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1 John 5:6-8 (NKJV) This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one

Jesus didn’t just come by water but came by water and blood. Wow! That sounds really important, but whatever does it mean? It means that Jesus did ALL He promised and came to accomplish. Let me explain. When Jesus was baptized by John in the River Jordan, immediately the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove. That was an important event obviously, but that wasn’t the end. Jesus finished out a life of service to His Father and then went to the cross to die in our place. If the cross part hadn’t happened, we would obviously have a different testimony of WHO Jesus was. In fact, we’d honestly have no testimony at all. Since we now know that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, can also be certain that He has granted eternal life to all who believe. In addition, we have been given something else because of the cross. Scripture says that when Jesus died that the curtain to the Holy of Holies was torn in two. We acknowledge that because of the tearing, we now have access to His Holy Presence. How is that accomplished you might ask? Answer: Because the Holy Spirit can now live in us. What is the Holy Spirit? It is none other than the same Holy Spirit that Jesus received at the moment of His being baptized by John.

Knowing all of that, we can now understand what John is saying in 1 John 5:6-8. He is reminding us that Jesus’ obedience to being both baptized (water)and dying on a cross (blood) gained our access to the supernatural. Because Jesus chose obedience, we can now tap into both the supernatural “will” of God and to the supernatural “things” of God. Had Jesus simply just received the Holy Spirit at His “water” baptizing and failed to go to the cross to die, our access to the “SUPERNATURAL” would be null and void. Because Hedid bothh; the water and the blood, the supernatural realm of God can now be part of our everyday lives. It can be our new “NORMAL!”

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Focusing on our Worship

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As you look across our church on Sunday mornings, and others, it is easy to see that most people are at different seasons in their lives.  Some individuals are starting a marriage, others are sitting alone after a spouse has passed away.  Or maybe you see a newborn with a young mom and dad, while next to them there are some “empty nesters”.  There are many other scenarios that we fall into during our Christian walk and life in general.  One thing is certain, not all of us are in the same season of those around us!  So how are we supposed to have a true community in the church with this many people?  More than that, how are we supposed to have unity in the Body of Christ if we are not at the same place in our journey?  With those questions in mind, let’s discuss something that each of us controls and can bring us to a place of humility and unity.

 Every one of us was created to worship our Heavenly Father.  Obviously, we know that some have been given the purpose to lead us into worship by singing or playing an instrument.  But I’d like to come off the stage and see what it really means to worship. The word worship means, “giving reverence and honor to God”.  It is a verb. It calls us to action and requires effort.  Did you know that the word “worship” is used 108 times, but the word “worshipped” is only used 70 times.  Those numbers could shed some light on the fact that it is much easier to talk about worship than actually do it! 

Let’s look at this story and break it down as we evaluate our worship.  

Read Luke 7:36-50 “The Alabaster Jar”
  • This woman started with personal humility.
  • Her first act of worship was to go outside of her comfort zone. She went to the house of a Pharisee (a careful observer of the law).
  • She began weeping before anything was said. She brought a heart of expectancy and was prepared to Worship.  Hint: I don’t see anything about music or a song.
  • Despite the Pharisee, a spiritual leader, questioning this moment, this act of worship and Jesus himself; this woman’s focus did not waver.

 This woman who was known for her unholy lifestyle did not allow the label of sin to keep her from her identity!  She understood, when you find the feet of Christ, you truly find His heart!

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