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December 22, 2021 1:00 am
Marie Morris looking to Jesus, founder and perfecter when mankind rebelled against God, the chasm between the two was infinite. Only God could bridge this gap did so by sending Jesus into the world born into a peasant family in Israel. This baby was much more than first appeared. He speaks of himself in the Bible's last book is the alpha and omega from the Moody Church in Chicago this morning to win with Dr. when Sir was clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line test elixir series is on the mystery of Bethlehem and were seeing Jesus and figures of speech in Revelation chapter 22 and you know Dave Jesus isn't only in the book of Revelation.
Actually he's in every book of the Bible. The Bible is the story of Jesus and yelled during this Christmas season. We of course emphasize his birth, but actually was predicted in the Old Testament, and as we think of the New Testament. We think that everything that is important. Revolves around him and it does I'm holding in my hand a book entitled the Bible code finding Jesus in every book of the Bible is very readable. Each of the sections is two or three pages taking the Seminole idea in every book of the Bible and showing that it's all about Jesus for a gift of any amount.
This book can be yours and we want to thank you so much, as we near the end of the year. We want to thank you for your generosity for your opportunity to connect with us and to give. Here's what you can do. Go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 I'm going to be giving you that contact info once again at the end of this message. Thanks in advance for helping us get the story of Jesus to the world. Now the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
As you know has 30 volumes.
I think on science and history of wasabi and all of the knowledge of humanity and Jesus of course being the alpha and the omega is the a to Z the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and that it has all of this knowledge and it's all communicated in 26 letters Jesus contains within himself all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The Bible and in him is all things while who is Jesus well I can tell you this about Jesus.
He's the creator of the stable, in which he was born. All of the elements that went into the building of that stable, whether wood or stone he created them. He is the owner of the Inn that rejected him. He owns the place because he owns everything.
He is the one who is going to be judge and he is the one who is going to rule and so you have Jesus Christ here as the beginning and the end he was here at creation because he was the one who did the creating. He was here at his birth veiled in flash the Godhead to see you couldn't see everything that belong to him but nonetheless he was here, always doing his thing. Ruling the world by the word of his power. So that's the first figure of speech is an alphabetical figure, let's go to a second figure of speech, and that is in verse 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendent of David, the root and the descendent of David. If the first one is an alphabetical figure of speech. This is a botanical speech. The root and the offspring of David, don't you find the Bible fascinating. Just think about this for a moment. Jesus Christ in being the root of David and David being a branch indicates that he is David's father because, as creator, of course, he belongs to David and belongs is the creator and the father of David, but also the Bible says very clearly that he is the offspring of David, Jesus use this himself a member in the Gospels. He loved to ask questions that people couldn't answer in one of the questions that he asked them was that the Messiah, whose son is he invasively is the son of David and he said you're right. But why did David also call him Lord, how can he be David's son and be David's father. David's Lord will answer these both as God is David's Lord is God.
He's David's father, but as man. He is also the offspring of David, why you have the genealogies that talk about the birth of Jesus and who Jesus really was.
And so Jesus here is presented to us as man. So first of all, the first figure of speech is Jesus is God I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last he's God, but the second figure of speech is the root and the offspring of David, it seems very clear that he is man, he is man.
Now what is the next figure of speech we could say that it is one based on astronomy astronomical figure of speech. Notice he says I am the root and the descendent of David. Bright morning star bright morning star, probably a reference to Venus the MorningStar is the star that day comes out indicating that Don is on its way. The sun is about to rise and what Jesus is saying is that it is coming he is predicting the day when the sun is going to arise in. Of course he's going to return to earth, and he is a reminder of that and his star at the bright star outshines all of the other stars that might be out there fact one day I was speaking to someone who belongs to another religion. And this other religion has a profit and I was talking to him about it and helping him to see that once the brightest star comes out all of the other stars fade into insignificance, particularly when the sun comes out. They all fade into oblivion and in the presence of the son of God. All other human stars disappear. And Jesus now is the bright in the morning star. That means that he is King. In the book of numbers it says in chapter 24 I shall see him, but not now. I shall behold him, but not 90 follow carefully. It says a star shall arise out of Jacob and SF rise out of Israel and onto him shall the gathering of the people be notice their kingship directly connected with being a star so we have in these three figures of speech. Jesus Christ is God. Jesus Christ is man and Jesus Christ is King King of Kings and Lord of lords. Now notice in light of the fact that he is a king. Notice what the text says in verse 17 the Spirit and the bride say, what they are welcoming is the king they're saying in light of the fact that you are the king you, and you come to us and let the one who is thirsty, or the one who hears say, that refers to all of us doesn't all those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, they all desire that the Lord, in fact, the Bible says that there is a special crown given to those who love his appearing and of course all believers if they are honest unless they are living far away from God. They desired the appearing of Jesus because they love Jesus and they want him to return.
And so we joined the spirit. The bride is a reference to the church. We joined the Spirit and the bride and we all say, come, Lord Jesus, and let the one who hears that's all of us as individuals, we say, and then suddenly in the middle of the verse, and I hope that you're looking there. Revelation chapter 22 verse 17 we have a switch and let the one who is thirsty, let the one who desires to take the water of life without price. Let them come so now the coming at first in the first half of the verse is, we are asking Jesus to come and now Jesus is asking those who are thirsty to come in right after the service. Those of you who are thirsty, you can come and take of the water of life without price. This is such a beautiful figure of speech I want to talk to you just for a moment, because there are those of you who are listening to me today never trusted Christ as Savior and you have tried all the watering holes of the world. You've tried your sexuality, you thought that happiness and fulfillment would be there and have been disappointed in you feel hollow and you feel empty. You have tried money you thought that surely it would reside. Their success would finally bring it to you and feel that huge vacuum in your heart and that hasn't happened, then you thought yourself. If you become well-known in other people think well of you and you establish your reputation and everybody respects you, that will be the means of fulfillment and that hasn't worked either so you're thirsty within us. There is a desire for God that cannot be quenched in any other way except by God himself and so God bids you, you come to him you, admit the fact that there is holiness in your life that you yourself can find no answer to its founding, Jesus Christ our Lord. Now notice the blessing that Jesus gives to those who come and for those I want to go to verse 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so that they might have the right to the tree of life and they may enter the city by the gates now.
Isn't it wonderful to realize that when you come to Jesus Christ. Your robes can be washed white and clean. Keep in mind that Jesus Christ is the one who created the holy city, and Jesus is the one who controls the gay of the holy city, and you'll notice it says in verse 50 outside of the dogs and the sorcerers and the sexually immoral, and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falls one, a division now if you're here today and you fit into the category of verse 15 but you are sexually immoral, sorcery etc. etc. and all the other sins that are listed there. Such good hope for you that you can fit into verse 14.
Blessed are those who wash their robes so that they might have a right to the tree of life, heaven is going to be filled with all kinds of people who were referred to as dogs and sorcerers in the sexually immoral in the murder and those who love ally heaven will be filled with those who allowed Jesus Christ to redeem them and to wash their robes white in the blood of the Lamb.
Today I'm speaking to you directly. Now one on one when you think of the question of who is this baby in the manger. Don't be beguiled or misled because of the ordinariness of it all.
Ordinary baby supposedly ordinary parents.
Yes ordinary crib ordinary manger ordinary close don't allow that to obscure the fact that this is God, the beginning and the end the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star. The Savior and the creator and the one who distinguishes between those who can go into the heavenly city and those who count Jesus invites you today. Take him.
Do you know Christ personally, have you received them as Savior. You fit into the category of verse 14 order verse 15. Who are you notice the Spirit and the bride say, to Jesus and then one who is at first comes the one who is thirsty, let them take of the water of life without price, it is free and God wants you today to believe in Christ. Isn't it interesting that the book of Revelation ends. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book. If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book and if anyone takes away from the words of this book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life in the holy city, which are described in this book.
I know that this warning refers primarily to the book of Revelation, but in a sense it refers to the entire New Testament that we should not take away God's words, we should not add to that we should revere them. We should study them and then verse 20 he who testifies to these things says, surely I am coming soon a man come, Lord Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all on man, I might say that at this point God has nothing more to say. You know Christ as Savior. Have you believed on him is the Holy Spirit of God speaking to you and say come to Christ come to him because he is all that you need to have your sins forgiven your robes washed so that you can enter into the holy city, let's join together in prayer.
Father we ask in Jesus name that you might take these words, however imperfectly given and that the Holy Spirit might use your word and by your spirit speak to those for whom this message was intended and we pray that you might not give them rest until they come to know you personally in receipt Jesus name what my friend, this is Pastor Luzerne. After all that we have been through this past year. Christmas is just around the corner. What a wonderful reminder of the fact that God does love us and his greatest gift is that they be in the manger. You know, we hear it running to win exist to make the gospel of Jesus Christ relevant and were so thankful for the many of you who support this ministry I have in my hands a wonderful book entitled the Bible code. The subtitle is finding Jesus in every book of the Bible to give you an idea of the kind of book that it is. For example, it says finding Jesus in the book of numbers.
He is the bronze serpent on Moses pole finding Jesus in Deuteronomy.
He is the manna in the wilderness and on and on it goes. Every book of the Bible is listed with the passage of Scripture that shows that Jesus is the central message that I need to tell you that this is the second to the last day that we are making this resource available it will be of tremendous blessing to you and you can certainly give it to some of your friends given to those who may not know Christ as Savior. It's readable each of the sections is two or three pages, always pointing people to Christ for a gift of any amount. It can be yours and thank you in advance for helping us and as we approach the new year. We are once again reminded of the fact that we have the opportunity to contribute to give to help support this ministry here is what you can do. Go to RTW offer.com. Let me give that to you again. RTW offer.com. And of course as you might guess, RTW offer is all one word RTW offer.com and then write down this phone number 1-888-218-9337. Let me give you that number again 1-888-218-9337 it's time again for another chance for you to ask Pastor Luzerne, a question about the Bible or the Christian life eternal security. Some believe salvation cannot be lost. Others feel we can follow away from the faith.
Fred listens to running to win in Marion Kansas.
This is his story. I attend the Bible study in one of our group members said that if we can choose to accept Christ, then we can choose to give back our salvation. Once attained however I believe that I'm sealed by the Holy Spirit and that no created thing, including myself, can separate me from God.
However, my pastor told me that a person can lose his salvation. He doesn't accept my argument that a person who falls into some kind of apostasy only professed salvation and did not really believe he said I was a Calvinist by holding that belief. I do not believe the strict Calvinist view that God has pre-chosen all believers without there will being a factor. I do believe that God has chosen many call comes to mind, but I can't accept the view that we can lose what the Holy Spirit has sealed Pastor Luzerne. I've not had a good past and the devil keeps attacking me and trying to get me to doubt the assurance I have in Christ.
When I hear my pastor and a knowledgeable friend tell me that I can lose my salvation. It makes me wonder if I'm understanding the word correctly so can we lose our salvation. Fred, I want to thank you so much for asking this question in the clarity with which you asked it and I know that for you. It is a very personal question because as you say, because of your difficult past. There is within your mind. This question of whether you can lose your salvation so I want to begin by saying.
First of all, that there are good Christians on both sides of this controversy and I hope that it's not a controversy that splits your church or drives you away from your church, which in many respects may be a very good church and throughout the years, Christians have differed on this point is not because God vacillates. It's just that there are some passages of Scripture which if we had them by themselves, we would conclude one point of view and then you read other passages of Scripture, and they clearly give another point of view and clearly both cannot be right. I believe that you cannot lose your salvation because as you mentioned, we are indeed sealed by the Holy Spirit.
Also there is a verse in Romans chapter 8 that is very clear that God for knows us. That means that he chooses us and then he justifies as he sanctifies us and then it says this group of Christians.
He even glorified. It's a very strong statement that God has seen fit to save all those who believe and to carry them all the way to heaven. Let me give you another example. In the New Testament, Jesus is spoken of as the good Shepherd. I've often pointed out that if you had 100 sheep and in the morning you left with 100 sheep and in the evening you came back with 98. You'd be the laughing stock among the other shepherds their responsibility to bring as many home as you were given. Jesus repeatedly spoke about those whom the father has given me. I can't imagine that the good Shepherd would lose the sheep. No matter how stubborn the sheep is sheep have a tendency to go on false paths, etc. and yet the good Shepherd brings them back by look or by crook, what do we say about those who do fall into moral sin or doctrinal error will I do believe that many of these might be Christian set Christians can fall into great sin, but I believe that generally they do come back to the Lord, and if not, God does bring them into great discipline, some of them might actually die as the New Testament teaches there is a sin unto death, so we need to leave them in God's hands. As far as your salvation is concerned.
Fred don't take it for granted. But just remember that your faith is in Christ, he regenerated you and have confidence that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
So be encouraged to keep going and remember that you are in God's hands and Jesus said no one can pluck them his children out of my hands.
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