Easter 2021

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Get over Yourself

Ever met anyone who needed to get over themselves

If you don’t get over yourself, you risk limiting yourself

People don’t want to deal with you

Can’t learn anything

Easter Sunday

Today is about victory

Victorious – What does that mean to you?

We all have our own definition of what being Victorious means don’t we

 

For some its:

  • Wealth
  • renown – a whole generation that wants to be internet famous
  • Power
  • Beautiful/best looking

Everybody wants victory on our terms don’t we

What we want it how we want it:

  • Personally
  • Professionally
  • Corporately

 

In our country, we are at each other’s throats because of what we think “Victory” is

Guess what… That’s not new

2000 years ago, it was the same thing

 

  • Personal egos
  • Different versions of nationalism
  • Different ideas on what should be done

The world was a powder keg, waiting for something to just light the match

Rome had taken over most of the known world

  • They would allow the local leader to remain in change as “Puppet Leaders”
  • Local customs could be continued as long as you paid TAXES!!
  • Roman military walking the streets every day

 

The tension was thick

You can see this tension in the list of people Jesus called as his followers…

Matthew 10

These are the names of the twelve apostles: First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

 

What do we know about Fishermen?

Honest work

Hard Work

Would have had “some” religious training

Just your “average joe”

You do you and let me do me

Stay out of my way and I’ll stay out of yours

They we’re looking to be saved, they could handle it on their own

We see this in the story of when Jesus called Simon Peter…

 

Victory Claim: Peter “I can do myself”
Many of us see this a victory in our lives, don’t we?

It’s a pride thing

 

Jesus tells him to throw his nets out on the other side…

Luke 5

5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing.

But Jesus chooses this man and invites him to fish for something so much more important

Matthew – A tax Collector

  • A Jewish person who decided to join with Rome in the oppressing of his own people
  • Would have great wealth at the expense of his own people
  • Would be responsible for the punishment of his own people when they did not pay taxes properly

 

Victory Claim: Matthew – If you can’t beat them, join them

Many of us do this with our sin

  • If it’s too hard to fight, convince yourself that it’s ok
  • You are watching out for yourself

 

Yet Jesus sees this man and invites himself to dinner at his house

Then we get to Judas

  • Don’t know much about Judas before he becomes a disciple
  • We know that he was over the money bags
  • He would often steal from the group

 

Victory Claim: Judas – I’ve got to watch out for me

 

We all know what he did, don’t we

Betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver

All of these guys started at the same place…

  • With their own version of what Victory looked like
  • Their own plans of how to succeed

 

The thing we all must know of this Easter Sunday is this…

 

Get over yourself or you will destroy yourself 

Mark 8

34 Calling the crowd along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the gospel will save it. 36 For what does it benefit someone to gain the whole world and yet lose his life? 37 What can anyone give in exchange for his life?

Jesus is saying…

  • You must get over yourself in order to follow me

 

Not getting over yourself sets you as your own obstacle

  • We can be our own worst enemy

 

Paul has this to say to the church…

2 Timothy 3

1 But know this: Hard times will come in the last days. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people.

 

Getting over yourself is the only way to have a victorious life

  • Easter has given us the ability to get over ourselves

 

We want Victory on our term and in our own ideas and ideals

Luke 23

32 Two others—criminals—were also led away to be executed with him. 33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided His clothes and cast lots.35 The people stood watching, and even the leaders were scoffing: “He saved others; let him save himself if this is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him. They came offering Him sour wine 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!”
39 Then one of the criminals hanging there began to yell insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other answered, rebuking him: “Don’t you even fear God, since you are undergoing the same punishment? 41 We are punished justly, because we’re getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

Do you know what getting over yourself really means?

  • To own your mistakes
  • To ask for God’s forgiveness
  • To accept His love

These simple things are actually one of the most difficult things to do

Do you know why we always want God to do what we want

  • We won’t want to own our mistakes
  • We don’t want to ask his forgiveness
  • And we don’t know how to accept His love

Philippians 3:7-11

7 But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. 8 Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ 9 and to know that I belong to him. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ. 10 All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised him to life. I want to suffer and die as he did, 11 so that somehow I also may be raised to life.

A Victorious life is found after getting over yourself

Paul had figured this out

Everything before Jesus was junk, garbage

Jesus bring us victory, not in the way that we want, but in the way that we need

When we display self to our culture it is displaying death to death

  • Self =death

But death to self =life

  • That is a victorious life
  • That is what is promises to us as Jesus followers

Get over Yourself

  • Your version of Victory for your life
  • Your Pride and arrogance
  • Your broken thought patterns and justifications for why we do what we do

You can’t be filled with the holy spirit when you are filled with your own self

  • When we get over ourselves, God releases His power in our life

Get over yourself or you will destroy yourself

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