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John 13:17-38 ~ March 11, 2012

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     Last Sunday the LORD spoke to us from John 13:17-38.  In verses 18 & 21 we see how the LORD loves sinners and works to the end trying to bring them to repentance.  Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him from the beginning but in these verses we see Jesus doing everything to try to get Judas to repent from the conspiracy he has already put into place, Mark 14:10.  When he was reprimanded by Jesus for complaining about Mary’s, the sister of Lazarus, anointing Him for His burial, Judas was like many that want to use Jesus for their plan.  When he saw that Jesus was not going to take over the seat of the Jewish government, the Sanhedrin, as Judas desired but was going to give Himself as a martyr it was too much for him.  Judas went to the Jews, the leadership of the temple, and told them he could bring Jesus to a place where they could take Him.  Jesus knew this from the beginning but hoped against hope that He would be wrong, which He never is but He wanted to be.       As a Pastor I know this feeling and have experienced this over my years of ministry.  People have come into the churches I have pastored, very talented people that had an idea of what they thought the church should be doing.  The LORD has given me a clear direction of what we should be doing.  It is stated in the vision the LORD has given, that the church is to be, “A congregation of disciples, learning, living and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and making ready a people prepared for the LORD.”  I have watched these very nice people try to direct me in a way that they think the church should be going.  When I did not follow their lead, they turned on me and tried to destroy me.  I have to say that through it all I loved them and pitied them and tried to restore them.  Jesus loved Judas and did not want to see him suffer in hell where He knew he was going.       This is the kind of love that Jesus has given to us in His Spirit which He poured out upon us by the Holy Spirit.  If we could all walk in the Spirit of love that the lord has given to us, we would try to restore sinners instead of casting them away, checking them off and keeping them from fellowship.  This is one thing I found out about the past leadership of this church that I did not know when I came.  They had a secret which was to keep out the undesirables from this church.  Jesus came to win the undesirables like Mary Magdalene, the prostitute, Matthew, the evil tax collector, and many stinking fishing men.  Jesus wants us.  We were undesirables.  Even though we might not think so, we were.  Jesus wants us to get His heart and go and make the undesirable desirable by the gospel and the new birth.      One other important thing that we learned, if you consider the thoughts of the devil as Judas did, John 13:2, and do not cast them away he will eventually enter into you and possess you, John 13:26-27 and take you over.  King Solomon loved many women and built temples in Jerusalem for their pagan Baal gods and eventually wound up actually worshiping them bringing an end to his favor with God and the loss of his kingdom 1Kings...

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John 13:1-17 ~ February 26, 2012

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     The LORD began last Sunday by speaking of “His Hour”.  It had come.  This hour is very important because it is the event in time when Jesus the Christ would lay down His life.  He would take upon Himself the sin of the world becoming the “Propitiation.” This term is one all disciples should know.  It means “The sin baring Law satisfier.”  Jesus is our “Propitiation”, giving the gift of the Grace of God to all that will receive Him as savior and LORD according to the plan of God before the foundation of the world.       Next, the LORD talked about His love for His own.  He loved us so much He laid down His form as God in heaven and took upon Himself the form of a man with all the temptations and trials we face, Philippians 2:5-8.  He loved us and even took accusations and was derided by those He loved.  He loved us so much that He took our place in judgment by taking our punishment for sin, giving us His righteousness, 2 Corinthians 5:21, on the cross and the suffering of hell.       In verse 2, the LORD showed us what can happen to us if we give the devil a place in our lives, Ephesians 4:27.  Judas gave the devil a place in his life by trying to use Jesus to fulfill his own scheme.  This is something that many do without realizing what they are doing.  Many feel that if they have Jesus, He will get them what they want because they have taken Him as their savior.  Judas wanted Jesus to take over the Sanhedrin and to use His power to remove Rome from their nation and restore the Kingdom as it was in the time of David.  This was not Jesus’ plan as we know.       Judas kept hearing Jesus talk like a martyr, not a conqueror.  Then when Jesus rebuked him for saying something about Mary’s anointing Him with the expensive ointment, it was the final straw.  Judas schemed again this time to use the Sanhedrin to see Jesus’ power and then take Him, make Him King of the Jews and take on the Romans.  All this scheming of Judas was the place into which the devil could enter in and carry out his plan of corruption and defeat of Messiah.       The LORD spoke to us that using Jesus for our plans and desires is the space that the devil can use to bring disgrace upon the name of the LORD.  This is exactly the problem with the church in America.  It has become infiltrated with the schemes of the “Name it and claim it” theology.  From the extreme of the Charismatic church even into the mainline conservative churches, the churches so much want to please people and bring them in that they try to meet people in their need.  Our needs are hedonistically (all about us) motivated.  The message of the LORD is don’t give the devil space in our life; give our life for the cause, the mission of Jesus.           In verse 3, the LORD spoke to us of “Vision”, Proverbs 29:18.  Jesus knew who He was and what He was to be doing.  This came as He was taught the Word of God.  In the same way, knowing who we are, what we are to be doing and where we are going is power and strength and joy that come from the Word of...

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John 12:37-50 ~ February 19, 2012

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Last week, the LORD spoke to us from the Gospel of John 12:37-50.  The first truth He spoke to us was concerning those that reject and resist the Grace of God.  In verses 35-36, Jesus declared the Grace of God that had come to the world from God.  This Grace came in the light or revelation of the life and words of Jesus that were life and health.  It is if He was saying to these religious people, “This is your last chance for eternal life.  Please take it.”  Then we read that Jesus went and hid Himself, which was the last effort of the LORD to reach these religious Jews.  From that time forward, Jesus would be alone with His disciples and His Father until His death on the cross.  In verses 37-41, the LORD wants us to understand a truth; a reality that though God’s Grace is for all, all are not for God’s Grace.  Within Christianity, there are those that believe in what is called in theology “The Irresistible Grace of God.”  They believe that you cannot resist God’s Grace so they believe that when God gives His saving Grace to you that you will be saved or delivered, you cannot resist.  Yet here in the 12thchapter we see these religious Jews that have been given the truth from the author of Truth, Jesus Christ, and as is said in verse 37, “Though He did so many miracles before then yet they believed not.”  The LORD shows us that the wonderful Grace of God can be resisted. The LORD showed us in John 9:39-41, Jesus came into the world to bring the light of each ones heart that was either toward Him or against Him.  As He came, the light of God, He caused these Jews to see the truth of their heart. Their eyes and ears were closed to Him.  He showed them that He knew that He was the Messiah but they were already planning to get rid of Him.  So, He made those that see that He is Messiah to become blind.  Because of the hardness of their heart, they resisted the truth of the Gospel and entered into hell at death eternally even though Jesus left heaven to come down and give them the light of the Gospel to be saved.  Also, He came revealing the Light to those that were blind.  They did not know and they saw and received Him, John 1:10-12, and began to walk in the Light of God’s truth. Next, in verse 42, the LORD spoke to us about those that believe but do not confess Jesus publicly.  He showed us that these feared man and not God.  In Matthew 10:32-33, Jesus declares that anyone that does not confess Jesus as LORD and Savior publicly, He will not confess them before His Father as those He has saved.  We must confess Him LORD and Savior before the church.  We must confess Him LORD and Savior daily to the world and we must confess Him daily by living the life of Christ before the world. Those that do not confess Him publicly are in the same predicament as those with hard hearts.  As in the verses above, they both will enter into hell eternally even though Jesus came to bring to them salvation.  In verses 46-50, Jesus declares it is by words that we make decisions and He is come with God’s Word, the Gospel.  Those that believe and receive will not live in darkness, sin, anymore.  Let’s confess Him with our words and our lives and live in the Light of His Word and not in the darkness of the life of sin that is common in the...

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John 12:23-36 ~ February 5, 2012

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The last LORD’s day, He spoke from verses 23-34.  At the time of this scripture, John 12, Jesus, who was coming to Jerusalem to the Passover was not coming to restore the Kingdom as the people believed.  He was coming to bring the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom of God is populated by those who are living under the grace of God through Jesus the Christ.  At this time, the people of Israel were not redeemed from their sin.  They had not received Christ Jesus as their savior so they were still living under the Law, under sin.  Jesus came to change that by going to the cross and becoming the “bearer of their sins”, the “satisfier of the Law” called the “propitiation.”  In 1John 2:2, the seed ,verse 24, that would fall into the ground and bring forth the harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God.  All that would receive Him would be converted as Colossians 1:13 declares.  He delivers us from the Power of darkness and translates us into the Kingdom of Christ Jesus, the Kingdom of God.  The lesson we must learn here is that man cannot restore sinners.  Still, our atheistic antichrist world is filled with all kinds of programs and organizations to restore people from their sinful lives having little result.  What is needed is the wonderful grace of conversion being made a new creation “old things are passed away all things are become new”, 2 Corinthians 5:17.  The kingdom of God cannot be restored.  It must be made of those that are in the kingdom by the Grace of God in Jesus Christ.  Next, in verses 25-27, He declared His heart for us whose hearts are His.  This is the mystery of His will, that He would reveal Himself to the world and continue to save souls through those of His Kingdom, those filled with His Spirit.  In Luke 9:23-24, Jesus tells us that we must lay down the life in which we live and take up the Life of Jesus.  The LORD explained to us that this means, He wants to live through us that have received Him as savior and LORD.  By this He could continue to give salvation to souls through our lives.  In John 12:25-26, Jesus declares that those of His kingdom will do this, share Jesus. In verses 25-27, He spoke to us that today this gospel is not being proclaimed but rather a “Cheap Grace.”  This term was defined by the German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who like the Apostles gave his life for the Gospel being executed by the SS.  He said“Cheap Grace Preaching the gospel with no Repentance and Obedience.”  “Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate." Then, in verses 28-34, the LORD showed us that when we live in the flesh we are living in the realm of the devil, Galatians 5:19-21.  The bottom line in what the LORD is saying is that we must determine to live as John the Baptist, thinking, saying and living with this principal “I must decrease that He may increase” in...

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John 12:35-50 ~ February 12, 2012

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Last week the LORD spoke to us again on the important point revealed in John 12.  He had spoken to us the week before on this but it was so important that He wanted to speak to us again that we would get this truth clearly anchored in our heart and mind.  In the twelfth chapter of John, we see that Jesus is entering into Jerusalem at the time of the Passover.  Jesus had done many miracles and had proclaimed words to the people that they had never heard before.  These words gave the people hope, hope they had not had for a long time, hope that God was coming to them to deliver them from their captivity. As Jesus entered into Jerusalem after the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, the people were sure that He was Messiah and He was coming to restore the kingdom.  They began to shout the very scripture they had learned as children Psalm .118:26 “Hosanna, Hosanna blessed is He that comes in the name of the LORD.”  They believed that the Messiah was coming to restore the kingdom as it was under King David.  But they, like Christians of today know a little bit of the Word of God but not the whole Word.  The Scriptures show the Messiah coming to deliver His people.  They assumed that that meant deliver them from their enemies.  What they did not understand was that their enemy was their life of sin in the flesh, Romans 3:23, “All have sinned,” Romans 6:23 “The Wages of sin is death.”  They didn’t know that mankind was in sin and needed a savior.  They did not know God had a plan that He would come in the Last Days to deliver mankind from the enemy of sin.  The point that Jesus wanted us to get anchored into our hearts and mind was that you cannot restore a sinner.  They thought Jesus was coming to restore the kingdom.  You cannot have a kingdom without people that are truly the people of God to live in His holy kingdom.  Jesus did not come to restore but to bring forth the kingdom.  Jesus said in verse 23, that He was the seed that would bring forth those that would be like Him.  He was going to have to give Himself to death and burial to bring forth the kingdom people.  Jesus went to the cross and there took the wrath of God for our sins cleansing us.  He then died, went to hell, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to pour out the promise of the Holy Spirit to those that would receive Him, John 1:10-12.  This would bring forth the new creations for the kingdom. The point is, you cannot restore a sinner.  Sin must die.  The kingdom is made of people that have heard the Gospel, laid down their life and died to this world.  Christ did not restore the kingdom He brought the kingdom of new...

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Jeremiah 1:11-16 ~ January 22, 2012

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As I sat before the Lord and asked Him what He wanted to say to His people, the Lord brought to my remembrance the passages in Jeremiah 1:11-16.  The Lord spoke to young Jeremiah and asked him “what do you see”.   I read the verses of scripture and then I closed my eyes as the words “what do you see” rang through my mind.  I began to type with my eyes closed as the Lord, I believe, took me through all the streets in my mind filled with images, pictures, and videos, if you will, of the things I’ve seen in my short time on this earth and so I began to type them. The Lord brought back to my remembrance these things and more to cry out to His people and tell them that He sees their struggles.  He sees their torment inside because they are in a lukewarm relationship with Him.  The Lord showed His heart; That He is weeping and crying out for His people to turn to Him with their whole heart and begin to trust Him completely. The Lord says He will hasten His Word to perform it in verse 12.  He is standing, waiting for you to turn to Him with your whole heart… And when you do, the new life will break forth as the “rod of the almond tree”.  He wants to perform His Word In you and give you new life in Him.  It is necessary because there is a pot boiling on the fire as in verse 13.  The enemy is boiling hot mad at God’s most precious creation, you, and he wants to take you out!  The only hope you have is to turn to Jesus Christ with your whole heart.  Will you be honest with God today and say, “God, I see the wickedness of my life as I stand before you, and I acknowledge that my only hope is you”.  Let’s be honest with Him as He asks us “what do you see” in OUR OWN lives.  Then let’s trust Him that He is merciful and waiting and wanting to forgive, no matter how bad it seems to...

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