Knowing Jesus: Let’s Get The Party Started

Knowing that He Knows you, You Know Him: Jesus

Daily Spirit & Word; 649:

Be Encouraged By Knowing Jesus.

Let’s GET THE PARTY STARTED

Good morning my friends. Discipleship Fellowship was G R E A T last night. We have fewer people than normal, but oh WOWzer! What a great time it was. We began by going through some of the Bible readings from the list below, chatting about each one, then reading them in context, sometimes reading the entire chapter to we could see it’s significance. Then we were joined by a new member of the group. So we stopped, had a snack and began to share our Christian Journeys to Faith and Trust in Jesus Christ.

Everyone’s story was so different: But each had arrived at ASSURANCE: Knowing Jesus as LORD, SAVIOUR, MASTER, KING, BROTHER, FRIEND and most importantly DELIVERER.

Amanda (our Church Administrator) said earlier in the week, “Sharing WHO we know is more important than WHAT we know” she’s so right. Every Christian needs a TESTIMONY, an inward witness that we ACTUALLY belong to Jesus Christ. Without that, then we’re still in the DARKNESS, we may be coming to ‘church’, we may be very ‘religious’, we may know the Bible back to front, but without that deep inward assurance that we’ve got Jesus and that He’s got us, then we’re still (at best) on our way to Him.

The wonderful Christmas text from Isaiah is shouting aloud in my Spirit today; and it’s about people on their way to faith and trust in the Saviour.

Isaiah 9:2 “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

Of course the LIGHT is Jesus: Have you seen Jesus? Have you met Jesus? When you do, you’ll KNOW it deep within your soul.

Until we come to Jesus: We are “The People Walking in DARKNESS”. As I’ve said many times before, we can know all about Jesus and even believe in Him, but until we actually KNOW Him personally, then we’re still in the DARKNESS (i.e. the land of the shadow of death). For the Bible declares that those who’ve yet to be ‘born of God’s Spirit’ as still Spiritually DEAD. So it’s not about what we know, but WHO we know that’s important, and that we’re known by HIM.

I’d hate to think of any one of my friends, hearing these words from Jesus lips on the Day of Judgement: “Depart from Me, I never knew you”… Let’s read that afresh now, but NOTE this: when it says “false prophets” it means everyone who proclaims that they are ‘Christians’ when they are not, i.e. they are FALSE CONVERTS (they don’t know Jesus and He doesn’t know them).

Matthew 7:15-23
15  “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
16  By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17  Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
19  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20  Thus, by their fruit you will recognise them.
21  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’
23  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

LOOK FOR THE FRUITS of CONVERSION:

Why? Because that’s what Jesus is going to be doing. “By their fruit you will recognise them”…

The Fruits Is OBVIOUS: When you see a tree in fruit, it’s promising tasty treats. When you see a fruitful Christian, they will be DEMONSTRATING the fruit of the Holy Spirit in their lives: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Self-Control.

NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS “LORD, LORD” IS A CHRISTIAN.

It always amazes me this text, because you’d probably think that “prophesying, driving out demons and performing miracles” would make a person certain that they ARE followers of the Lord Jesus; but He’s going to say “I never KNEW you, depart from ME you workers of iniquity”…

Do you KNOW Jesus? There’s nothing more important. Yes going to church is good, reading the Bible is great, knowing all about Jesus is totally awesome, but have you got the point of KNOWING HIM yet? If you haven’t got the inward testimony, the Spirit’s inward witness that you ARE a child of God, then be assured of this, you are still one of those “people walking in darkness” looking for the light.

YBH: Yes but HOW?

I can hear people asking this question again. “How do we KNOW Jesus?”, “How do I know if I’m SAVED?”, “How do I know if I KNOW Jesus and He knows me?”

Sometimes the Answer is too easy for some people and they want to add more, but it is as SIMPLE as A,B,C and R.

Accept: That you are a sinner in need of forgiveness. We’ve all fallen short of God’s Holy Standards revealed through His Law, the Ten Commandments. Even if we fail at just one point, then we’re guilty of breaking ALL of it. We stand in the place of the guilty and will be judged by God and sent to Hell. Do you accept that you are a sinner? Romans 3:23

Believe: Believe IN Jesus: That means put your faith and trust in HIM. Just like you would a parachute if you’re jumping out of a plane. Believe that He came into this world from Heaven, lived a perfect life, performed miracles and taught His disciples the secrets of the Kingdom, He then died on the Cross for your sins, in your place, then rose from the dead and is alive in Heaven now. There’s so much more to believe about Jesus, but that’s enough to get you started on the road to Salvation. Do you believe that Jesus died upon the Cross for your sins?

Convert: Turn from your sinful life, living life your own way, and turn in REPENTANCE AND FAITH to trust in Jesus Christ. Repentance is turning: It means to make change of mind, it’s a desire to go God’s way, to live His life instead of being your own boss. You put God on the throne by turning to Him in Faith. We call it conversion. But conversion is not complete until we actually receive the Lord Jesus by an act of faith and take Him as our Lord and Saviour. (I know so many people who’ve stopped short at this point; they get to the point of; accepting they are sinners, believing that Jesus died for them, repent of their sins, but stop short of receiving Him by an act of faith).

Receive: Receive Jesus as your LORD and SAVIOUR. It’s not enough to simply believe in Him.

It’s like Jesus is offering you a gift, which He is, but not just ONE GIFT: Jesus is holding out to you today; forgiveness of sins, God as your Father, Holy Spirit Power to live, Family of God, New Life in Christ, Home and Eternal Life.

You say, “I believe that you want to give me that gift Lord”, but if you don’t take the gift that’s offered, then you walk away with nothing. Believing that Jesus can give you all this is NOT the same as having it.

Have you ever been offered something, but have not taken up the offer? You may believe that it is yours for the taking, but until you take it, it’s NOT yours. Until you’ve got it in your hands, it’s still in the hands of the one offering it.

Salvation is like that: Jesus is offering it to YOU today. All you’ve got to do, after Accepting, Believing, Converting is to RECEIVE HIM. John 1:12-13. Look at all the Scriptures below to show you what happens when you DO receive Jesus as LORD.

SINNERS PRAYERS:

I’m in the position today of hating sinners prayers: Because I’ve known and met countless numbers, so many people now, who’ve “Said the Sinners Prayer” countless times, but nothing has happened. A sinners prayer won’t SAVE you, it will NOT make you into a Christian. But a heartfelt turning from sin, trusting in His death on the Cross for your sin, believing in Jesus and a true receiving Him as LORD will SAVE you and change you and you’ll begin to produce the fruit of repentance, the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life. It will be obvious not just to other believers, but to everyone who KNOWS you. You’ll change from knowing about Jesus to actually KNOWING Him.

Yet I LOVE SINNERS Praying to RECEIVE Jesus as LORD.

It was so refreshing having Lloyd at our meeting last night, because he reminded us all how much we need to come to Jesus and simply, honestly and wholeheartedly RECEIVE Him as LORD.

God LOVES it when SINNERS Repent: (There’s a party going on in Heaven with all the Angels when SINNERS turn to Jesus in REPENTANCE from sin, and RECEIVE Him as LORD). Luke 15 The Three Parables of LOST & Found.

I could suggest a “sinners prayer” for you to pray, but it’s more important that you; A,B,C and R above. If you are ready to do that, then you don’t need me to give you the words, tell Jesus Christ you want Him as your Lord. Tell Him how sorry you are for your sins. Tell Him you want to turn away from the sin in your life. Talk to Him about it. Tell Jesus you want to receive Him as your Lord and Saviour. You invite Him and take up His offer of LIFE today. When you do ALL THINGS will Change.

2 Corinthians 5:17
17  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! “

PRAYERS: Heavenly Father, I come to you today, in the Name of Jesus, and bring before you EVERY ONE of my friends and family. I’m praying for them today LORD, that they won’t just know all about You, but that they’ll actually come to KNOW You. I’m praying LORD that they’ll A,B,C and R above. Help those in Darkness Lord, send out those who KNOW You to the people who’re still walking in Darkness in need of the Light of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Lord I thank you for Lloyd, who’s come back to You. I know there’s a party going on in Heaven right now because Lloyd came back to You in Repentance and Faith. Amen.

Let’s Get The Party Started.

Don.

Discipleship Bible Readings:

The Good Things We Have: When We Take Christ As Lord.

Seven: Who We Are In Christ.

We receive a new life:

We have eternal life (John 3:16).
God has poured His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
We have received the testimony of the Spirit (Romans 8:16).
We have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Our bodies have become temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
We have available to us the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4–11).
We have become part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27).
We have the Holy Spirit as the seal of His ownership in our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:22).
We have been redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13).
We have been sealed by the Spirit (Ephesians 1:13–14).
We have been made alive with Christ (Colossians 2:13).
We have been renewed by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).
We have been born again of the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23).
We have been forgiven and washed clean in the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7–9).
We have been born of God (1 John 2:29).

We enter a new relationship with God

We have become children of God (John 1:12; Romans 8:16).
We know the only true God (John 17:3).
We have peace with God (Romans 5:1).
We are reconciled to God (Romans 5:10).
Not only are we children, but we are sons of God (Romans 8:15).
We have become co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).
We are Christ’s possession (1 Corinthians 3:23).
We have been transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory which comes from the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).
We are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We are crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20).
We are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6).
We are alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
We are members of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19).
We can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12).
We can be confident that He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion (Philippians 1:6).
We can do all things in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
We are qualified to share in His inheritance (Colossians 1:12).
We belong to God (1 Peter 2:9).
We participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).

We are set apart in the world.

We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37).
We are ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
We live by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20).
We have been crucified to the world (Galatians 6:14).
We have been raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).
We are fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19).
We have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13).
We have been given the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
We are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness (2 Peter 3:12).
We have overcome the world (1 John 5:4–5).

Gordon, Bob (2012-02-01). The Foundations of Christian Living (The Sovereign World Foundations Series) (Kindle Locations 626-630). Sovereign World Ltd.

 

The Triumphal Entry

The Triumphal Entry

Daily Spirit & Word, 474: The Triumphal Entry.

Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem.

 

Jesus Christ: The Son of David

Good morning my friends, today I’m posting yesterday’s theme for our Sunday worship. It was Palm Sunday 2015. Jesus Authority and Humility Revealed.

Celebrations sometimes signify honour being bestowed on one or more people. When it’s someone’s birthday, anniversary etc.

  • Think about the most exciting celebration, party or parade you’ve attended.

What / Who was it for?

What made it so memorable?

How did it make you feel?

Personally, I love parades and parties, because one of my other passions is photography and being a photographer there’s nothing more exciting for me that to see people happy, enjoying themselves and I try and capture the feelings and atmosphere of events. I got some great pictures of the Queen and many other royals as they passed me by on the Mall in London during the Trooping of the Colours. The crowds were also very happy to see the Queen, you should have seen their faces and waving arms with flags. So many had their mobile phones and iPads out ready to snap the Queen.A Palm Sunday

Bible Reading: Today’s Bible lesson shows how a celebration for Jesus signified not just His Royal Authority but also His Servant Humility.

Mark 11:1-11

1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2  saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no-one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.‘ ”

4  They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5  some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6  They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.

7  When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8  Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9  Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” 10  “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest!”

11  Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.

This was a great celebration: But who was it for? Was it for Jesus, whom they perceived to be the Messiah, the Son of David or was it for themselves, because they thought His coming signified freedom from Roman bondage and restoration of their National identity? I’m sure that in the crowd out of the thousands gathered that day, there would be some on both sides.

 How Did Jesus Get Here?

First; There’s The Command:

Mark 11:1-3 “Go into the Town and bring me the colt”

Commanded, but Not Knowing Why:

Have you ever been asked to do something, when you don’t know the reason why? Or even after reflection you think it’s a foolish thing to be asked to do? Sometimes in life we’re expected to be obedient without knowing the reasons why. I was used to that in the Royal Navy, we were not always told why we were being sent somewhere or being commanded to do something, but we knew and trusted our leaders and that it would be for a good reasons. That’s trusting a respected authority. Jesus had obviously won the Disciples honour and respect, for they didn’t question Him, they didn’t say, “Why Lord?” They just did as the Master commanded. “Go”.

This signifies Jesus Authority: Over People. He demonstrated that He also had authority over many spheres;

Jesus Authority:

  • Over Nature: Commanding and Calming the Storms
  • Over Elements: Changing water into wine, a few fish and a few loaves to feed thousands.
  • Over People: “Come follow me” People left everything to follow Jesus as their new Master in life.
  • Over Sickness and Diseases: Jesus healed wherever he went.
  • Over Life and Death: Jesus raised people from death to life and the grave could not hold Him.

However, does Jesus have Authority over you? Is He your LORD? He’ll never force you to accept His Lordship, but one day the Bible tells us, “Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess; Jesus Christ is LORD!” He may give you freedom to choose if He’s your Lord now, but we don’t know when He’s coming back. It must surely be better to submit to His Royal Authority before He returns and everyone is compelled to bow before Him. However, if you won’t trust Jesus because of His Authority, perhaps you will because of His Humility.

Jesus can obviously be trusted and we’ve got an obligation once we know that, to willingly submit to His Divine Authority. Being obedient to Him when He commands, even though we don’t know the BIG PICTURE.

 2) There’s the Obedience to Jesus Command. Authority.

Mark 11:4-6. They obediently went into the town, found the Donkey’s Colt as Jesus had said and untied it and brought it to Jesus. WOWzer! That’s awesome.

 Modern Equivalent: Imagine if Jesus were here in London today and He commanded you; “Go down West Norwood Road and you’ll find a Volkswagen parked outside B&Q, you’ll find the keys in the ignition, get into the car and bring it to me. If anyone asks why you are taking the car, tell them the Master needs it” (Notice that it wasn’t a Merceedes or BMW, but a Volkswagen: Volkswagen means People’s Car or a car for the people). “If anyone asks you!” My friends if we were to get into a car in London, we’d probably be immediately arrested and questioned by the Police. Try explaining that the Master needs it as a reason for taking someone’s car these days. LOL

However, Jesus followers were obedient, they did it and were not aware of the reasons why, but this also reveals another Aspect of Jesus Authority: He knows things, He knew they’d find the Colt and how it would be tied. He knew the people wouldn’t object.

 3) There’s the Humility of the LORD:

He came into Jerusalem on a Donkey. Not as a normal Triumphal Procession: In a Chariot or on a White Charger. Even today when the Queen Processes down the Mall it’s either in a Golden Carriage or a Stretched Limousine, not a Volkswagen. 🙂

 Jesus is the Model of Humility:

Matthew 20:26-28 “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus didn’t come to earth to be served, but to serve and give His life.

Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Jesus is gentle and humble in heart.

Those who are truly following the Lord Jesus Christ will also be humble, gentle too. Look at the fruits of the Holy Spirit of God: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness and Self-Control. WOWzer! He’s making you to be more like Jesus Christ when you follow Him.

4) The People’s Response:

Shouting, cheering and Waving Palm Branches. Crowds can be so fickle: Don’t always follow the crowd.

Some crowds, parades, parties etc are good, but you’ll know from recent history that some crowds can turn nasty; The Tottenham Riots in London and countless Demonstrations around the world these days. The crowds can turn nasty, violent and very dangerous.

The Crowd: Was filled with JOY, Praise, Adoration. Why? Because their New King was coming into their Capital City Jerusalem.

Zechariah 9:9 (NLT)
9  Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey riding on a donkey’s colt.

How Fickle This Crowd Was:

Just a few days after Jesus Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem we find large crowds, stirred up by their leaders, shouting with just as much enthusiasm for Jesus to be Crucified. Remember the crowds motivated to stone Stephen, to beat Paul within an inch of his life and left for dead. The Crowds cannot always be trusted to get things right. Mob mentality takes over and everyone follows like a sheep.

 The Modern Crowds:

The Popular Religious Writers: Some calling themselves ‘Christian’ say things the world and foolish Christians long to hear, but they are far from the revealed will of God. They’ll advocate things the Lord has condemned and say that they are good for you.

The Christian who chooses to live in sin: They want others to endorse their wayward way of life, and the world loves to hear of hypocritical believers, the crowd’s pressure is intense these days.

The Non-Christian: They’ll say all kinds of strange things about Jesus, about the Bible and about God. The World loves it and the pressure to go along is needle like too, it penetrates to all levels of the modern church. The fact of God’s Creation is being constantly attacked. Compromise and acceptance of false beliefs, because the glamour of the crowd is deafening. Christians are shutting their mouths and the world is getting worse by the day. Christians don’t want to appear odd or out of kilter with society, so they’ll accommodate and acquiesce. Christians are afraid of being made to look foolish when scientists and psychologist try and explain away our revealed faith. However, true science is nothing to be afraid of, for it will in the end, find God’s Word to be trustworthy and true. Soon they’ll discover that there was indeed a Creator and He still holds Creation in balance.

 The Triumphal Entry: If you were in that Crowd when Jesus came into Jerusalem, would you be shouting Hosanna (praise the Lord) just because everyone else was shouting or would it be because Jesus really was your King?

A week later, if you were there when Jesus was brought out and you were asked who should be released, Barabbas or Jesus, would you go along with the crowd or would Jesus still be your King?

When the Crowd today says things about Jesus, God, the Bible and Christianity that are NOT true, will you stand up for Jesus or go along with the crowd or worse still, stay silent?

 A Tapestry: If you look at the reverse side of a tapestry, all you see is knots and bits of thread, but turn it over and WOWzer, you’ll see the bigger picture in all it’s splendour.

Just like the Disciples of Jesus who were not aware of why they were being commanded to go get a Donkey’s colt, we too are not always aware of why the Lord wants us to do certain things, be certain places or speak His word in season; turning the other cheek, blessing our enemies and forgiving those who do evil things to us, etc, but because we know Jesus and love and respect and honour Him, we’ll do what He says, because He’s got the bigger picture, He knows the end from the beginning, because He knows the BIG PICTURE, even though to us it all looks like a mess down here on earth, one day we’ll observe and be overyjoyed by the splendour of the KING.

After the Triumphal Entry, Trial, Crucifixion and Resurrection; Jesus is now the Ascended King of kings and LORD of Lords, He’s on the Throne in Heaven, He’s coming back again soon, will you be in that Crowd cheering Jesus return? Are you longing for the return of Jesus in all his glory? He’s coming soon my friends at an hour we don’t expect.

The LORD NEEDS IT:

Sometimes we give to the LORD begrudgingly, but this man let Jesus have his Donkey’s Colt, because the Disciples said, “The Master Needs It”… Oh WOW! Is there anything you can give to Jesus today? Oh yes there is my friends; Jesus wants you to use;

  • Your TIME:
  • Your TALENTS:
  • Your MONEY:
  • Your THINGS:

All of these things for the KING and for use in the KINGDOM of Jesus.

You don’t need to be like that FICKLE CROWD.

You can be; Trusting Jesus today, because He’s proven to be TRUSTWORTHY.

You can live in Obedience today, because He’s your King and Lord and knows the beginning and the end.

You can be Serving Jesus today, because you LOVE Him: with all your heart, mind, soul, will and strength.

You cannot do it in your own strength, you need Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s help. If you try, even with all your own strength and might you’ll fail, but if you SUBMIT to His Authority, recognising His Humility, you’ll flourish and grow as a Christian, because He’ll give you all you need to be triumphant and victorious in the Christian life.

Have an amazing Holy Week and come and join us on;

  • Maunday Thursday: as we celebrate the Lord’s Last Supper over a Passover Meal, then on;
  • Good Friday Walk of Witness: at 11.45am come and join with Christians from all over West Norwood and walk and witness for Jesus. Click Here for More Details of the Walk of Witness.
  • Resurrection Sunday at 10.30am as we Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’m praying for you all today, that you’ll be able to resist the clamour of the crowds and continue steadfastly to follow the Lord Jesus as your King and Master, Saviour and Lord. Amen!

Don.

The Triumphal Entry.