Christian Life Church - Cedar Rapids
Lords Prayer Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray? Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come. Thy will be donein earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen Introduction Please stand for the reading of God’s Word. Luke 22:7-13 ESV Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. (8) So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” (9) They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” (10) He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters (11) and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ (12) And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” (13) And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. You may be seated I am not going to waffle this morning, instead I am going to get right into it.GOD IS A GOD WHO GIVES PROVISION IN ABUNDENCELet me say it again, because it’s what I want you to start 2021 knowing.God is a God who gives provision in abundance! Show Title Slide As we move into the passion story here in Luke, the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ… we are greeted with this story of miraculous, abundant, faithful provision. So that’s what I want to talk about this morning. Let’s pray. Pray Pray Pray Pray pray Pray Pray Pray Pray Pray Pray Pray Point One – Faith Precedes Provision Luke 22:10-11 ESV He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters (11) and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ What a strange way for Jesus to instruct His disciples…Find a man carrying a jar of water and follow him to his house…That’s kinda sketchy Jesus… dude gets shot for doing that where I grew up!None the less, Jesus says follow this man to his home, then, don’t ask “Can we use the guest room”. Instead ask “Show me the guest room because Jesus is going to use it to eat the Passover.”That’s kind of… audacious isn’t it?I mean, Jesus know exactly what is going to happen. Jesus knows exactly who this man is, He knows how the man will respond… He knows the man has a large furnished upper room.Jesus even knows that the man will respond favorably…So why would Jesus say “Follow the man carrying the water”?Why not “Go and find Johnathan of Aramathia, He lives in the green house down the block on the right with the pink flowers in pots outside. Joseph has a large upper room that is fully furnished, just ask him and He will let you use it.”I mean, that would make much more sense wouldn’t it?But I think God wanted to use this opportunity to teach us to depend on Him and His providence.I like using a GPS as an example of how God gives us instructions.You see some people want God to just tell them their objective, their final destination… JUST TELL ME WHAT YOU HAVE FOR ME GOD!But that’s like asking your GPS to take you to North Liberty and it says “Proceed to North Liberty, then you will arrive at your destination”.Others want General directions, because they think they know how to get places better than the GPS, they just need some basic guidance…That’s like the GPS saying “Go 20 miles south and you will arrive at your destination”.But that’s not how a GPS works…You tell the GPS you want to go to North Liberty and it says “Take a left out of your driveway… take your next r...