They were meeting together and praying and planning the work that needed to be done. Church we live in a day where the foundational truths of God’s Word are being challenged by men and women who once stood for the truth. Thankfully, it is in the Ascension of Jesus that the gap is finally narrowed for the disciples and for us too. It would appear as though the disciples did not fully understand what Jesus was trying to teach them. April 22, 2018. They just needed to wait in Jerusalem, until they received the Holy Spirit. Surely in his sermon, especially that portion from the Pentateuch, Jesus talked about Abraham, who we know is referred to throughout the Bible as the exemplar of faith. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. Starting with the Basics: Be Like Solomon, Jesus and Mary, Christmas Eve Day Communion: History & Hope. Your email address will not be published. Some paintings are dramatic – such as El Greco’s. Now the moment has arrived: Jesus is going up into heaven and the Holy Spirit is coming to clothe them with power from on high. Moses “stood in the gap” and saved the people of Israel with his petition on their behalf. To … The Russian astronaut who sneered that he didn’t see God or Heaven while in orbit came as no surprise. 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. They were no to be silent witnesses either! View all posts by Sue Lepp, Your email address will not be published. When a Christian prays, things happen. 9-9-18 sermon from LakeRidge UMC on Vimeo. 47 So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. Ezekiel 22:30. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Standing In The Gap Ezekiel 22:23-31 Objective: Encourage people to step up and take a stand to protect the integrity of God’s people and church. … We need to understand that things happen when we stand in the gap. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have”. A hallucination can fade away, but a body has to go somewhere. Murmuring and Plague … 47 So Aaron took the censer as Moses had ordered and ran into the midst of the assembly. Answering the Question For You — Paul Walker. Rather, there was an anticipation to even greater things, as had been promised He is not absent as we understand absence. The ascending Christ often carries a banner or a scroll or makes a Blessing gesture with His right hand towards the group below him.I pay attention to the faces in the crowd, watching as Jesus ascends – some people look peaceful and calm, others bemused, others in shock and disbelief. ). The wider the gap – the less happy we might be; as what we thought or hoped might happen can be a far cry from what really occurred. Can’t wait to do that again! He was with them. 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201 Local: 704-401-2432 Toll Free: 1-877-247-2426 BGEA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Sermons from Seven Rivers Church. Living in the tragic gap [s3bubbleAudioSingle bucket="sermons_asp" track="20140601Easter7A.mp3"] Lectionary readings: Acts 1:6-14 Psalm 68:1-10, 33-361 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11John 17:1-11 Other texts: Palmer, Parker. Read the full text of William Barber's inaugural sermon as Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Jesus is the filler of gaps between our lost expectations and the reality that we might not want. Prayer for Today: "Father, thank You that I can stand in the gap for the people in my life who are living with walls that are broken down. All the way along, Jesus had been telling them that he was going to leave them, go back to the Father, then send the counsellor, the Holy Spirit to be with them forever. Past Sermons Home » Sunday, April 12, 2020 – “Living in the Gap: Easter Service for All” Sunday, April 12, 2020 – “Living in the Gap: Easter Service for All” Please join us for our annual Easter Service at 10:15 via Livestream. Some are reaching, falling, covering their eyes at this sight Others are looking away or looking down. Worked as a MacMillan Nurse Specialist in a few specialities in London. 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague was halted. In standing in the gap, he “stepped between the LORD and the people” (Psalm 106:23, NLT). I will make it my mission to … April 15, 2018. We prepare for our special season of prayer and fasting with the theme, Standing In The Gap. In the season of Thy Kingdom Come, we can share this amazing news with those around us whose gaps are wide and unfillable. I apologize in some ways … In Ezekiel 22:30 God said, "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." I suspect that this gap is wide for many people in these trying times. I take the position that heaven is not a location within the universe, but a different dimension. This is the Good News that needs to be shared with those around us who do not know or belief. We love creating practical, discipleship resources to help you know and love God more. Memory: Ezekiel 22:30, “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” Instead they “returned to Jerusalem with great joy”. Many people have ideas about what heaven is and isn’t, where it is and what happens. The angels attending to him look a bit more stressed. God wants to fill the breach (gap). When the gap between expectation and reality is small – we are generally happy. If Jesus’ resurrected body didn’t ascend, as the scriptures say, what happened to it? They somehow knew in that moment they were going to getting more of Jesus, not less. We will all be living with some level of disappointment in the present moment. Sin creates a gap between God and man. If you read all of Luke 24 starting with the women, Peter and John at the empty tomb to Cleopas and the other disciple on the road to Emmaus to Jesus standing among them and eating the broiled fish – there is fear and doubt and disbelief. In these paintings, we get a visual of Jesus filling the gap between heaven and earth, us and God. Reading: Ezekiel 22:23-31. Stand in the Gap. In this episode, Kyle, JT, and Jen continue their discussion of the Apostles' Creed by asking, "Who is God?" Division, Anxiety, and Confusion — RJ Heijmen Sometimes seeing really is believing! Expectation is what we think or want to happen in a situation. God is looking for someone who will wake this world up to their sin. We expected things, events to happen and they have either been delayed or cancelled. The wider the gap – the less happy … Ash Wednesday – What Have You Picked Up in Your Heart? Living in the Spirit: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit Rev. Required fields are marked *. Matthew’s gospel records Jesus’ last words as: ‘Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ Jesus’ Ascension means the presence, not the absence, of Jesus. There is a big gap between the resurrection of Jesus and my new birth 2,000 years later. When Jesus appeared to His disciples in the resurrection accounts, they were seeing a real body. SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Standing in the Gap Matthew 7:7-12. The gospels are clear that the body which was laid in the tomb on Friday evening left the tomb on Sunday morning. I think that many of us often live in the gap between expectation and reality. So I have poured out my … (Baby picture flashes on the screen) ... We face a gap between the two. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Regardless of belief in Jesus or not – it is fairly accepted that He did walk on this earth and He was killed by the authorities. Reflections (and other stuff I think about! A Bride for Isaac. The apostles didn’t take the Ascension to mean that Jesus was no longer with them. I think that the disciples of Jesus had something of a gap between expectation and reality after his death. The gap between heaven and earth is small. Garfalo shows the cloud of witnesses waiting for Jesus – leaving the rest with a glimpse of heaven. 6-2-85 10:50 a.m. God is looking for people to stand in the gap. I suspect that the gap between expectation and reality was wide in these moments. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This is the pastor bringing the message from the Book of Ezekiel entitled Standing in the Breach.It is a message on intercessory prayer; our text is Ezekiel 22, verse 30; Ezekiel 22, verse 30. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the […] I don’t know about you, but I often struggle to remember what Jesus said as he ascended into heaven. Luke says essentially the same thing as Jesus opened the apostles’ minds to understand the scriptures. 49 But those who died from the plague numbered 14,700, in addition to … Reality is what actually happens. That is, our hope arises from being born anew, and this new birth comes in some sense through Jesus' resurrection. 1 Peter (Week 10) - Living in the Gap Date: July 22, 2018 Speaker: Jordy McKaskle Ascension Eucharist 21/5/20 Acts 1:1-11Luke 24:44-53 Living in the Gap I think that many of us often live in the gap between expectation and reality. Sunday Sermons 67; Wednesday Nights 81; 1 Peter 4; Living with Purpose! I grew up in an era where we didn’t wear helmets for everything that was even a little bit dangerous, therefore, we had the chance to play games on the playground that mattered. Heaven is the second gap that gets filled with Jesus’ ascension. When God touches our hearts and leads us to pray or intercede on behalf of someone else, things happen. supports HTML5 video, Afshin Ziafat | Leta Arndt Behrens Sermon Scripture: MATTHEW 5:1-11 1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. I served my curacy in the Parish of Langley Marish and trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. They talk about how the Apostles' Creed helps in our understanding of how to answer that question. Newly appointed Priest-in-Charge of the Hambleden Valley Group of Churches and will start later in January 2021. Thank You that I can cover them in prayer and speak words of faith over them. Abraham's Legacy of Faith. Van Overbeke’s entrance into heaven is small, narrow. He has also written a commentary on Ezekiel in the NIV Application series, on Daniel (Reformed Expository Commentary), and on Numbers in the Preach the Word series, along with books on Abraham (Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality), Isaac and Jacob (Living in the Grip of Relentless Grace), and the Beatitudes (Hero of Heroes). Video The Doctrine of God. I want you to open your Bible, as we discuss this matter of how to get the most out of God’s Word, and turn to 2 Timothy chapter 2 verse 15. Moses had been chosen for that very purpose. I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one. There was no feeling that the good old days with Jesus were in the past. Phone: (352) 746-6200 Fax: (352) 746-6299 In particular, his faith was demonstrated by the way he lived in the reality gap, i.e., the gap between promise and reality. While we may not have seen the Ascension for ourselves, many artists have depicted it over time; I will share a few of my favourites! When the gap between expectation and reality is small – we are generally happy. However, we are those who must believe without seeing; our comfort comes in knowing that we are blessed for it. The Character of God. Wrath has come out from the LORD; the plague has started." April 29, 2018. Expectation is what we think or want to happen in a situation. Let’s be bold, and brave as those first apostles were. El Greco paints Jesus as he arrives in heaven. 2; ADSD 1; Having the Right Attitude 2; Hearing the Voice of God 3; The River Sessions 2; Putting Things into Perspective 2; Easter 3; LIFE IS 4; The Keys to Maturity 2; All Series 4221 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy Lecanto, FL 34461. STANDING IN THE BREACH. His position in heaven means that we have a place there too. Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit (Jossey-Bass, October 2011). Dr. W. A. Criswell. I think Jesus looks tired, but also peaceful and at rest in the arms of the Father. In their desperation to disprove His followers, why did they not just exhume the body and show everyone what a lot of nonsense it all was. This is not the emotion you feel when you lose your best friend. If you've benefited from our resources, would you consider giving back to help us continue helping men, women and children as they find their place in God's story. They knew they had a job, and that is why they selected another apostle to replace Judas. More in Genesis: The Life of Abraham. A “hedge”is a wall to separate and defend against.” The phrase “standing in the gap”means to expose one’s self to and for the protection of something; to make defense against any assailing danger.” In Acts, Jesus tells the apostles that they will be baptized with the Holy Spirit imminently and that they will be his witnesses in Jerusalem, all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Accepting the call to stand in the gap is one of the most important things we will do as a Christian. We believe in one God eternally existing as one essence and three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, each of whom is fully God, yet there is one God. Who can do something about that gap? And the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. Former Nurse in both Canada and the UK. Jesus also helps to bring our expectations and reality closer too.Jesus doesn’t mind the gap – he fills the gap. One of … The Resurrection of Jesus without the Ascension leaves us with the problem of what happened to His body. Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death Time for a new start at the beginning of a new year. Korah’s rebellion, this picture of sin among God’s people and the spreading of that rebellion in such a way that a plague was coming upon the people … Continued There are a few gaps that need to be filled: The first gap is the matter of his body. The astronauts who went to the moon were no nearer to Heaven than us. 10/29/2020. Finally, in the Ascension, Jesus fills the gap of what we are to do next. A mixed response to Jesus. He was to the apostles and is to us now. “And he stood between the dead and the living and the plague was stopped.” (Numbers 16:48) This verse comes at the end of a very humbling, sobering chapter. With all the chaos and confusion in the world around us, discover God's call to follow Christ, save His people, by Standing In The Gap with Him. A “gap” is a hole, a breach, an opening”. Heaven is where and when we will spend all of eternity with God the Father and Jesus the Son. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that In verse 3 Peter says, "We are born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Introduction Pray at Beginning Introduce series Elijah - A Humble Hero , based on scripture; using a book by Charles Swindoll as a main commentary source Our country as of 2019 43% Protestent 20% Catholic 17% religious but nothing specific; I believe in God, I am Christian because I … For those of us living in the 21st century, there are two major reasons people remain skeptical about the second coming of Christ. Specialised in Palliative Care, Gynaecology-Oncology and a bit of Orthopaedics (just to keep me travelling). The white dove hovering above the scene represents the Holy Spirit. I have a side interest in art – I love a wander around a museum looking at paintings. They knew there had to be 12 people, representative of the new Israel. If you notice, many Ascension paintings have two parts: an upper Heavenly and a lower earthly part. As we read the book of Acts, we see an excited buzz of activity among the 120 believers. And seeing that the plague had begun among the people, he offered the incense and made atonement for the people. Sermons: TRUSTING GOD IN DIFFICULT TIMES 1 – Trusting God When You’re Alone in the Gap (4.18.10) 2 – Trusting God When the Brook Dries Up (5.9.10) 3 – Trusting God When the Food Runs Out (5.16.10) Jesus said, “Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Justice is turned away backward, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) stands far off; for truth has fallen in the street (the city’s forum), and uprightness cannot enter [the courts of justice]. Reality is what actually happens. 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