Lazarus, back from the dead.

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: John 11:1-54

Key Verse: John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’

This is the third resurrection that Jesus has administered. Jairus daughter raised to life shortly after she had died, then stopping the funeral procession on the way to bury an only son of a widow from Nairn. Now with Jesus’ friend Lazarus the time span between death and resurrection has increased to 4 days.

Jesus does not use His power to roll away the stone or unwrap Lazarus, but involves other people. The resurrection itself is spectacular miracle yet it’s purpose, as with all his miracles, is not to be a spectacle but a sign which authenticates Jesus claims, which in this case was “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” Then people can believe in Jesus based on evidence.

Jesus humanity is shown as he experiences the pain of the death of his friend, but in the execution of the miracle His Divinity is shown. Mary & Martha still looked to Jesus even though they thought all hope was gone.

Sermon Points:
A: Sign of love
B: Sign of life

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 23 November 2014

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The blind man

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: John 9:1-41

Key Verse: John 9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world

John in his gospel uses contrasts – light/darkness, alive/dead, see/blind. In the previous chapter Jesus has declare that He is The Light of the world. He provides the disbelieving Pharisees a sign by bring light into the darkness of this man’s existence by healing him, born blind, and giving him sight.

The Pharisees could not deny the fact that the blind man could now see, so they unsuccessfully tried to deny he was ever blind, being deliberately wilful in their disbelief. They closed their eyes to God’s sign, loving the darkness rather than the light revealed in Jesus because their deeds where evil.

We by nature are like the Pharisees setting our own standards but when the light of the gospel shines in our hearts we recoil seeing ourselves as substandard against God’s standard of perfection. We need to be like the blind man knowing our need and accepting God’s provision.

Sermon Points:
A: In His light we see ourselves
B: In His light we see the glory of God

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 16th November 2014

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The true bread from Heaven

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: John 6:1-15, 25-71

Key Verse: John 6:27-29
Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

Literally thousands of people could be called upon to verify that what all four gospel writers recorded was accurate.

This miracle was a gospel sign which pointed, like the previous Old Testament signs, to Jesus. In this instance Jesus being the very substance of life that would provide real eternal satisfaction to the deep desires of our hearts. But we could only experience this if Jesus was to be our substitute and die for our sins instead of us dying, like the Passover lamb died in place of the eldest child in Egypt.

Sermon Points:
A: Jesus is God’s provision for the world
B: Jesus is the bread that satisfies
C: Jesus is God’s way

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 09 November 2014

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