Rodney Herra Talks About "It Is Finished"
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church opened on August 26, 2017 with Elyjah (junior) welcoming everyone and making a few announcements. He reminded that there is typically 50 liters of water in one human body. Christ invites us to partake of His water of life. There will be vespers in the auditorium this evening at 7:30. Prayer was requested for, among other items, the girls on their Purity Weekend.
Jeremy Westcott played an introit. The congregation then had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Lord, I’m Coming Home”. Elyjah then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Mark (sophomore) then called for the offering. Hiram (junior) and John Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference advance. The congregation sang the doxology, and Elyjah prayed for the offering.
Brenda Herra then told the children about her dog. When she went to pick a puppy, she picked the odd and shy puppy, took him home, and acquired a faithful friend. The dog still has some fears he had had as a puppy. God loves each of us more than she loves her dog.
Lashy Westcott sang a vocal solo, accompanied by her husband Jeremy on the piano. George (junior) read John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
Rodney Herra discussed the topic “It Is Finished”. The congregation sang “Trust and Obey”. Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Brenda Herra – wife of Rodney Herra / student vocational coordinator
Jeremy Westcott – one of the academy teachers
John Ellis – retired mechanic who used to work for nearby Majestic Stone Company / former Laurelbrook mechanic / Laurelbrook firefighter
Lashy Westcott - wife of Jeremy Westcott / Laurelbrook Elementary School teacher
Rodney Herra – works with the farm program and the auto body shop and the vehicle shop
Following are some notes on the sermon:
- Rob Griffin was a dean when Rodney Herra arrived on campus. Rob defriended Rodney, whose life was changed by the ministry of Rob and Myrna Griffin. With God’s help, they changed Rodney’s life.
- Genesis 3:1-6 “1 ¶ Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
- Before this day, humans were very different – loving and kind. But at this moment all changed.
- Genesis 3:7-12 “7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 ¶ And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where [art] thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself. 11 ¶ And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
- Ellen White says that Adam tried to make his sin the result of Eve’s influence.
- Adam’s choice was Satan’s government due to the devil’s deception. We cannot stand up to the devil by ourselves.
- Luke 2:3-7 “3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
- Jesus came as a human baby with our fallen human nature. It wasn’t natural for Jesus to love, to obey His parents. Jesus showed us how to love, to be saved.
- Luke 2:41-50 “41 ¶ Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not [of it]. 44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among [their] kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.”
- Jesus stayed behind to do God’s business.
- Once we have that relationship with Jesus, it is harder to get it back once we lose it.
- If we don’t have the Lord directing our lives, we are in trouble.
- Luke 2:51-52 “51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
- Luke 4:1-2 “1 ¶ And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” 40 days without food!
- To satisfy His hunger, Jesus could have turned the stones into bread.
- Luke 4:4 “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Jesus let God take the lead and was willing to starve if He was following God.
- Luke 4:5-8 “5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
- Jesus was very familiar with the Bible and had to learn it over again when He was young.
- Luke 4:9-13 “9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 11 And in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”
- Satan is no amateur in temptation, but we have Someone who is much more experienced.
- John 19:25-27 “25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the [wife] of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own [home].”
- Jesus loved His mother and took care of her before His death. This was probably the biggest honor He could give to John.
- John 19:29-30 “29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put [it] upon hyssop, and put [it] to his mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
- His death proved that Satan’s government was completely false so we wouldn’t miss out on eternal life because Jesus loved us.
- We have to run away from Him to get rid of Him, to force Him out of your presence and heart. You have to accept what He has done.
- The only way to be victorious is to accept what Jesus offers you.
- Ellen White says that the angels didn’t understand all that Jesus had done for the world. But Satan has lost. Joining Satan is joining the losing side.
- Adam and Eve chose Satan over God. Jesus came to show us how to choose God over Satan.