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Date & Title: 2009-02-08 The Sword Of Jesus

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The Sword of Jesus

SERMON STARTER

          When Jesus comes into our lives and personal situation, He brings violence and change. I am speaking metaphorically when I refer to violence in Christ’s Kingdom. Simplistic minded people will say, “I don’t understand. Doesn’t Jesus bring peace, comfort and light when He enters our lives? Actually, violence and contention will surround us when we initially step into His Kingdom. He told us He didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword. Accepting Jesus as Savior inducts you into His war.

 

"Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:11,12

 

          The indwelling Presence of Jesus is death to our old nature that the Bible calls “the flesh.” There is contention here as the flesh wars against God’s Spirit.

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”  Galatians 5:16,17

There are other aspects of the Sword of Jesus. Sometimes His Sword comes with

1) Judgment of and consequences for past sin

3) Punishment

4) Conviction of present sin

5) Correction and teaching

6) To break through the heart of stone

 

Eg. Debbie’s Sword

          One of my first ministry encounters with the Sword of Jesus involved a counseling referral from a pastor friend. The pastor, church and family friends were mystified by a nineteen years girl’s response to finding Christ as Savior. She cried at the altar when she found Jesus and invited Him into her heart. The new convert cried on the way home from church. She cried day after day. Her tears knew no end.

          I met “Debbie” in my church office and she began grabbing tissues the minute she sat down. She would be so overwhelmed with emotion at times that she would be unable to speak. Gradually, I was able to hear some basic things about her life. After graduating from high school, she moved in with her boyfriend and they began living together.

          The only thing I could surmise was that Debbie actually received the Holy Spirit at the church’s altar and she began to convicted immediately about the sin in her life. The Holy Spirit was relentless with her. He gave her no peace until she moved out of her boy friend’s apartment and back in with her parents. A year later, the couple asked me to perform their marriage service. It was my pleasure to join them together with Christ in Holy Matrimony.

What was Debbie’s problem?  It was the Sword of Jesus.

 

Eg. Pastor Phil’s experience with the Sword

          My own personal experience with the Sword of Jesus was both the conviction of personal sin in my life, plus it was my deep desire to experience His love. When He showed up as a result of deep reflection and soul-searching on my part, He came with His Sword and pierced my heart. I have never been the same.

 

 

 

February 8, 2009

Sheepfold Ministries, pastor Phil Roland

 

The Sword of Jesus

Matthew 10:34-42

"There is an awesome mystery about Christ’s love, because He disciplines those in whom He loves. We learn to love Him through His pain.”              Pastor Phil

 

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."                                                        Matthew 10:34

 

 

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE SWORD DEFINITIONS:

          HEBREW – KER-EB – “A flashing; Lightning”

            GREEK – MA-KAI-RAN – “War; Violent Death”

 

The Bible records Three Swords:

I.   THE SWORD OF THE LORD / WORD – Hebrews 4:12

      “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged

         sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;

         it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

            A. Sword of a Judge bringing Judgment and Destruction – Rev. 1:16

                 “In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a

                  sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its

                  brilliance.”

                  1. This Sword Judges the Idolatrous Church - Rev. 2:12

                      "To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words

            of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.”

      2. The Sword of the White Horsed Rider - Rev. 19:11-16

          “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse,

           whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and

           makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many

           crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he

           himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the

           Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on

           white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his

           mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.

          "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of

           the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh

           he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

            B. Sword of a Surgeon, Judging and Cutting for Healing – Heb. 4:12b

                  “it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;

                    it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

                  1. Divine Logos Surgeon shines light of God’s Righteousness

                  2. He searches out the cark crevices of our heart

                  3. Cuts away the Diseased Flesh of Doubt and Unbelief

                  4. Diseased Flesh that does not profit God’s Kingdom is cut away

THE SWORD OF JESUS, cont., p.2

 

II.   THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT – Ephesians 6:11a

        “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the

          devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against

          the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and

          against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on

          the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able  

          to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand

          firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the

          breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the

          readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take

          up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows

          of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,

          which is the word of God.”

            A. The Sword of the Spirit is a Christian Warrior’s Weapon

                 1. It is an OFFENSIVE weapon, not defensive

                 2. Other weaponry pieces DEFEND the warrior

                      a. Loins / Truth

                      b. Breastplate of Righteousness

                      c. Feet  / Preparation of the Gospel of Peace

                      d. Shield of Faith

                      e. Helmet of Salvation

B. Sword of the Spirit is a Weapon of Specificity

                 1. RAY-MA - Specific Word for a Person, Time / Circumstance

                  2. Jesus Prepares His Disciples – Matthew 10:19

                          “But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how

                to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,”

                  3. In His Words (Rayma) are Spirit and Life = John 6:63

                             “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”

 

III.   THE SWORD OF JESUS – Matthew 10:34

       "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come

         to bring peace, but a sword.”

        A. His Sword Pierced His Mother’s Heart

              1. Simeon’s Prophesy on Jesus’ Eighth Day – Luke 2:34,35

                 “Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is

                   destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a

                   sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts

                   will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

               2. The Fulfillment of Simeon’s Prophesy at Jesus’ Cross – Jn. 19:25

                  “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary

          the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.”

   3. A Romans Soldier Pierces His Side – John 19:33,34   

      “But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead,

        they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus'

        side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”

       

 

THE SWORD OF JESUS, cont., p.3

 

B. His Sword Pierces our Hearts – Text vs. 34-37

               1. His Sword is suddenly hurled where peace is expected

               2. With Jesus there is no compromise

               3. There is no live and let live

               4. It is a war and it is sudden death

               5. The Kingdom of God is NOT a Playground, it is a Battleground

        C. His Sword involves HATE? – Luke 14:26

             "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife

  and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot

  be my disciple.”

   1. Hyperbole Definition

      “A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis

      or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.”

        a. an obvious and intentional exaggeration.

        b. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to

            be taken literally

     2. Aren’t we supposed to Honor Parents, not HATE them?

     3. First of the Ten Commandments – Ex. 20:3

                    "You shall have no other gods before me.”

            D. The Sword of Jesus is Coming

                  1. He is already at work

                  2. Has He Pierced Your Heart?

                      “From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the

 marks of the Lord Jesus.”  Galatians 6:17

             3. These Marks are made by the Sword of Jesus

 

 

The Sword of Jesus, Text:

Matthew 10:34-42

34  "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

35  For I have come to turn "'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law--

36  a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'

37  "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;

38  and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

39  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

40  "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.

41  Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward.

42  And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."

 

 

No Scar?

 

Hast thou no scar?

No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?

I hear thee sung as mighty in the land,

I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star,

Hast thou no scar?

 

Hast thou no wound?

Yet, I was wounded by the archers, spent,

Leaned me against a tree to die; and rent

By ravening beasts that compassed me,

I swooned:

Hast thou no wound?

 

No wound, no scar?

Yet as the Master shall the servant be,

And, pierced are the feet that follow me;

But thine are whole: can he have followed far

Who hast no wound, nor scar?

Amy Carmichael