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Making it REAL [5-10-20]

Updated: Jul 8, 2020


Here we are…wrapping up our series on the Gospel of John. We have been learning and growing together in ways only God knew was possible. We've even been shepherded through a season of quarantine with the promise that no matter what we go through or experience in life, all is well because Jesus Christ is our Lord and our God.


We're going to look at these last verses of John 21 to discover how we can have a real relationship with Jesus Christ.


First:

RECOGNIZE HIS PRESENCE EVERYWHERE.

Let's start with the obvious. When we're in worship, we experience the presence of God. Jesus said, wherever two or more are gathered in his name, he is there. So, inarguably, when we are in worship with other believers, Jesus is present. That doesn't mean worship is the only place you can feel his presence. You can feel it on a mountain…you can feel it sitting by a fountain. You can feel it by the lake…you can feel it while holding a rake. You can feel it here and there…you can feel it anywhere. Although we feel his presence more in some places than others, the presence of Jesus Christ is real in every aspect of our lives. Are you with me on that?


When the seven disciples went to the Sea of Tiberias, do you think they were doing the wrong thing? After all that happened, they basically took a mini-vacation. I think they were doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. Not the smartest or wisest thing to do. But guess what? Even when you're in the wrong place at the wrong time, Jesus shows up. Amen? Now, don't misunderstand. I'm not saying Jesus is some kind of Elf-on-a-Shelf, spying on you {I always thought that was creepy; and bad theology}. All I'm saying is because Jesus is everywhere, your relationship with him doesn't have to fit into certain places at certain times. He is a part of every part of your life.


If you want to have a real relationship with Jesus, second:

ENJOY HIS COMPANY.

Let's look at John