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March 3, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching up Dr. Don Wilton a message: the gathering just a moment. We had the John chapter 12 as we open God's Word to get another were open to talk with you and pray with you as well. If 866-899-WORD that's an 866-899-9673 now Dr. Don Wilton. This is a remarkable passage of Scripture that we going to be looking at the guy and I invite you to turn with me to John's Gospel in chapter 12. The message from God's word is entitled the gathering is what the Bible says.
The Bible says that weight 203 are gathered together in my name that I'm right there in the midst of them.
One of the most beautiful one of the most assuring statements and promises that God gives to us in his word. In John chapter 12 as we continue our study in this great book of the Bible and particularly from verses one through 11 we going to discover something that is most precious. Indeed, and in order for us to get there.
I want to beg your permission to spend just a few moments placing this passage in its correct context I think would all of us would agree that it is very important as we study God's word together that we understand the context in which certain events take place. Jesus never happens by mistake.
Circumstances never occur in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ without there being a spiritual reason for it to happen and I would remind you that together we have discovered some wonderful truths in the Gospel of John, and particularly in the preceding chapter in chapter 11. Remember what happened there. The Bible tells us that there was a man by the name of Lazarus, who is desperately sick and right at the beginning of John's account. Jesus says in chapter 11 in verse four he says, in essence, this sickness will not end in their. This boggles the minds of all those who stand there listening to Jesus.
I mean, it creates a major constellation on their part.
I mean everything that ever is going to rattle in their insides begins to rattle at this juncture, the nerves begin to go on a March I mean everything begins to become upset because these people, even these who were so close to the Lord Jesus Christ couldn't understand the fact of Lazarus.
This and what Jesus was trying to say that I'm going to be perfectly honest with you.
Would you agree with me today that I can understand their predicament. I would've been rather perplexed by this myself, despite the man of my caliber.
I would've also had great difficulty in understanding and so the disciples was standing there, it is announced that Lazarus is died and Jesus is the son of the living God is standing there and he signed.
He's not dead. He just gone to sleep.
I could just see them standing there saying to themselves muttering together saying we've got them here man.
I mean listen. We bet this is okay. We traveled all over the countryside with him and everything he said has been right. But pork have we got it now. You know I wouldn't be surprised if even these spiritual men who rub shoulders with Jesus and who love him so much I wouldn't be surprised folks.
If every now and again they wanted to win a little bit. I mean I mean they were probably just like you and me. They were tired of losing at Chase. They were tired of getting checkmated all the time.
By this one who seem to know everything about everybody and always knew more about them and seem to have an unbelievable capacity to look ahead down the road.
I mean these men in old age.
Humanness were no different from you and from me and they were probably sign Lord let us win one for a change. Just get off your pedestal just come down from your holy huddle with God the father wanted to let us just be proved right just for one time. So God and Jesus looks at them and he says okay he's dead you want him did he did haven't read it, I could just see all the disciples say yes regarding regarding we've called the son of God, we have finally, thank you Lord.
After all this time we brought Jesus where we wanted him to be. We have removed him from his pedestal in the heavenly throne room, seated at the feast table of the heavenly father God himself and Jesus Christ has finally been proved wrong. Of course we know differently to that country wrong. They were wrong. Not Jesus.
And so Jesus walks into the circumstance of life and Jesus intervened to bit Bethany and Jesus weeps over this man who has gone to sleep for about four human purposes. Has God.
Jesus weeps because he not only loves Lazarus, but he weeps over the inability of man to understand the depth of God's eternal grace. He weeps over the congregation of America when he sees people coming together to read in this study, the unsearchable riches of God in Christ Jesus and get continue to behave in a human manner limited by human understanding. He we because he understands that the sovereign outstretched hand of Almighty God is so magnificent that man can never understand the high glory and the puppies love this. Both of these eternal grace and so Jesus Christ where, but he didn't just end up weeping, dirty, he acted you see Jesus not only weeps because of our inability. He doesn't only weeps because of our lack of comprehension. He doesn't only weep because he knows that we are mortal man and that we have been afflicted by the sin of Adam. He weeps my friends because he puts his own life on a limb and he pays the ultimate price by the authority of God, Jesus Christ, the son of God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world unto himself, so that all who believe in him might live forever Lord, and he takes Lazarus and he says to Lazarus. Lazarus come forth Bible tells us in John chapter 11 that Lazarus had no choice because the son of God had spoken Lazarus came forth from out of that to and the word of God says in verse 43 and verse 44 that the dead man came out in these hands and these people were wrapped he could neither see, neither could he hear not decrease. Neither could he do anything in these absolute total bondage outside of this broken word of the Lord Jesus Christ, which was about to be translated into the very action of God, because this broken word of God was to become the reality of the action upon the cross, Lazarus came out there, and Jesus spoke those words take those bonds and bandages from away from his eyes in his mouth and let him go and immediately we begin that horrible journey down the road to the cross horrible because of what we know they were about to do to the spotless son of God, but because those of us who have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ are being left with no shadow of a dock whatsoever that we have life off the line that the March down the road to the cross was the march down the road of the sovereign outstretched hand of Almighty God, and that it is within the very bosom of God that the plan of God was about to be executed so they were people there who began to react some people. The Bible says believed in Jesus Christ. Because of the practicality of what they had seen demonstrated in the life of Lazarus. Some of those people just stood by and did nothing about it. Like many people still do, despite the fact that they know that God is there a grapeseed he's outstretched hand, there are still thousands of people in America today who had done nothing about God's grace. There were others who rushed off to the authorities. According to the word of God because they knew that the authorities had a reputation that they were people who would be able to do something in the world of the scourge called Jesus of Nazareth.
Some people like contrast to the Lord entries hands because of his power. Because of these political prestige because of his pompous, prideful nature. He said I want you to know speaking prophetically and yet unknowingly that it is better that we kill this man.
Then the whole nation parish.
Unknowingly, this man found himself being swept along by the sovereign outstretched hand of the plan of God. Despite his unbelief, God's plan.
My friend is not dependent upon the unbelief of man, God's outstretched hand in the execution of everything that God is concerned about is not dependent upon the Constitution of the United States of America. God's outstretched hand.
My friend is not dependent upon which president is in the in the White House God's outstretched hand is not dependent upon gobblers and Supreme Court justices. I want to submit you today irregardless of client fast that this man who didn't know God in these unbelief was being swept along by the sovereign ox hand of an Almighty God of an Almighty God was about to demonstrate his love toward us, in a way in which no man could ever understand. So it is hearing John chapter 12, we have an interlude seems to me that within the context of the surrender circumstance). In John chapter 11 verse 57. The Bible says that they were looking out there to arrest him. They wanted his heart they wanted to know he's hind leg to the wall. They wanted to get rid of this man of Nazareth. They couldn't tolerate the upset to the status quo. They wanted out with him.
They said crucify him and they began to march down that horrible Highway to the cross with they would nail him and they would beat him and I would place a crown upon his head, and they would bruise the spotless son of the living God, and it is) the midst of the agony of the beginning. March down this highway that we have a glorious interlude because just suddenly, right there in the middle of we find a group of people gathered together.
It's almost like the calm after a storm. It's almost like something's about to happen. It's almost like in the midst of the tumult. It's right there in the midst of the anger and the hardship it's in the midst of the anxiety and the heartbreak right there in the midst of the misunderstanding of the humanness of the missed connectedness between man and he's like a right to write a book gathering takes place, a group of people come together, but I love these first 11 versus why because we have a microcosm of the macrocosm. We have a coming together in the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of lords, and I'm reminded today that Jesus said wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them. Let's read together how Jesus came into the midst of these people and let's understanding the context of God's word. What was about to happen. This was setting the stage up there so much that we go to do to set the stage because from chapter 12 all the way down the highway to the cross we talking about a week folks now watch me. Everybody watch me this morning. We got to understand that it was one week to go before Jesus was crucified, we talking about a week long event that is about to take place, but this is one week's events from now until the end of the gospel of John we are going to be dealing with one week's events in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, we go to understand that and in order for us to understand the march down the highway to the cross. I think it is most glorious, don't you, that Jesus begins with the gathering. Did you notice that he begins with the gathering in chapter 12, where a group of people come together and Jesus finds himself in the midst of them, and something very special begins to take place and on the night before Jesus Christ was crucified. What happened but I have another gather they come together and Jesus took the bread and when he had broken. He said this is my body which is broken for you this do as often as ye eat it, in remembrance of me. And then he took the cup, he was right there in the midst of the gathering anything this top is my blood, which was shed for you. This do as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. Remembering my dad and burial.
Remember the road to the cross.
Remember what happened. Remember our coming together remember the fact that went to all three are gathered together in my name, I in the midst of them.
Remember that I am slobbering remember that there is life after life and remember that it is my which is giving you life and remember that I have risen to be seated and exalted at the right hand of the father seated Dave making intercession for you and full clean water gathering. Please forgive the eruption will be back with the rest of today's message the gathering with Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment, but many of you are asking about the book that you've heard about. It's not out yet coming at the end of March called Saturdays with Billy, a wonderful new book about Dr. Don and his relationship with Dr. Billy Graham. You can see a little bit of detail on our website right now I TW online.org while you're there, sign up for the daily Encouraging Word email. And there's so many other resources that's all firstname.lastname@example.org that activates teaching with Dr. Don Wilton together. Not used to the ready for this.
That's exactly what that is exactly what we are doing all my friends if we could go around our community today if we could take a survey in this congregation I'll guarantee you there's a broken heart on every. I'll guarantee you there are thoughts that we wouldn't imagine there are financial problems and physical problems and emotional problems. There is every kind of problem that afflicts you and afflicts me. We find ourselves in the midst of our human predicament we come together in God's house on Sunday morning and Sunday night and Wednesday night we have a gathering and the Bible says my friend, Jesus understood this more clearly than anybody else because he is the son of God, and it is. Is it any reason why we can say I love my church.
I love my church and I thank God for my church and I thank God for the choir in the orchestra and I thank God for every man and woman and boy and girl who come together in this place with 203 are gathered together in thy name on there the midst of them.
Well let's look at this verse together six days before the Passover Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus moved whom Jesus had raised from the dead, as if we needed to be reminded of that in our super spirituality. There were many people who couldn't get over this here at dinner was being given in Jesus on a what are we doing this morning we getting at dinner and Jesus honor this is a feast. Martha served while Lazarus was among those look reclining at the table with him which was customary in the Roman tradition, then Mary took out a pint of pure log and expensive perfume and she poured it on Jesus feet and she wiped his feet with her hair and the house was food with the fragrance of the perfume. What an unbelievable consequence of her devotion, but one of his disciples.
I don't know whether we wander, calling the spoilsport. I don't quite calling that it's just reality. One of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him objected. Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor. It was worth a year's wages. He did not say this because he cared about the poor poorer. But because he was a thief in the word thief. There is the word crypto, which comes from outward kleptomania. It means he was a thief.
They didn't think he was a thief.
I knew he was a thief as keeper of the moneybag used to help himself to what was put into leave her alone. Jesus said was intended that she should say this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me remarkable that he should've said this to someone like Mary, we gonna discover why. Meanwhile, a large crowd of Jews came out, the Jesus was then found out that Jesus was there and claimed not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus who he had raised from the dead, so the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well. The prox beginning to think they can, they getting they got a get so frustrated folks.
They gonna start taking it out on God's people. They gonna get so mad chiropractor's henchmen they going to get so upset that they cannot get their fingers on Jesus, that they gonna start taking it out on the people who follow Jesus. Meanwhile, a large crowd so the chief priests gathered coming together this conglomeration.
This gathering together of people fall on account of him. In verse 11. Many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him by the Lord righties word upon our hearts.
Let's look at this gathering. First of all, let's look at Martha, what a precious lady. She was in verse two. The Bible says Herod. Dinner was given in Jesus honor and we find the other Martha Sir, this dinner. She was an incredible lady according to the Bible, you can go back and study her life, but I think if there was anything true about Martha, which is so true about so many men and women even in our beloved congregation, my friend is that Martha understood most clearly and most distinctly that she was sorry not to sit but to serve, I believe it was Martha who set the pattern for us at this gathering where Jesus presents himself in their midst that it was Martha understood what it means meant to be a worker for the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What is that mean about her. What it meant. Six.
Things never give them to you quickly. Number one, it meant that she serve God and the Lord Jesus Christ with fear. Psalm two and verse 11 tells us serve the Lord was clear now that the word fear. There doesn't mean to say that Martha Cowart towered from the presence of God. It didn't mean that Martha was scared of God.
You see the word fear in the Hebrew and in the Greek New Testament is the word that means respect. It's the kind of respect that is earned not because of what the person could do to you, but because of what the person has done for you. That type of fear that Martha came to understand as she serve the King of Kings and Lord of lords was a heart of unbelievable overwhelming gratitude and she serve the Lord with fear. The Bible says we must serve the Lord with fear and with trembling, not out of fright but because we are standing in the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of lords, but I want you to note in the second place that Martha by virtue of her service had made a choice. Her service was a signal of the choice she had my what is Matthew's gospel tell us in Matthew six and verse 24. The Bible says.
The Bible says very clearly no man can serve two monsters you will either hate the one and love the other, you serve the one and despise the other.
The Bible says there is no such thing as a predicament for a born-again believer, the word of God tells us, and it is vested and it is typified in the life of Martha at this gathering that not only did she serve the Lord with fear and with risk, but she had made a clear-cut choice she made a deliberate choice in her life, but there's 1/3 thing that can be said Martha service. Her work in the kingdom of God.
My friend signified that she had been released from the constraints of the Lord, I want you to notice a very interesting passage you might want to turn there with me. In Romans chapter 7 in verse six yes what the apostle says, Romans chapter 7 in verse six Bible dying to what found us at one time we have been. I love this word we have been released from the whole.
I just got around that first part by get Bible dying to what once found us. We have been released from the law, in order that we can serve in the spirit. Now there is a purpose whereby you and I have been released from the bondage of that which enslaved us. We have not been released to freedom. We have been released onto a of absolute freedom which is a life of service. What an unbelievable thing that there's 1/4 thing about her service. Her service of the Lord spoke clearly number four of her. See you Romans chapter 12 in verse 11, apostle Paul says again and I quote never be lacking in.
See you but keep your spiritual fervor, thereby serving the Lord.
Her service here in John chapter 12 speaks of her humility. You have to have humility to do what she was doing many wives today have humility.
There is a six thing about her service she serve with love USA safe to serve one another in love. Would you bow your heads with me this morning. Just as men and women, boys and girls are bowing their heads and opening their hearts to what is the next down in their lives. I pray that you and I would do the same thing here.
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