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1 “Reclining With Jesus”
John 13:23

2 “Reclining With Jesus at the Table

3 Consider What’s Being Served: Four Course Meal!
Love and mercy – gracious amounts mixed well Forgiveness and Cleansing – copious amounts! Hope and Holiness – simmered on low to tenderize – (Philippians 4:13) A call to follow = a clear call to turn, serve Him Luke 13:3, 2 Corinthians 5:15

4 Course #1 - Love and Mercy = Rest
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world” Unconditional love Mercy – formerly condemnation, but a reprieve Romans 5:1 – peace with God Matthew 11:28 – “Come unto Me” The table offers rest for the insecure/unwanted soul.

5 Course #2 – Forgiveness and Cleansing = Rest
The heavy burden of guilt, shame, sorrow is crushing! Regrets over past deeds and words spoken From the beginning, Genesis 3, Adam and Eve – hid from God, one another, and their own selves Sin has powerful consequences

6 Jesus Blesses With Spiritual Rest
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!” (Romans 8:1) 1 John 1:7 – “if we walk in the light … the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin!” John 16:8 – the Spirit works to “convict of sin, judgment, righteousness”

7 Course #3 – Hope and Holiness
If God’s Son: * loves us to die for us; * was buried, then raised from the dead Then God can do anything in our world; and “I can do all things through Christ” (Phil 4:13). THAT INCLUDES HOLINESS! Jesus living in and through us!

8 How Holiness and Hope Are Related
Holiness / God’s character / burns away “chaff” in our character; “we lay aside the sin that so easily entangles us and run with endurance the race set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). Result: HOPE! Realizing God’s work in us! Examples: Moses – Exodus 3 – leads people from bondage Peter, James, John “transfiguration” Matt. 17 Saul/Paul – Acts 9 – apostle to the Gentiles!

9 Course #4 - The Table Serves a Clear Call to Turn and Serve Him!
Matthew 22 – “love God will all heart soul mind strength” – every ounce that you have! Cross and resurrection incites praise and adoration (John 12:32)! Romans 2:4 – “the kindness of God leads to repentance” 2 Corinthians 5:15 – “no longer live for themselves”

10 Communion – His Call To Come Aside and Rest
Mark 6:31 – “Come away… and rest a while…” * Love / mercy * Forgiveness/ Cleansing * Hope / holiness * Call to turn/ serve Him

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