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January 5, 2022 6:50 am
The Gospel of John tells us that though many believed, Jesus didn’t fully entrust himself to them, because he knew their hearts. What can this teaching show us about ourselves and the people around us? Part 1.
All of these people supposedly say they believe in his name.
After seeing his side, but he didn't fully entrust himself. Even the people who said they were his followers because he knew what was in their heart currently reads, in God we trust but does not work the other way around his moments of hope, which didn't sound like the Gospel of John tells us that he believed in Jesus's name would not entrust himself to man because he knew the heart of man, with more on this here, stated in a message called people make lousy God one will I bring you the word of the Lord has laid on my heart today as we continue our the Gospel of John Libby. Make a few quick announcements of first of all the drive you to the website go to moments of Hope Church.org and there you can find out information about hope you which will begin in the middle of February on a Tuesday, you'll find all the information there also for hope teams, we can gather right now for several different reasons, but there is a virtual gathering that you can find more information about by going to again moment, spoke Church.org to hope teams and all the information there about the virtual gathering is there there talking about the Gospel of John. What I'm preaching on it. It's a wonderful movement of the Lord in those teams lives to place the Bible is the authoritative word of God and to believe in Jesus as Lord and to stand against the craziness of this culture so please go there as well by John Casey is continuing his men's Bible study. The CrossFit training spiritually for them on Sundays at Carmel press from 5 to 630 so thankful for the ways that John exposes the word of God to our men so please go there and continue your growth in Christ with John's great teaching and finally we do have a time at the Riverplace on a Thursday night to gather together in person. It's February 25 at 6 o'clock Thursday night again and please mark that on your calendar. Our first chance to come together since Christmas Eve and were really looking forward to that time together. Now let's move into the word of God and may I ask us all to prepare our hearts through father in heaven. In Jesus name, by the power of your Holy Spirit, I ask you to help me expose your word. Well, this is your word and when I accepted your call into the ministry. Lord, I knew that I was to be called a minister of the word of God.
I take so seriously.
This call that you have placed on my life be with me now as I expose a few more verses from the Gospel of John, and I pray you would be pleased Lord as I play to an audience of one. I don't care if people aren't pleased I'm here if you're not police though, so Lord I preached to you, and I pray as I do so, the people of God and all those who are spiritual seekers as well. They hear your truth in your truth alone and be brought into a either a relationship with you, through faith in Jesus or a deepened relationship in you, through Jesus be with me now, this is your word. Thank you for it is in Jesus name I pray it will continuing our study of the gospel of John. If you remember last week we saw how Jesus cleansed the temple and it was at the beginning of his ministry.
Annis was the high priest when that happened. He also cleansed the temple at the end of his ministry.
3 1/2 years later when Caiaphas was the high priest, it's significant because Jesus came from Cana of Galilee, then to Capernaum, where his headquarters work and then went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, as was commanded in Deuteronomy 1616. There were three major feasts of the Jews in Jerusalem. Jesus as a faithful Jew honored each one, the highest of all the three the Passover celebration, celebrating God's deliverance of the Israelites from the Egyptian captivity. When blood was placed on their door post almost identically in the sign of the cross and the angel of death passed over the Jews who had the blood on their doorpost and their firstborn boys lived where the Egyptian children did not God's judgment upon that idolatrous people who kept his people in captivity.
Not many people like to talk about the judgment of God upon sin but it is an important part of the biblical message. The message of the cross and grace in the blood of Jesus shed for the forgiveness of our sins doesn't make any sense unless you see that God's judgment must be poured out on sensor Jesus went to the temple went up to the temple. The temple mount on top of a mountain for the celebration of the Passover and he must've observed for some time what was going on, for there was the selling of oxen and all kinds of different animals for the blood sacrifices that needed to be made during the Passover and then he saw the changing of the coins from Roman coinage which had Caesar's imprint on it to the temple coinage which allow the temple tax, which was an annual tax for all males to be paid and when Jesus heard all the noise and the clamor and the coins being exchanged in the court of the Gentiles. The outward court of the temple. The place were Gentiles were supposed to come and have their first experience with the one true God, for God commanded the Jews to be a light to the nations. We saw that last week in Isaiah 49 and that the temple was built to be a place of prayer for all of the nations a pray place of prayer for the Gentiles, when Jesus saw all the clamor that was keeping the Gentiles from coming to be able to worship the Lord. He sat down and made a whip. He made a whip to think how long it took him to make that whip. It had to have taken him 1520 minutes 1/2 an hour maybe an hour and with each minute the past by his anger increased. Folks there is such a thing as righteous anger. It's a good thing in the sight of God. Yes, righteous anger against sin. So should we. And that's an okay thing to have in Jesus righteous anger against how the temple was being misused, raised and raised and raised with every passing minute, until finally he took that whip and drove the money changers and drove those selling the animals for profiteering out of God's house, he said, was my father's house and he was really angry and we did that the leaders came to him and said, by what authority do you do this and he said I'll do it by the authority of my tearing down this temple and then it will be raised three days he was not alluding to the destruction of the temple which would take place. 40 years later, the accusation against him at his trial. When Caiaphas was the high priest and 1/2 years later, was that he had said that he would tear down the temple. He wasn't talking but this little beautiful temple built over the centuries by different people, and especially King Herod the previous 46 years.
He was talking about his earthly temple. His body that all of us have as well and when that would be killed on the cross, Jesus, and I will raise it up in three days, and he gave us the most powerful apologetic possible to the Christian church is the resurrection and as I last week said all of you. If you doubt who Jesus is.
You do a serious study of the resurrection. Look at the facts surrounding it and if you can walk away after that serious study and say Jesus is a God that is not Lord that he wasn't raising the dead, you're a better man than anybody else in the history of the last 2000 years who's attempted to do as well. No one's been able to discredit the resurrection affect you got stories of people who were amazingly smart lawyers and all kinds of intellect and they try to disprove the resurrection after they did the serious study what happened. They came to faith in Jesus because they knew the resurrection is the one telltale miracle that cannot be denied by people in the world. So Jesus gave that as the illustration of his power. The proof of why he had the authority to cleansed the temple and then we come to today's verses in John II chapter just a few verses were going to cover today, but they are very important for all followers of Jesus to understand. Starting with John verse 23. Here are these words now when he Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many believed in his name for not only did he cleanse the temple, but evidently he taught as rabbis did during the day, especially during the high holy seasons, but he also did miracles and John tells us of the end of his gospel. Jesus did more miracles than are recorded in the Gospel of John. He did many many more. That would overflow the number of books. All the world of all the miracles were told that Jesus did, so he did some miracles during this time.
And many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing.
Verse 24 but Jesus on his part. Listen folks Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.
So what did he know that was in man he knew that the heart of the matter is a matter of the heart. He knew the teaching of Jeremiah 17 nine it's an important verse in the Bible memorizing the heart is wicked beyond all words, the human heart is selfish.
Jesus knew that each one of us is motivated primarily by power personal ambition and or money.
Those things motivate us and they cause us to do what we do.
So Jesus watched all of these people supposedly say they believed in his name. After seeing his signs, but he didn't fully entrust himself even to people who said they were his followers because he knew what was in their hearts, and they may have been following him just to get another miracle done in their lives and they weren't following him because they truly believe that he was Lord of the universe. He is warning each one of us as we decide to follow him to be careful with people pleasing. He's telling us. I know what's in the human heart. People make lousy gods.
That's a phrase my dad taught me many times, by the way I'm starting a new blog out every day and the purpose of these blogs now are giving you my David isms as their affectionately called her things I've learned from my father from other people in my life that I've heard through the years just little pithy sayings that help us live life well and one of those David isms that's coming out soon as my dad's teaching people make lousy gods.
If you're depending upon people for your identity for giving you everything you need, you will be sorely disappointed. Here's another David is in the can't came directly from my father. He said son, do not worry what other people think about you. Believe me, they're not thinking about you and all their too busy thinking about themselves. How smart is my dad. Most people are motivated in their hearts by selfish ambition, power and or money and when that's the case, they can turn against you like that and there can even be people who say they are followers of Jesus who believe in his name, who are in actuality frozen followers of Jesus. There pretenders there just using Jesus for their own personal gain. We've seen that with ministers we seen that with people who call themselves Christians and folks just because you live in a garage doesn't make you an automobile. Just because you go to church doesn't make you a Christian just because you say you believe in Jesus doesn't make you a follower of Jesus as well. What makes you a follower of Jesus is a dramatic heart change where you know that you are godless reprobates center you have offended a holy God, and you deserve his judgment upon you to send you to hell, but God the two most important words in the Bible, but God through Jesus intervened on our behalf, and died on the cross to take the wrath of God upon himself and then for those of us who truly believe that our sins are now upon Jesus and he was raised from the dead to prove that he's God and approved at that sacrifice to the father is accepted by him. Those of us who believe in him now live totally and completely for Jesus. Here's one clue on how you can know if someone's a full follower of Jesus or not. Fruit bearing if someone says they believe in Jesus, but their life doesn't show a life of following Jesus a life of his spiritual fruit, a life of holiness, a life of giving a life of serving a life of caring in the words don't match their deeds there. Probably not a follower of Jesus. What's interesting is in Matthew 13 Jesus said, there are sweets and tears sewn into the kingdom we are followers of Jesus. Tears are weeds, and the way you will know the differences. By the way they bear fruit. But Jesus said don't you try to determine which ones who that's reserved for the Angels at the judgment, I'll do that you don't. But on the other hand, that we can judge whether there eternally.
A member of Jesus family or not, we can look at their fruit and have some clues and Jesus said very clearly here that if you follow me there going to be people who reject you don't love you don't care for you and don't entrust yourselves to them. Let listen to these words in Matthew five verse 11 Jesus said blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Dear friends, if you unabashedly and totally love Jesus and you are committed to him and the truth of his word. Here is some bad news for you expect there to be people, even some who call themselves Christians to persecute you to stand against you to pursue you in negativism and say you are worthy to live.
You don't have the right view of how to love people and Jesus said just expect that message to come to you if you truly does decide to follow me. He said because it happened to the prophets, Israel was living in all kinds of godlessness pursuing false idols living in gross sexual sin. Not loving their neighbor well in the prophets, that is, from Isaiah through Malachi along with Elijah and Elisha and other prophets in the Bible continually went to the people and warn them of the judgment of God, they had another group of prophets who just wanted to tell the good news in Jeremiah. Jeremiah says there are a group of prophets who just say peace, peace. But there is no peace. It was just those who wanted and say good news.
God loves you. Don't worry about it.
We got those kind of prophets today who will not look at the gross send that's around them just continually tell their people of God loves you. Don't worry about it. But the prophets who warned the people of God's judgment were constantly persecuted and some were stoned to death. Legend has it that Isaiah was sawn in half these prophets who preached the truth of God had people come against them and persecute them.
Jesus said, as it happened to the prophets, it will happen to you as well.
If you stand unashamedly for me. He said in another place in John 15 that the pupil is not greater than the teacher if it happened to me, so it will happen to you.
Jesus constantly warned that there would be people who would stand against you if you stood for him and sometimes they would even be supposing followers of Jesus, let me turn with you to Luke the 17th chapter.
Let me read you some verses starting with verse 22. These are powerful verses and address some of the question you may have about the second coming of Jesus, are we living in the end times.
I'm getting that question asked a lot right now but listen to these words in Luke the 17th chapter starting with verse 22 and Jesus said to the disciples, the days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man and you will not see it as we sing their days in the future when my disciples really want the Son of Man to come back some of you feel that way right now. You really would love for Jesus to come back right now and solve all the problems that are in the world and in your life is not listening.
Dana joins me in the studio continuing our conversation about the right. This is the ministry meant focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community on Mark McManus and here's Jim Noble with the dream Center, Charlotte and Dan Bowen direct take a minute to thank you mama. Suppose David and Marilyn Chadwick all of you there being no, for us, you been there since OA starting Kings and grew into the dream Center the middle of the last eight weeks, probably exceeding 5000. Now I guess.
Where is the city is the work with me as well. Brotherly, or never come out.
As long as the meal is the first collimated side of Israel and provide you a phone call so you everything you and not only is this week is all dreams and with you as you got last week is see me today is dated dated, thank you so much for being here today.
It is wonderful being with you Jim, thank you for your friendship this week we've been taking a deeper dive into phrases and statements that you can't. David is on can you first hear about how he's keno now and then also speak to one of my favorite switches presents over present.
I can ginned the truth is that in 40+ years of ministry and also just living life over almost 7 decades. Right now there's just a lot of information.
My brain has a related offer mentors, coaches, my dad from other people are from things I've read through the years, sometimes just the Holy Spirit giving me a phrase that is helped my life. I've learned commonsense understandings of how to live life well as I've preached about those things or spoken of them.
People have affectionately nicknamed them. David is and I've had many people want me to write them down, and we've done so if you like to receive the listeners in a written form. Please go to moments of hope church.org and you can subscribe to my daily blogs in these David isms will now come to you every day at 7 AM in the morning for my heart to yours free of charge.
Just trying to help you start your day with a moment of hope and you ask about one that's one of my favorites as well. It's entitled presence PR ESE in CE over presence PRESENTS so when people believe in Jesus when the gospel becomes real to them. They need to understand that the gospel and faith in Jesus is much more about his presence PR ESE NCE then getting presence PR ESE NTS. Perhaps God's greatest gift of grace to us is Jesus presence in our hearts when we believe in him, the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead comes and indwells our hearts before leaving this earth.
Jesus left us with his promised peace and his peace in John 1427 is something we always have.
When we believe in him and it's a piece far greater than anything this world ever knows it's a supernatural peace, one which passes all understanding. Philippians 47. It lives inside of us. It's never to be taken away. And sometimes we reduce that promised peace through Jesus presence into God just trying to give us stuff. Sometimes we think that salvation is simply asking God repeatedly for presence PR ESE NTS for earthly stuff. Our prayers are then filled with constant request for God to give us things he turns into a genie in a bottle, we rub his tummy and God gives us what we want, we reduce God to a slot machine where we pull the lever and God gives us what we want, but God wants us to see that his most valuable gift to us are not earthly presence, but his eternal presence in this promised presence is what brings us his peace. No matter what our circumstances may be.
God's presence is always more valuable than earthly presence. And here's the question for all of our listeners today. Jen do you really believe that do you follow Jesus because his presence is more valuable than getting stuff from him that he does want to give you things because he's a loving father and loving fathers care for their children, but his most valuable gift you like your earthly fathers is being with you, loving you caring for you and then supplying your every need. So make sure folks as you follow Jesus you value his presence over presence. That's the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the reason to follow him planet Cendant anti-Semite state and thank you Jen and God bless you all listeners seek the presence of Jesus.
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