Right Now Part 1: Locking Eyes with Jesus
August 29, 2021
Big Idea: “No matter what’s happening around you right now…look up and lock eyes with Jesus”
3 takeaways for us “right now”…
1. The penetration of truth is always a moment of
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
51 “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!. 52 Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One-the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. 53 You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.
Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him, and the other Apostles- “Brothers, what should we do?”
2. God will use unexpected people to what we can’t see
“The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fist at him in a rage.”
3. Our willingness to must never end
55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”
57 Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him 58 and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.
“No matter what’s happening around you right now…look up and lock eyes with Jesus”