This message was part of the ‘For Such a Time as This’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Gorton in late 2017. The full series included the following sermons:
This sermon was based on Hebrews 12:2-3
Do not grow weary
2looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
3Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
To want something to happen or to be true and usually to have a good reason to think it might.
Life can be like a tightrope, a balancing act between different pressures.
Hope is looking forward to that you desire, resisting the pull of the things around you
How did Jesus live His life? His eyes were fixed on His Fathers will which led Him to the Cross. All the other things of life were secondary and He responded to them in many ways but there was one overriding vision – The will of His Father
His Hope from the Hebrews verses was His bride, perfected, with glorified bodies, no sin, no pain, no war, perfection.
Our true hope
Our eyes need firstly to be fixed on Jesus and the things of His Kingdom. Then the wind and changes in this world will have little effect on us.
Peter was called out of the boat. He was fine until he saw the wind and the waves. He looked around to the elements of this world that he was well acquainted with, he was less acquainted with Jesus.