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November 1, 2020 7:00 am
Today were concluding our new series were Pastor Robert helps us find answers to questions about faith, the Bible and God.
This final message tackles the question of how we can know Jesus is the way say what this message is full to the brim with incredible stuff. So let's tuning the pastor of all right, well we're in a series, as I said entitled how do I know, and I've gone over three topics. This will be the last one series we talked about how do I know there is a God. I don't know God loves me how to I know the Bible history last week and this weekend how do I know Jesus is the way and sort of talk about that and that word, the hang some people up.
Sometimes it's like it's exclusive when you say Jesus is the way only show a couple scriptures and let me talk about is Christianity exclusive or inclusive. John 14 verse six Jesus said to them, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me at 412.
There is no other name under heaven given among the young, by which we must be saved. So Jesus is the way I'm going to talk about exclusivity and inclusivity. But let me just say something, don't get hung up on the fact that there's only one way rejoice that there is a way. There is a way and God reveals Jesus to all of us but if you think about it.
Every group every group and every religion is exclusive to study the other religions, monism, Islam, Hinduism, even this will shock you atheism and we talked about that and agnosticism are exclusive and we can say you believe in God and be an atheist right size exclusivity with a semi-Christianity presciently is the most inclusive group religion in the world and here's why. All through the Bible you will see these words.
Whoever will okay James whosoever will I even get a message own. Whosoever will using the OT James Ward. There, whoever will just anybody. Anyone can come Christianity is the least complex and they most inclusive of any religion in the world. If you think about. Here's the reason you don't have to do anything to be a Christian. All you have to do is believe in the wall on his already done everything that that is a good site about what you do anything you just have to believe in the one that is already done. Everything Psalm talk about that, what about people who never heard of Jesus. What about people who lived before Jesus. What about those people. So, in order, though. To understand this, you have to understand God, the nature of God and the character of God. So there are three attributes about God that I want to talk with you about the bill understand how Jesus is the way and how it is fair and just, that God sent his son Jesus to die for our sins that if we believe we go to heaven.
So here's the first attribute on talk about God is good God is good.
Psalm 119 verse 68 you are good and do good. Psalm 86 verse five for you, Lord, are good and ready to forgive and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you. I just want you to notice again begin inclusive of that verse you are ready to forgive abundant mercy to all, not just a few who call on you. So God is ready to forgive everyone a calls now. I'm sure you all remember the day when we were kids hide and seek someone thought that these were tied to sleep because I want to show you that it could be actually opposite of what you might be thinking you might be thinking that God hides from us and we got a really CTM defined will take you back to the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve fail who he bid God hi from Adam and Eve when they fail art in Adam and Eve hide from God. Obviously Adam and Eve.
He had from God and what God hi Dan, seek it says God went looking. He was seeking for adamantly so actually God's hiding is actually seeking we show you Scripture went back to university and for the Son of Man that Jesus has come to seek the word seek and to save that which was lost. And because of the goodness of God were… Is good.
He actually wrote reveals himself to every person. What about people he never heard of Jesus he reveals himself to them. What about the what lay before Jesus, he revealed himself to them, rejoice in Scripture's first Samuel 227 man-to-man of God came to Eli sending him thus says the Lord. Did I not clearly reveal myself, that I not clearly this is not talking reveal myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt and Pharaoh South onto remember the yellow revealed himself to Israel, the nation of Israel. He revealed himself to the Egyptians as well, and he clearly revealed himself.
Psalm 98 verse two the Lord is made known his salvation is righteousness he has revealed in the site of the nation's Cornelius in the Bible, a Gentile exchequer TM seeks God and God sees Peter taking him to share the gospel. There's a book that you need to call Persian Springs. It's about four Iranians that God revealed himself to Jesus revealed himself to and they all accepted products. It is all through right now we have testimonies all over the world, a people of God revealing himself to them.
I talked your moment to go about Dr. Zacharias. Robbie this going to be with the Lord and Robbie shared this with me that someone shared with the he was in a nation speaking in a school and a student came up to them and this student was raised in the country. 99% Muslim and he told Robbie I was trained in the Army to be two things one to kill people without feeling was very important without feeling to Kilby without feeling. Secondly he was trying to make faith passports for those of the two things the Army during the he had a dream every night. He told Robbie this every night for seven years every night seven years.
He has a brain about Jesus. He's hasn't converted he just has a brain but Jesus only tells his mother and his mother says you better get out the country.
One of his brothers always brothers in the Army once a general. She said you are leave the country because of your brothers find out you're dreaming. Jesus they'll kill you, and they'll kill you without feeling for them entering the and so he flees the country. He also another country. He meets a businessman who shares Christ with him and he accepts Christ when he talked with Robbie. He was in seminary training for the ministry and he said Robbie God's told me on the go back to my country to share Jesus with people and Robbie said that's incredible.
And Robbie set on the why sentence I just had this thought a set I said them all how you going to get back in and he said Robbie I make faith passports that was spreading so God knows how to take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it for good.
Because God is a good dog and he reveals himself to every person on the face of the earth.
So God is good. Here's number two God is just Psalm seven verse 11. God is a just judge. He's a just judge. Okay so we talk about the game highly sleep well let me tell you a new, not gay but method that God came up with seek and find you remembered in the sermon on the Mount, Jesus said ask in your sleeve seek and you will find binoculars to be open to you but seek and you will find so God has set up the rules that anyone who seeks him will find him.
Let me read you some Scriptures that is for Scripture is a Scripture that probably all of you heard at some point Jeremiah 2911 for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give your future and a hope that right there tells us God is good he has good thoughts toward us.
Now look at the next few verses, verse 12 VM you will call upon me and go and pray to me and I will listen. The and you will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord.
Deuteronomy 429 you will see the Lord your God and you will find them if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul and Proverbs 817 I love those who love me and those who seek me diligently will find me is what God said you signally you will find that listen carefully, God would not be a just God if he didn't get every person a chance to be site. It would be just but because he is a just God. He reveals himself to every person and he gives every person a chance to be site please hear me, you will choose where you spend eternity if you die in a car wreck this week.
You have chosen were you spending 30 every person will choose where he spends the current site. Another like no person, no person can ever say God is rejecting make but God can say to every person rejects them.
Your rejecting make you can truly say God rejecting you. But God can truly say that a person rejecting him because it wouldn't be just it wouldn't be fair at settling for just a way to be fair for God to give you a free will and then violate your free will we take about a young prince lived in the late 1800s and nine praise kaboom of the crew tribe KR you tribe in Liberia when he was 14 years old.
Another tribe invaded their tribe and he was taken prisoner and he that that people at the tribe that taken prisoner would allow the prayer of the chief of the tribe. Remember he was Prince kaboom was the son of the chief of the crew tribe the price that they tried to taken prisoner would allow his father to come see them once a month if he brought gifts laughter while he was too poor to bring more gifts and so the guests ran out and so they begin to beat this young 14-year-old boy they like everyday Prince kaboom and finally one day he just cried out to God if Uriel will you help me and he said bright light shone from heaven and a voice said that him run and he looked down and his ropes had fallen off. They were off and reminds me back 60: solace worshiping and there chains fell off so he looks down there off and he just runs into the jungle and he runs and runs around MCA runs runs runs and he lives in the jungle for several weeks and maybe survives own snails and mango. Now it wasn't escargot and fruit okay. It was snails and mango and he finds a coffee plantation owned by former slaves in the former slave. He goes to work. Therefore, in the former slave shares Christ with an Prince kaboom accepts Christ and then he says I will learn more about Christ. And so they told him while the way we learn about Christ was a man from New York came and shared priceless and they told him the man's night so he goes down to the docks.
Any trust if he finds a ship going to New York and egos of the captivity says I like to be Tyrone is your crew you want to go to New York and the captain said were full. I don't anymore crew and write while he was say that two of his crew came up and quit and so he's in your heart, so he took this young boy on the ship William he gets to New York City. Think about this Nestlé 1900 was still as New York City and he finds the man that had led the man to price and let him the price and he begins to win people to Christ a matter fact this man when he finds them as a prayer meeting and he tells this young prince to wait and he comes on the prayer meeting this Prince kaboom has already 120 man, the Christ right there on the street 20 man price. He keeps winning many many people to Christ. They said hundreds to price so when he gets 18, they raise funds for me go to Taylor University in Indiana. He takes the American named Samuel Morse he goes to University.
All these University students they are and other universities are inspired to go to Africa to be missionaries, Prince kaboom, though, and again he took the name Samuel Morse died two years later of pneumonia at age 20, but they say there's no telling how many hundreds of missionaries went to Africa because of you and you go there to this day there is a dormitory called Samuel Morse Hall and it was built from the proceeds from a biography written about his life, called the spirit filled life. This young man cried out to God and God set them free reveal Jesus to incite God is a just God is a good God is a just God hears port number three God is love is love. John 316 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever inclusive whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. CS Lewis says there are two kinds of people in the world. The person that blouses need to God and says your will be done and the person who will not bow his knee to God and God says your will be done. I will say that one more time to talk to people in the world. The person who bows his knee to God and says God, your will be done on the person who will not bow his knee God, and God says your will be done, but God is a loving God and he sent his son Jesus Christ to fulfill the law to live the life we could live down the cross for our sins and to die the death we couldn't die so that whoever believes would have everlasting eternal life.
That's a good God, that's a good God of love it's as fair as a community now I want to give you an analogy and it's a language analogy linguistics analogy. It's about how we use words and at the first part of this you might have a tendency to does a little soap don't does only just stay with me okay so I want to talk to you just a moment how we use words his own talk about the word good about God and the word love okay so when we speak we actually use words three different weights you may never have heard this before you medically eat clinically and analogically, not told you, you got me rattled tendency to does right now get you some coffee or some don't does take you medically eat clinically and analogically. All were to use these free weights.
Let me just explain the definition quickly okay you medically let me break the word down. Look at the word you know like a unicycle so that means one NNC in the middle. The word vocal unit vocal sites.
One, if you're speaking and you mean the word one way no words there words that have only one definition. Okay that's speaking you. You never click it unequivocally when we break that down again eat will equal vocal in these the words are equal in their spelling spelled the same way but they have two different meanings, and then we speak analogically which would be like an analogy, you're giving an analogy using the word to help me understand something else okay so everyone understands you speak some words is only have one meeting some words have two meetings in Louisville.
The site thought I saw anything when but okay so I told you.
God is good will toward good pronounces saying spelled the same, but there are different levels of good when I say God is good, even on speaking the politically let the words of the saved afternoon meetings. I'm really speaking analogically.
I'm just trying to give you an analogy of how good God is because God is so much better so better so good or I don't analyze say so good. Our goodness doesn't even compare God's good I'd let me take the word love. If I say to you I love you and Debbie love she those lords of the site and blaming the site. I love you and Debbie love she we love you and we did. But if I say to you I love you and I love Debbie I know I don't mean to hurt your feelings but I don't love you the way I love Debbie I love you but I love Debbie my love. I love I love getting a little Debbie for some your thing right now. I'm glad better of you believe the way you love Debbie understatement. Okay well I love Debbie I love you by love, Debbie got a student work depths of love.
When I say God loves you.
It's a completely different depth than anything that we have on this earth and I give you one analogy, if I love you and you reject my love. I'm sad because I've lost something when you say that again if I love you and you reject my love.
I'm sad that I'm sad because I've lost something when God loves you and you reject his love.
He sad, but he sad because you've lost something so completely different level than we have on this earth.
Let me prove it to you only twice in the New Testament do we have recorded that Jesus wept. One is the shortest verse in the Bible John 1135, Mattel and God just let the Lord you need to memorize Scripture. So he memorized John 1135 Jesus wept. I said you to memorize in different objects, but it's when Lazarus died but Jesus wasn't weeping because he lost something think about.
He was going to raise Lazarus from the bit he was to spend eternity with Lazarus, it was anything he wept when he saw that Martha and Mary were sad because they have lost something.
He wept because they lost something, not because he lost something.
The other time he wept was the last time he entered Jerusalem he wept and he tells us why he wept, he said, oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem. He talks about how the kill the prophets and all the things idea. But here's what he said you missed your day of visitation, the Messiah, you been waiting for all these years was right here and you missed. He wept because they lost something, please hear me. God loves you. He is just and he is good he reveals himself to every person and he gives every person a chance you will choose where you spend eternity, you cannot truly state. No person can truly state God is reject the doctrine truly state that a person is rejecting him, you cannot say by the way anymore after this message you can never say I haven't heard and I didn't know because today you heard and now you know God loves you. All you have to do is accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and as your Savior. We want you to take a moment to think about what Pastor Robert and really listen to what the Holy Spirit same to you.
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How do I know series.
We hope you've enjoyed and learned a lot. I know I have next time. Pastor Robert will be starting a new series of great messages. Until then, we pray that you have less