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Jeremiah 29:11-14






Intro – I can’t think of any better promise to give 5 young people confirming their faith, than to remind them that God has a plan for their lives. That is what our scripture tells us today.




I. A plan for you individually.


A. That plan of course involves salvation.           2Peter 3:9


B. That’s the starting point.        Luke 13:3, Rom.10:13, Jn.1:12


C. His plan is a good one even if you don’t see it yet.      Is.55:8-9                        




II. His plan involves 2 actions or responsibilities.


A. Pray, that’s how you talk to God. He promises to listen.          1Peter 5:7, Ps.50:15


B. Seek the Lord. Listen to Him speak through His word.            Ps.119:11, 105, 133, 160,  Jn.17:17




III. Some people rebel against God’s plan.


A. They reject His plan for their life.      Matt.23:37-38, Lk.7:30, Lk.10:16, Jn.12:48, 1Th.4:8


B. They think they have a better way.    Jer.50:6, Prov.14:12, Prov.8:8-9, Matt.15:14


C. Never let the foolish and ignorant world shake your faith.        Ps.14:1, Rom.1:21, Eph.4:17-18  




Con.. Be strong and live out God’s plan for your life.  Deut. 31:6,8,  Joshua 24:15





John 16:16-22






Intro – I believe Jesus is speaking about 2 events. Both events start with struggles and pain but end in rejoicing.


Jesus illustrated this with the example of a woman giving birth.  These events were His death and resurrection, and His ascension and return.




I. We will rejoice because of His resurrection.


A. In a little while referred to just a few days.


B. They would grieve – Luke 23:48-49


C. What appeared to be a bad was transformed into a good thing. Rom.8:28,32, 1Pet. 2 24; 1Cor. 1 18; Gal. 6 14




II. We will rejoice at His return.


A. In a little while equals years. Heb. 10:37,  Acts 1:11, 2Pet.3:8


B. Our current trials in light of His return compared to “birth pangs”. Matt.24:7-11


C. Trials now will turn into blessings. 1Cor.4:16-18, Rom.8:22




III. Only those living for Jesus will rejoice.


A. Believers actually rejoice in the death of Christ. Col.2:13-14, 1Cor.2:2,


B. In struggles believers find joy. 1Pet.4:12-14


C. Believers find joy in looking forward to His return. Rom.8:18, 1Thes.4:18, 1Thes. 5:9-11



Con. Are you living for Jesus? Then you can rejoice.






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Intro –Paul uses the feast of Passover and Unleavened bread to explain the believer’s relationship to Christ.  When Jesus died and rose again these feast were being celebrated. By the time of Christ these 2 feasts had been merged together and were simply called the Passover. Ezk.45:21, Luke 22:1.  It is not coincidental that Jesus rode into Jerusalem as these feasts were being celebrated. As our text tells us, He would become our Passover Lamb and we would become the unleavened bread.




I. The Passover – Exodus 12


A. An unblemished, perfect lamb was slain. Ex.12:5


B. The blood from that lamb was put on the doorpost and mantle. Ex.12:7


C. The death angel would “Passover” those homes. Ex. 12:13




II. The Unleavened bread.


A. All leaven was to be cleaned out of the house. Ex.12:15


B. Only those who had applied the blood would be celebrating this! Ex.12:23




III. How does this apply to us?


A. Jesus is our Lamb, sacrificed to pay for our sin. Gen.22:8, Jn.1:29, 1Peter 1:19


B. We are made “unleavened” clean when we repent of sin.    Heb.9:22,  1John 1:9


C. His blood and resurrection gives us the power to live a clean life.  


                                                Heb.9:14,  Rev.12:11, Phil.3:10, Rom.1:4


D. Therefore, let’s celebrate!


1. We celebrate Easter because God’s word told us to. (8)  Ex.13:8


2. We celebrate because we have new life. Rom.6:4, 2Cor.5:17, Rom.8:11



Con. The payment for sin was complete.  The victory over sin and death was accomplished.  You need to remember that only those who have put their faith in Christ can truly celebrate His Resurrection.




Job 19:25-27






Intro – 3 times Job repeats this thought that he would “see” his Redeemer. Anytime the bible says something 3 times in a row its God’s way of saying, pay attention! Job probably lived around 1500 BC, long before Christ would come.


Ezekiel 14:14 and James 5:11 both refer to Job in the bible.  The OT had many reference or types to the coming Messiah and His rescue. Gen.3:15, Abel, Noah, Enoch and Abraham in Gen.22:8.




I Job believed in the Savior. (24-25)


A. He knew his Redeemer already existed.   Is.44:6, Is.59:20, Ps.19:14, Gen.17:1, Gen. 18:1


B. He knew He would come to earth.         Gen.17:7-8,  Later Zech. Writes Zec.14:4


C. Do know the Redeemer and believe He is coming back for you?   1Thes.4:16-17




II. Job believed in the Resurrection. (26-27)


A. After death, I will again see God.  IJn.3:2


B. He believed in a new body.  1Cor.15:35-38, 51-54.




III. Job trusted his Redeemer would take care of him.


A. By faith he trusted God for forgiveness. Job.42:6


B. By faith he had come to understand a very important truth. Gen.50:20, Rom.8:28




Con. No matter how difficult life gets, remember your Redeemer lives!








Intro – Hosanna is a word that comes from the Hebrew that means “save us”. As Jesus came into Jerusalem the people were crying out for Him to save them. They were looking for a Messiah who would save them from the oppression of the Roman government. They had heard of His miracles and probably thought, this is the One who will rescue us.




I.  The waiting man with donkey.


     A. Jesus knew this man was there. Prov 15:3, Ps 139:1-2, Jn.2:25


     B. The Lord’s people are everywhere. 1Kings 19:14, 18




II. The people wanted change from oppressive Roman government.


     A. Many today want change.


1. They want freedom from big government.


2. They are angry with politicians who make promises but never keep them.


     B. The change Christ offered was a much deeper one. Jn.3:7,  Acts 3:19


1. He wanted them to put faith in Someone far greater than any politician. Rom.10:13,


2. He came to change hearts and attitudes.  Rom.10:9,  2Cor.5:17




III. The blindness of the lost.  Lk 11:52, Mt.15:14, 2Cor.4:4


     A. They could not see the problem was their own sin. Jn.12:35-37


1. Many today want change but see no need to repent, they  refuse Christ. Jn.1:11


2. Without repentance our government will not get better.  Luke 19:41-44


     B. Changed lives would mean a changed government. 2Chron.7:14



Con -  today many are crying out to the politicians “save us” but do not understand that salvation comes from the Lord and repentance is the vehicle that brings it. The solution is not political but spiritual.

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