Jesus is the fulfillment of all the feasts of God. This week we see that Jesus is our Passover Lamb Who saves us, our sinless Unleavened Bread that fills us, and our First fruits, the Promise of what is to come!
We have talked in the past about Jesus’ Gospel MESSAGE, “The time has come,” He said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
But in this message we take a look at Jesus’ Gospel METHOD in John chapter 4 as Jesus interacts with a Samaritan woman and brings her the good news in a way that is meaningful and relevant to her. Meeting her where she is and moving from Repair to Restore to Resurrect.
We also talk about a very useful tool called “One Verse Evangelism” that was developed by my friend and mentor, Randy Raysbrook, from the Navigators.
A Roman soldier’s breastplate would have been made “scale armor” with small pieces of metal layered over each other to form a strong protection for the wearer. It shouldn’t surprise us that our spiritual breastplate also has layers. Three to be precise, and these three layers act in concert to protect our hearts:
Right Thinking – I am God’s child, and I am a delight to Him.
Right Living – I know Who I am and Whose I am, and I will live like it.
Right Doing – I am God’s representative, and I will right the wrongs I see.
“Put on the belt of truth…”
In a Roman soldier’s armor the belt, though not highly visible, held the rest of the armor together. The same goes with the belt of truth.
It is interesting to note that each of these pieces of armor is, in fact, Jesus. (i.e. I am…the Truth).
When Jesus laid down the challenge “tear down this Temple and I will rebuild it!” He was giving hope to all of us who have had relationships, dreams, or our physical bodies torn down or broken by sin. Jesus’ promise to “rebuild it” is the shining hope of Easter, a promise for something better in this life and in the life to come.