#John 15

ABIDING IN CHRIST

John 15

INTRODUCTION

To abide in Christ means to live in Him. His life is our life. His strength is our strength. His goals are our goals.

The Bible says that the Christian who abides in Christ becomes a fruit bearing Christian.

NOTE:John 15:10

NOTE:John 15:5

I. THE BELIEVER’S RELATIONSHIP TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST John 15:1-14

     A. The Lord Jesus Christ Is The True Vine from Whom all life precedes vs. 1

     B. The Responsibility Of The Branch vs. 2

     C. The Pruning Of The Branch vs. 3

     D. The Limitations Of The Branch vs. 4-6

     E. The Strength Of The Branch vs. 7-9

     F. The Branch Has To Remain In the Vine vs. 10

     G. The Joy That Belongs To The Branch vs. 11

     H. The Lord’s Command vs. 12-14

II. THE BELIEVER’S RELATIONSHIP TO HIS / HER CALLING John 15:15-17

     A. The Friendship With The Lord Jesus Christ vs. 15

     B. The Fruit Of The Christian vs. 16

     C. The Call To Obedience vs. 17

III. THE BELIEVER’S RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLD SYSTEM John 15:18-27

     A. The Believer’s Relationship To The World vs. 18-20

     B. The Reason For The World’s Hatred vs. 21-25

     C. The Source Of The Believer’s Strength vs. 26

     D. Duty Of The Believer vs. 27

CONCLUSION

There are certain absolutes regarding the believer. The believer is to abide in Christ. The believer is to bear fruit. The believer is to bring glory to God. The believer must endure the hatred of this world.

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#Luke 23:39-43

A TALE OF TWO MEN

Luke 23:39-43

INTRODUCTION

How is it that two people, who came from the same background, can make such diverse choices? Two brothers, two sisters, even a brother and a sister. They come from the same family yet one chooses a path to success, the other is a lazy bum; one serves God, the other rejects or ignores God.

There is a field of study today that is quite in vogue. The broad catch-all term is social scientists. This includes psychologists, specializing in child, adolescent and adult fields. The following statement is not meant as a criticism, it is just a basic fact: The great majority of these specialists do not come into a person’s life until after a great crisis, after the damage is done in a life. They are so busy in the repair shops of life, they spend almost no time in preventative maintenance. Yet, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

In our passage of Scripture today, we see two men. We could be either one. They have a common background:

     1. Both came from a religious culture

     2. Both were sinners (thieves)

     3. Both were in acute pain

     4. Both were dying

     5. Both needed forgiveness

     6. Both saw and heard the things regarding Jesus

     7. Both were equally near Christ

But one made choices that the other did not make. His choices made all the pain and suffering worth while. The other refused to make the right choices. He died in his sins, without hope.

THEME: WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES WE MUST MAKE IN LIFE?

I. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE DESTRUCTION IS ALWAYS BEFORE US 23:39-40

     A. The Natural Thing To Do Is To Blame God vs. 39

NOTE: Both reviled Jesus

Matthew 27:43-44; Mark 15:32

          1. If you be Christ

               a. A taunt

               b. Like the priests vs. 35

          2. Save yourself and us

               a. Salvation to Him

                    1) No repentance

                    2) No faith in Christ

               b. All of us have prayed to be delivered from physical death

NOTE: The denial that the crucifixion could take place is met by the fact that it did take place

                    1) When God raises us up, we forget our promises and live as we did before

                    2) He would have been a “saved” thief

     B. The Right Thing To Do Is To Accept Our Own Blame vs. 40

          1. We should rebuke others

               a. Why did the repentant thief answer when Jesus didn’t?

               b. Because the first thief presumed to speak for both

NOTE: Save thyself and us

          2. We should fear God

               a. Fear God and keep His Commandments Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

               b. For His mercy is on them that fear Him Luke 1:50

          3. We should recognize our condemnation

              a. Even if they had been taken from the cross, they would have still died

              b. Even if all our past sins were forgiven our future sins would cause our death

THEME: What Are The Most Important Choices We Must Make In Life?

          I. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE DESTRUCTION IS ALWAYS BEFORE US

II. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE WHAT WE DESERVE 23:41

     A. We Are To Blame

          1. We receive the due reward of our deeds

NOTE: An open acknowledgement that judgment was fully deserved

          2. We indeed justly

NOTE: The plainer a person sees their sin, the more readily they will yield to Christ

     B. Christ Is Not To Blame

          1. He hath done nothing amiss

          2. Out of place, wicked

THEME: What Are The Most Important Choices We Must Make In Life?

          I. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE DESTRUCTION IS ALWAYS BEFORE US

        II. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE WHAT WE DESERVE

III. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE WHO CAN GIVE US THE RIGHT CHOICE 23:42-43

     A. We Must Realize He Is Real, A Person vs. 42

          1. Jesus

          2. Savior

     B. We Must Realize Our Relationship To Him – Lord

     C. We Must Ask Properly – Remember Me When You Come Into Your Kingdom

          1. Remember me:

               a. A phrase asking kings for a favour

               b. Implies he believes Jesus is the Messiah

               c. The opposite of being forgotten, excluded from heaven

          2. When you come:

               a. Parousia – (Greek)

               b. Second Coming at end of the Church Age

     D. We Must Let Him Have Control Of Our Life vs. 43

          1. Verily, I say unto you:

               a. Verily:

                   1) Amen

                   2) That is truth

                   3) The seal of truth

              b. I say unto you:

                   1) I – the Authority

                   2) To you – personally

          2. Today:

NOTE: Not when I come

               a. Most took 2-3 days to die on a cross

               b. Jesus said His suffering would cease “Today”

          3. You shall be with me

              a. The thief asked remembrance: he got fellowship

              b. He is able to do exceedingly

              c. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20

          4. Paradise

               a. Persian in origin

               b. Means, a garden

               c. A garden of pleasure, filled with trees, shrubs, fountains, flowers

              d. In hot climates, found next to mansions of rich and royalty

NOTE: The Romans had their Elysium fields,

               The Greeks their gardens of Hesperides

NOTE: In my Father’s house are many mansions … I go to prepare a place for you John 14:2

CONCLUSION

Two men with common backgrounds. One like gold under the fiery trial of the cross melted to repentance. The other like clay under the fiery trial of the cross hardened in his guilt and sin. What choices do we make regarding salvation?

This salvation came at the time of our Lord’s greatest weakness. Two men: One demanded help from Jesus – Jesus made no response. The other confessed his sin and Jesus’ righteousness.

What Are The Most Important Choices We Must Make In Life?

I. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE DESTRUCTION IS ALWAYS BEFORE US

II. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE WHAT WE DESERVE

III. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE WHO CAN GIVE US THE RIGHT CHOICE

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#John 14

LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED

John 14

INTRODUCTION

During His ministry we have seen evidence of the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to do astonishing works. Just as He calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee He also could, and did, calm the hearts of individuals. Just like weather storms every person is helpless against the storms of life. But Jesus provides us a promise. He is greater than anything and everything in this world.

His life is ours. And, as the song writer wrote, Because He lives, we shall live also.

I. THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF JESUS John 14:1-6

     A. The Supremacy Of His Peace vs. 1

     B. The Promise For Temporary Life Here vs. 2-4

     C. The Provision For The Repentant Sinner vs. 5-7

II. THE PERSON OF JESUS John 14:7-15

     A. The Questions Of The Disciples vs. 7-8

     B. The Answers Of Jesus vs. 9-10

     C. The Goal – The Father In Heaven Receiving All The Glory vs. 13

     D. The Way His Commandments Are Kept vs. 14-15

III. THE PROMISE OF JESUS John 14:16-26

     A. The Promised Comforter vs. 16-18

     B. The Love Between The Believer, The Father And The Son vs. 19-21

     C. How Love Is Manifested vs. 22-25

     D. The Teaching Ministry Of The Comforter vs. 26

IV. THE PEACE OF JESUS John 14:27-31

     A. The Power Of His Peace vs. 27

     B. The Son With The Father vs. 28

     C. The Contrast Between Jesus And The Prince Of This World vs. 29-31

CONCLUSION

The Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth. Then He completed His work. Then He returned to the Father. But this is not the end. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again!

In the meantime we have the Comforter, the Holy Spirit of God Who abides in us and with us. He gives us power and peace in this present evil world.

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#Luke 23:44-49

WHEN JESUS DIED

Luke 23:44-49

INTRODUCTION

Almost everyone we know owns at least one decorative cross as a piece of jewelry. Most Christians own more than one. But do we really have an appreciation of what that cross represents for each of us? Do we only say the words or do we really have a comprehension of what the cross represents.

The most sacred and solemn hour of crisis in the history of the world has now arrived. Jesus, the Lamb of God, is now suffering and is to die on the cross. He is to bear the sins of the world.

The cross is a symbol of God’s heartbreak over a world that is gone astray. Sam Jones

We need men and women of the cross, with the message of the cross, bearing the marks of the cross. The motto of every faithful church: We preach Christ crucified I Corinthians 1:23

No more horrible manner of execution was ever devised. Jesus was stripped naked. He was made to lie on the ground with His arms outstretched along the cross. To render Him helpless His arms and legs were jerked out of joint. After His hands were nailed to the cross His feet were likewise nailed. He was left hanging throughout out the ordeal. His body was extended. Every muscle and nerve was drawn tight so that the agony was beyond human endurance. Through bleeding and perspiration the loss of body fluid produced tremendous thirst. His entire body became fevered. his lips were parched and cracked. His tongue became swollen. His throat was dry. His inflamed vocal cords produced only a rasping sound. It is impossible for language to describe the excruciating pain which accompanied crucifixion.

THEME: WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD vs. 44-45

     A. The Sixth Hour

          1. The crucifixion began at nine a.m.

          2. Darkness at noon

         3. Lasts until 3 p.m.

         4. This is the time of the day when the sun should be at its strongest

NOTE: And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Amos 8:9,11-12

     B. The Darkness

          1. This is not an eclipse is possible with a full moon at Passover

          2. No eclipse lasts three hours

NOTE: Hell came to Calvary that day

          a. Jesus bore our judgment

          b. The judgment of God on our sins

          3. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:12

          4. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against … the rulers of the darkness of this world … Ephesians 6:12

     C. Darkness In Scripture Is Often A Symbol Of Judgment

          1. Jesus went to the cross to give His life for us

          2. Jesus uttered – My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46

          3. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son Colossians 1:13

NOTE: And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. Luke 23:45

NOTE: The two signs that God gives that this death is so important

          a. The sun is darkened

          b. The veil of the temple is rent into

     D. The Sun Was Darkened

          1. Greek – the sun failed

          2. Not, it was blocked

          3. The cause was in the sun itself

          4. No natural explanation conforms completely to the details

NOTE: The sun, as it were, hiding its face, and refusing to afford its comforting light and heat to Him; and yet might be in disgust of the heinousness of the sin the Jews. It was an emblem of the judicial blindness and darkness of the Jewish nation; and signified, that now was the hour and power of darkness, or the time for the prince of darkness, with his principalities and powers.

NOTE: A Greek wrote after seeing the darkness in Egypt, said, “Either the, divine being suffers, or suffers with him that suffers, or the frame of the world is dissolving.”

     E. The Veil Was Rent Into

          1. It was of blue, scarlet and purple

          2. The veil between the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place

          3. Only the High Priest could go in to sprinkle blood on the mercy seat for the sins of the people of God

          4. Now our refuge is in Him alone

               a. Symbol that Jesus opens the way for each one of us to come before God

               b. At the instance of His death the veil was torn

NOTE: Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh

Hebrews 10:19-20

NOTE: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

          5. It also means the Temple is no longer needed

               a. Every repentant and believing sinner can now enter the most intimate communion with the Holy God

               b. No more offerings for sin is needed

               c. Through the torn veil of His body we can come directly to God

NOTE: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:21,23

T.S. WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

          I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD

II. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS vs. 46

     A. The Prayer Of Trust

          1. Jesus dies with a cry of faith

          2. Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. Psalm 31:5

          3. It is a cry of restful resignation

          4. It is a cry of voluntary surrender

          5. It is a cry of confidence

          6. It is a cry that never can be forgotten

     B. Father

          1. In the first and in the last statements from the cross Jesus addressed the Father

          2. Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. Psalm 31:5

     C. He Is Our Role Model In Death

          1. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Acts 7:59

          2. Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously I Peter 2:23

     D. I Commend My Spirit

          1. Commend

               a. To place alongside someone

               b. Commit to one’s charge

               c. A banking term, deposit

               d. Entrust

          2. He gave up the spirit

               a. None of the Gospels say just “He died”

               b. There was something more unusual in the death of Jesus than in the death of anyone else

          3. Ghost or spirit

          a. Breathe out one’s life

          b. Breathe one’s last

         c. Expire

NOTE: Spent to the utmost, weary unto death, yet knowing that the mighty task was finished, finished forever, and that all its glorious fruits would follow – so this Son calls out “Father” and lays His human spirit into His Father’s hands. Lenski

          4. His kingly act

               a. He dismissed His spirit

               b. No one took His life

               c. He laid down His life Himself

          5. The quality of His death

NOTE: People talk about quality of life. Far more important, far better is the quality of our death.

          a. A death of peace

          b. A death facing an eternity of peace

          c. A death of joy

          d. A death of a triumphant return to His Father

NOTE: Behind Christ now is:

          a. The hard work of redeeming the world

          b. The faithful work of doing the will of His Father

          c. A life of service

T.S. WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

          I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD

        II. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS

III. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS vs._ 47

     A. The Centurion

          1. The Roman soldier in charge of the crucifixion

          2. Upon observing what has happened, the centurion utters the scene’s final remark, which functions as a judgment over the events

NOTE: Now when the centurion saw what was done

          a. The eclipse of the sun

          b. The darkness upon the land

          c. The earthquake

          d. The rocks broke

          e. Jesus expire in so uncommon a manner

     B. He Glorified Jesus

          1. Honored

          2. Magnified

          3. Praised

          4. Rendered God excellent

          5. Cause the dignity and worth of some person or thing to become manifest and acknowledged

     C. A Righteous Man

          1. Approved of or acceptable of God

          2. Innocent

          3. Keeps the commands of God

          4. Used of those whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God

NOTE: All the official representatives of Rome’s presence in this story agree that an innocent man was executed

          a. Pilate

          b. Herod

          c. This Roman officer

     D. The Centurion Pictures A Person Sensitive And Open To God’s Work

          1. He understands God’s testimony

               a. There were false witnesses

               b. There were those who hated Jesus

          2. Only God’s testimony is what counts

NOTE: Every centurion mentioned in the New Testament is spoken of in a positive way

T.S. WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

          I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD

        II. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS

      III. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS

IV. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF OUR CONSCIOUS vs. 48

     A. The People

          1. A casual collection of people

          2. An unorganized multitude

          3. People gathered together without order

          4. The common people, as opposed to the rulers

     B. A Contrast Of Crowds

          1. The first crowd clamored for His crucifixion Luke 23:21

               a. They did not even stay for the crucifixion

               b. Those who hate Jesus do not care for the crucifixion

          2. This is a second crowd

               a. They are moved by the events

                    1) The crucifixion of Jesus

                    2) The words of Jesus

                    3) The darkening of the sun

                    4) The earthquake

                    5) The death of Jesus

                    6) The words of the centurion

               b. The death of Jesus went from being desired to being regretted

     C. They Smote Their Breasts

           1. In token of:

                a. Alarm

                b. Anguish

                c. Fear

                d. A sign of remorse, but remorse alone will not save

          2. They saw the judgments of God

               a. They saw the guilt of the rulers

               b. They feared the further displeasure of the Almighty

          3. And returned

               a. To their own houses

               b. Where they might more seriously, and with the greater composure of mind, reflect on these things

NOTE: They came to witness a show; they left with feelings of woe Lenski

T.S. WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

          I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD

        II. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS

     III. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS

     IV. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF OUR CONSCIOUS VS. 48

V. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF OUR KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS vs. 49

     A. Two Other Groups Are Mentioned

          1. His acquaintances

          2. The women that followed Him

     B. Acquaintances

          1. Those who knew Him

          2. The eleven disciples stand at a safe distance (except John with Mary)

          3. Some of the seventy who followed Jesus

          4. Joseph of Arimathaea

          5. Nicodemus

         6. People Jesus had healed and raised form the dead

         7. Mary, Martha and Lazarus?

     C. The Women

          1. Mary Magdalene

          2. Mary the mother of James, the less and Joses

          3. Mary’s sister Salome the mother of James and John

          4. Joanna

D. They Stood Afar Off

          1. The issue of personal safety from the Romans

          2. The issue of helplessness on their part

          3. I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. Psalm 142:4

NOTE: My wife .. a mirror. When I have sinned against her, my sin appears in the suffering of her face … The passion of Christ … is such a mirror. Are the tears of my dear wife hared to look at? Well, the pain in the face of Jesus is harder … Nevertheless, I will not avoid this mirror! Walter Wangerin, Jr.

CONCLUSION

WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD

II. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS

III. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS

IV. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF OUR CONSCIOUS

V. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF OUR KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS

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#John 16

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH

John 16

INTRODUCTION

The Christian belief system is rooted firmly on truth. A word study of the word ‘truth’ in the New Testament would be absolutely essential to really understand truth as it related to the Lord Jesus Christ, to the Christian and to the world system.

Even the Holy Spirit of God is called the ‘Spirit of Truth.’

I. BECAUSE OF OUR STAND FOR THE TRUTH THERE WILL BE PERSECUTION John 16:1-6

     A. When We Have Truth We Will Not Stumble (Be Offended) vs. 1

     B. Persecution Will Come Because People Do Not Want God’s Truth vs. 2-3

     C. In The Physical Absence Of The Lord Jesus Christ We Have His Truth vs. 4-6

II. BECAUSE OF OUR STAND FOR THE TRUTH THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL WITH US John 16:7-15

     A. The Comforter Comes From Jesus vs. 7

     B. The Ministry Of The Comforter vs. 8-15

          1. He will convict (reprove) the world of certain truths vs. 8-11

               a. The truth of sin vs. 8-9

               b. The truth of righteousness vs. 10

               c. The truth of judgment vs. 11

          2. He will guide the child of God vs. 12-15

               a. He guides us into the truth vs. 12-13

               b. He gives honor to the Lord Jesus Christ vs. 14

               c. He reveals God’s truth to the believer vs. 15

III. BECAUSE OF OUR STAND FOR THE TRUTH THERE SHALL BE JOY John 16:16-33

     A. The Great Joy (Or Good News) is the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ vs. 16-22

     B. There Is Great Joy Regarding God Answering Prayer vs. 23-24

     C. There Is Great Joy Because We Know The Truth vs. 25-32

     D. There Is Great Joy Because Jesus Has Overcome The World vs. 33

CONCLUSION

Jesus clearly teaches that the faithful Christian will have tribulation from the world system because of being a Christian. In every situation in this life a deep abiding joy and peace that passes understanding resides within the child of God who knows truth.

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#John 17

THE LORD’S PRAYER

John 17

INTRODUCTION

The “Lord’s Prayer” found in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4 is actually the disciple’s prayer. John 17 is actually the “Lord’s Prayer.” In this prayer Jesus discusses with the Father His mission to the earth.

I. JESUS PRAYS THAT THE FATHER WOULD GLORIFY HIM FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE John 17:1-5

     A. It Is The ‘Hour’ When He Is To Be Glorified vs. 1

     B. His Mission Is to Give Eternal Life To Humans vs. 2-3

     C. In Turn Jesus Has Glorified The Father vs. 4-5

II. JESUS PRAYS FOR THOSE THAT ARE HIS John 17:6-10

     A. Those Who Have Kept The Father’s Word vs. 6

     B. Those Who Have Known What The Father Gave To Jesus vs. 7-8

     C. Those Who Are His, Not Those Who Are The World’s vs. 9

     D. Those Who Give Glory To Jesus vs. 10

III. JESUS PRAYS THAT THEY WILL BE KEPT FROM EVIL John 17:11-16

     A. His People Are Kept By The Father vs. 11-12

     B. His People Are To Have His Joy vs. 13

     C. His People Are To Be Hated By The World vs. 14

     D. His People Are Kept Separated From The World vs. 15-16

IV. JESUS SEND US INTO THE WORLD John 17:17-26

     A. Our Mission Is To This World vs. 18-19

     B. Our Mission Is To Show Jesus Was Sent By The Father vs. 20-21

     C. Our Mission Is To Show What God Has Given Us vs. 22-23

     D. Our Mission Is To Display God’s Love That Has Been Given To Us vs. 24-26

CONCLUSION

This prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ is a prayer for every Christian of the Church Age. This is a prayer for each one of us today. He prays for us as we minister in His name.

He has commissioned us. He has commanded us. He empowers us. He guides us. He goes with us. He waits for us. He will receive us. He will reward us.

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#Luke 24:50-53

DOING HIS WORK

Luke 24:50-53

INTRODUCTION

There is a satisfaction in completing a work. It doesn’t matter if we have put in a new fence, built a house, completed a project at work, or had a fulfilling life for the Lord, no one knows the satisfaction of completion like the person who has done it. For those about to graduate from high school, there is a satisfaction. There is more satisfaction for the one graduating from college. There is even more satisfaction for the one graduating from graduate school. There is the most satisfaction for the one graduating with a doctorate. And there is a law: The greater the project the greater the satisfaction.

That is why this paragraph is so important. It is a study in two contrasts. First we have the satisfaction on the part of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has completed His work on earth in His flesh. No one will ever do again what He has done. And there is no greater work ever done. Therefore: satisfaction.

And in this paragraph we have a contrasting situation. As Christ has the satisfaction of completing His ministry, our ministry starts. First there are the apostles. They are great role models for us. And without exception, everyone of them have satisfactory ministries and lives. Following the apostles are the centuries containing the so many saints who lived the Christ – like life. And they knew, and now know, satisfaction. And now it is our turn for this experience.

It can be said that life is full of minute projects as well as life – long projects. And Scripture is filled with passages on how to be satisfied with our life projects.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might … Ecclesiastes 9:1

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. Ephesians 5:10

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men Colossians 3:23

In old English England the “enthusiasts” were those who converted the pagans. The reason why they were called “enthusiasts” was because the word is made up of two Greek words: en or in; and theos – god. Hence an enthusiastic person is a person who is “in God.”

And so we are likewise to be “in God.”

In our text now, everything was at last complete and ready. The Savior had lived perfectly through the life of man with all the struggles, temptations, afflictions and death, and had in everything obeyed and honored His Father; He had accomplished the work of atonement; had conquered death and all the powers of darkness, and had arisen; He had appeared to His followers on numerous occasions; had banished from their hearts all doubt as to His resurrection; had taught them everything that was necessary; and had told them to await the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and then to preach the Gospel of redemption in His name. And, now, He is ready to depart. (Geldenhuys)

THEME: WHEN WE ARE WILLING TO DO GOD’S WORK:

I. WE WILL BE BLESSED BY HIM vs. 50

     A. The Key To Every Blessing Of Life Is To Be Led By Him vs. 50

          1. He led them out

               a. Out of Jerusalem

               b. Out of the center of things

              c. Away from the place where so many spiritual battles were yet to be won

          2. Before His passion He led them on the same road to Gethsemane

               a. They were exhausted from a long day

               b. They were expecting the wrong spiritual things

                   1) They expected spiritual exaltation

                  2) They were to get spiritual humiliation

NOTE: So many times the only way up spiritually is the way down

          a. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10

          b. At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1,4

          c. They were going to be discouraged

          d. They were going to be disappointed

          e. They were going to desert Him

          f. They were going to fail

          3. After His resurrection He led them on the same road

               a. They were expecting better things

               b. They were no longer discouraged

               c. They would never desert Him again

               d. They were not going to fail

               e. They were now going to trust in the power of the Holy Spirit

NOTE: There may be some minor dips in their roads of life, but they were now on the right track

     B. He Leads Them To The Mount Of Olives

          1. This is where He led them to His agony

          2. This is where He led them to His ascension

     C. When We Are Spiritually Successful

          1. We have to follow a path of agony

          2. We have to follow that same path to our:

               a. Spiritual growth

               b. Exaltation by God

              c. Our glorification

NOTE: Our agonies and our exaltations often lie close together

     D. Bethany

          1. “House of dates” or “house of misery”

          2. A village at the Mount of Olives, about two miles from Jerusalem, on or near the normal road to Jericho

          3. A favored place in the life of Jesus

               a. A place of remembering

               b. Home of Simon the Leper Matthew 26:6

               c. Home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha

     E. Jesus Lifted Up His Hands

          1. In the Jewish sacrifice ritual the high Priest:

               a. Finished the sacrifice

               b. Lifted his hand in blessing as he dismissed the people

          2. Jesus has finished His sacrifice

NOTE: Jesus lifted His hands to dismiss them to the Great Commission before them

NOTE: The High Priest did not dismiss the congregation to go away from God; he dismissed them to go with God

     F. He Blessed Them

          1. Ask God’s blessing on a person or a thing

         2. Cause to prosper

         3. Consecrate a thing with solemn prayers

         4. Favored of God

         5. Pray God to bless something to one’s use

NOTE: This is more than mere well – wishing. It is a transmitting of:

               a. Welfare

               b. Peace

              c. Power

NOTE: The last act that Jesus did before He left this earth was to commend us to the Father’s care

T.S. WHEN WE ARE WILLING TO DO GOD’S WORK:

          I. WE WILL BE BLESSED BY HIM

II. WE WILL HAVE TO LIVE BY FAITH vs. 51-52

     A. And It Came To Pass vs. 51

          1. Found over 450 times in the Bible

         2. Luke uses it over 40 times

         3. It is a Biblical statement that always marks an important event

     B. Carried Up Into Heaven

          1. A vindication from the trial that Jesus would be at the Father’s right hand

          2. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God Luke 22:69

         3. Jesus was put to death for making this claim

         4. The Father does not reject this claim

     C. The Ascension Is Not Just Any Departure

          1. A departure from His earthly ministry

          2. A departure from being seen by the world

          3. A departure from bodily presence with the disciples

NOTE: In the Bible nobody is the same after a departure

               a. Some departed to do a work for God

               b. Some departed to love this present world

          4. The contrast

               a. The passion – He was impatient to get it done

               b. The ascension – He did not leave His disciples

          5. The ascension is also an arrival

               a. The beginning of His heavenly reign

               b. The beginning of His preparing a place for us

               c. The beginning of His preparation to return

              d. The beginning of His intercessory work for us

          6. There is an air of finality about the ascension

               a. It is the decisive close of one chapter in the ministry of Jesus and the opening of another

               b. It is the taking of Christ’s humanity into heaven

               c. It is a powerful expression of the redemption of this world; not the escape from it

NOTE: He is now exalted to the Father’s right hand

          a. From there He beckons us to walk through suffering to glory in obedience to the purpose that He has set before them

          b. … if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:17b-18

NOTE: Their story partially told in the book of Acts. All of our stories will be told at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

     D. They Worshipped Him vs. 52

          1. When He is an absent Savior

               a. After He left them

               b. After He was out of their sight

          2. The first homage paid to Jesus after he had left the world

NOTE: They are our role models in doing the same today

          3. Worship is shown to someone greater than us

               a. It is far more than just a one time bowing of the knee

               b. It is a life style

               c. Adore

               d. Obey

               e. Reverence

NOTE: Antonyms

          a. Disloyal

          b. Disobedient

          c. Disrespectful

         d. Faithless

         e. Scorn

     E. They Returned to Jerusalem

          1. Our first responsibility is our Jerusalem

               a. We must try to reach our communities while at the same time we try to reach the world

               b. So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to Godward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

I Thessalonians 1:7-8

          2. With great joy

     F. But Jesus Was Gone

          1. They had lost nothing

          2. They had gained much

          3. They had Jesus with them for a while

          4. They were now going to have Him forever

          5. They now had a purpose for living: The Great Commission

          6. They had received the promise of His return

          7. They had great joy in His great exaltation

NOTE: On earth:

          a. He was a shepherd

          b. He was a servant

          c. He was a teacher

         d. He was a healer

         e. He was an example

NOTE: In heaven:

          a. He is the Exalted Son of God

          b. He is the only One at the right hand of the Father

          c. He is in all His glory

          d. He is God

T. S. WHEN WE ARE WILLING TO DO GOD’S WORK:

          I. WE WILL BE BLESSED BY HIM

        II. WE WILL HAVE TO LIVE BY FAITH

III. WE WILL BE WHERE HE TELLS US TO BE vs. 53

     A. They Go To The Temple vs. 53

          1. The Gospel of Luke begins with an angel speaking to a priest in the temple

          2. The Gospel of Luke ends with saints speaking to God

         3. This is the result of the work of Christ

NOTE: Early in the Gospel of Luke are songs

          a. Of Elizabeth

          b. Of Mary

         c. Of Zechariah

NOTE: Now the songs of the disciples

          a. Of the work of Christ

               1) On the cross

               2) The resurrection

          b. Of the saints for two thousand years – the same theme

          4. With anticipation of greater singing in heaven

     B. Hopelessness And Frustration In Life Has Been Transformed Into Joy By The Disciples’ Resurrection Faith

          1. They know understand how much better is God’s will and purpose than their own earlier limited and distorted understanding of God’s wil

          2. Previously their attitudes were imperfect

               a. They were ignorant

               b. They were perplexed

              c. They were astonished

              d. They were afraid

              e. They were confused

          3. With them living in the presence of the risen Christ

               a. They were full of joy

               b. They were full of victory

     C. Why Were They In The Temple Continually?

          1. Their hearts were so full of gratitude that they naturally sought this outlet in their great place of worship

          2. Their full hearts did not drive them to Galilee

          3. Their full hearts did not allow them to be afraid of the Sanhedrin

          4. They worshipped in the same place with those who crucified Jesus

NOTE: Even though the Temple had hypocrites in it

          a. The services of the Temple were led by hypocrites

          b. The very people who cried “Crucify Him” were there

NOTE: Some of the greatest miracles of the Bible occurred in a place that was filled with hypocrites who got saved!

     D. The Last Thing That They Did Was “Praising God”

          1. Their parting from Him was not with grief

          2. Their parting from Him was with great joy

NOTE: The three great truths for every Christian

               a. His dying on the cross for our sins

               b. His living in heaven interceding for us

               c. His coming again in glory to receive us unto Him

              d. There is joy in the Lord only in proportion to our living these beliefs

     E. Amen

          1. The word “amen” is a most remarkable word

         2. It was transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal word

          3. It has been called the best known word in human speech

          4. The word is directly related – in fact, almost identical – to the Hebrew word for “believe” (aman), or faithful

          5. Thus, it came to mean “sure” or “truly”, an expression of absolute trust and confidence

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE ARE WILLING TO DO GOD’S WORK:

I. WE WILL BE BLESSED BY HIM

II. WE WILL HAVE TO LIVE BY FAITH

III. WE WILL BE WHERE HE TELLS US TO BE

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