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Pastor Kevin Manning : The Cosmic King

End of Daze · 36:10 · Recorded June 5, 2022

The Cosmic King

Revelation 1:9-18 (NIV84) 9I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” 12I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. 17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

1. Jesus is the Alpha.

Revelation 1:8 (NIV84) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

• You are NOT the Alpha!

2. Jesus is the Omega.

Revelation 1:8 (NIV84) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

• You are NOT the Omega!

3. If he’s your first and last, he must be your middle.

Galatians 2:20 (NLT) My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV84) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

The purpose of God for our lives is for us to be sanctified – to become more like the image of His perfect son, Jesus Christ. This is not done through our determination, resolve, will power, or strength, but by the Holy Spirit as we yield our lives to His control and are filled with Him.

Romans 12:1-2 (MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

That’s a wrap

He’s the BEGINNING

He’s the END

We are in the MIDDLE

TALK IT OVER QUESTIONS

If you were asked to share three facts about Jesus that are especially significant to you, what would they be? Why are these three facts important to you?

What areas of your life do you feel pressure to conform to the standards of the world?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. Do you feel like a “new creation”? Explain.

Think of a time when it was difficult for you to let God be in your life, why was it so hard to let God in? Are there currently areas of your life you find it difficult to let God in?

In what ways are you an example of Jesus’ love? Do the actions in your life reflect your relationship with Jesus?
Parents: Read Revelation 1:9-18 together. This passage tells us of a vision John had. In his vision John saw Jesus as he truly is in heaven now. John fell at Jesus’ feet in fear, then Jesus put his hand on John. He told him not to be afraid. Jesus is almighty, but he is still John’s friend. Together draw some pictures of Jesus. Show how he may have looked as a baby, as a grown-up and as he might look in heaven now. Put these three pictures together. Remember that Jesus is God and your friend that loves you!

TALK IT OVER QUESTIONS

If you were asked to share three facts about Jesus that are especially significant to you, what would they be? Why are these three facts important to you?

What areas of your life do you feel pressure to conform to the standards of the world?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. Do you feel like a “new creation”? Explain.

Think of a time when it was difficult for you to let God be in your life, why was it so hard to let God in? Are there currently areas of your life you find it difficult to let God in?

In what ways are you an example of Jesus’ love? Do the actions in your life reflect your relationship with Jesus?
Parents: Read Revelation 1:9-18 together. This passage tells us of a vision John had. In his vision John saw Jesus as he truly is in heaven now. John fell at Jesus’ feet in fear, then Jesus put his hand on John. He told him not to be afraid. Jesus is almighty, but he is still John’s friend. Together draw some pictures of Jesus. Show how he may have looked as a baby, as a grown-up and as he might look in heaven now. Put these three pictures together. Remember that Jesus is God and your friend that loves you!

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