Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
Sermon Podcast No current service | Search sermon archives:


Doctrinal Statement

Vision Statement

Church History

Sermon Archives


> Pastor's Blog

Members Page

Church Calendar

Prayer Concerns

Resources and Links

Contact Us

What's this?

Pastor's Blog

God's Glory/Legacy
Dear friend,
Grace, Mercy and Peace from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you all now and forever, Amen.

Today on our journey with Jesus on the way to Good Friday and to His death and then to His resurrection unto life on Easter Sunday, we consider a portion of Scripture found in the Gospel of John. In chapter 13 begins the final days of His ministry, which includes his upper room visit with His disciples (13-17), his suffering and death (18-19), his resurrection (20) and events after his resurrection (20--21). We are going to hear of the commitment of joy that existed in the mind and heart of God the Father and God the Son in bringing salvation to fallen mankind.

We often hear of how people want to leave a legacy behind that will mark their life, which in essence would be that which they wanted to be known for as having the greatest effect upon the world that they lived in. It makes very good sense to say that the legacy of a world leader would be much more impactful than the legacy of common folk like us since many more people are affected by the decisions of a world leader than by the life we live in our particular calling/vocation in life.

What is meant by legacy? It is defined as something handed down or left with the succeeding generation, whether it is material or moral.

As we continue towards Jerusalem with Jesus on His way to glorify His Father, perhaps we could use the word legacy to help us understand a bit more of the joy of purpose in the heart of the Father and His Son as they approached the day of their collective Glory: To reconnect the world with Themselves through the death of Jesus the Christ on the cross.
This was to be the highest point/defining point/climactic point in the history of the world. It seems like we could say, it was the legacy that They wanted to leave behind for all to benefit from, for no one would be left outside of the redeeming work our Father and His Son. They want all to become partakers of Their legacy, for the inclusion of all is the greatest desire and joy of Their heart: To provide the riches of grace in giving the forgiveness of sins through Christ becoming sin for the world, One who was sinless but yet took upon Himself the entire sin debt of the world on our behalf.

Now that is a legacy, for through it we have peace and joy today and we have an expectant hope of that which is to come in heaven above!!!!!!
May we grow in our knowledge of this inheritance that is given to us through the legacy of God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! For God is glorified when we become a partaker of His legacy: The forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus!

20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

In response to the question of wanting to see Jesus, the reply was given by Jesus which first spoke of His glorification which he then revealed of necessary death and resurrection by comparing it to a seed. He speaks to them of his death which He did as a result of not loving his life, but kept it unto life eternal through which all believers become partakers of the living hope of life eternal. He keeps this connection intact through verses 23-25 as the one who goes to prepare a place for those who come after Him. In verse 26 he connects the fruit of his resurrection with his initiating work by saying that serving him means following him, being a servant means that we are where he is and in serving him, his Father honors those who serve him. There would be much to say about this, but for brevity's sake, let us allow the Spirit to enlarge upon this section.

We heard in Psalm 22 of the thoughts of Jesus as prophesied by David 1000 years before, and now again we are given insight into His mind and heart.

27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

He is troubled, agitated, as he has a foretaste of that which He will experience in the Garder of Gethsemane, which is recorded in Matthew 26:35-50 We are given insight into the humanity of Jesus as He struggles with that which He has been sent to do for His Father on our behalf. How can we understand this kind of love, of sacrifice, of devotion, of commitment? But somehow, Lord, sink it into our souls, into our heart, into our minds, into our lives of both His struggle within, but more so of His unwavering commitment to save our souls and to glorify His Father as He told His Father: "Glorify your name." In other words, allow it to be so that You would save the world through me.......

Here His Father tenderly told His Son: "I have both brought honor to my name and will do it again." His Son told His Father to glorify His name, fully knowing what it was going to require of Him.......As the Hebrew writer says in chapter 12, joy was contained in his motivation to bring glory to His Father. Those standing by heard sounds, but did not make sense out of the sound, but then Jesus explained what was going on in the entire conversation..

29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.

The devil had his plans to stop God from receiving glory in saving the world from sin and death and he actually thought by stirring up men to kill Jesus that he, the devil, would keep his position as ruler of the world, but was he mistaken!! He actually thought that he would thwart the Legacy of God through killing Him. What he thought was to his benefit, actually caused him to be dethroned for ever.

And furthermore, by the devil, whom Martin Luther called God's servant, causing Jesus to die, he was carrying out God's plan to save us. He was cast out, and Christ through being lifted up to the cross would continually draw all men unto Him. He would through His grace cause people to come to Him, not by their own will, but at the insistence of the Spirit who alone is able to draw, or to compel souls to come to Him.

Application: On Thursday, Lawry Kilpela turned 93 years old and we honor him today as one who the Lord compelled to come to Him during his confirmation years. In his testimony that he shared with us recently he wrote these words:

What can I say today as I look back on my life: I have been purchased with a precious price, the blood of Christ shed on Calvary's Cross which atoned for my sins and the sins of the world, and I have the sure hope of being in heaven forever. May we all continue to look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith until that day when we are called to be with Him forever!

I will also share the testimony of Rachel Niskanen as shared with me by her father, Dale, who is a pastor in our ALCA Federation. Rachel is nine years old, has been blessed to be part of a wonderful Christian home, is happy and loves her family. Recently while they were at a restaurant her father noticed that she was looking sad, so he went to ask her what was wrong. She burst out crying saying that she was going to hell. Her dad reacted with, "Why do you say that?" She said, "I am a sinner." So her father, hugging her reminded her of how this is what Good Friday and Easter are all about and that through what Jesus has done, she is forgiven. After more explanations, he encouraged her that she could believe all her sins forgiven in the Name and Blood of Jesus. She then said that she believed that wonderful news and as you can imagine the moments between father and daughter when then followed would be too special to even try to describe.

Her father then told me that from that time she has begun to read the bible more than ever and it was during one of these times of being with the Lord in His Word that a photo as randomly taken which I will show now. It is not possible to post the photo in this writing, but in the service this morning, I hope to have it for all to view. What is significant about it is that the Light appears to be coming from the Bible onto a face that is sublime in appearance. She is getting much enjoyment from Christ as she receives His Life, His Light and His Love from Him through His Word. Oh, Lord, help us to receive that which you desire to pour into our hearts, into our souls and into our lives.

As you meditate upon Him today, may you be blessed even as He wishes you to be.

In Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 22 Mar 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Comments: 0 Read and add comments
E-mail: (optional)

| Forget Me
Make comment form longer

Blog archives...

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/cutenews/show_news.php on line 41

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 63

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 63

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 63

The Temptation of Jesus
- Posted by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/library/inc/_cws_functions.php on line 9
2/28 7:00 pm:Lent Service
3/7 7:00 pm:Lent Service
3/14 7:00 pm:Lent Service
3/21 7:00 pm:Lent service
3/23 11:30 a.m.:Senior Luncheon
See Full Calendar...

Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/library/inc/_cws_functions.php on line 9
The Lawry Kilpela family as they grieve but yet rejoice in Lawry's being called home.