FBC Earlville 5-26-13 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “Married”
One day 7-year-old Johnny said to his father, “I really want to get married.”
“Oh, do you?” chuckled his dad. “So, do you have someone special in mind?”
“Yes, Grandma.”
“Did you just say you want to marry my mother?” the amused dad exclaimed. “Now, that’s a problem.”
“How so?” replied Johnny. “You married mine!”

NUGGETS – the word for this morning is nuggets. When I woke up this morning I thot “nuggets” – that’s what God gives me each Sunday to share with you – not the WHOLE word, which would be overwhelming – but nuggets, a little at a time. Put them all together, and you have “the whole counsel of God.” And, by the way, that’s how our walk – our journey – with God is supposed to be. Adding nuggets from God each day to our journey with Him.

By now y’all are experts in our key word this month. The word is “partake”, Literally, it means “to partner” – to be one with God’s purposes, plans, provisions, and character. I like how the Lord Jesus used it: He said we are to “abide in Him” – be so closely connected with our fellowship with Him that it is as if we have a partnership with Him. We know the gospel – the good news that Jesus died for us. That’s salvation. But to learn how we partner with Him and He with us, well that’s what the old saints call communion! Today we’re going to learn how Jesus partnered with humanity. We are given 3 precious nuggets – valuable gems of truth – and each one must be pondered and treasured. Then we are given an application. If Jesus partnered with humanity, what does that mean to me today? PRAYER

#1 DESTROY ! (v. 14:Since the children have [ARE PARTAKERS OF KJV] flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—”)
Let me read you a quote by one of my favorite writers, Oswald Chambers, from his lecture, “Shade of His Hand”
“Death transforms nothing. Every view of death outside the Bible view concludes that death is a great transformer. The Bible says that death is a confirmer. Instead of death being the introduction to a second chance, it is the confirmation of the first chance. In dealing with the Bible, bear in mind this point of view.” “Shade of His Hand” Oswald Chambers

We know what the Bible says about life and death, don’t we! Romans 3:23 (“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”); 6:23 (“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”); John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Do you remember Jim DeMuro’s Christmas reading a number of years ago, about the old man and the birds? On Christmas Eve, he was watching a bunch of birds freeze out in the snow, but was trying to coax them into the warmth of the barn. But they were afraid of him! In exasperation he yells, “if only I were one of you, then you wouldn’t be afraid. If only I were one of you.” And, at that moment, the old man understood the Christmas story.
Read v. 14 Jesus “partook” – left heaven’s glory & became one of us!
The victory – the BREAK, He Who DESTROYS [“renders inoperative, makes of none effect”] that bondage, is our Savior through His death, burial, & resurrection
* This truth alone is the very core of Biblical Christianity – which makes it alive in contrast with all the man-made, empty world’s religions.

#2 FREE ! (v. 15:” and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”)
The hopeless position – the bondage of sin and the devil: the author of sin, whose kingdom is one of darkness & death. Proof: the sting of death at a funeral.
I’m not afraid of dying – I’m just afraid of 2 things: how & when!
FEAR – “a haunting fear, a lifelong bondage” Slaves to that fear
1 Cor. 15:55-57 (“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”)
By the Savior’s partnership, the bound are set FREE!

#3 HELP ! (vs. 16-18) Image: “to run to the cry of a child when needed” (“For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”)
* Each of these verses has a sense of HELP through the Savior Who partnered with us: v. 16 (for the people); v. 17 (merciful/faithful for the sinners); v. 18 (for the sufferers)
Note:the help is not for angels (who are left in their state) but for people; The angels marvel at the redeemed sinner’s position as helped! (Eph. 3:10: “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places”)

CONCLUSION “I know how you feel” (v. 18)
*In His partnership, He even was tempted, yet without sin.
Illus.: The story is told of the man who struggled with an addiction to internet pornography. His victory? He put a picture of Jesus next to the computer when tempted to go to sites he shouldn’t. Would that work for you? In your mind do have Scriptures when tempted to go where He would not be pleased?
Jesus partnered with humanity, He became one of us, so that He could die for our sins. And so that we can pray to One Who knows exactly how we feel!
Do we take advantage of this great truth – or do we take it for granted?
How will we respond to His truth today?


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