“I have said all these things to you TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING AWAY.” (John 16:1)
What are “these things” Jesus said to us to keep us from falling?
“Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, THEY WILL ALSO PERSECUTE YOU. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.” (John 15:20-21)
No matter what we have to go through, Jesus is always with us to help us through the difficult times because His intention is to keep us…
“Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. “REJOICE IN THAT DAY AND LEAP FOR JOY, because great is your reward in heaven…” (Luke 6:22-23)
LET’S LEAP FOR JOY KNOWING THAT JESUS IS KEEPING US FROM FALLING AWAY…
“A new 1command I give you: 2Love one another. As I have loved you, SO YOU MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, IF YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER.” (John 13:34-35) 1Entolé: injunction, order, a requirement. 2Agape: a selfless, giving, non-emotional love. The highest form of Christian love.
It is a requirement for us to love one another with a selfless, non-emotional love. Why is this so important? Because: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we 3OUGHT TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.” (1 John 3:16) 3opheilō: to owe, be bound, be obligated, must.
This is so important because: “Greater love has no one than this: that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
When we say or do anything that causes hurt to another person, we have a problem! “…for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (1 John 4:20)
LET US NOT LOVE WITH OUR WORDS, BUT WITH OUR ACTIONS…
David said, “Have mercy on me, LORD; heal me, for I HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU.” (Psa. 41:4)
Sin is an assault on God’s authority and his right to tell us what to do. David goes on to say…
“I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. AGAINST YOU, YOU ONLY, HAVE I SINNED and done what is evil in your sight…” (Psa. 51:2-4) Confessing our sin and asking for forgiveness is only half of the equation. The other half is repentance: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion BLOT OUT MY TRANSGRESSIONS. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psa. 51:1-2)
Paul said this about David: “God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART; he will do everything I want him to do.’” (Acts 13:22) David pleased God by confessing his sin and repenting of his sin!
TO BE A PERSON AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART, CONFESS AND REPENT…
In the pray Jesus prayed to His Father, He said; “I have brought you glory on earth by 1FINISHING THE WORK YOU GAVE ME TO DO.” (John 17:4) 1teleioō: to carry through completely, to accomplish.
We know Jesus came to save us from our sins which would happen as a result of the crucifixion, but that has not happened yet. So, what work has He finished? John the Baptist said about Jesus: “…He will clear his threshing floor, GATHERING HIS WHEAT INTO THE BARN and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matt. 3:12)
Jesus explained it like this: “…I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it.” (Matt. 16:18) Jesus finished this work and Paul explained what that means for us: “…Christ is the head of the church, HIS BODY, of which he is the Savior.” (Eph. 5:23) “Now YOU ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corin. 12:27)
AS MEMBERS OF HIS BODY WE MUST GO OUT AND FINISH OUR WORK…
“He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matt. 13:9)
Things would be much easier for us if we would have faith to hear the voice of the Lord.
“Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. THE LORD SAID TO HIM in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “RISE AND GO TO THE STREET CALLED STRAIGHT, AND AT THE HOUSE OF JUDAS look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” (Acts 9:10-12)
God created us with the ability to communicate with Him, the devil deceived us into believing that we do not hear His voice any more, but… ‘This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, “CALL TO ME AND I WILL ANSWER YOU, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jer. 33:2-3)
DEAR LORD LET US FUNCTION THE WAY YOU CREATED US TO FUNCTION…
“…Jesus poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet…He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “UNLESS I WASH YOU, YOU HAVE NO PART WITH ME.“ (John 13:5-8)
The most important lesson we learn from this is the necessity of absolute obedience. This was GOD THE SON kneeling before Peter, to bless him and Peter thought of his dirty and unappealing feet and refused! Jesus loved Peter and desired him to surrender his all. If we want God’s blessings in our lives, we must be very humbly obedient!!!
The Lord God Almighty “…who inhabits eternity; whose name is Holy; says, I dwell in the high and holy place, even with the 1contrite and humble spirit, TO REVIVE THE SPIRIT OF THE HUMBLE, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isa. 57:15) 1dakkâ’: To crush or beat something into small pieces, the feeling of regret and sorrow. We are of great importance to the Lord and He will use us in our humility and contriteness…
REVIVE A HUMBLE HEART AND A CONTRITE SPIRIT IN US…
“Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, SO THAT YOU MAY BECOME CHILDREN OF LIGHT.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.” (John 12:35-36)
Why did Jesus hide Himself from them? He had just revealed something very profound to them and He wanted it to sink in. One of the ways that Jesus came in the flesh was to be the light of the world, why? Because the world was in gross darkness. Soon Jesus would leave in His physical presence and darkness could overtake the world once more. So, how may this darkness be prevented from overtaking the world???
Jesus said to His disciples and to us as well, “YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden…” (Matt. 5:14)
We must live, walk and talk the light, knowing that; “Your word is a lamp to my feet and A LIGHT TO MY PATH.” (Psa. 119:105)
REMEMBER, THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE AND VERY POWERFUL…
“Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So, the chief priests MADE PLANS TO KILL LAZARUS AS WELL, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.” (John 12:9-11)
The best way to keep someone like Lazarus from testifying about his experience is to kill him, why? “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” (John 10:10a) That is just what the devil does, shuts up the truth any way he can…
But wait, listen to Jesus, “…I have come that they may have life, and HAVE IT TO THE FULL.” (John 10:10b)
Jesus does not just give back what the devil has stolen from us, but he gives us a much better quality of life…
WHAT EVER THE DEVIL TAKES, JESUS RESTORES AND SO MUCH MORE…
“If I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN and receive you to Myself, that where I am, THERE YOU MAY BE ALSO. “And you know the way where I am going.” (John 14:3-4)
No mistake about it, Jesus is coming to take us away to a place so wonderful it goes beyond description!!! He says that we know the way! Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, HOW DO WE KNOW THE WAY?” (John 14:5) Remember, this is that doubting Thomas…
Jesus answered, “I am the WAY and the TRUTH and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through me…Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and THEY WILL DO EVEN GREATER THINGS THAN THESE, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:6, 12)
WE MUST BE ABOUT THE GREATER THINGS JESUS SAID WE WOULD DO…
Jesus said I am the one who the; “…Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I AM GOD’S SON‘? Do not believe me UNLESS I DO THE WORKS OF MY FATHER. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, BELIEVE THE WORKS, that you may know and understand that THE FATHER IS IN ME, AND I IN THE FATHER.” (John 10:36-38)
What kinds of “works” did Jesus do? “Jesus also did many other things. “What if every one of them were written down? I suppose that even the whole world WOULD NOT HAVE ROOM FOR THE BOOKS THAT WOULD BE WRITTEN.” (John 21:25)
So, was Jesus truly the Son of God? Yes, John said the world could not contain all the books that could be written about His numerous miracles…
LET’S BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM: JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD!!!