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June 11, 2020 12:00 am
“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves” (John 17:13).
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Our box 17 oh 37, Cincinnati, OH 45217, we continue today with our series in the Gospel of John, with a message entitled real joy. The Bible has a lot to say about joy and becomes evident that God would have his people to be joyful, as you rejoice in the goodness and mercy of God.
You give a testimony of the display of that joy for person to always be down, discouraged, full of complaints is certainly not in keeping with a good Christian testimony Jesus for his disciples to have. So as we continue in the 17th Of the gospel of John today we come now to the 12th and 13th versus five I was with them in the world-Them in thy name.
Those that have gavest me I have and none of them is lost, but the sun the partition that the scripture might be fulfilled now come I to the and these things I speak the world that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. Jesus has put Ephesus on the fact that he had kept those that were given to him by the father. We talked about that at some length and some of the preceding verses in this chapter, but you mentioned once again he wanted to be recognized. He wanted to be a source of encouragement to these disciples in the they can recall the fact he has and as he prays for them. That they can expect they will continue to be back his power, according to his grace so he says while I was with them speaking already, as though he were hard because he will be crucified just a matter of how from the state, but I was with them.
I kept them, I kept those without gavest me they were the ones who would chose some of the father and given to the sun and he fulfilled his obligation to care for them while he was with them here on earth.
Now he says that none of them is lost, but the son of perdition, and some would interpret this to mean that Judas had been a child of God and fell from grace in the Lord and not keeping. But when you examine the teaching of Scripture you find that Judas is referred to as the son of perdition. He is referred to as one who was headed for destruction. Jesus was never deceived by he knew from the beginning. Although he was included in the number of the apostles. He knew that he was a false professor. In fact, after his death. It said he died that he might go to his own place. I've heard some try to make a defense as the Judas was a child of God just disobedient but careful examination of Scripture makes it. In fact, that Judas was not one who had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not one of those chosen of the father and given to the sun and the Old Testament prophecies indicated that Angela according to the Scripture. It must've been that Judas would betray the master. This is one of those places and people often struggle with how can it be that it was with in the scope of God's sovereignty according to his purpose that Judas would be in this number and be in a position to betray Jesus and yet be fully responsible for his own action.
But that principle is repeatedly brought before us is in the ninth chapter 20 talks about Pharaoh that God raised him up for a particular purpose that his power might be displayed in him through the plagues that God brought upon the Egyptians Pharaoh was accountable. The question was raised by the apostle of inspiration of the Holy Spirit, knowing that people would give thought to it from the standpoint of God raised him up. How could he hold Pharaoh's heart found that with plastic and Scott Pharaoh was responsible for his rebellion for his disobedience for his lack of recognizing the true and living God fact when Moses appeared before him. His?
Who is the Lord that I should obey and yet it was in the scope of God's providence that Pharaoh be where he was at that given time for a particular purpose. And that's true also of the situation here with Judas Judas once, not one who had grace and lost. He was one who never had the saving grace of God that Jesus prays for the keeping of those that he had No Baptist prayer embraces disciples that would be his time to come.
And he was praying in harmony with the father's will.
John chapter 6 verse 40 and this is the will of him that sent me that everyone could see if the sun and believe it's on him may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day. This is the will of God. God's will will be executed. His purpose will be accomplished might respond quietly and if it's already settled in the council chambers of the God has chosen the people and predestinated them to be conformed to the image of the son of a secure flat plate for them. But Jesus and the prayer was appropriate because he was praying in harmony with the father's will we touch on this point. Frequently because I found so many people have difficulty with it.
Some come to the conclusion will of God is sovereign. All if God is on the throne and working is where we see no need to pray, but it is often through prayer that God fulfills that which is designed to do and we have many biblical examples of the fact that we are to pray and when were praying in harmony with what God has already revealed. We know that it's an appropriate prayer for example, we do not pray Lord for sake, leave me alone. I fail come short, deserve anything but for sake we find promises in the Scripture, that he will not forsake us.
Why pray, but the same book that contains those promises contains also prayer where the psalmist others were praying Lord for so God uses prayer within the scope of his purpose and sovereignty. Now he speaks of joy. He says I come to the I'm coming, I'm coming to the father and these things I speak in the world that they might have my joy fulfilled in them, so my joy about the source of joy. He describes it as my joy from one standpoint he described in the 53rd chapter the book of Isaiah as being a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief. And we can work our faces from certain. There was much sorrow that was experienced by Jesus as he was accused of being a man in the wind. Never accused of being filled with an evil spirit being accused of working under satanic influence. Grief when he saw the hardness of men's hearts. When he saw the fact that the people rejected his message. He wept over Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem.
How awkward I've got the faith and doubt until there was sorrow but the same time there was a constant deep abiding joy is joy was in doing the father's will.
In the first chapter the gospel of John, verse 34 when the disciples were perplexed as to why Jesus had not posted. Eat. It said my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. This is my link.
This is my desire. This is my interest. This is why I'm here.
This is what I'm all about. This is where I have my itch to do the work of the father that sent me. At the finish, and so he was continuously finding pleasure, joy in carrying out the will of the father is that even the words that I speak words of the words that he has given me. He was in total submission to the father that had sent in the 15th chapter of the Gospel of John, we look at the ninth verse as the father hath loved me, so have I loved you continue ye in my love. If you keep my commandments you shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my father's commandments and abide in his love. How was Jesus continued to have this joint. In spite of all the opposition in spite of the hardness of men's hearts. In spite of the failures of his oldest, he found joy because he was abiding in the commandments of the father he was doing. The father had bitten him and if we're going to have this joy abiding in us is going to have to be as we keep is that I'm not talking about a legalistic approach to serving God. I'm saying that if we love him we want to abate you and it's not walking in rebellion is not justified excuse are interested in worldly things but it's a matter of following closely in the past that he has laid out for us. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. Jesus wanted his disciples to have. I want this joy to be full. I wanted to be complete. I wanted to be a passing thing that you have one day where you're up and feeling good and the next day your down a doleful and depressed. I want this joy to be applied so he was very much interested in and concerned for their joy. The 16th chapter John 16 in the 20th verse. Verily, verily I say unto you, that he shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice talking about about his crucifixion that when he would go to the cross would see them die. They would be in great sorrow. Understandably, they would weep and lament, but tomorrow rejoice.
Those who took him to the cross in their desire his death would be a conclusion we have killed this blasphemer we got this false teacher, so he says the world shall rejoice, but usually sorrowful, but your sorrow should be turned into joy the deep sorrow they felt at seeing the one they love so dearly nailed to the cross and abuse terribly sad dark scene would be turned into victory and joy when they saw him after the resurrection. Knowing now Jesus was alive. He was victorious and conquered all the forces of evil this fashion to cross the greatest event of all times have occurred in secure the salvation of multitudes of been given to him by the father when she is intraplate sorrow because her power is come, but as soon as she is delivered of the child. She remembers no more anguish for joy that a man is born into the world.
The woman suffers labor pains in great anguish. But when the child is born. She's delighted to forget springtime not focusing on the pain she's thinking about what a joy it is that this child is. And so Jesus relates that saying go through this horrible time of difficulty and sadness turned into joy and you now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again and your hearts and rejoice in your joy. No man taketh from house you go to be disappointed you will be dejected. You have your fears ready to give up to see me again rejoice and have a joy that no one can take a reading of the Scriptures in connection with the stock, but I want you to see how important it was with Jesus, how much emphasis he put up on how vitally concerned he wants for the welfare of his. He's getting ready to experience the most challenging thing that could possibly imagine. It was going to suffer physical pain, but the anguish of having the father momentarily turned his back on being separated from the father is the sin, the moment people put upon him, and he cries my God, my God pie has but instead of being swallowed up with his own interest.
His focus is on his disciples what love is not asking them for sympathy.
He's speaking to them words of comfort that will be a help to them. During this time of great difficulty in the 14th chapter John verse 26 he said, but the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to go remembers whatsoever I have said unto you.
Please. I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither the for to be upset want to be disturbed. Let not your heart be troubled when I go away to send the comforter to send the Holy Spirit people to abide with you going to be able to even greater works than because he will empower you as you go forth, preaching the gospel remarkable thing that some this little band of followers with all of their failings yet being so blessed that Pentecost 3000 souls are converted not long after that 5000 in the gospel was circulated far and wide and we enjoyed here today yes the spirit of God was sent and given to them to not only comfort them but empower them for the things that they would accomplish the glory of God not only to these words applied to those disciples who were present with Jesus at that time apply to us today. Joy that we need so desperately must come from the same source, Jesus scolded my joy and so with the instructor for the fourth verse says rejoice in the Lord always. I say rejoice, was the source of that joy. Rejoice in your immediate circumstances rejoice because something good happened to you this past week. Rejoice in the Lord is the source when rejoice in him that no matter what you encounter. You still have reason to rejoice. First Peter chapter 1 verse eight.
Speaking of Jesus Christ. It says whom having not seen ye love, in whom, though now ye see him not believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory receiving end of your faith. Even the salvation of your soul. Bigger addresses this epistle to those who described as strangers scattered throughout.
They've been driven from their homes. They were severely persecuted. But he's telling them there's still reason to rejoice. You haven't seen Jesus face-to-face, but you believe in because you believe you rejoice with joy is no words to describe it.
What a marvelous thing God's people the most difficult of circumstances. In the darkest of time.
There is reason to rejoice.
My joy he is the source of, and secondly, let's consider the quality of this joy.
It surpasses all of the joys of this world. Ecclesiastes chapter 2 verse one I said in my heart go to. I will proving with mirth.
Therefore, enjoy pleasure and to hold this also is vanity.
I set up after it is my hand, and of mirth. What do with the wisemen. Solomon says that the joy that is offered to this one fades quickly. It's of no real and lasting joy that we have in Jesus Christ is superior to any joy that the world can offer us chapter 11.
Moses chose rather to suffer the affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin match that there can be some momentary pleasure in sin. I try Satan can be so successful in enticing one to go down the wrong path. There is some passing pleasure and satisfaction but the joy of this world basically is empty the amusement park in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, was named Joy Lin and Idaho has a child we were always excited about going to joy. It was anticipated. You would have a lot of joy in going there.
Course I remember one occasion when my father father children walked up to the operator of one of the rides because some of the kids were wanting to get on and asking do you suggest that this ride would be safe for our entire family. All this is great. Your children will love it, but was called the caterpillar Emily got on board. This canopy came down over so that on the outside it looked like a And it went in a circle and went up and down and it went and Karen the speed and the children were screaming for their lives thinking that were short-lived and workable to survive.
Leaning over on each other and the couple of this very near to losing her breakfast and finally, from the thing ultimately stopped and we staggered off just barely able to get our breath wondering if we would indeed survive. I was made to think, is this really Joy Lin.
It's amazing to me what people will do to get what they call a little joy I see my grandchildren get on that drop thing whatever they call it out at Kings Island and I think why would somebody in their right mind go up on that power no now well whether it's the amusement park, whether it's participation in the going to concerts or movies or whatever it may be placed at a good time. I'm not trying to be showered and shaved, never enjoy some recreation and think this comes a point I'm making is that if you depend on the things of this world to provide joy you soon discover that whatever little thrill you have for the moment short lived.
It doesn't give you lasting joy.
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