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What is it Like When Jesus Comes Into Your Life?

What is it Like When Jesus Comes into Your Life?
Matthew 21:1-17

INTRODUCTION TO THE SCRIPTURE:
What will is it like when Jesus comes into your life? It is more than a funny feeling. It is more than a prayer. It is more than an act of obedience. It is a submission to him as your King and Savior. This demands excavating the worldly things from the recesses of your heart in order to fill yourself with the mind and love of Christ.

DISCUSSION OF THE SCRIPTURE:
The Entry
Matthew 21:1-10
The King comes prepared for the holy work he has been sent to do for his people–Matthew 21:1-7.
Zechariah 9:9
Zechariah 9:14-17
Isaiah 62:11-12
The disciples were ready to receive his prepared instructions.

He is to be greeted with holy joy by his subjects; pray that your joy may be deep and true–Matthew 21:8-9.
Psalm 118:25-26
2 Samuel 5:2

Seek to know him, to say, “This is Jesus,” out of a true personal knowledge–Matthew 21:10.
“Do You Know My Jesus?”

The Judgment
Matthew 21:12-17
“The Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth keep silence before him”–Matthew 21:12-13
Those buying and selling were changing money so that the sacrifices could be purchased with the Hebrew coin. However, their practice had become sinful because:
1) they were charging an unauthorized and exuberant fee,
2) they were had most likely forgotten that the Lord “desires mercy and not sacrifice.”
3) Zechariah 14:21, “And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the Lord of hosts on that day.”
His house is a house of prayer; drive out worldly thoughts; hush your hearts into solemn attention.
Hosea 6:6
Hosea 7:13-14
When the wicked have been driven out, those needing the Physician enter.

The little ones’ praises are acceptable unto God.
It is rare for Jesus to welcome worship while he was on this earth.
Jesus allows these small children to praise him.
The small children recognize him for who he is.
The religious leaders are refuse to recognize him because of who they are.
Matthew 19:14
Matthew 11:25-26

INVITATION FROM THE SCRIPTURE:
Are you ready to let Jesus into your life? It will require extensive renovation of your hearts and minds, but you will never regret the great blessing of being at peace and at home with your Lord.

Following Christ in the New Birth

Following Christ in the New Birth
1 Peter 2

Following God through the new birth–1 Peter 2:1-3
“Seeing that ye are born again of an incorruptible seed, be not again entangled in evil, which “has no substantial being, but is an acting in contrariety to the being formed in us” [Theophylact].
Put away the old lifestyle–1 Peter 2:1
Galatians 5:13-17
Ephesians 4:20-24
Desire the pure spiritual milk–1 Peter 2:2
2 Timothy 3:14-17
2 Peter 3:18
Remember the kindness of the Lord–1 Peter 2:3
Psalm 34:8
Hebrews 6:1-6

Following God in the new building–1 Peter 2:4-8
Build on the foundation of Christ–1 Peter 2:4-5
Isaiah 8:14
1Corinthians 3:11
Christians are both the spiritual temple and the priests of the temple. There are two Greek words for “temple”; hieron (the sacred place), the whole building, including.the courts wherein the sacrifice was killed; and naos (the dwelling, namely, of God), the inner shrine wherein God peculiarly manifested Himself, and where, in the holiest place, the blood of the slain sacrifice was presented before Him. All believers alike, and not merely ministers, are now the dwelling of God (and are called the “naos,” Greek, not the hieron) and priests unto God (Rev 1:6). (New American Commentary: 1 Peter).
“Among spiritual sacrifices the first place belongs to the general oblation of ourselves. For never can we offer anything to God until we have offered ourselves (2Co 8:5) in sacrifice to Him. There follow afterwards prayers, giving of thanks, alms deeds, and all exercises of piety” [Calvin].
Stand or Stumble on the corner stone–1 Peter 2:6-8
Isaiah 28:16
Psalm 118:22
Romans 10:11
Matthew 21:42
they are given up to “the fruit of their own ways”
Seek to be built up in Christ; not loose stones lying round the one Corner-stone, but resting upon it, joined as living stones to the one Foundation.

Following God in the new kingdom–1 Peter 2:9-10
Be God’s special people–1 Peter 2:9
Acts 20:28
Hebrews 10:19
Hebrews 13:16
Appreciate your national privileges–1 Peter 2:10
Hosea 1:6-10
Hosea 2:23
The Christian must ever strive to adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things, seeking always the glory of God.

Following God in the new conduct–1 Peter 2:11-25
A good walk does not make us pious, but we must first be pious and believe before we attempt to lead a good course. Faith first receives from God, then love gives to our neighbor [Luther].
Pliny, in his letter to the Emperor Trajan, acknowledges, “I have found in them nothing else save a perverse and extravagant superstition.” The recognition in the long run mitigates persecution (1Pe 3:13).
Jesus is more than our Example; he is our Strength He bore our sins. He gave us power to die unto sin and to live unto righteousness. We can do all things (if we abide in him) through him that strengthens us.
New conduct among outsiders–1 Peter 2:11-12
Galatians 5:19
New conduct with authorities–1 Peter 2:13-17
Romans 13:5
New conduct in the workplace–1 Peter 2:18-25
Ephesians 6:5-9

Wisdom Contrasted with Folly

Contrast of the Wicked and Righteous
Proverbs 10

Wickedness and Righteousness in the Family–Proverbs 10:1-5

It is impossible to estimate the tremendous influence which children have on the happiness of their parents. The unfortunate thing about it is that the children are the last to realize it.
They are entrusted with the happiness of their parents. After receiving from them life, food, shelter, innumerable good things and a watchful, tender love throughout, they have it in their power to make bright the evening of their father’s and mother’s life, or to cloud it with a deep, dark gloom of hopeless misery.

Matthew 6:19
Psalm 37:16-20

Wickedness and Righteousness in the Community–Proverbs 10:6-21

Still, moral character counts for more in common human reputation than the cynical are ready to admit. At all events, in that inner circle where a man would most care for his reputation this takes its right place. If it is better to be loved at home than to be admired abroad, it is better to leave a fragrant memory for goodness in one’s own circle than to leave sorrow in the home and to reap grand funeral honors in the outside world. It is remarkable to observe how fair is the verdict of history. A hypocrite may deceive his contemporaries. He can rarely deceive future generations.

Psalm 39:1 & James 1:26
Hoseah 4:6

Wickedness and Righteousness in the End–Proverbs 10:22:-32

Our views of the future can only be safely depended on when they are determined by what we know of God. The future is in his hands. So, of course, is the present. But it is only in the course of a long time that the modifying influence of temporary accidents is removed and great general laws exert their full force. What will then happen we cannot tell by only investigating present phenomena, because of the confusion of transient influences. We must study the character of God. Then we shall be constrained to exclaim, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Because God is just, justice must be the ultimate outcome of all things. Through all time God is surely working on to this end. We are deceived by the tardiness of the process, yet this very tardiness is effecting the more complete final result.
“The mills of God grind slowly,
But they grind exceeding small.”

Matthew 7:24-25
Psalm 37:9-11

Problems with Premillennialism

Premillennialism is a doctrine that gives attention to events which are supposed to occur before the 1000 year reign of Christ on this physical earth. This doctrine is in conflict with several simple Bible doctrines and therefore cannot be true. This article will point out several of the simple Bible doctrines which are in conflict with this complex manmade doctrine.

First, Jesus was able to establish his kingdom. Premillennialists believe that Jesus was unable to establish his kingdom as he promised. They teach the church was formed as an afterthought. However, the words “church” and “kingdom” are used interchangeably. In Matthew 16:16, 18, Jesus promised to build his “church” and to give Peter the keys to the “kingdom”. Two words are used to describe the same thing (see also Eph. 1:22, 23; 1 Tim. 3:15; and 1 Cor. 3:16). The kingdom/church is prophesied in Daniel 2:44, Isaiah 2:2-3, and Micah 4:1-2 (1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Pet. 2:5; Acts 2:16-17; Heb. 1:1-2). Jesus did establish his kingdom which is the church (Jn. 18:36; Rev. 1:9; Matt. 4:23; John 18:36; & Heb. 12:28). The church has always been a part of God’ plan for mankind (Eph. 3:9-11). Since Jesus has already established his kingdom, he cannot return to establish it again. He will come again to deliver the kingdom to the Father (1 Cor. 15:24).

Second, premillennialism teaches that a “rapture” will occur before Jesus comes again to establish his kingdom. However, the Bible teaches there will be only one physical resurrection. The book of Revelation speaks of the 1st and 2nd resurrection. However, this refers to the resurrection of God’s church from persecution not the resurrection of God’s people from the grave. The same imagery is seen in Isa. 26:19; Hos. 13:14; & Exk. 37:1-4). Jesus said there would be a single resurrection. In John 5:28-29, Jesus said that at the resurrection “all would come forth”. In Matthew 13:49, Jesus said that the angels will separate the righteous from the unrighteous at the close of the age. The Bible does not support the doctrine of the rapture, therefore there must not be a rapture.

Third, the Bible does not speak of Jesus coming to earth in order to reign on it. The Bible speaks of Jesus coming to earth, separating the sheep from the goats, and destroying the earth. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 says that Jesus will come in the clouds and send his angels to gather all humanity and then return to Heaven with his people. 2 Peter 3:9-13 teaches that the earth will be dissolved with fire when Jesus comes again. The Biblical picture of Christ’s return does not fit with the premillennialist’s picture. Therefore premillennialism must be wrong.

The Wedding of the Ages

THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB AND HIS BRIDE
Revelation 19:9-21

INTRODUCTION TO THE SCRIPTURE:
Marriages of Jesus’ time were typically preceded by a lengthy engagement. During this engagement the wife would have complete legal rights as a wife, but the couple would not live together or share a home together. This image is invoked as we see the long awaited marriage of the Lamb and his bride.

DISCUSSION OF THE SCRIPTURE:
The first image is of the Bride ready for her husband–Revelation 19:6-8. After all the destruction that is pictured in the previous chapters, the marriage ceremony is a welcome vision of hope, comfort, and glory.

The Bride (the church) has prepared herself for this day. It is important for us to remember that the Bride had responsibilities to keep as any modern bride would be responsible for the dress, decorations, and ceremony preparation. The bride of Christ has “made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7). She is prepared for the day. Luke 14:15-24. Someone said “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God” (Luke 14:15). Jesus told the parable of the man who gave a great banquet and invited many people, but when they received their invitations, they were all too busy.
One said, “I have bough a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused” (Luke 14:18).
One said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them Please have me excused” (Luke 14:19).
One said, “I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come” (Luke 14:20).
How sad it is that so many treat our Lord’s great invitation in the same way.

Every day God gives us the ability to live and breath. He gives us the opportunities to study and pray. God gives us people who need the Gospel. God gives us the great blessings of nature to enjoy and the greater hope of Heaven to love. Yet, when we are presented with the invitation to God’s blessings, do we not begin to make the same excuses these people of Luke 14 made?
One said, “I have a job I can’t take the time to share the Gospel with my neighbor.”
One said, “I have practice that night, I can’t come to the Gospel Meeting.”
One said, “I have married a wife and she doesn’t like to attend the Lord’s worship.”
Can they all be excused from God’s responsibilities? Who will be left to do the work? Who will be left to praise our great God if we are all excused from his service?

Not only is the wife (the church) prepared, but she is beautifully prepared in her fine clothing. “It was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure–for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints” (Revelation 19:8). Psalm 132:9 says, “Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your saints shout for joy.” Isaiah said, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

Too many are preparing themselves to face eternity without a thread of clothes. So many live as though God expects nothing from them. Too many refuse to serve God. Too many have no righteous deeds. Too many are going to be empty handed when the rewards are distributed on the great day of God. Will there be any jewels in your crown? Will you face God with fine linen or with the blush of shame?

The second image is the bridegroom welcoming his bride–Revelation 19:11-16. This wonderful image of the victorious Christ shows us his power, majesty, and justice. He is on a white horse because He is victorious over death, victorious over sin, and victorious over the Devil. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood because He is the Word (John 1:1-14) who died and lives again. He comes with his holy host because they will gather every soul before Him (Matthew 13:36-43). His name is “King of kings, and Lord of lords” because he has been exalted to the right hand of God.
The image of the church and her Husband Christ has already been seen in the book of Ephesians. There the Lord is married to the church as his long sought after wife. Paul was able to say, “Husbands love your wives as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27).

INVITATION FROM THE SCRIPTURE:
Will you attend this great wedding ceremony? Where will you be when the angels welcome the bride to the new home the Christ has prepared for them to enjoy (John 14:1-4)? We pray that we will all take part in that ceremony and be brought home to our Christ.

Who Will Follow Jesus?

HOW TO BE GOOD
Mark 10:17-44

Why is it so hard to be good? Paul said “the thing that I would I do not and what I would not I do.” We struggle to be good. Maybe we have set our sights to low. Christians are never challenged to be average. We are always challenged to excel. “Do all to the glory of God.” Paul said, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). So let us not simply try to be good, but rather let us try to be an excellent Christian.

DISCUSSION OF THE SCRIPTURE:
Be a Follower
Mark 10:17-31
A rich young ruler approaches Jesus with the sincere goal of Heaven. He asks, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17). This humble quest of eternal life has been repeated in the Bible. In Acts 2:37, 3000 souls cried out “what must we do?”. In Acts 16:30 the Philippian Jailor asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And so this young man comes to Jesus asking what he must do to be saved.
The young man recognized that he had a responsibility in his own salvation. Jesus is the “author of eternal life to all those who obey him” (Hebrews 5:9). Honest hearts throughout the New Testament and today ask “what must I do?”. Jesus answers the question in two parts. First Jesus says “none is good but God alone.” If we will be or find goodness, we must look to God who alone is good in himself. Second, we look to God’s revelation of his own character–His commandments. Jesus then quotes the commandments of the Decalogue which pertain to the relationships between individuals. It is curious that Jesus does not mention the commandments that relate to God and man. The rich young ruler says that he has kept (KJV, ESV), observed (RSV) from my youth.
Jesus not only saw this young man’s request, but he saw his desire. Just as Paul “lived in all good conscience before God” this young man believed that he had done so as well. Then Mark tells us that Jesus “looking upon him loved him” (emblepo Mark 10:21).
However, our story takes a turn here when Jesus invites the young man, not only to be good, but to be a true follower. The young ruler had not wronged anyone, but was he willing to give his all for Christ? In order to truly follow Christ, the rich young ruler would need to “go and sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; and come, follow me” (Mark 10:21). The young man was willing to do nothing wrong, but he was not willing to do everything right. “His countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions” (Mark 10:22).
In order to be saved, in order to be a Christian, and in order to do great things for Christ, we must truly entrust ourselves entirely to Christ. Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). And in Matthew 6:24 we are told, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
It is our responsibility to trust and obey. In this way we can do great things for Christ. If we never truly trust him, we will never truly obey him. William Penn, who founded Pennsylvania, was well like by the indians and they told him he could have as much of their land as he could encompass on foot in a single day. Early the next morning he started walking and continued to walk into the night. When he finally returned the Indians were terribly surprised, because they didn’t think he would take them seriously. But they kept their promise and gave him the land that is now part of the city of Philadelphia. Penn simply believed what they said. Should we do less with God’s promises?
In Mark 10:29-31 Jesus said, “Verily, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Who will truly follow Jesus?

Be a Sacrifice
Mark 10:31-34
Following Christ inevitably involves sacrifice. The rich young ruler was willing to abstain from wrong, but he wasn’t willing to sacrifice for what is right. Jesus stands out as the one who has sacrificed all to do what is best for all. The complete denial of self for the enrichment of others. Jesus said, “Behold we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again” (Mark 10:33).
He paid it all. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (1 Corinthians 5:21 NASB). In shameful blasphemy the High Priest tore his robes and said of Christ, “He has uttered blasphemy. Why do we still need witness?….What is your judgment? They answered, ‘He deserves death.'” (Matthew 26:63).
There is a picture in Milan which represents a little cherub trying to feel one of the points of the Crown of Thorns with his finger. A look of wonder is on his face; he has been told that it means agony, but he cannot feel it. It is all to him incomprehensible. The cherub cannot understand because he belongs to a different world; he was never born into that condition in which sin, suffering, and sacrifice are necessary terms of awful import. Yet Christ was willing to sacrifice–to suffer the just for the unjust.
Peter said that we must be mentally prepared and physically willing to be holy. 1 Peter 1:15-19 says, “Be ye yourselves holy also holy in all manner of living; because it is written, ye shall be holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to each man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear: knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things…but with precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, even the blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:15-19). Being holy requires being a servant. Paul said we are to have the servant mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5-11). James says that “Pure religion and undefiled before our god and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).
Therefore, if we are to excel as Christians, we must be willing to sacrifice. The most beautiful picture of sacrifice is that of Christ’s. The second is that of a mother. The mother endures the ordeal of pregnancy in order to accept the pain of labor only to selflessly give herself to the same child for the rest of her life. Should we not equally pour ourselves into the sacrificial service to our God (Rom. 12:1-2)?

Be a Servant
Mark 10:35-44
True faith and sacrifice leads to continual service. The incarnation did not occur that Christ might be served on earth, but so that Christ could serve the earth. Apparently, James and John had trouble understanding this mindset. They came to Jesus with a request for prominence–“Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory” (Mark 10:37). Jesus lovingly adjusted their attitude by saying, “But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43-45).
In John 13 we see the often forgotten picture of Jesus washing his disciples feet. Jesus said, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Verily, Verily, I say to you, a servant is not better than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (Jon 13:14-17).
This servitude is possible because we have died to self and live for Christ (Galatians 3:20). In 1852, the troopship Birkenhead struck on a sunken rock off the African coast; she had on board soldiers and 124 women and children. The women and children were ushered into the boats, but there was no room left for the soldiers. The men, drawn up by their officers as on parade, saw without a murmur the boats shove off, and went down with the sinking ship. The word of command was given by Major Seton, ‘Stand still and die like a Englishmen’; which they were willing to do in order to save the 124 grateful women and children.
Let us give our lives as servants of Christ. No longer live for yourself, but rather give yourself only to Him who loves you and promises you eternal life and unfailing love. Serve Him by serving others. Serve Him by spreading His Word. Serve Him by loving and training your families for dignified Christian lives. Serve your Lord. Serve your King.

INVITATION FROM THE TEXT:
One of our songs say, “I gave my life for thee, my precious blood I shed. That thou might’st ransomed be, and quickened from the dead; I gave, I gave my life for thee, what hast thou giv’n for me?” Will you give yourself to Jesus today? Will you become his great servant? His hero of faith?

I Must Be Baptized

I MUST BE BAPTIZED

I must be baptized because I want to do what Jesus did–Matthew 3:13-17.
I must be baptized because Jesus commanded it–Matthew 28:19-20.
I must be baptized because Jesus said baptism precedes salvation–Mark 16:16.
I must be baptized because Jesus said I must be born again–John 3:3, 5.
I must be baptized because I want to be saved–Acts 2:37-38.
I must be baptized because I want to be sealed with the Holy Spirit–Acts 2:38; Acts 5:32; Acts 19:2-5; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:9-11.
I must be baptized because I want to properly respond to the preaching of Christ Acts 8:35-39; Acts 11:14, cf. 10:46-48; Acts 16:14-15.
I must be baptized because it is a result of hearing and believing–Acts 18:8.
I must be baptized because I believe in Jesus–Acts 19:4-5.
I must be baptized because I want to call on the name of the Lord and allow him to wash away my sins–Acts 22:16; Romans 10:13.
I must be baptized because I want to be in Christ–Romans 6:3; Ephesians 2:3.
I must be baptized because I want to live a new life–Romans 6:4.
I must be baptized because I want to be assured of the resurrection–Romans 6:5.
I must be baptized because I want to obey Christ–Romans 6:16-18.
I must be baptized because I want to inherit the Kingdom of God–1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
I must be baptized because I want to become a member of the body of Christ–1 Corinthians 12:12-13.
I must be baptized because I want to become a child of God by putting on Christ–Galatians 3:26-27.
I must be baptized because I want God to make me alive spiritually–Colossians 2:11-14.
I must be baptized because I want to obey the Gospel–2 Thessalonians 1:8.
I must be baptized because I want God to save me–Titus 3:4-7.
I must be baptized because I want to draw near to God–Hebrews 10:22.
I must be baptized because I want to appeal to God for a good conscience through the resurrection of Christ–1 Peter 3:20-21.
I must be baptized because I want to be washed in the blood of the Lamb–Revelation 7:14.