Bible Study 10 AM."Jesus Christ, the Son of God" Matt. 21:1-16
Today's Speaker: Brother Randy Wages will conduct the 11:00 am service today. Pray for him as he delivers God's word.
Radio Broadcast: Sunday morning at 9:30am on 98.7 FM -WISK. You can also hear the sermons on your computer. Just click on http://www.americusradio.com/
Birthdays: Jane Margeson - June 8th., Kelsey Jones - June 10th.
Smith Flynn - June 11th.
Christ is the Messenger of the covenant
Not only does He mediate between God and sinners: (pleads the merit of his cross work) He mediates between sinners and God. He declares how God justly justifies sinners based on his law satisfying righteousness imputed.
2 Samuel 23: 4. "He shall be as the light of the morning." He is light. "I am the Light of the world." (John 8:12) He breaks in on sinners as the sunrise breaks in upon the darkness of night to reveal to our hearts and minds the perfect work He finished at Calvary. He comes heralding good tidings of God's redemption in and by the blood of His cross, His very righteousness imputed. Malachi 4:2: " unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall." John writes in Revelation 22:16; "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." This "Dayspring from on high" (Luke 1:78) is none other than the Messenger of the Covenant. Christ "shall be as the light of the morning."
2 Samuel 23:4. He shall be "as the tender grass springing out of the earth." He is life. 1 Peter 1:24 says; "for all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withered and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth forever." Christ is the Word of Life. (1 John 1:1) Christ took on him the name and nature of His people for the purposes of redemption. He was "made like unto his brethren, without sin. (Hebrews 2:17) He sprang up as the tender grass and was cut down but the grave could not hold him and he arose again the third day and he lives to give eternal life. He comes with healing in his wings. He comes with the message of the gospel. He is the one promised in Malachi 3:1. "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: (John the Baptist) and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts." Christ is the Messenger of the covenant.
Winston Pannell - Eager Ave. Grace Church
God in Everything
But as the ship was sailing along, suddenly the Lord flung a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to send them to the bottom!
Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights!
And the Lord God prepared a gourd to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah's head, shading him from the sun. This eased some of his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the gourd. But God also prepared a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant, so that it soon died and withered away. And as the sun grew hot, God sent a scorching east wind to blow on Jonah. The sun beat down on his head until he grew faint and wished to die. "Death is certainly better than this!" he exclaimed. Jonah 1:4, 17; 4:6-8
Nothing so much helps the Christian to endure the trials of his path as the habit of seeing God in everything. There is no circumstance, be it ever so trivial or ever so commonplace, which may not be regarded as a messenger from God, if only the ear be circumcised to hear, and the mind spiritual to understand the message. If we lose sight of this valuable truth, life in many instances at least, will be but a dull monotony, presenting nothing beyond the most ordinary circumstances. On the other hand, if we could but remember, as we start each day on our course, that the hand of our Father can be traced in every scene-if we could see in the smallest, as well as in the most weighty circumstances, traces of the divine presence-how full of deep interest would each day's history be found!
The Book of Jonah illustrates this truth in a very marked way. There we learn, what we need so much to remember, that there is nothing ordinary to the Christian; everything is extraordinary. The most commonplace things, the simplest circumstances, exhibit in the history of Jonah, the evidences of divine intervention. To see this instructive feature, it is not needful to enter upon the detailed exposition of the Book of Jonah, we only need to notice one expression, which occurs in it again and again, namely, "the Lord prepared".