The seed that the farmer sows in the parable is always the same, yet the ground differs. Therefore, as you listen to this message, let your ears and eyes be open to the state of your heart, as to whether it is hard or fertile ground; for good fruit in our lives will only come forth where the seed of His word can flourish.
Though Jesus went to the cross for all of mankind, His focus was not on it. Hebrews 12:2 says that, ‘…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…’.
Jesus’ focus was on the Father, being reunited with Him, once He had been raised to new life and then ascended into His presence. So let this message encourage you to look beyond the difficulties that life throws at you, and to keep your eyes focused on Jesus.
Jesus said to the man with the withered hand, “Stretch out your hand”. To Moses, as he stood before the Red Sea, God said, “Stretch out your hand”.
In the natural world, we stretch our muscles to help them get stronger. In the workplace and in education, our minds are stretched so that they can grow in understanding.
In the spiritual realm, the same is true. We need to stretch out to God in order to allow Him to help us to grow in Him. Therefore, as you listen to this message, stretch out to Him and drawer closer to Him.
God’s rest and His yoke await us, if only we would receive His invitation and take off our own yokes. Therefore, discover the Lord of the Sabbath in this message, as Jesus is challenged by the Pharisees concerning His disciples’ work on the Sabbath day.
Up until the time of Jesus’ death, the Old Covenant of the Old Testament was still in operation. Then after Jesus’ death, a New Covenant was made in His blood.
Salvation in Jesus’ name can only come through His completed work at the cross and not from our own works of the law.
In this message, we discover that the new life that Jesus promises in His Name, can only be received by faith through His grace. What God now accomplishes by His Spirit in His followers, is a new thing which the law can no longer contain, for as Isaiah prophesies, “Behold I will do a new thing.” (43:19)