The parable of the soils! The purpose of this parable does not fix
us eternally into one category or the other. The categories are real
but they bring us to the great mystery at the heart of Christ’s
At its very heart is the mystery of God’s judgment on all sin, and
His purity, love, grace and mercy towards sinners. The mystery of
His covenant, of His covenant promises!
But before we look at this passage today, I want to take a minute to just firstly talk about 9/11. We would all remember this that tragic event that happened in America, that changed the world in so many ways. But the reason I mention 9/11, is for something that happened the week after it. Not 9/11 itself, but something that came as a result of 9/11.
The week after the terrorist attack, President George Bush addressed a special sitting of congress. Obvious after such an event there was a lot to say, and something very memorable was said. This is what George Bush said the week after 9/11…
"Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."
But before we look at this, passage, John 6. I want to go completely off topic by quickly talking about something else. I want to talk about… Star Wars.
I’m sure everyone here has seen a Star Wars film, and if you haven’t, I’m sure you have at least heard of it. It think it would be pretty much impossible to have never heard about Star Wars before.
It was a once a cultural, movie, revolution. And as long as there is money to be made they will keep spitting out new films no matter how rubbish they may be.
Now whilst I’m having a knock at how bad the latest movies have been, I am a true Star Wars fan. Just in recent weeks, I have been re-watching the films and reading the new books, preparing myself for what will hopefully be the final in the Skywalker sage just next month
Isaiah 65 sounds like paradise doesn’t it? The new world order. Let’s take a look what it’s going to be like.
What is this talking about in our language? It’s infant mortality isn’t it.
they will plant vineyards and eat the fruit that’s productive farming.
Why would that happen? Invasion, burglary. Security.
Let me ask you to open your bibles to the passage that we heard earlier from 1 Thessalonians and let me say right at the very start, “how good is this?” Here is message of great joy and encouragement to every believer who has or will be until the day that Jesus returns in glory. Even better we are told to use these words for that very purpose of encouragement and building each other up.
From this passage it would be very easy to get bogged down in the mire of distraction instead of looking at the beautiful truth and awesome promise every believer has from our God. In this light we have a couple of verses that really drive home the wonderful truth and promise of God. Look at Ch.4:16-17; “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call…………………..” Then moving over to Ch. 5:9-10; we read, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation………”
You will also notice that each of these verses is followed up with the message of encouragement for each other. The encouragement is that every believer whether having died or still alive will meet the Lord. But it will not just be a g’day how are you but something so beautiful and complete joining together of all the saints.
What is it in your life that you want to hold onto for dear life?
It mite be your relationship, your children, your investments, your home, your health.
And the thing is when you value something, then you’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to it thru thick and thin.
When I watch football, the most important thing to do is to hold onto the ball, to pass it around and keep possession of it, isn’t it.
You don’t want to let go of it because it’ll end up in the opposition hands and so if you have control of the ball, you can dictate the passage of play.
So many times I see people take their eyes off the ball and lose control of it or miss opportunities because they lost focus.
And in the end they end up turning it over to the other team and the opportunities lost and squandered.
You can apply that rule for almost any ball sport between two teams.
During 2017, many churches around the globe, recognised the 500th anniversary of what we now call ‘the Reformation’. It was a movement led by men such as Martin Luther and John Calvin that saw faith in Christ restored and redefined from that previously espoused by the church of the day.
There were five key points, ‘5 solas’ which were defined by this movement:
Tamworth Community Presbyterian Church
PH: 02 6765 2865