The Big Deal 2 – February 8, 2015
2 Corinthians 1:20
How many of you in here have made a promise to someone before? Now watch this. How many of you have made a promise and then have broken that promise? All of us have made promises and broken promises.
I believe there are 2 primary reasons why we all make promises and then we all break promises. The 1st reason is our hearts are wicked and we are messed up broken people Jeremiah 17:9 says The heart is deceitful above all things,and desperately sick. When you have a sinful heart, you will often break your promises. The 2nd reason we break our promises is there are times we simply are not physically capable or intellectually capable enough to keep our promises.
Most of us raised our hand and said, “I’ve broken my promises.” There is a limit on our strength, and there is a limit on how smart we are.
But this is not true about God. God knows everything, and God is all-powerful, which is why when God makes his promises, God is able to keep his promises, because He knows everything. He is stronger than everything that is. He is God!
When God makes big promises, He is going to to keep those big promises. We often say that the Bible is a BIG DEAL around here, but why? Because this book is full of promises that God will keep and has a track record of keeping from the creation of time.
Here’s one of the first big promises – or Big Deals – we see in Scripture. God comes to a man named Abram (who would become Father Abraham). In Genesis12:1-3, but particularly verse 3, the Bible says this: “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse…” Listen to this. “…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” That is a BIG DEAL.
Then centuries later, God would come to a man named King David, and He would say this to David in 2nd Samuel 7:16, “And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.”
God makes another BIG DEAL when He promises to David that someone in his family line – a relative of his, would reign and rule forever. They would rule forever!
On top of these two BIG DEAL promises, God has made promises available to all of us as well, regardless of age, background, education, affluence, or lack thereof. Then, let’s see how God has kept all of these BIG DEAL promises. We’ve just kind of touched on two big ones in the Old Testament that are going to kind of unite the Old Testament to the New Testament and the ones God has made to us. Second Corinthians 1:20, says this: “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him [Jesus].”
That says all the promises of God find their yes in Jesus. Don’t miss this…Jesus was born a Jew in the nation of Israel among the people of Israel that were founded by Father Abraham – so Jesus comes.
We have seen God in our day fulfill the ridiculous promise he made to Abraham. “Through you (a great nation, the nation of Israel), I’m going to bless all the families on earth.” So you and I are actually here today as a part of the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham. Crazy, right?
Then what about King David? Well, we know King David is not on his throne, nor are his sons. So what do we do with someone from David’s family reigning and ruling forever?
Jesus is the great, …, great grandson of King David. (25 “greats” before “grandson.”) What we see in the Bible, specifically in Revelation 3:21 as well as multiple other texts) “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
The promise made to Abraham and the promise made to David have found their fulfillment in Jesus. The promises of God – God’s BIG DEALS – are made yes in Jesus. That takes us to the promises made available to us today. God has promised to make all things new. The only way this is possible is in Jesus. All things new!
The Bible states that God, through His son, Jesus, will make all things new. Don’t you need to start over in some way, maybe in every way. Most of us want this new start/new you…don’t you? Well look with me in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
The old is gone and the new is HERE. Not in the future, not when you get your act together, but here, now, in the present – Through Jesus and In Jesus – NEW – All things are made NEW! Not when you figure it out – but the minute you connect your life to Jesus, God does a BIG DEAL – A Great exchange – He takes the old and broken and dark in you and then kills it – and places NEW right inside of us. But the world is still a mess – that’s not on Him, that’s on us.
To be “In Jesus” is to accept God’s Big Deal – I want a new start, a new day, a new me. The old self finds a space in our heart and wants to keep coming back and claiming space that Jesus has already claimed as new – we use terms like inviting Jesus into our life, but the Bible says that we actually step into Jesus, who already has come to seek and to save us. And at that moment, we are in Jesus…and He takes away the old and replaces it with the new—-better you. Jesus comes inside you and you are in Him, He starts changing us from the inside out.
A new creation isn’t a new resolution – a resolution is your desire that you can be better in your future…But we aren’t talking about resolutions…we want to be new. But resolutions don’t work. They don’t work because you can’t make a new you from the outside in. To be made new is to allow Jesus to work from the inside out.
We cannot change ourselves from the inside out – today, you get to start fresh – you get to draw a line on your past and find a new rhythm. God is inviting you to celebrate a new day and a new way.
Revelation 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
That’s Jesus – making all things new – everything God is doing on this planet is to bring renewal…to bring a new creation in you, your family, your business, your church, your community. God says I will make all things new – those messed up lives, those broken dreams, those worrisome nights, those lonely souls – I will make them all new, Messed up, sin-filled, selfish lives…He came to make them new.
Jesus didn’t come to make you behave, to follow rules to be like everyone else – He came to make you new, to make all things new – not to sing a certain way, or dress a certain way, or to get us all to vote republican or fit into a certain mold – He came here to make us new, so we could join Him in making all things new –
Why is this such a BIG DEAL? Watch this – when God decides to make all things new, guess how He is going to get it done? He’s going to use His new creations – He spoke the universe into place, yet chose us to partner with Him in making all things new – starting with us!
He could fix everything without us, but He chooses to use us – which is a really BIG DEAL – Your family, kids, spouse, community, relationships – they are a divine tug from God calling you to be made new so you can play a role in making all things new – He is pulling us forward not leaving us in the history of the old. I’m making all things new – Jesus begins to heal cities, marriages and people. What is the BIG DEAL?
Everything God has allowed you to experience – Everything you are experiencing, God is walking with you, wanting to use it to form a new you…a you that He says is my kid…the one that is changing the world. God gives us a rhythm of new starts every day that you cannot accomplish by simply trying harder.
Maybe you have things that you’d like God to make new and you say, well, Chuck I am addicted, I’m weird, I’m messed up. Your old self, your old muscle memory will want to find it’s way back into the rhythm of your life. An you will have to use a new day and take God’s big Deal and trust God to do what He says He will do and make all things new in you and around you.
Thank you God for making all things new…