Monday, October 1, 2018

2018.10.01 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 1:3-5

Questions for Littles: How did God make the light (v3)? What did God see in v4? What did He see about it? How did God respond to the light being good? What did God do to the light in v5? What did God call the darkness? What two things came after the naming of the day and night? What did all of that constitute?
From the Scripture for this week’s sermon, we learn many things about our God.

First, He reveals Himself as One who relates to His creation verbally. God uses words to create. He invented words. We speak because He speaks.

But this means much more for us than it does for the light. Because He also calls the Second Person of the Trinity “the Word.” Yes, we learn from the New Testament that God created everything through Christ. So, we do have that in common with the light.

But light wasn’t created in God’s image like you were. And light hasn’t sinned against God like you have. And light doesn’t deserve Hell like you do. So the Word didn’t become light—He did not materialize and energize as photons and visible, electromagnetic radiation. No, the Word became flesh because you are flesh.

The fact of the matter is that whether you want to or not, you will relate to God through Jesus Christ. It is appointed for man to die once and then after that the judgment (Heb 9:27). And the judgment throne before which we will sit belongs to Christ (2Cor 5:9-11).

Kings and nations plot in vain trying to exert their will on the world, but God has determined that He will relate to all things through His Son (Psalm 2). He is the anointed who will shatter His enemies with an iron rod.

But there is good news. Christ is also the One whom we may kiss—that is, to Whom we may submit—in order to escape His wrath. Indeed, “blessed are all who put their trust in Him. The question, then, is…
How are you relating to Jesus Christ? Are you trusting in Him? Worshiping Him? Obeying Him? Serving Him? Ignoring Him? Resisting Him?
Suggested Songs: ARP2 “Why Do Gentile Nations Rage?” or TPH2B “Why Do Heathen Nations Rage?”

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