MY FAILURES ARE NOT FATAL

Notes: Six hours, One Friday Series – 28th March, 2021

“What do we do with our failures? Our mistakes come to us as pebbles, small stones that serve as souvenirs of our stumbles. We carry them in our hands, and soon our hands are full. We put them in our pockets, and soon our pockets bulge. We place them in a bag and put it over our shoulder; the burlap scratches and chaps. And soon the bag of yesterday’s failures is so heavy we drag it.”
– Six Hours One Friday: Living in the Power of the Cross, Max Lucado
Can anything be done with it?

Mark 10:45

“The Son of Man did not come to be served. He came to serve others and give his life as a ransom for many people.”
Luke 19:9

“The son of Man came to find lost people and save them.”

The calling of Christ was the cross of Christ. He had one ultimate aim – six hours, one Friday on the hill of calvary.
We believe Jesus’ death that one Friday gives us three Anchor points for our life.
1. My life is not futile
2. My failures are not fatal
3. My death is not final

My Failures are not Fatal:
OFFER #1: NO CONDEMNATION

John 8:1-11

“… Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

The promise: “Then neither do I condemn you.”
The commission: “Go and sin no more.”

OFFER #2: OUTSTRETCHED ARMS
Our failures can suck the sandy foundation of our future out from under us. Now what do we do?

Luke 15:11-24

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give memy share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there

squandered his wealth in wild living.14 …

20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was sill a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his

son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be

called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and
sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine

was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

If there is a scene in this story that deserves to be framed, it’s the one of the father’s outstretched hands. His
tears are moving. His smile is stirring. But his hands call us home.
He later stretched his hands as open as he could. He forced his arms so wide apart that it hurt. And to prove that
those arms would never fold and those hands would never close, he had them nailed open.
OFFER #3: PARADISE WITH ME

Luke 23:32-43

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed…
40But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same
sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

“Don’t you even fear. We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn’t done one thing wrong.”
• We are guilty and he is innocent. We are filthy and he is pure. We are wrong and he is right.
• He is not on that cross for his sins. He is there for ours.

“Remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He performs the miracle of forgiveness. A sin-soaked criminal is received by a blood-stained Savior.
“Today you will be with me in Paradise. This is a solemn promise.”

TAKE HOME:

My Failures are not Fatal:

OFFER #1: NO CONDEMNATION
OFFER #2: OUTSTRETCHED ARMS
OFFER #3: PARADISE WITH ME

Would you take some time this week to consider these things spoken about today? Would you think aboutthem? Would you write down your thoughts? And read them often. Let them build you up. Let them strengthen
you.