John 6:30-32 (KJV) Preach Eternal Messages

John 6:30-32 (KJV)
They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

John chapter six demonstrates the challenge every preacher has when communicating with people who claim to be followers of Christ but are carnal in nature. They wanted to speak about earthly/”relevant” things. Jesus was speaking about heavenly/eternal things.

Jesus’ tactic was to refuse to bow to their level. He kept the message on the:

  • Heavenly
  • Spiritual
  • Eternal
  • Essential

things.

This is exactly what the man of God must do.

The result was that there was a dramatic thinning of followers. By the time the chapter is finished only the twelve remained (and one of them was a devil). Though we all desire to win as many to Christ as we can, we must remember that our job is not to assemble a crowd but to gather those who cannot leave because they know we have the words of eternal life.

Give them those words or else have no ministry at all.

 

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John 6:30-32 (KJV) Preach Eternal Messages

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John 4:7 (KJV) When Christ Asks

John 4:7 (KJV)
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

I note first that Jesus asked.
What is He asking of you?

I note secondly that He asked an as yet unconverted sinner.
The responsibilities of faith extend to all, not just those who have been born again.

I note thirdly that Jesus asked for a material and human need.
What humility that God took upon Himself the need of man.

Concerning this request I have these observations:
He could have satisfied His thirst through His divinity.
Bring God He had no true need for water. His thirst, though real, was voluntary. He could have chosen to not submit to this human necessity.

He could have drawn the water Himself.
He was physically capable and, though perhaps culturally it was appropriate to ask a woman, it was not unheard of that a man draw his own drink.

He could have waited for His disciples
They were, after all, in the town procuring other physical needs. They would no doubt have been happy to draw Him water.

When Christ asks a thing from us we ought to view it as a learning moment. He does not need what He asks for. He is capable of getting it Himself if He so chooses. He has others who are anxious to minister to His needs. But He asks us. Let us faithfully draw for Him.

 

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John 3:12 (KJV) How Can He Believe?

John 3:12 (KJV)
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

It is possible to divide John 3:1-21 at the line of verse twelve. Everything Jesus taught previous to this verse would then be classified “earthly things” and everything after would be “heavenly”. Notice then what are:

Earthly things

The subject of teaching is the new birth. It is the one earthly thing that provides entrance to the heavenly. The style of teaching is through earthly parables:

  • Wind
  • Trees (the sound of the wind through it?)
  • Physical birth

A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

If a man will not accept Christ’s message of salvation it is impossible for him to understand anything else He teaches.

Heavenly things

The subject changes to the elements of the Gospel:

  • God with us
  • The death burial and resurrection
  • The heart of God for sinners
  • The ultimate condemnation of rejecters

A man must be born again. If he rejects that basic doctrine he will never understand the doctrines underlying it.

 

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John 2:22 (KJV) One and the Same

John 2:22 (KJV)
When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

The Gospel According to John was written very nearly one hundred years after the birth of Christ. It is obvious as John includes a comment in this account of an event early in Christ’s ministry having to do with the disciples’ reaction at the end of His earthly ministry. When Jesus was resurrected they remembered the Scriptures prophesying His death burial and resurrection and they remembered His own words having to do with the same.

I believe the point is to tie the two things they remembered and believed together. The Scriptures and the words of Christ are one and the same. Something that is the same is not different.

The Scripture is not higher than the word of Christ nor is visa-versa.

  • The Scripture is not more inspired
  • The Scripture is not more accurate
  • The Scripture is not more believable

than the word of Christ. Nor is the word of Christ superior the Scripture. They are one and the same.

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John 1:13 (KJV) Salvation is of God

John 1:13 (KJV)
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Bible insists that the salvation of a soul is completely performed by God:

Not by blood
At first glance this looks like physical birth but I think it convey much more. The word blood is plural and likely has reference to a number of Jewish traditions:

  • The blood of circumcision a cultural distinction
  • The blood a sacrifice a religious ritual
  • The blood of Abraham a familial ancestry

None of these actually affect the new birth.

Not by the will of the flesh
Salvation is not a choice we make. It does not happen because we decide to follow Jesus.

Not by the will of man
No one can make a man be saved. As much as I might desire salvation for my children, grandchildren or, for that matter, any other person, salvation is not the result of any man’s efforts hard work charisma or position.

Men are born again by the will of God. He planned it. He paid for it. He gave us His Word. He calls men into ministry. He teaches us all to be witnesses. He gave us the Holy Spirit who brings conviction and regeneration.

 

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Luke 24:5-6 (KJV) Why seek ye the living among the dead?

Luke 24:5-6 (KJV)
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

I recognize that Matthew’s account of the exchange between these women and the angel’s includes the words, “Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Luke’s account omits that phrase and focuses instead on a question, also spoken by the angels, that could almost be viewed as a rebuke; “Why seek ye the living among the dead?”

Jesus was not to be found at the empty tomb. There has been, for more years that I can remember, an interest among believers in the empty tomb in Jerusalem. That interest seems to be growing among those in the circles with whom I fellowship. I do not have the same interest in traveling to Israel for at least these reasons:

The tomb in Jerusalem cannot be proven to be Christ’s
There are in fact two tombs that are claimed as Christ’s. I doubt that either is truly it.

The nation of Israel is not the focus of this era
While I believe we should as a country support Israel I do not believe it is because God’s plan for today is to bless Israel above all others. The focus today ought to be on winning souls of every kindred and organizing them into local Baptist churches.

Christ is not to be found at the empty tomb. He will not be found on the old streets upon which He walked. Christ will be found in the Words of the Bible and it is in those words we are to find our faith and build our relationship with the Lord.

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Luke 23:11 (KJV) Making Christ Nothing

Luke 23:11 (KJV)
And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.

Herod had, for a long time, wanted to see Jesus perform a miracle. His interview therefore with Jesus was a happy occasion for him. His happiness was soon squelched, however, when Jesus refused to do a miracle or even answer a question. Herod then turned against Christ and “set Him at nought.

The phrase is the interest of my devotions this morning. Strong’s Dictionary says the word means despised or contemptible. Gill says it means they made nothing of Him.

I am afraid our world is filled with “seekers” interested in seeing Christ do a miracle for them or answering the challenging questions for them and, though they may seek for some time, eventually they are “stung with disappointment” and turn against Christ, making Him nothing in their eyes.

Christ is God, the king of the Jews and Saviour of all who believe on Him whether He does any miracles for you or not. He is whom He is whether you get all your questions answered to your own satisfaction or not.

You may turn on Him but it will be to your own doom and in no way will change whom Christ is.

It would be far better to trust Him.

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Luke 22:27 (KJV) The Issue of Greatness

Luke 22:27 (KJV)
For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.

Despite the warning of Christ in this passage the issue of greatness has never been satisfied. Men, in a multitude of camps, strive to be known as the greatest.

Truly the greatest was and is Jesus Christ. Yet if He were to come today in the manner He came two thousand years ago, the spiritual leaders of our generation would want about as little to do with Him as the Pharisees did back then.

Jesus was;

  • Followed by only a hand full
  • Always more concerned for the truth of His message than the reception of His message
  • Despised and rejected and
  • Killed at the urging of the multitudes

Jesus’ own testimony was that His followers would accomplish far more than He did (saving that He alone could take the sins of the whole world).

Greatness is misunderstood today but I expect that it is never found in this life but rather is evidenced by the influence a person has long after they have left this life.

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Luke 20:6 (KJV) Committed to Christ?

Luke 20:6 (KJV)
But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.

The same people who would later cry out they wanted Jesus crucified here would have, the Pharisees believed, stoned them for speaking lightly of John the Baptist.

  • It is easier to accept a man is a prophet than to accept He is God
  • It is easier to support a good man than to stay faithful to Christ as Saviour
  • It is more natural to defend the character of a leader than to defend the deity of Christ

Whether they would have stoned the Pharisees is impossible to tell. We do know that, though they were intrigued with Jesus, in the end they turned against Him.

Professing believers ought to take this to heart and examine closely their faith. Are we merely loyal to a preacher and intrigued by Christ? Or are we genuinely committed to our relationship with Him?

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Luke 16:31 (KJV) Something More than the Bible?

Luke 16:31 (KJV)
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

We live in such a materialistic, flesh driven world that we believe people need something more than the Bible and faith to believe. We have therefore created any number of ways to “attract” people to the truth with something other than the truth.

Sometimes it’s excitement
Somebody gets all pumped up and tries to get others pumped up with them.

Sometimes it’s entertainment
Somebody focuses a so-called ministry on entertaining music and messages and then tries to sneak in a piece of truth here and there.

Sometimes it’s opulence
Someone presents himself as wealthy and successful and implies his followers can have the same if they only believe.

Sometimes it’s staged miracles
Someone claims to be able to do miraculous things like healing the sick pronouncing new prophecies or even raising the dead. The rich man in hell thought if someone was raised from the dead his family would believe.

Interestingly, Jesus did raise a man named Lazarus from the dead. Did people believe? No, the Pharisees sought to kill the resurrected Lazarus to prevent people from leaving Judaism.

Abraham told the rich man a truth we need to grab hold of; if they won’t believe the Bible they won’t believe at all.

 

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