God’s Message to the World. John 1:1-18; Hebrews 1:1-3

From the beginning of time God has desired to communicate to the people He created in His own image. Creation itself is a communication that there is a Creator. To the people He has communicated rules for productive and meaningful living in His creation, and for living in harmony with Him.

Adam and Eve were assigned to tend the Garden of Eden and were given one law to keep. They opted to break that law when tempted by the serpent, and sin and death became a reality to all who followed them, just as God had prophesied. But God continued to reach out to His created beings. His creation of our world and the universe is a message to us that He is a Creator who cares and provides for us. He spoke often in ancient times to guide the activities of those living at various times in history. People like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Samuel, and the prophets and priests, received specific information concerning events that would happen to them individually, to the peoples they were part of, and to the nations who were enemies. Sometimes He spoke directly. Sometimes He sent angels with messages. sometimes He spoke in dreams. He gave Moses laws for worshiping Him and for the people to live in community. He gave His chosen prophets messages of hope and promise, as well as of judgment and discipline. Many messages to Old Testament prophets revealed His plans and purposes in both the near and distant future.

One of the most important messages the prophets gave concerned His plan of salvation to bring mankind back into a right relationship with Him. The message began in Genesis 3:15 where God announced His curse on the serpent for tempting Eve to sin. He proclaimed that the seed, or descendant, of the woman would triumph over the evil serpent, while suffering temporarily at his hands. The message was portrayed in the tabernacle and its furnishings, the sacrifices and the feasts given for worship and cleansing from sins, and later in the temple of Solomon. All of these pictured the future means of salvation God would bring about that would be perfect and complete.

Balaam, a prophet for hire, prompted by the Holy Spirit, spoke of a Star who would come out of Jacob, and a Scepter who would come out of Israel (Numbers 24:17). Moses prophesied that the Ultimate Prophet, the Messiah, one in person like him, would arise out of Israel (Deuteronomy 18:15-18). Jesus was like Moses in these ways: 1) He was spared death as a baby (Exodus 2; Matthew 2:13-23); 2) He renounced a royal court (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 11:24-27); 3) He had compassion on His people (Numbers 27:15-17; Matthew 9:36); 4) He made intercession for the people (Deuteronomy 9:18; Hebrews 7:25); 5) He spoke with God face to face (Exodus 34:29-30; 2 Corinthians 3:7); 6) He was the mediator of a covenant (Deuteronomy 29:1; Hebrews 8:6-7).

Isaiah spoke of the Servant who effect God’s plan of salvation: 1) He would be supernaturally conceived of a virgin by the Holy Spirit, and be named Immanuel, meaning “God with us” (7:14); 2) He would come to earth initially born as a human child, but sent as a Son of God, retaining His eternal deity. He would return to earth to sovereignly rule in the line of David (9:6-7); 3) He would then rule the earth empowered by the Spirit of God (11:1-11); 4) He would go to Jerusalem where He would be beaten and spat upon (50:6-7); 5) He would suffer and die by crucifixion between 2 legitimate criminals as the sinless Lamb of God to bear the sin of the world, and arise from death to return to heaven, and later return to earth to conquer evil and occupy David’s throne on earth (52:13-53:12); 6) He would live and minister while on the earth the first time, preaching the gospel, and healing and delivering those sick and in bondage (61:1-2).

Micah 5:2 specified that the coming One who would ultimately rule, would be born in Bethlehem of Judea.

These are some of the details given about God’s plan of salvation by prophecy in advance.

Then Jesus came! He came as God’s personal message to this lost, needy, dying world looking for hope! Hebrews 1:1-3

He came and God spoke through Him as . . .

I. His Word. John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:1-3

II. His Walk. John 1:14; Hebrews 7:26-27;  1 Peter 2:21-24

III. His Wisdom. Isaiah 9:6; 11:1-2; Luke 2:52; The Gospels; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

IV. His Witness. John 5:31-47

V. His Works. John 5:36; 9:3-4

VI. His Will. Matthew 26:39; John 5:17-21

Application: Jesus is God’s message and example for us to follow in living to honor and please Him. Like Jesus, we are called to be God’s message to the world in our words, our walk or manner of living, our wisdom, our witness, our works, and our will.


July 30, 2014

Storms are part of life. Whether you are rich or poor, young or old, experienced or a novice, you have to face the storms of life. The question isn’t whether or not, but how do you cope.

God has graciously given us some promises to enable us to confidently face our storms:

1. “I will never leave you or forsake (or abandon) you. Psalm 23; Isaiah 43:2; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5

2. He is our strength and gives us strength when we need it – if we trust Him. Psalm 18:1-2, 32; Isaiah 40:31; 41:10

3. His resources are new every morning and always available. Lamentations 3:22-23

4. His grace is our sufficiency. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; 2 Timothy 2:1

5. He is always listening for the cries for help of those who trust in Him. Psalm 9:9-10; 17:6; 1 John 5:14-15

Let God be your refuge and strength in facing the storms of this life. Put your trust in Him.

Pastor Terry Wicks

The Invitation of Jesus

In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

The burdens and cares of life on this earth can weary you and I and get us down. Sadly, that’s an inevitable fact of life because of the curse of sin. This came on all of us who have descended from Adam and Eve because they sinned in the Garden of Eden when they gave in to the lies of the serpent. The result is that all of us are born with a sin nature (Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; 5:12-14). Everyone, that is, except Jesus, God the Son, who came to earth as a man to go to the cross and pay the price of death Holy God demanded for our sin. He could do this because He was conceived in Mary’s womb, not of man’s sin-bearing seed, but by the holy, sinless Spirit of God coming upon her (Luke 2:34-35; Matthew 1:20).

Therefore there is One who can give us relief and a remedy from our burdens and cares, and Jesus is more than willing to do so. Jesus went through all the kinds of suffering we ever will when He took the burden of our sin on Himself in His death on the cross. We no longer need to strive to get rid of that burden – something we can’t do on our own anyway.

He invites us to come to Him, take His yoke on us, and learn of Him. That involves entering into a personal relationship with Him by faith. That happens when we go to Him, admit our helplessness to get rid of our sin burden and all of our other burdens, and believe in Him as our Burden-Bearer and Strength-Giver.

Loaded down right now and don’t know where to turn? Take up Jesus on His invitation and embrace His remedy and relief.


Which is easier for you, to see and believe or to believe what you cannot see? There are many of us who struggle to believe what we cannot see. We want proof before we will even consider believing in something or someone. But the Bible says to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7) Have you ever thought about what that means or what that would look like? In fact in the whole of Scripture we are actually taught that to walk by faith is really the way to life. In the book of Hebrews  chapter 11 we are given a whole list of men and women who did that very thing. What did they do? They chose to believe God, even when what He was asking them to do or doing Himself that didn’t make sense. We’re told that many of them didn’t even see what was promised to them fulfilled and they still trusted God. How many of us are willing to continue following someone who doesn’t fulfill what they promised? Usually we are quick to point it out when we see that a politician neglecting what they promised. So what was the key for them? Why did they continue to believe God. The writer of Hebrews tells us that they had what I call a “bigger picture mindset”. In other words they understood that life was bigger than just themselves and their circumstances. They not only understood but believed that God was real and that He had a bigger purpose for their life. And not only a bigger purpose but that God held for them a bigger inheritance of meaning, significance and eternity that outweighed anything in this world. Do you believe that? The truth is that most of us get caught up in what we see. Wealth, success, entertainment, happiness, comfort, escape from the struggles of daily life are some of the things that we see and pursue. But they don’t include faith, well not faith in God.  And so they will not satisfy for long and so what then? Jesus gives us the answer when He said when talking to the Samaritan women at the well in John 4 ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'”(NIV) The deep satisfaction of our heart and soul that transcends our hurt and pain and fills our every longing is found in Christ and faith in Him. It is a faith that not only fills us in the deepest parts but it leads us to a life of adventure and purpose and meaning as Christ begins to lead us to follow Him and use us to lead others to that same faith that brings life to all who will believe. Will you believe today in the Saviour who you cannot see but is real and alive and wants to fill you overflowing? If you do your life will never be the same!

End of Summer

With the end of summer here we tend to look back at the joy of the summer and struggle to accept the return to the routine of our life. The excitement of vacations and freedom fade into the sounds of work and school. How do we look to follow Christ in the joy of summer and in the return to routine and busyness? I believe it comes down to priorities. The reality is whatever our priorities are in our busy times we are less likely to strengthen our priorities when it comes to summer and things slowing down. In fact, if you’re like me the opposite happens and we get a whole lot more lax. No longer do we have meals together at the table, no longer do we get up early and the same unfortunately holds true for our relationship with God. And just as our priorities get lax in summer we are that much more likely to not pick them up again when things get busy. So the challenge is to make sure that as we move back into the rat race of our existence let us make sure Christ is our first priority before any thing else jumps onto our schedule.

The Church

Why are so many people, pastors included, asking questions about the church? Is there something wrong? Is there something we don’t know going on within Christ’s body? The realty is in many parts of Canada and the USA that churches are in decline. Instead of seeing the number of people growing, many churches are seeing their numbers grow smaller. Why is this,  is what many of those asking questions about the church are trying to figure out? Unfortunately, it also seems that those that are asking the questions are coming up with many different answers and solutions. So what do we do if we find our church has or is declining? Good question? Perhaps not! Perhaps this question shows us where our thinking has gone wrong. We have become so much about building our church numerically that we have completely missed what God has called us to, make disciples! If there is any question we need to deal with it is the question of what it means to make disciples and how do we begin to do that? Many who do not attend church say that the biggest problem with the church is hypocrisy, if this is true and I think it is more than we would like to admit, than it goes back to the fact that somehow we have missed making deep and abiding disciples of Christ not just church attenders. We need to figure the discipleship thing out and adjust or we’ll find that many of our churches will remain ineffective and perhaps disappear from existence.

Pastor Curtis Klassen