Remembering Jesus

TEXT:  Luke 22:19

INTRODUCTION:

A.      JESUS IS THE BEST KNOW HISTORICAL FIGURE.

          1.       Few really understand - Many misconceptions.

          2.       Everyone has at least heard of him.

B.      MOST NEGLECTED - PUSHED TO THE BACK OF OUR MINDS.

C.      Col. 3:1-2.  OUR MINDS SHOULD BE CHRIST CENTERED.  WHY?

I.      WHY REMEMBER JESUS?

A.      WHAT HAS HE DONE?

          1.       He humbled himself for us( Phil. 2:5-8 ).

          2.       He became poor on our behalf( 2 Cor. 8:9;  Matt. 8:18-20 ).

          3.       He came to give, not take( Acts 20:35;  Matt. 20:28 ).

          4.       He did not discriminate( Luke 15:1-2;  19:7-10 ).

          5.       He endured temptation( Heb. 4:15 ).

          6.       He gave himself to die in obedience( Phil. 2:5-8 ).

          7.       He was raised( Acts 2:24;  1 Pet. 1:3 ).

          8.       He has promised to return( John 14:1-3 ).

B.      WHAT IS TO US NOW?

          1.       He is our example( 1 Pet. 2:21;  Heb. 4:15 ).

          2.       He is our intercessor( Heb. 7:25 ).

          3.       He is our mediator( 1 Tim. 2:5 ).

          4.       He is our hope( 1 Pet. 1:3 ).

          5.       He is our Savior( 1 Pet. 1:18-20;  Acts 4:12 ).

          6.       He is our Standard( Acts 17:31;  John 12:48 ).

C.      WHAT WILL HE DO?

          1.       He will come( Acts 1:11;  2 Pet. 3:3-10 ).

          2.       He will raise all ( John 5:28-29 ).

          3.       He will judge all( John 5:22, 27 ).

                   a.       Criteria( John 12:48 ).

                   b.       What we do( 2 Cor. 5:10 ).

          4.       Jesus will punish & reward( 2 Thes. 1:7-9;  1 Thes. 4:16-18 ).

D.      JESUS LOVES YOU( John 15:13 ).

II.     HOW DO WE REMEMBER JESUS?

A.      SCRIPTURALLY

          1.       Jesus is Lord ( Matt 28:18;  Eph. 1:22-23 ).

          2.       All in his name ( Col. 3:17 ).

          3.       Must not go beyond ( 2 John 9; Gal. 1:6-9 ).

                   a.  Nadab and Abihu ( Lev. 10:1-2 ).

                   b.  Sins of Jereboam listed ( 1 Kings 12:28-33 ).

          4.       Has Jesus given a memorial celebration?

                             ( Luke 22:19; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Acts 20:7 ).

          5.       Anything else in the pattern? ( Heb. 8:5 ).

B.      APPRECIATION.

          1.       We think about him ( Heb. 12:1-2;  Col. 3:1-2 ).

          2.       We follow his example ( 1 Pet. 3:21;  Phil. 2:5 ).

          3.       We turn aside from sin ( Rom. 2:4 ).

          4.       We obey him ( John 15:14;  14:15 ).

          5.       We remain faithful ( Heb. 4:14;  3:14 ).

CONCLUSION:

A.      DO YOU THINK ABOUT JESUS?

B.      HOW MUCH DOES HE FACTOR IN YOUR LIFE?