One of a Kind

Pastor Anthony LoCascio and Christina Li
7/5/18

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Heb 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”

 

The phrase ‘one of a kind’ is actually Biblical. We also can say we are all one of a kind. There is no one like any other. We are human kind, mankind. To say that Jesus is one of a kind is really not much more than saying that John or Jane is one of a kind.

 

The fact remains that Jesus loves you like no one else. Nobody can stop Him from loving you, from knowing you. You can’t earn His rejection. Jesus is truly one of a kind.

 

Do you realize that you are ‘one of a kind,’ special, unique? How does that make you feel? How does it change your life that Jesus loves you no matter what?

 

John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

 

There is a oneness view, seeing Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as one person.

 

So, then, who is this ‘only begotten son?’ In the Greek, it is unique, only, like species or kind or race. Jesus is one of a kind, not like most people are one of a kind. This literally means, ‘He’s the only one of the only kind.’

 

The Bible never says, ‘God the Son died on the cross.’ It says, ‘The Son of God died on the cross.’    

 

Col 2:9 “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

 

2 Cor 5:19 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”

 

In Scripture, it says, ‘I sought for a man to hold up the hedge.’ God was looking for someone who could cause there to be a separation from sin. God had to do the job that only He could do.

 

Ez 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

 

2 Cor 4:4 “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”

 

Col 1:15 “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,”

 

1 Tim 3:16 “Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.”

 

Heb 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:”

 

Isaiah 45:21 “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.”

 

Do you recognize that God, Himself, became a man in order to save you from your sins? How does that knowledge change you? What is different about your life (thinking, attitudes, and actions) because of this truth?

 

Pastor Anthony went to one of the largest Hindi temples. There are over 300 million Hindi gods. You can’t possibly have a personal relationship with that many gods.

 

If you have a single God, you can have a relationship with Him.

 

Isaiah 45:22-23 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”

 

There is a union coming here from this ancient God in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

 

2 Cor 3:17 “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

 

John 4:24-26 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”

 

Do you want to have a relationship with God? If you already do, what will you do to strengthen that relationship? How will you allow Jesus into every area of your life and let Him change you?

 

Rom 5:19 “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

 

The woman was deceived, but Adam was not. He was straight up disobedient. Adam was also one of a kind, never born, he was made. He was never a baby. He was created an adult with the ability to talk and communicate. It had all been downloaded or programmed into him.

 

Jesus was the second Adam. Adam chose to be with his sinful bride and die a sinner. What Adam attempted to do was to join his wife in sin. Jesus caused her to join Him in righteousness. He obeyed, rather than disobeying like Adam, and made a way for sinners to be reconciled to God. Jesus was a mixture of God and man. He was wholly God and wholly man.

 

Jesus proclaimed to sinners, ‘I am the door.’ In the Tabernacle, there are three doors, the gate into the tabernacle, the veil into the holy of holies, and, before that, there was an entrance into the tabernacle building itself, a door into the holy place. Jesus is that door—blue, purple, and scarlet. Purple was sandwiched between two other colors, (scarlet and red are the same). Red and blue are primary colors, nature provides that. Purple is a secondary color, produced from the mixture of red and blue. Purple is always ascribed to royalty, very expensive to make back then. Blue represents divinity—God. Red is the color of blood and represents flesh—Man. Mixed together you get purple. Jesus was that Purple Door!

 

Are you willing to walk through that Purple Door? What does that look like in your life? How is your life changed by choosing this?

 

If there is anything that displays supernatural power, it’s resurrection. Jairus’ daughter was sick and Jesus went with him to see her. On their way, a man came and told them that the girl was dead. The people thought it was impossible to raise the dead. Jesus first put all the people out of the house and then raised her.

 

Then, instead of saying, ‘Glorify me,’ Jesus said, ‘Give her some food, she must be hungry.’

 

Jesus cares about not just the big or little things, He cares about all aspects of your life. Jesus knew what it was like to be hungry and thirsty.

 

Another resurrection is the resurrection of the widow’s son. He was all she had. This boy was already in the casket ready to be buried. She’d already lost her husband and now her son. She was desperately grieving and Jesus saw that and raised that son from the dead.

 

There must have been so much celebration and everyone trying to see the boy, but Jesus said, ‘Bring the boy to his mom.’ He had compassion.

 

Do you need a ‘resurrection’ in your life? Will you talk to Jesus about it and trust Him to make it happen?

 

Mat 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.

 

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