the eyes of jesus
SUMMARY: In this sermon, the speaker reflects on the different looks of Jesus in the Bible, emphasizing that every look is a look of love, although not always a soft or gentle one. The speaker notes that God's love is not always kind or nice, but is a determined, intense, and fierce love that protects and disciplines. The speaker also highlights the importance of looking beyond appearances and seeing the potential within people, as Jesus did with Peter and Nathaniel. The sermon includes references to various Bible passages, including Mark 3 and Revelation 1.
The love of God is a fierce love that disciplines those who deceive others. Jesus rebuked Peter for trying to stop him from suffering because he knew that all the disciples would be influenced by a lie from Satan. Similarly, Jesus was angry with the people who were selling things in the temple because they were mistreating the gentiles' space, which God had set aside for them. God's love is willing to discipline his children to protect them from harm. Christians should be willing to speak the truth with love, even if it makes people uncomfortable or angry. The recent protests against same-sex marriage are important because they affect society as a whole, and Christians should care about what happens in society because we are all in the same boat.
The speaker shares a story about a conversation with a protester against their anti-same-sex marriage stance. Despite initial tension, they were able to have a respectful dialogue and become friends. The speaker emphasizes the importance of intense love and forgiveness, even towards enemies. They share a story about a Nicaraguan pastor who forgave those who killed his father and wanted to share the Gospel with them. The speaker encourages listeners to be warriors of love and to evangelize with a strong, devoted love that sees others as precious beings made in the image of God.
The speaker leads a prayer session, calling on God to fill them with love and help them become warriors of love. They invite anyone who wants to accept Jesus as their Lord and savior to raise their hand and pray with them. They encourage those who accept to come forward and pray with them. The speaker also prays for an anointing of love that will allow them to perform signs and wonders, healing and restoring those in need. The prayer session ends with a prayer for the congregation to become ministers of love in the name of Jesus Christ.
I am going to ask you to think about the eyes of the people who are the loved ones in your life. It can be the eyes of your mom, the light eyes of a baby you have, it can be the eyes of your spouse or a dad or a grandparent. It is often said that the eyes are the window to the soul, right? and that's why when we're bad we don't want to look anyone in the eye.
Did you do that? And you, 'Oh, no, I didn't. Looking and looking... why don't you want to look them in the eye? Because the eyes are the window to the soul. I remember my mom, 'Gregory', when I, I don't know... I screwed up something, I did something, 'Gregory, did you do that?' 'No, no', 'well, look me in the eye. ... and you did that....', and I 'ahhhhhhh', I admit it. I'm wrong. The eyes.