Jesus, just prior to this, told His disciples the way to the Father's house where He will be preparing a place for them. Now Christ assures them that they have known and seen the Father through Himself. There is a complete unity between the Father and the Son. However, Philip and the apostles don't find this sufficient and want an immediate display of God Himself. Jesus responds with a rebuke that is tinged with sadness. They have been with Jesus this long and they still don't see it. Jesus's words, person, and works are not insufficient to show the Father but Philip and the apostle's vision is insufficient to see the oneness of the Father and the Son. They don't realize they have known and seen God this whole time in Christ. He says "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me." This doesn't simply mean "trust Me." But it means that the Trinity is an absolute must-believe aspect of following Christ. They also ought to believe not just on the basis of His words but His works. And it's not just the power behind the miraculous signs but what the signs also signified about who He is and what He's come to do. He is God in the flesh. And then Jesus speaks of His relationship to His disciples. Those who believe in Him will do greater works. It's not that Christians will have a power greater than Jesus to raise the dead or heal or calm a storm; the key is in the phrase "because I go to the Father." The works are still Jesus's and the disciples of Christ will ask to do them in His name and only what He wants to be done will be done. The works are greater because they are after the cross and resurrection but they are not greater than Jesus's.
Nobody likes delays, we simply do not have time for them. However, as we see here in John 11, the Lord will cause a "divine delay" to be brought into our lives. Thankfully, they are accidental, but appointed for a wonderful purpose. What are you going to do with you "divine delays"?
John 15: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Grudges — Good Fruit or Bad Fruit?
Staying in His Love and Remaining Full of His Joy…
A little something to ponder…
That's why He gave us love... which suffers long, is not boastful, rejoices in truth and holds no grudges so that anger and bitterness doesn't take root. When bitterness takes root we know we're allowing our pride to slip in and we have pity for ourselves. Pride demands to be treated better, because it feels it deserves to be pitied. That's how Satan attempted to distract Jesus through Peter.
But it doesn't have to be that way. He's given us all we need to know how to TREAT people His way, DEAL with problems His way and HANDLE pride in our own lives His way. Our duty? Stay connected to Jesus... that His fruit may flow through us and by faith and through His love we fulfill His assignment over our lives. Fear cripples us, but His great love will always compel us to lay our fears at His feet and a courageous faith will propel to us follow hard after our Protector and Prize.
How important is Jesus teaching? How important is love to Jesus? He said we are to love one another in John 13 as the basis for this new commandment.
Jesus explains the the importance of loving one another as Jesus loved us, citing John 13:34 and 15:12-16 and the new commandment to love as He loved. He choose us and appointed us to go and be fruitful John 15:16.
We can't be hurt or any more wounded than Jesus — therefore, what right do we have to hold a grudge, guard ourselves against, and grossly discredit the very ones Jesus bled for? He didn't and He won't do it within the believers. But I know who will— him who is mindful of the things of men and not the things of Jesus. Remai
The death Rattle of the Church. Revelation 3:1-6Like a dead man, the church at Sardis was "destitute of force or power. They were ineffective and inoperative." They were dead! There was activity, but it was not spiritual in nature. There was busyness, but they were bringing nothing eternal to pass. They were preaching, but lives were not being changed and sinners were not being saved. They were busy, but they were operating in the energy of the flesh and not the energy of the Spirit of God. Everyone looked at them and spoke of their life. Jesus, the One Who knew them better than anyone, looked at them and pronounced them dead!Many churches are in that same shape today. They have all the appearance of life, but the Great Physician, Who has His finger on their pulse, knows they are dead.All living things are characterized by growth. When a physical body develops problems, it is because there is disharmony in the body. When a physical body dies, one of the clearest indications is the total lack of emotion. One sure sign of death is the absence of motion. Do we exhibit the signs of life, or the signs of death?As bad as things were in Sardis, there were some there who were saved and seeking to serve the Lord. They are given the Lord's promise that they will walk with the Lord in white. Jesus tells the rest that if they will repent, and turn to Him, they will receive some precious promises.
The Look Like Their Savior
Everybody loves a good illustration... UNTIL they become the illustration.
Living illustrations... orchestrated and ordered by God, can often be unprecedented, unpredictable and unprotected from the scrutiny of men.
Summary bullet points from the transcription of the message.
• Jesus' identity and purpose.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of praising God in both good and bad times, citing John 19:18 and Isaiah 53 as sources of encouragement.
◦ Holden explains how Jesus' sacrifice and peace are not temporary, but everlasting, and can be found through trusting Him, as seen in John 20 and 21.
◦ John emphasizes Jesus' identity as the Son of God and Messiah, citing His miracles and claims to be the Anointed One.
• Jesus' purpose and Pilate's recognition of his divinity.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of purpose in life, citing John's purpose in writing his gospel as an example.
◦ John's gospel highlights Jesus' life and death, with Pastor Nick noting that Jesus' qualifications for death came from the life he lived (Chapter 19).
◦ Pilate questions Jesus' identity, finds no fault, and releases Barabbas to the crowd.
• Jesus' trial and crucifixion.
◦ Barabbas was a known robber and possibly a murderer, with a history of rebellion against the governing authorities.
◦ Jesus was preferred over Barabbas by the crowd, despite his criminal past, because he came to die and bear witness to the truth of our salvation through his sacrifice.
◦ Pastor Nick describes the mistreatment of Jesus by the Roman soldiers, including the placement of a crown of thorns on his head and a purple robe.
◦ The chief priests and officers cry out