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Celebrating Children at Chapel Hill Baptist Church

To the Parents of our Young Children, may we request…

Relax!

God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in church.

Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on. They tire of seeing the backs of other’s heads.

Quietly explain the parts of the service and actions of the pastor, ushers, choir, etc.

Sing the hymns and pray. Children learn how worship by watching and copying you.

If you must leave the service with you child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.”

Your current pastor doesn’t care if toddlers walk around if they don’t hurt themselves. God put the desire to walk in them.

Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.

To the Members of our Church:

The presence of children is a gift from God to the church and they are a reminder that our church is growing.

Please welcome our children and give a smile & word of encouragement to their parents.

Having children learn to love church and worship God is far more important than and occasional distraction.

Jesus Loves the Little Children and so do we.

(Adapted from a Westminster Presbyterian Church Notice published on Facebook.)


Les Wilson, Pastor
Chapel Hill Baptist Church
4 miles South of Mountain View, on Hwy W

Please visit us next Sunday at 10 am for Sunday School @ 11am for worship.

You will be welcome. Come as you are. We do.



Morning Message 4/23/17

Friday morning, I was wondering how many things we Christians have through Christ.

So, I searched my bible software for the words ‘through Christ’.

I found four Scriptures:

Romans 2:14-16 (NASB)

14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, _ are a law to themselves,

15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them,

16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men _ through Christ Jesus.

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2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NASB)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies _ and God of all comfort,

4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, _ so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

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2 Corinthians 3:4-6 (NASB)

4 Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.

5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, _ but the Spirit gives life.
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2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (NASB)

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; _ behold, new things have come.

18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry _ of reconciliation,
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The Bible sometimes refers to Jesus as ‘Him’.

So, I searched the words ‘through Him’, with a capital ‘H’.

I found 22 Scriptures telling us the things we have through Him.

John 1:3 (NASB)

3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being _ that has come into being.
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John 1:7 (NASB)

7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
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John 1:10 (NASB)

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
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John 3:17 (NASB)

17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
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Acts 2:22 (NASB)

22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, _ just as you yourselves know—
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Acts 3:16 (NASB)

16 “And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.
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Acts 13:37-39 (NASB)

37 but He whom God raised did not undergo decay.

38 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him _ forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,

39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed _ through the Law of Moses.
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Romans 5:9 (NASB)

9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
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Romans 11:36 (NASB)

36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
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1 Corinthians 8:6 (NASB)

6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
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2 Corinthians 1:20 (NASB)

20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore, also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.
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Ephesians 2:18-22 (NASB)

18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father
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19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household,

20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,

21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,

22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
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Philippians 4:12-13 (NASB)

12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
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Colossians 1:15-20 (NASB)

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.

17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

19 For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,

20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
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Colossians 3:17 (NASB)

17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
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Hebrews 7:25 (NASB)

25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

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Hebrews 13:15 (NASB)

15 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
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1 Peter 1:20-23 (NASB)

20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you

21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

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1 John 4:9 (NASB)

9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
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Then I searched for the words ‘through Jesus’.

I found 14 Scriptures.

John 1:17 (NASB)

17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
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Acts 10:36 (NASB)

36 “The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)—
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Romans 1:8 (NASB)

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.
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Romans 5:21 (NASB)

21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Romans 7:25 (NASB)

25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
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Galatians 1:1 (NASB)

1 Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),
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Ephesians 1:5-6 (NASB)

5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
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Philippians 1:11 (NASB)

11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
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Titus 3:3-7 (NASB)

3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.

4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,

5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
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Hebrews 13:20-21 (NASB)

20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,

21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
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1 Peter 2:5 (NASB)

5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
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1 Peter 4:11 (NASB)

11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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Jude 1:24-25 (NASB)

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,

25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

So, what do we have through Him, Jesus the Christ?

• God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

• our comfort is abundant through Christ.

• Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.

• God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ

• All things came into being through Him

• so that all might believe through him

• He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

• For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

• Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst,

• and the faith which comes through Him

• through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,

• having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

• For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

• one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

• also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.

• for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father

• I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

• all things have been created through Him and for Him.

• and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

• giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

• He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him,

• Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God,

• You, _ who through Him are believers in God

• so that we might live through Him

• grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

• preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)—

• I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all,

• grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

• Thanks, be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

• Paul was an apostle, .. through Jesus Christ

• God predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself,

• (we)_ having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ,

• the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

• working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ,

• to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

• in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

The very first verse in the Bible is about what was done through Jesus Christ.

Without Jesus, the earth would still be formless and void, _ and darkness would be over the surface of the deep.

The very last verse of the Bible says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”

This whole bible is about what has been done through Jesus the Christ, _ The Only Begotten Son of the Living God.

• all things have been created through Him and for Him.

• and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

• & you can do all things through Him who strengthens you.

If you have not yet surrendered to Jesus; will you surrender to Him today?

Les Wilson, Pastor
Chapel Hill Baptist Church
4 miles South of Mountain View, on Hwy W

Please visit us next Sunday at 10 am for Sunday School @ 11am for worship.

You will be welcome. Come as you are. We do.



Jesus Makes Life Better

Jesus Makes Life Better

(Chapel Hill Easter Message 2017)

Jesus makes life better; not always easier; but, always better.

It seems to me, that the Apostle Paul had one of the most difficult lives ever lived.
But; he had one of the best lives ever lived, and his eternal life will be filled with eternal joy.

A short-sighted life is just that, _ short-sighted.

My momma had an expression for foolishness.

She would say, _ “He’s a child of the moment.”

A child of the moment never considers the consequences of their actions.

It is common with little children _ and too common with adults.

Children of the moment are always in trouble; because, they just don’t see far enough into the future.

They are slaves _ to their own impulses.

There is a Scripture which describes how Jesus frees us from the slavery which is caused _ by our own short-sightedness.

Hebrews 2:14-15 speaks of us as children of the moment, and how Jesus sets us free.
It says:
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, Jesus, Himself, likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery _ all their lives. (NASB)

The resurrection of Jesus is why we, who are saved, celebrate Easter Sunday, and every other day _ of our lives.

We have no fear of death because Jesus died for our sins and rose again.

Paul wrote,
“If the dead are not raised, LET US EAT AND DRINK, _ FOR TOMORROW WE DIE.” 1st Cor. 15:32 (NASB)

That is the attitude of the lost.

Jesus told a parable about a rich fool, in Luke chapter 12, _ verses 16-21:

16 And He told them a parable, saying, _ "The land of a rich man was very productive.

17 “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?'

18 “Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

19 ‘And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink _ and be merry."'

20 "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'

21 “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (NASB)

Soul, take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.

This is the swan song _ of the lost.

Everyone knows they will die, someday; but, in the meantime “get all you can, can all you get, and sit on the lid”, as brother Jim used to say.

Hebrews 9:27 says, “and just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, _ and after that the [certain] judgment, (AMP)

The resurrection _ is what it’s all about.

The resurrection is the difference between being lost _ and being saved.

The resurrection is the difference between eternity in the lake of fire _ or eternity in New Jerusalem with Jesus.

The resurrection is the difference between living your life in slavery _ or living your life in freedom.

Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, Jesus, Himself, likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

What are the lost in slavery to?

They are enslaved to Satan.

They are in slavery to their own lust, greed, _ and self-centeredness.

Soul, take your ease, eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.

Lost people live their lives as children of the moment.

They are always focused on the temporary.

They seldom if ever think of their own eternity.

Their lives are temporary.

Their treasures are temporary.

Their pleasures are temporary.

The fear of death is always there to haunt and control them.

The devil has them right where he wants them.

The devil says to them; just as he said to Christ, when he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. _

And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.

"Therefore, if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours."

Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD _ AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'" Luke 4:5-8 (NASB)

So, lost people are held captive in the domain of darkness; _ but they don’t have to stay there.

They can be saved by God _ just as we were.

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His Beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. _ Colossians 1:13-14 (NASB)

The resurrection _ is what it’s all about.

The resurrection is the difference between being lost and being saved.

The resurrection is the difference between eternity in the lake of fire or eternity in New Jerusalem with Jesus.

The resurrection is the difference between living your life in slavery or living your life freedom.

A child of the moment never considers the consequences of their actions.

Children of the moment are always in trouble; because, they just don’t see far enough into the future.

They are slaves to their own impulses.

Jesus makes life better; not always easier; but, always better.

Drunkards and drug addicts are slaves to their desire to escape _ reality.

Whatever turns you on will eventually take you out, if you are not set free _ by Jesus.

Why are lost people children of the moment?

Because that is all they believe they have, a moment.

But, the truth is, _ they have eternity.

And they will spend it in the lake of fire, if they are not set free by believing in the resurrection of Jesus and trusting only Jesus to set them free from their bondage to their own sin.

And how will they believe if no one tells them about the resurrection of Jesus?

How will they believe if no one tells them about the two coming resurrections?

The first resurrection is the resurrection of the saved.

The second resurrection will take place 1,000 years later.

It is described in: Revelation chapter 20, verses 11-15

Revelation 20:11-15

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (NKJV)

Now, you might say, “That’s not fair. I can’t believe a loving God would do that.”

That fantasy was planted in your brain by the father of all lies the devil.

It does not matter, what YOU think a loving God would do.

You don’t know _ what God would do.

Here are the FACTS _ about what a Loving God DID DO.

Have you gone to heaven _ and interviewed God?

The fact is _ you have not ascended to heaven.

Jesus, through whom all things were created, has given you the facts, and here they are:

13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, _ even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

15 that whoever believes in Him _ should not perish but have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds _ were evil.

20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." John 3:13-21 (NKJV)

It does not matter what you think.

It is eternally crucial, _ what you believe.

It is eternally crucial, _ who you believe.

You have the testimony of Jesus Himself.

Jesus died for your sins.

He was buried.

He rose from the tomb.

He defeated the devil, who has held you captive in his dark domain ever since YOU were old enough to know right from wrong.

You have often chosen to do what you know is wrong.

This is the sinful nature you were born with.

But Jesus came to set you free from the dark domain and when you trust Jesus, _ God the Father will convey you into the Kingdom of the Son of His Love.

He has qualified you to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in the LIGHT.

The moment you TRUST JESUS, God the Father puts you on a conveyor belt and transports you from the dark domain of your spiritual blindness _ into the marvelous Light Of Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

Those who do not trust Jesus face FERVENT HEAT.

2 Peter 3:9-14 (NKJV)

9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; ….”

Someday all the stuff which we now see will burn _ with ‘fervent heat’.

An old deacon once said, _ “I wonder how hot is ‘fervent heat’?”

Today, _ we will try to estimate the answer the deacon’s question.

How hot is fervent heat?

There was a news article this past week, which said that our military was considering new weapons to combat Russian tanks armed with nuclear artillery shells.

These new weapons would fire tungsten projectiles at 3 to 6 times the speed of sound.
That is 2300 to 4600 mph, _ or up to 6,750 feet per second.

That means, if you were a Russian tank commander and one of these tungsten projectiles was fired at your tank, from 3 miles away, the bullet would hit your tank 3.84 seconds BEFORE you heard the gun go off.

This projectile would be made of tungsten which melts at 6,192 degrees Fahrenheit, and at that speed the friction of the projectile going through the steel armor _ would turn the tungsten into a fire ball.

Since steel melts at only 2500 degrees and the tungsten melts at 6,192 degrees, it would go through your tank faster than a red-hot knife through butter.

You and your tank _ would be gone before you ever heard the shot.

Tungsten _ is the element which has the highest melting point.

That is why _ it is used as filaments in light bulbs.

So, to answer the deacon’s question is, we don’t know how hot ‘fervent heat’ is; but, _ it is more than 6,192 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now, for those who might say, this is just theory; _ let me say that depleted uranium bullets have been used as armor piercing projectiles since the late 1970s.

Here is a quote from Wikipedia:

Depleted uranium is favored for the penetrator because it is self-sharpening[35] and flammable.[30]

On impact with a hard target, such as an armored vehicle, the nose of the rod fractures in such a way that it remains sharp.[35]

The impact and subsequent release of heat energy causes it to ignite.[30]

When a DU penetrator reaches the interior of an armored vehicle, it catches fire, often igniting ammunition and fuel, killing the crew _ and possibly causing the vehicle to explode.

DU is used by the U.S. Army _ in 120 mm or 105 mm cannons employed on the M1 Abrams tank.

The Russian military has used DU ammunition in tank main gun ammunition since the late 1970s, mostly for the 115 mm guns in the T-62 tank and the 125 mm guns in the T-64, T-72, T-80, and T-90 tanks.

So, _ how hot is fervent heat?

Let’s consider the sun.

According to Space.com:

“The sun is a huge sphere of glowing gases that produce energy and light, which make life on Earth possible.”

“The temperature of the sun varies tremendously, and not in ways you might realize.”

At the core of the sun, gravitational attraction produces immense pressure and temperature, which can reach more than 27 million degrees Fahrenheit.”

How about thermonuclear bombs?

According to Dante’s inferno:

"The temperature at the center of a nuclear explosion depends on the yield of the weapon.

Or whether the weapon is an atom bomb which relies on nuclear fission to detonate or a hydrogen bomb which uses both fusion and fission.

Those are all factors that play a role in the temperature at the center of a nuke but the temperature at the core of the explosion is always between 50 and 150 million degrees Fahrenheit. …... So, the temperature of the center of a nuclear bomb can reach temperatures hotter than the core of our sun."

According to Wikipedia, “as of 2016 there are some 4,000 active nuclear warheads and 10,100 total nuclear warheads in the world.[1"

That is a lot of fervent heat.

How hot is fervent heat?

God knows.

But, here’s what we know.

Jesus said there would be wars and rumors of wars.

The disciples asked Jesus about His return, in: Matthew chapter 24, verses 1-13 (AMP)

1 JESUS DEPARTED from the temple area and was going on His way when His disciples came up to Him to call His attention to the buildings of the temple and point them out to Him.

2 But He answered them, Do you see all these? Truly I tell you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.

3 While He was seated on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately and said, Tell us, when will this take place, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end (the completion, the consummation) of the age?

4 Jesus answered them, Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error].
5 For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray.

6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place;

8 All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish].

9 Then they will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.

10 And then many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred.

11 And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error.

12 And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity,

13 But he who endures to the end will be saved.

There will be many examples of fervent heat before God makes new heavens and a new earth.

Jesus said there would be wars.

WW2 was ended when Harry Truman dropped fervent heat on Nagasaki _ and Hiroshima.

We have no guarantee that we will be raptured before the next thermonuclear war _ comes to America.

There is one thing that will not melt in fervent heat.

A human soul.

A human soul is not an element like tungsten or uranium.

We need to adjust our priorities.

What do we value most?

Stuff or souls?

What does Jesus value most?

Stuff?

Or souls?

Jesus created all the stuff!

Jesus created all the souls!

Jesus did not die for stuff!

Jesus died for souls.

Jesus can create anything out of nothing.

So, stuff means very little to Jesus.

How do we know?

The Bible tells us so.

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth _ and the works that are in it will be burned up."

This building will be burned up.

If we don’t aggressively bring the good news to the lost people of Mountain View, why are we here?

Life gets messy when Christians really reach out to the lost.

Lost people have many problems; because, they are lost.

When they get saved; _ the Lord starts cleaning them up.

It usually takes the rest of their physical lives to get them anywhere close to being what they are predestined to be.

So, even saved people carry around too much baggage from their past.

What does Jesus value most?

Jesus did not die for stuff!

Jesus died for souls.

We need to keep the main thing the main thing.

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

_ looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

_ Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which _ righteousness dwells.

_ Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, _ without spot and blameless; ….”

be diligent to be found by Him in peace, _ without spot and blameless; ….”

be diligent to be found by Him in peace, _ without spot and blameless; ….”

These are the FACTS regarding the events of the first Easter Morning, _ and the days that followed.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary took all 4 gospel accounts, the book of Acts and 1st Corinthians _ and they constructed the sequence of events following the resurrection of Jesus.

SUNDAY MORNING:

1. An angel rolled away the stone from Jesus’ tomb before sunrise (Matt. 28:2-4).

2. Women who followed Jesus visited Jesus’ tomb and discovered Him missing (Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:1-4; Luke 24:1-3; John 20:1).

3. Mary Magdalene left to tell Peter and John (John 20:1-2).

4. The other women, remaining at the tomb, saw two angels who told them about the Resurrection (Matt. 28:5-7; Mark 16:5-7; Luke 24:4-8).

5. Peter and John visited Jesus’ tomb (Luke 24:12; John 20:3-10).

6. Mary Magdalene returned to the tomb and Jesus appeared to her alone in the garden (Mark 16:9-11; John 20:11-18): His first appearance.

7. Jesus appeared to the other women (Mary, mother of James, Salome, and Joanna) (Matt. 28:8-10): His second appearance.

8. Those who guarded Jesus’ tomb reported to the religious rulers how the angel rolled away the stone. They were then bribed (Matt. 28:11-15).

9. Jesus appeared to Peter (1 Cor. 15:5): His third appearance.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON
10. Jesus appeared to two men on the road to Emmaus (Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13-32): His fourth appearance.

SUNDAY EVENING
11. The two disciples from Emmaus told others they saw Jesus (Luke 24:33-35).

12. Jesus appeared to 10 apostles, with Thomas absent, in the Upper Room (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-25): His fifth appearance.

THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY

13. Jesus appeared to the 11 Apostles, including Thomas, and Thomas believed (John 20:26-28): His sixth appearance.

THE FOLLOWING 32 DAYS

14. Jesus appeared to seven disciples by the Sea of Galilee and performed a miracle of fish (John 21:1-14): His seventh appearance.

15. Jesus appeared to 500 (including the Eleven) at a mountain in Galilee (Matt. 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-18; 1 Cor. 15:6): His eighth appearance.

16. Jesus appeared to His half-brother James (1 Cor. 15:7): His ninth appearance.

17. At Jerusalem Jesus appeared again to His disciples (Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:3-8): His 10th appearance.

18. On the Mount of Olives Jesus ascended into heaven while the disciples watched (Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-12).

These are the historic facts.

Any argument to the contrary is a ticket to the eternal lake of fire.

Who are you going to believe?

Are you going to believe the speculations of people who were not there in Jerusalem that first Easter Sunday morning?

Or are you going to believe the over 500 eyewitnesses to the greatest event in human history.

Jesus came. He died for you and rose again on the 3rd day. What are you going to do about that?

Who are you going to believe?

Who are you going to trust today?

There is only ONE, _ whom you can trust.

Trust Jesus and be saved forever.

Come to the Light.

Give up trying to hide your sins in the darkness.

Jesus can see everything all the time.

Jesus does not tell you to confess your sins, because He doesn’t already know every one of them.

Jesus tells you to confess your sins, _ because He insists that you acknowledge that you have sinned.

He died so you could be forgiven.

He rose from the grave so you could live with Him forever.

Who will you choose to trust today?

Will you continue to trust yourself?

How is that working out for you?

How will it work out for you in the grave?

How will it work out for you on judgment day?

There is a war going on inside of you.

This is the only war, which you can only win by surrendering.

Jesus gave you a wonderful gift a free will. Surrender your will back to Jesus. Trust Him.

Jesus makes life better; not always easier; but, always better.

A short-sighted life is just that, _ short-sighted.

A child of the moment never considers the consequences of their actions.

Children of the moment are always in trouble; because, they just don’t see far enough into the future.

They are slaves _ to their own impulses.

Jesus became a man to die for mankind and rise again to free us from the penalty of sin and the power of sin.

Time to stop focusing on the temporary.

This life is temporary.

You will die. That is reality.

You can be forgiven by Jesus, today, right now.

He will save you from the penalty of your sins.

He will deliver you from the power of sin in your life.

He will set you free and you will be free indeed.

Who are you going to believe?

Are you going to believe the devil?

Are you going to continue to believe the thoughts of your own confusion?

Who will you trust?

Will you trust the devil?

Who will you trust?

Will you trust your grapefruit sized brain?

You can’t wrap a grapefruit around the universe.

And you can’t wrap it around the God who created the universe.

He had to REVEAL Himself to you and He has in Jesus the Christ.

Who you trust will determine your eternity.

There are only two possibilities:
• New Jerusalem with Jesus
• Fervent Heat

Choose right now who you believe.

Speak to JESUS.

HE will hear you.

Jesus Creator Savior King

Jesus Creator Savior King

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 (NASB)

How many times will humans continue to repeat their past mistakes?

How many times will they prefer their own rules for living _ and reject the rules of their Creator?

How many times will they prefer human rulers and reject their King, their Creator, their Savior?

There is an old saying, “The only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything from history.”

This morning we will see if we can learn anything from history.

A little over 3,400 years ago, the Children of Israel crossed over the Jordon into the Promised Land.

They were under the human leadership _ of Joshua and Caleb, two men who followed God.

God was their King.

For about 56 years Israel followed the Lord.

Shortly before Joshua died at the age of 110 years, _ he challenged Israel to obey the Lord.

“Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, and had known all the deeds of the LORD which He had done for Israel. _ Joshua 24:31 (NASB)


But then for 299 years they went their own way and trouble came to them _ all during the days of the Judges & Ruth.

And the last verse of the book of Judges says, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25 (NASB)

That means, there was no king. God was no longer their King and God had not yet established human kings for Israel.

And in the 8th chapter of 1st Samuel the children of Israel said to Samuel, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations."

But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed to the LORD.

The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me _ from being king over them.” 1 Samuel 8:5-7 (NASB)

So, God gave them King Saul and when Saul failed to obey God, God fired him and chose a shepherd boy named David.

David was a shepherd, a Psalmist, a musician, a mighty warrior, a man of prayer, and a king.

And God made a promise to David.

"Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever." 2 Samuel 7:16 (NASB)

But David’s son Solomon turned away to idols in his old age and in 931 B.C., God divided the kingdom in two.

The northern kingdom of Israel made up of 10 tribes and the Kingdom of Judah made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.

The Northern kingdom of Israel served wicked kings for 209 years _ and God had them carried away by the Assyrians in 722 B.C.

Judah had a few, very few, kings who followed God.

God warned them repeatedly through His prophets; but, they seldom listened so God sent Nebuchadnezzar and his army to destroy Jerusalem and the Temple.

Judah was carried away to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar.

And the young man Daniel was carried away with them.

If you want to understand the rest of this historic event read the Book of Daniel.

Today, we will look at a few verses of Daniel, Chapter 9, to lay part of the historic basis _ for why we celebrate Palm Sunday.

When we get to chapter 9, _ Daniel had been in captivity for nearly 70 years.

He knew God was about to deliver them from captivity, by reading Jeremiah’s prophesies.

Daniel knew Jerusalem was desolate and he prayed a mighty prayer of personal repentance and repentance for his nation Judah.

We will start reading in verse 16 of his prayer.

Daniel 9:16-27 (NASB)

16 "O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, _ Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us.

17 “So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.

18 “O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.

19 “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, _ because Your city and Your people are called by Your name."

20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God,

21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering.

22 He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, "O Daniel, _ I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding.

23 “At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message _ and gain understanding of the vision.

24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy _ and to anoint the most holy place.

25 “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.

26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.

So, _ why did we read this on Palm Sunday?

God’s messenger, the Angel Gabriel, just told Daniel, and us, and the Jews exactly when _ Jesus would ride into Jerusalem.

This is one of the mysteries of God. _ And it is a solvable mystery.

Today we reckon time in decades, _ periods of 10 years. Seven decades would be 70 years.

Daniel’s people though in terms of heptads, _ periods of sevens.

Seven days = one week.

Every seventh year is a Sabbath Year, or a week of years.

Seventy Sabbath years would be 490 years.

If you carefully study what Gabriel told the world and do the math, adjusting for the differences between the 360 day Hebrew years and the 365 day years of our calendar, _ you can calculate that Messiah the Prince will come to Jerusalem exactly when He did.

In John chapter 5, the Jewish leaders again wanted to kill Jesus and he said to them, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” John 5:39-40 (NIV2011)

The Scriptures teach us that they were temporarily blinded so we Gentiles could be saved.

They could study the Scriptures diligently _ and still fail to recognize Messiah their Prince when He was speaking directly to them.

Jesus testified to them repeatedly over a period of about three years and they would not believe His testimony.

The 69 sabbath years prophesied by Gabriel were almost completed.

Messiah the Prince would soon present Himself as their King by riding into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey _ and they would crucify Him.

Gabriel had just told us Messiah the Prince would be cut off, and Zachariah prophesied His triumphant entry into the city:

Zechariah 9:9 says, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (NASB)

So, Messiah rode into Jerusalem at exactly the time appointed by God and prophesied by Gabriel.

He rode in on the colt of a donkey exactly as prophesied by Zechariah.

He came to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy _ and to anoint the most holy place.

Some of this was fulfilled at Christ’s first coming to Jerusalem. The rest will be accomplished when He returns and His feet touch down on the Mount of Olives.

All of these events are exactly according to God’s plan which was made before the creation of the world.

He would allow the evil rebellious nature of humans to run its course, _ so Christ could die for their sins.

Paul writes of these matters in 1 Corinthians chapter 2, verses 6-14

6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, _ who are passing away;

7 but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages _ to our glory;

8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;

9 but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."

10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, _ even the depths of God.

11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,

13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, _ combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. (NASB)

All lost people are spiritually blind and they cannot recognize what is right in front of them, until God the Holy Spirit heals their blindness and gives them spiritual sight.

They are blinded by unbelief.

“…. without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

The Jewish leaders diligently studied the Scriptures; _ but, they did not diligently seek God.

They did not believe the testimony of Jesus, the Son of God.

Jesus healed the sick.

Jesus made the lame to walk.

Jesus gave sight to the blind.

Jesus cleansed the lepers.

Jesus preached the good news to the poor.

Jesus calmed the storms.

Jesus walked on water.

Jesus raised the dead.

How many times must Jesus prove that He is God in the flesh before some people will believe in Him?

How many times must Jesus prove it to you?

If Jesus convinces you to believe in Him today, then come forward and receive Him as your Lord and Savior at the end of this worship service.

We will sing an invitation hymn. Come forward and receive the greatest gift of all when we sing.

This is Palm Sunday, _ the day when we celebrate the arrival of our King into Jerusalem.

If you have your Bible today, turn to Matthew Chapter 21, beginning in verse 1:

Matthew 21:1-11 (NASB)

1 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

2 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me.

3 “If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."

4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

5 “SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 'BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'"

6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them,

7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats.

8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road.

9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!"

10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?"

11 And the crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee."

Mark testifies of this event & adds some details in Mark chapter 11, _ verses 1-11.

Luke testifies of this event in Luke chapter 19, verses 28-42.

And John tells us the branches were from palm trees, _ in John chapter 12, verses 12-15 which say:

“On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, "Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel."

Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, "FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY'S COLT." _ (NASB)

Your Creator is Jesus.

Jesus formed you in your mother’s womb.

Jesus gave life to you.

Jesus gives you every breath you breathe.

Jesus is your rightful King.

Jesus Creator Savior King

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 (NASB)

How many times will humans continue to repeat their past mistakes?

How many times will they prefer their own rules for living _ and reject the rules of their Creator?

How many times will they prefer human rulers and reject their King, their Creator, their Savior?

There is an old saying, “The only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything from history.”

This morning we will see _ if you have learned anything from history.

Humans focus on what they can see.

But humans cannot see the spiritual because they are spiritually blinded.

Jesus created all things visible and invisible.

Therefore, only Jesus can heal the blind.

He can give physical sight to the physically blind and He can give Spiritual sight to those who are spiritually blinded.

When Jesus presented Himself as their King most of the Jews rejected and crucified Him.

They were looking for a human king; repeating the same mistake they had made thousands of times before.

They hated the Romans _ and yet when given the choice they chose to continue under Roman rule.

They wanted a physical temporary savior.

God the Father sent them an eternal Savior, who is Spirit who became a physical human to pay the price for their sins.

Jesus is your righteous, rightful King.

Will you choose today to continue to worship your own self as your own king.

Or will you surrender to your rightful King?

If you are the king of your own life, then your king is temporary and bound to die.

Will you choose to believe that Jesus is your Savior today and receive Him as your King?

9 There it was—the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] _ that illumines every person.

10 He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him _ [did not know Him].

11 He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own—His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him _ and did not welcome Him.

12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—

13 Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. _ [They are born of God!]

14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. __ John 1:9-14 (AMP)

Will YOU welcome Jesus into your heart today.

He is your rightful King.

He is the only TRUE KING possible.

His Kingdom is eternal.

Where do you want to spend eternity?

New Jerusalem or the lake of fire?

Choose today.

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Our text today is John Chapter 4, verses 34 through 38.

Before we go to chapter 4, let’s remember what happened in John Chapter 3.

In John Chapter 3 Jesus explained to Nicodemus about being born again.

After that, John the Baptist, explained to his own disciples that Jesus must increase & he must decease; because Jesus is the Christ.

The last thing _ that John the Baptist had said to the crowd was, "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

Word had spread to the Pharisees, that Jesus was making more disciples than John.

Jesus knew that He was sent to die on the cross.

But His hour had not come yet; so, He always had to be careful.

We often see Him withdraw from situations where the Pharisees or others might try to kill Him _ before His appointed hour.

Satan had been trying to kill Jesus ever since Herod killed the baby boys in & around Bethlehem.

Therefore, Jesus left Judea and departed again to Galilee. _ But He needed to go through Samaria.

We will read our text in context, beginning with verse 1 of John chapter 4.

John 4:1-42 (NKJV)

1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John

2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),

3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.

4 But He needed to go through Samaria.

5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink."

8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

11 The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?

12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?"

13 Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,

14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."

15 The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."

16 Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."

17 The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,'

18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."

19 The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship."

21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.

22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

25 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things."

26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."

27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, "What do You seek?" or, "Why are You talking with her?"

28 The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,

29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"

30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.

31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."

32 But He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."

33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?"

34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

35 Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

37 For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.'

38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."

39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all that I ever did."

40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

41 And many more believed because of His own word.

42 Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

So, what happen here?

Jesus witnessed to a Samaritan woman of questionable morals.

She knew by looking at Him that He was a Jew.

She anticipated that He would shun her because she was a Samaritan.

He started a conversation with her by asking for a drink.

They had a profitable conversation.

She had a question about worship; who is right, the Jews or the Samaritans?

Jesus told her, “the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. __ God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things."

Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."

She asked questions about religion and Jesus showed her the Messiah.

His disciples returned and were amazed that He was even talking to her.

Immediately she went witnessing to the men of the city, and drew them to meet Jesus.

“….many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all that I ever did."

So, when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

And many more believed because of His own word.

That city had a revival, because a sinful woman had met Jesus and she immediately shared the good news with her neighbors.

Our Scripture tells us in the meantime, His disciples were urging Jesus to eat.

His answer to them is our text.

Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.'

I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."

Jesus had started a revival with one short conversation with a sinful woman and He wanted His disciples to do the same.

And He commands us to do the same.

The sinful Samaritan woman testified to others immediately after coming to know Jesus.

Now we will examine what Jesus said:

Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Jesus would rather obey the Father, than eat.

Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

The disciples understood this illustration.

Anyone who grew up in the wheat fields of Kansas understands the urgency of Christ’s metaphor.

Suppose you only got paid once a year instead of weekly or monthly.

Last summer you plowed and tilled your fields.

You had to buy lubricants and fuel all year.

You constantly maintained and repaired your machinery.

You paid your taxes.

Your day started at 6 am every morning.

Every day you fed and watered the chickens and the other livestock before breakfast.

Someone was fixing your breakfast while you did your chores.

You ate and went to the fields with your tractor pulling the implement of the day.

At noon, you took an hour for lunch and then went back to the field.

Sometimes you quit at 6pm.

Sometimes at dark.

And sometimes you plowed with the lights on the tractor until around 10pm.

You did this until the job was done. How long that took depended on the size of your fields and the power of your tractor and the width of your implements.

If you were plowing 640 acres with two medium sized tractors it takes a long time.

Plowing around an 80 acre parcel the first four rounds took me about a half a day with the tractor I drove in western Kansas when I was 12 & 13.

As I remember, it seemed like it took forever to make one round when the field was large.

As you plowed around & around the field got smaller and smaller until you ended up with 80 plowed acres with a furrow down the middle.

Now the nice part about starting a large field is that once you’ve made the first round, you can nap between corners …. if your furrow is deep enough & if your tractor does not have power steering & if you can wake up before you get to the corner.

You see, a tractor without power steering, will follow a deep furrow like a train on a railroad track.

When I turned 15, I started driving a tractor with power steering which made turning corners much easier; but, I found it would crawl out of the furrow.

This made napping more difficult. Not impossible. Just more difficult.

So, the farmer pays his hired hands and works all year, looking forward to payday.

In south central Kansas, payday usually came between mid-June to the 4th of July.

The heads of the golden wheat would be bowing before their creator.

If God chose to bless, the weather was dry.

The wheat was dry.

The fields were white unto harvest.

Christian farmers would pray for 2 weeks of drought.

If the latter rains came early the wheat could go down in the field.

This made it difficult to harvest.

If a thunderstorm came, wind and hail could destroy the crop.

You labored 50 weeks, waiting for payday.

And now you have two weeks to harvest.

There will be no payday if you procrastinate.

So, Jesus tells us, here at Chapel Hill, that the fields are white unto harvest.

And then He says, “…. he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

At His judgment seat, _ Jesus will reward those who testify for Him.

Those who plow the ground will be paid for plowing.

They are the ones develop loving caring relationships with the lost, and testify to them the good news of Jesus.

Those who plant the seeds, will be paid for sharing the good news with those whose ground has already been plowed.

Those who water the seeds with their testimony will be rewarded.

All this time since the ground was plowed, God the Father has sent God the Holy Spirit to shatter a stony heart and replace it with a heart of flesh.

And along comes one more laborer for Jesus and the one shares the good news, gets to be super blessed for taking part in the harvest.

And when we all get to heaven, we will rejoice together.

We will rejoice with the other laborers and with the fruits of our labors.

Every person who testified to me during my first thirty-five years will rejoice to see me there.

In my early 20s Al Petrick, sat next to me at Boeing. He told me about the end times and the return of Jesus.

Al was a Baptist church planter.

I was very interested what he shared.

He never got to see the harvest _ but he will, at the judgment seat of Christ.

And Al and I will rejoice together.

The plowed the ground of my soul by being my friend.

Al seemed a little odd to me but I really liked him.

Most of my friends have been odd. Why wouldn’t I like odd. I’m odd.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)

What did Jesus say next in our text?

For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.'

I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."

The last people who testified to me got to reap what Al sewed.

But every person who testified to me from my childhood to the day the Holy Spirit shattered my stony heart and gave me a heart of flesh will be there to rejoice with Al and me.

I don’t remember most of them now; but, I will then.

“For now, we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” ____ 1st Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)

We don’t have to be soul winners.

That is not our job. We are witnesses

We bring the good news of Jesus to the lost; _ whether family, friends, or strangers.

God wins souls. He is the soul winner. That is His part and He is the only One who can.

We testify. God wins souls.

We simply witness what we know.

Do you remember what Peter & John said when they were commanded by the Sanhedrin _ to stop witnessing?

But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard." Acts 4:19-20 (NASB)

They could not stop speaking about what they have seen and heard; _ and neither should we.

So, today we saw Jesus testify to a woman who, at first saw Him as a stranger, _ whom she assumed would be prejudiced against her.

Jesus plowed, planted, watered and harvested.

But, Jesus is God.

The sinful woman testified to her neighbors and they came to Jesus and there was a great harvest.

Then, Jesus told His disciples and us that we are to develop spiritual friendly relationships, and share the good news. _ That is plowing.

We are to share good news with those who have already heard the good news but have not yet trusted Jesus. _ That is planting.

We are to share the good news with those who have been testified to before. _ That is watering.

And sometimes God will bless us with being there for a short payday on earth, _ the harvest of a soul.

But it is always God who gives the increase.

His Word is the seed, and He put eternal life in the seed.

So, we learn much from the Samaritan woman.

Jesus told her:

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth; and the Father is seeking such to worship Him. "

The Father was seeking a sinful Samaritan woman and many of the people in her home town.

Jesus saved her and she immediately testified to her neighbors.

This is God’s plan in action.

Today, the Father is seeking many children and women and men _ in the Mountain View area.

He is seeking them to worship Him in spirit and truth.

And He tells us that the fields are white unto harvest.

When I was a boy, we got up at 6am and left the house and did the work that had to be done.

Nothing happens in the fields if you don’t leave the house and go to the fields.