Daily Spirit and Word, 519: The Promise of Jesus Presence.
40 Days With Jesus: Day 35: The Promise of His Presence.
Good morning my friends. I’m feeling a lot better this morning than yesterday, so a BIG Hallelujah, I’m on the road to recovery at last. Praise the Lord. Though, I didn’t publish yesterday, I did the reading and have been pondering. It’s awesome to spend two days on just one theme: “The Promised Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ”.
After reading our booklet accompanying 40 Days With Jesus, and reviewing the content, I’ve become convinced that Dave Smith’s daily titles all need changing, they are too enigmatic (my Administrator’s phrase), too puzzling for the audience that I’m aiming at. You see my friends, I don’t really write these daily thoughts just for Christians, but so that the non-Christian knows what they are all about, even before they begin to read. I also want people who’re young in the faith to be encouraged and built up daily in their walk with the LORD. I believe Mature Christians will get some things from my writings, but I know that if they are Mature in the Faith, they’ll be at the point of wanting to feed others themselves, ready to feed and teach others the eternal truths of God’s Word. I want to change the titles because I want to make-plain and crystal-clear the teaching from the Bible, that’s why I write the way that I do. It takes much longer to filter out the language of zion, the phrases we ‘Christians’ use every day, but they have become like a secret-code and a barrier to those who don’t yet know the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord or Saviour. Our churches are full of people who know the Language of Zion, but don’t understand it or know the PERSON behind that language. It’s like the Muslim who recites the Koran in Arabic, but doesn’t know the meaning of what he’s saying. Yes, we’ve got incomprehensible language too.
For example: I’ve been asking some of our folks, who’ve been coming to church for years, what some of the things we say or preach about every week mean: “What does it mean to be born again?” “How would you explain to a non-Christian how to be born again?” and “How can I get Born-Again?” I’ve been staggered by their responses or to be more precise, their un-Biblical responses.
For example, Dave’s title today; “The Promise of His Presence”, it sounds catchy and those who are ‘born of God’s Holy Spirit’ know what it means, but to the young believer and the non-Christian it’s meaningless, but just add the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and BOOM, YOU’VE got what today’s study is all about immediately. “The Promise of the Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ”. So I’m going to strive to make-plain (evident, simple, clear and unmistakable) as much as I can, the WORD of God (The Bible, Holy Scripture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ).
Why? Because that’s what Jesus was doing in our Bible reading today; He’s saying to the Disciples, something He’s been saying over and over and over and over and over again, but they DIDN’T UNDERSTAND, THEY DIDN’T GET IT. Even though our Lord Jesus had been saying it from the beginning, His own followers hadn’t grasped His words. John’s Gospel has been telling us right from the first few words and in almost every chapter; Jesus IS EMMANUEL (Which means, “God WITH US”
CRYSTAL-CLEAR: Jesus want’s us to know beyond and shadow of a doubt, that HE WILL BE WITH US forever.
You could give John’s Gospel a new title: “The Life of Jesus Christ, who is “GOD WITH US”” or “I’m going to tell you HOW God has been with us and has promised that when we receive Jesus Christ as LORD, He’ll always be with us”.
Here’s Jesus last words from John’s Gospel and Matthew’s Gospel and Mark’s Gospel. These PROVE beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus wants us to get it crystal-clear my friends, that once we’ve responded to His Gospel invitation; He’s going to be in us and with us forever.
Matthew 1:23 (NIV) “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”
In the last verse of Matthew’s Gospel we have:
Matthew 28:20 (NIV) “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Can you see it my friends? God wants you to know from His WORD, the Bible, that He’s WITH you forever once you’ve received Jesus Christ.
Jesus said two words in this verse that give every believer great assurance and confidence in the world:
“SURELY” = Definitely, Positively, Cartainly, Sure and Certain, Assuredly, For-Certain, For-sure, indeed, Sure-enough, Sure-as-shooting ducks in a barrel. So my friends, Jesus want’s us to know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that He is CERTAINLY and SURELY going to be with you forever.
“ALWAYS” = Constantly, At-all-times, inecessantly, without-ceasing, without variation or change, at any time or in any event, without interruption, forever, perpetually, at all times, all the time and on every occasion: Jesus is with YOU once you’ve repented, received and believed in Him. AWESOME!
“IF ONLY I WAS THERE WITH JESUS: IT WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER TO BELIEVE!”
That’s what we hear all the time when we’re out sharing the Gospel with folks on the streets, every week we’ll come across people who’ll say this. Even Christians who’ve known Jesus for ages, will sometimes wish; “I would love to have been around when Jesus was on the earth, my faith would be so much stronger”. “I wish I could touch Jesus, feel Him, see Him, be with Jesus”.
“I wish I could touch Jesus, feel Him, see Him, be with Jesus”.
Oh my friends, you want to know a secret? Then come a little closer to your computer monitor or phone screen, “Jesus is WITH you right now”. You’ve got it better than the Disciples had it when they were with Jesus for three years. You’ve got it better today than they had way back then. How? How have you got it better? Because Jesus, whilst He was on the earth, was limited. He couldn’t be everywhere at once, but NOW, now that Jesus has ascended into Heaven, He can be EVERYWHERE AT THE SAME TIME. JESUS is God. One of God’s attributes is that He’s OMNIPRESENT: = Being present everywhere at once. Another word for that is ‘ubiquitous’. Only God can be present everywhere at the same time.
Science: When you draw a vacuum there’s nothing in that space. When you suck all the air and all the mollecules out, there’s nothing there right? Well no, not really, because even in Space which is a perfect vacuum, there’s planets and moons and stars. But even if we could create a perfect vacuum, with nothing there, sucked out everything, God would still be there. You can’t get rid of God, He’s OMNI-PRESENT. Present everywhere at once. That’s why the Bible says;
Psalm 14:1 (NIV) “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no-one who does good.“
It’s a foolish thing to think we can be rid of God by simply saying “God’s not there” I saw a joke sign that read like this:
God-is-now-here: “God is nowhere” or have they left out a space “God is now here”.
“God is nowhere”
“God is now here”
My friends, Jesus IS with you always, to the very end of the age.
Read, John’s Gospel from Chapter 14 to the end and even chapter 1. You’ll see Jesus is EMMANUEL = GOD WITH US.
John 1:1-51 (NIV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ” 16 From the fulness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No-one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. 19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.” 21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ” 24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptise if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 “I baptise with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” 28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptising. 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptising with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptise with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.” 35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning round, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour. 40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter ). 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” 48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig-tree before Philip called you.” 49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig-tree. You shall see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Notice Jesus words, “You believe because” Nathanael believed because of Jesus knowledge of him. The woman at the well believed because she thought “Come and meet a man who told me everything I ever did”. Thomas believed when He saw the resurrected Christ and Jesus said, “You believe because – you’ve seen me”
YOU BELIEVE BECAUSE ????
“Why do you believe in Jesus?” What would you say to a person who asks you that question? What would you say to God? Why DO you believe in Jesus? What do you believe about Him?
Personally, I believe because I’ve had a personal revelation, I’ve met the risen Lord Jesus Christ, He’s come to me every day since I came to believe and trust in Him, I meet Jesus every morning and chat with Him, He’s with me right now as I write these words to you. He’s also WITH YOU ALWAYS once you’ve received HIM. He’s promised you today, “I’ll NEVER leave you, I’ll never forsake you, I’m with you ALWAYS”
Enjoy the presence of the Lord today.
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DAILY SPIRIT & WORD: 519: The Promised Presence Of The Lord Jesus Christ.