizes something special and she runs to her village, leaving her shame behind, and exclaims, “Come meet the guy who told me everything I ever did. Could he be the Christ?”
  • She found out that Jesus is better than the water at the well. <5 husbands, guy>
  • My prayer and hope for you today is that you have the same experience this woman had.

 

TIME OF COMMITMENT: As we pray think on these things.  If you need prayer this morning our elders our available to you.

           

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