LOVE, MADE VISIBLE

THE GOOD WORDS OF GOD
November 16, 2021

SCRIPTURE:1 John 3:18-24

When God sent his only son into the world, that was Love visible and in action. Let’s talk about the visible Love of an invisible God. Just because God is invisible, don’t let that keep you from having a relationship with Jesus.

Be positive that you have the right faith. Albert Einstein said this, “Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.” The Church is a place of positivity because it is a place of believers. There are dozens of religions that have something to say about the love of an invisible God. There is only one that says that this love became visible in the life and death of a human being who was the perfect reflection of the Father in heaven. Jesus was visible walking in the streets and teaching about the Kingdom of God.

Jesus was a teacher who was just as human and visible as you and I. Of the 90 times Jesus was addressed directly in the gospels, 60 times, he was called Teacher. Jesus said “You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am.” (John 13:13) He never entered a traditional classroom as we know it. He never had a degree in teaching. Yet, the world was his classroom. No teacher with a fancy degree did anything anywhere near as great as what Jesus did. He truly was the Master Teacher and the greatest teacher of all time. The ministry of Jesus began by engaging people in the synagogue as a public teacher. When Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, he said, “We know that you are the teacher who has come from God.” (John 3:2)

The public teaching of Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew, included  his healing ministry. During his teaching ministry, Christ also healed the multitudes of every kind of problem. This healing also addressed the spiritual world of the demons. Matthew 4:23-24 “News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed and he healed them.” Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, as well as healing disease and sickness. In all of his teaching and healing, the primary foundational truth that Jesus was promoting was simple. He was sharing the visible power of an invisible God.

The Sermon on the Mount was one of the New Testament’s most significant leadership plans. What were the main points of the Sermon on the Mount?
-Possessions on Earth are not important.
-People should not worry because God will take care of them.
-People should not judge each other.
-God will help people who seek His help.

Jesus shared lessons that could be understood by adults and children alike. “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching..”(Matthew 7:28) Jesus’ teaching style drew the attention of massive crowds. It showed that He had VISIBLE authority. He broke through just the words to give us all something that we can see, touch, and taste in the form of the communion table. We can see and taste the bread and juice which are symbols of His flesh. On the night that He was betrayed, He took the bread and said, “This is my body which is broken for you, and He poured out the wine saying, this is my blood.” From that day to this, at the heart of Christian worship has been the ordinance of communion where the love of Christ, His broken body and spilled blood, was made visible to us all.

The Bible has nothing to do with false spirituality that avoids the plain consequences of love made visible. He told us, in a visible way, how to build our Christian lives. Luke 6:46-49 “Why do you call me ,’Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. when a flood came, the torrent hit the house but could not shake it because it was well built. but the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent stuck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” That is an example that allows us to visual how Jesus wants us to live our lives.

Here is the ultimate question for all of you. Having received the love of God in a visible form, in a concrete way, do we then go away unchanged and live for ourselves alone? Do you think that it is important to celebrate the love of God in church and act in a Christlike way to solve our problems and those of the world? God was made visible to us through Jesus. He taught us that He is the answer!