Following the Lord of easter

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Introduction
    • The disciples were discouraged and disappointed even after Jesus’ resurrection
    • They returned to fishing
    • Then the risen Lord appeared before them
    • Commissioned them saying, “follow me…”
    • He is the Lord of Easter
    • This Easter His commission for the church is that we follow Him
    • How do we follow the Lord of Easter?
  • 3.  
  • 4. 1. Supreme love for Christ, v. 15-17
    • Peter, do you love me more than these?
      • More than… others who also loved Jesus
      • Peter once declared that he would never deny the Lord, (Mark 14:27-31)
      • After denying the Lord, Peter is not so quick to declare superior commitment
      • Those who love Christ genuinely don’t boast nor compare with others
  • 5. Supreme love for Christ, Contd…
    • B. More than… you love these men?
      • Jesus is asking Peter whether he wants to be the leader among others or Jesus’ servant?
      • Disciples were used to bicker over positions constantly
      • Jesus taught that His disciples must “hate” (by comparison) father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters (Luke 14:26)
      • Commitment to Christ is more important than man’s approval
  • 6. Supreme love for Christ, Contd…
    • C. More than… you love these things?
      • Security of earthly possessions
      • You don’t have to have money to love it!
      • Must be willing to leave “comfort zones” of life, and love Christ supremely in every area
  • 7. 2. Carrying the cross willfully, v. 18-19
      • Jesus’ prophesy: Martyrdom of Peter
      • Cross the most shameful form of execution
      • Choosing of the crucified life is volitional
      • “ Now in fact all who want to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (2 Timothy 3:12)
      • Shouldn’t be surprising, (1 Peter 4:12-13)
  • 8. 3. Unconditional obedience, v. 20-22
    • God’s will: always in agreement with the word and the Holy Spirit
    • Calling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22)
      • God’s plan did not allow for human sacrifice
      • Abraham believed even if Isaac dies, God will raise him from the death because Isaac was the promised son, (Hebrews 11:17-19)
      • Abraham proved that he loved God more than the blessing
  • 9. Unconditional obedience, Contd…
    • C. A positive attitude towards God’s will
      • Jonah obeyed but did not agree with God’s decision to spare Nineveh, (Jonah 4)
      • Peter had to adjust his thinking concerning ministry to Gentiles, (Acts 10)
      • Paul found his greatest delight in following Christ at any cost, (Philippians 3)
  • 10. Unconditional obedience, Contd…
    • D. His way is the best, (James 1:17)
      • Perfect (Psalm 18:30)
      • Beyond human comprehension, (Isaiah 55:8-9, Romans 11:33)
      • Trustworthy (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • 11. Wrapping it up…
    • Reserve your supreme love for Christ
    • I . Love Him more than every one else that loves Him also
    • II. Love Him more than you love your family, friends etc
    • III. Love Him over your titles, positions and material possessions
  • 12. Wrapping it up…
    • B. Carry your own cross
      • Faithfulness to faith means how you perform under pressure
      • Deny your self ego: I, Me, Mine, My self
      • Be willing to be embarrassed for the sake of Christ?
      • Crucified life style: For the true disciple, death is a gain but to live is for Christ (Philippians 1:21)
  • 13. Wrapping it up…
    • C. Unconditional obedience
      • Obey your leaders (spiritual and secular) in the Lord
      • Wicked men obey out of fear; good men, out of love – Aristotle
      • No body can display perfect obedience to God in his/her own strength
      • Peter tried on his own only to fail
      • That’s why we must depend on God’s grace
  • 14. Conclusion…
    • This Easter lets remember that what matters is not the Easter itself but the person behind it
    • B. God is calling us to follow our Lord and savior Jesus Christ whole heartedly
    • C. Would you like to invite Jesus to be the Lord of your life and savior of your soul if you haven’t done it yet?
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