THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 11-16-14

LESSON TITLE: “THE DAYS OF JESUS!”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

IT'S GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS MORNING TO HEAR THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. WHAT A BLESSING IT IS FOR US TO GATHER BEFORE GOD'S THRONE AND TO OFFER HIM TRUE WORSHIP AND PRAISE. I HOPE WE WILL EACH DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT AND ACCORDING TO HIS PERFECT WILL.

LET'S BEGIN OUR OFFERING THIS DAY WITH A PRAYER, BOW WITH ME PLEASE. OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE, THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL. AND FATHER HELP US IN THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO DO EVERYTHING IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH EXACTLY AS YOU HAVE COMMANDED. THAT WE MIGHT PRAISE AND LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH AND GIVE YOU THE PROPER GLORY. AND FATHER WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER GIVE US THAT REWARD THAT HAS BEEN PROMISED TO THE FAITHFUL THROUGH YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

OUR FIRST SONG THIS MORNING REMINDS US OF THE FACT THAT GOD'S EARS ARE ALWAYS OPEN TO THE RIGHTEOUS! SO, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER THIS ENCOURAGING SONG, IT'S NAME “SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

ONE OF THE GREATEST LESSONS WHICH WE CAN LEARN FROM JESUS WAS HIS TRUE HUMILITY. THERE HE WAS, THE VERY SON OF GOD ON THIS EARTH. FURTHERMORE, HE WAS DEITY IN THE FLESH. BUT WHAT WAS IT THAT HE CONTINUALLY CHOSE TO DO? HE GLORIFIED HIS FATHER! HE PROCLAIMED “NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS BE DONE!” YOU SEE, JESUS NOT ONLY LOVED, RESPECTED AND REVERENCED HIS FATHER, HE ALSO HONORED, GAVE PRAISE TO AND GLORIFIED HIM. OH, WHAT A TRUE PICTURE OF SUBMISSION AND OBEDIENCE JESUS WAS, AND WHAT A GREAT LESSON WE CAN LEARN FROM THESE THINGS AS WELL.

I THINK THAT JOHN HELPS US UNDERSTAND THIS IDEA BETTER, AS HE ACTUALLY RECORDS FOR US THE WORDS OF JESUS IN HIS GOSPEL ACCOUNT. IN CHAPTER 12, VERSES 49-50, WE READ, “FOR I HAVE NOT SPOKEN ON MY OWN AUTHORITY; BUT THE FATHER WHO SENT ME GAVE ME A COMMAND, WHAT I SHOULD SAY AND WHAT I SHOULD SPEAK. AND I KNOW THAT HIS COMMAND IS EVERLASTING LIFE. THEREFORE, WHATEVER I SPEAK, JUST AS THE FATHER HAS TOLD ME, SO I SPEAK.” OUR LORD JESUS DID NOT COME TO DO HIS OWN WILL OR TO SPEAK HIS OWN WORDS, BUT WHAT HE WAS ALL ABOUT WAS THE WORK OF THE FATHER! NO DOUBT THIS IS WHY HE TOLD HIS MOTHER AT A VERY YOUNG AGE, “WOMAN, DON'T YOU KNOW THAT I MUST BE ABOUT MY FATHER'S BUSINESS?” CERTAINLY, JESUS KNEW HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO HIS GOD. HE DEFINITELY KNEW HIS DUTY TO THE FATHER ABOVE, AND HIS EVERY DESIRE AND EFFORT WAS TO ACCOMPLISH THE COMMANDED PURPOSE AT HAND!

BRETHREN, IF WE COULD ONLY LEARN TO HAVE A SIMILAR ATTITUDE AS JESUS. TO PUT OUR OWN WANTS, LIKE AND DESIRES ASIDE, AND TO DETERMINE TO HUMBLE OURSELVES COMPLETELY TO THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS REVEALED TO US THROUGH HIS WORD. WHAT A PRIVILEGE WE HAVE TO DO GOD'S WILL AND TO ACCOMPLISH IT ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE AND DESIRE. THE QUESTION FOR US ALL IS, WILL WE CHOOSE TO SPEAK THE WORDS OF THE FATHER AS JESUS DID? WILL WE BE WILLING TO FOLLOW THE ALMIGHTY'S COMMANDS, AGAIN AS JESUS DID? WILL WE COMMIT TO DOING ALL THE WILL OF GOD AS IT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US IN HIS OWN PRECIOUS WORD, THE BIBLE? JUST HOW MUCH WILL YOU CHOOSE TO HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD?

TODAY, OUR SERIES OF DISCUSSION WILL AGAIN BE, “THE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR!” OUR SPECIFIC LESSONS OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, “THE DAYS OF JESUS!” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, WE WILL BE LEAD IN THESE MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY.

AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI, HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US THIS DAY! NOW IT'S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND SONG, THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “THE GLORY LAND WAY.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

WELCOME AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST AND WE'RE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE HERE AND ARE LISTENING IN OUR VIEWING AUDIENCE THIS MORNING. IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU WITH US AND WE PRAY THAT THE THINGS THAT ARE SAID WILL STRENGTHEN YOU IN THE FAITH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST AND WILL LEAD YOU TO A DECISION TO SERVE HIM FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS, TO OBEY HIM AND TO SERVE HIM FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS.

THESE PAST OR THE PAST LESSONS THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN AND LESSONS THAT WILL BE IN THE FUTURE ARE BASED UPON THE CONCEPT OF DAY OR DAYS IN THE BIBLE. NOW, THERE'S CERTAIN OTHER SUBJECTS THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED THAT WILL DEAL WITH JUST A CERTAIN DAY THAT IS MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE BUT THEN OTHER SUBJECTS WILL BE BASED UPON DAYS WHICH MEANS A POSSIBLE AGE OR A TIME PERIOD WITHIN THE PAGES OF GOD'S WORD THAT ARE CALLED DAYS. WHAT MY THOUGHTS ARE TODAY ARE BASED UPON THE DAYS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST BECAUSE THOSE DAYS WERE MENTIONED EVEN BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WORLD. THAT THERE WOULD COME IN A CERTAIN NUMBER OF DAYS A MAN WHO WOULD BE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD AND SO THAT WILL BE THE DIRECTION OF THE LESSON THIS MORNING.

BORN OVER 2000 YEARS AGO IN THE CITY OF BETHLEHEM OF JUDEA IN ISRAEL WAS A BABE. HIS NAME WAS JESUS. HE WAS THE MESSIAH, THE ONE WHO IS PROPHESIED OF OLD WHO WOULD COME TO THIS EARTH TO SAVE HIS PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD FROM THEIR SINS. AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THE WORLD HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE THIS JESUS CAME TO THIS EARTH. WHAT A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED THING WE'RE DISCUSSING THIS MORNING BECAUSE IT DEALS WITH WHERE WE WILL SPEND ETERNITY AND CERTAINLY SHOWS OF GOD'S GREAT LOVE. IN MATTHEW 22:42, JESUS BEING QUESTIONED BY THE PHARISEES AND RETURNING A QUESTION HE ASKED THEM CONCERNING JESUS, WHAT THINK YOU OF JESUS? WHOSE SON IS HE? AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CERTAINLY NEED TO CONSIDER THIS MORNING. IN FACT, ALL PEOPLES OF THE WORLD NEED TO CONSIDER THIS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THERE'S NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN WHEREBY BY WE CAN BE SAVED. THERE'S NO FOUNDATION THAT WE CAN BASE OUR SALVATION ON OTHER THAN THAT WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

SO IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS AND THAT YOU BELIEVE AND UNDERSTAND THAT THIS JESUS, WHOM WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS MORNING, IS INDEED THE SON OF GOD. THE BOOK OF ROMANS 1:1-4 SAYS THIS, “PAUL, A BONDSERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST, CALLED TO BE AN APOSTLE SEPARATED TO THE GOSPEL OF GOD WHICH HE PROMISED BEFORE THROUGH HIS PROPHETS IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, CONCERNING HIS SON JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, WHO WAS BORN OF THE SEED OF DAVID ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, AND DECLARED TO BE THE SON OF GOD WITH POWER ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS, BY THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD.” WHAT A WONDERFUL STATEMENT ABOUT JESUS THE SON OF GOD.

MY FRIEND, SOME PEOPLE DOUBT THAT MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN ARE ACTUALLY INSPIRED OF GOD. BUT THE ONE THING WE MUST CERTAINLY CONSIDER THAT THE ONLY REPUTABLE RECORD WE HAVE OF JESUS AND HIS MISSION TO THIS EARTH AND HIS PREEXISTENCE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE FOUND IN WHAT WE REFER TO AS THE BIBLE. THERE IS NO OTHER VALUABLE SOURCE, THERE'S NO OTHER LEGITIMATE SOURCE. SO IT IS THROUGH THE BIBLE, THAT IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD, THE INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD, THE ALL SUFFICIENT WORD OF GOD, THAT WE UNDERSTAND AND KNOW WHO THE CHRIST THAT IS THE MESSIAH WAS. AND SO THOSE OF YOU IN THE LISTENING AUDIENCE TODAY WHO BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS TRULY THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM IN ACCEPTING WHAT IS BEING SAID. THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED OF THE WORD OF GOD I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHERE I CAN TURN FOR YOU TO SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH CONCERNING JESUS AND YOUR SALVATION.

SO WE BELIEVE AND WE KNOW THAT THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD AND IS THROUGH THAT RECORD THAT WE WILL EXAMINE THE LIFE, DEATH, THE BURIAL, AND THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. WAS HE THE SON OF GOD? INDEED HE WAS. LET US LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE PROPHECIES FIRST OF ALL IN THE BOOK OF MICAH CHAPTER 5:2. IT IS STATED THERE THAT THIS JESUS WOULD BE BORN WHERE? HE WOULD BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM OF JUDEA AND NOTICE THE STATEMENT, THE LAST STATEMENT IN THAT VERSE. IT SAYS, WHOSE GOINGS FORTH ARE FROM OF OLD OF DAYS OF ETERNITY.

SO WAS CHRIST PREEXISTENCE? WAS CHRIST GOD IS THE QUESTION THAT SOME PEOPLE MIGHT ASK? WELL WE KNOW ONE THING FOR SURE THAT JESUS CHRIST HAD NO ORIGIN THAT WE KNOW OF NOW HAD A FLESHLY ORIGIN. THAT AT LEAST WE KNOW THAT JOSEPH WAS THE FATHER IN A SENSE MARY ACTUALLY GAVE BIRTH OR WAS GIVEN THIS CHILD BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, BY GOD HIMSELF. JOSEPH ACTED AS THE PHYSICAL FATHER SO WE KNOW THAT HIS ORIGIN CAME FROM GOD SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT HE WAS AN ANGELIC BEING THE BIBLE DOES NOT PROPOSE SUCH AN IDEA OR THOUGHT BUT YET WE UNDERSTAND HE IS ETERNAL DEITY.

LOOK AT JOHN 1:1 THIS IS THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN IT SAYS, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD.” THE SAME IN THE BEGINNING WAS WITH GOD. SO WE SEE THAT JESUS HERE IS STATED TO BE THE WORD, THAT IS THE LOGOS AS WE TURN TO THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, HE WAS THE WORD OF GOD. HE WAS THE THIS SYSTEM THROUGH WHICH GOD GAVE HIS WILL FOR MAN CONCERNING THEIR SALVATION. IT SAYS IN JOHN 1:14 THAT JESUS CAME INTO THIS WORLD AND HE BECAME FLESH AND HE DWELT AMONG ALL MEN. JESUS HIMSELF PROFESSED WHEN HE WAS UPON THE EARTH THAT HE WAS THE SAME AS GOD AND JOHN 8:58 HE SAID, “BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS,I AM.” AND MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT THE GOSPEL ACCOUNTS THAT IS MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN WHEN ASKED THE QUESTION, ARE YOU THE SON OF GOD, WHICH MEANS ARE YOU GOD? HE WOULD AFFIRM THAT YES I AM THE SON OF GOD YOU HAVE SAID THAT I'M THE SON OF GOD THAT'S WHO I AM. SO THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT THIS JESUS WAS THE SAME AS GOD WHO WAS THE LOGOS. LOOK AT JOHN 1:18 IS SAYS, “NO ONE HAS SEEN GOD AT ANY TIME. THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON WHO IS IN THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER, HE HAS DECLARED HIM.” JOHN 14:9 SAYS IF YOU SEE ME, JESUS SAYS, YOU HAVE SEEN THE FATHER.

NOW FOR OUR CONSIDERATION LET'S TURN OVER TO PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2 AND WERE GOING TO BEGIN WITH VERSE 5-8. AND HERE WE SEE THREE THINGS THAT ARE TOLD ABOUT JESUS CHRIST WE SEE THAT HE WAS PREEXISTENT BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, WE SEE THAT HE WAS INCARNATED THAT IS MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MAN, AND WE SEE THAT HE WAS COORDINATED BY GOD HE HAD A CORONATION AND THAT IS WHERE GOD HIGHLY EXALTED HIM. NOW LET'S READ IF YOU WILL PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2 BEGINNING WITH VERSE 5. “LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO, BEING IN THE FORM OF GOD, DID NOT CONSIDER IT ROBBERY TO BE EQUAL TO GOD.” THERE WE SEE HIS PREEXISTENCE AND BEING IT SAYS, “BUT MADE HIMSELF OF NO REPUTATION, TAKING ON THE FORM OF A BONDSERVANT, AND COMING IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN.” THAT'S HIS INCARNATION HE BECAME IN THE LIKENESS OF MAN AND BEING FOUND IN APPEARANCES OF MAN HE HUMBLED HIMSELF AND BECAME OBEDIENT TO THE POINT OF DEATH EVEN THE DEATH ON THE CROSS. THEREFORE GOD ALSO HAS HIGHLY EXALTED HIM AND GIVEN HIM THE NAME WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME. SO GOD EXALTED HIM, HE ACTUALLY AS WE MIGHT SAY COORDINATED HIM AS TRULY HIS SON AND TRULY WAS STATING THAT HE ALSO IS GOD. SO WHAT A WONDERFUL STATEMENT ABOUT THE DEITY OF CHRIST BEING CO-EQUAL TO GOD, BEING CO-ETERNAL WITH GOD, AND BEING CO-POWERFUL WITH GOD.

WELL THROUGHOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT WE SEE THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE SON AS HE WOULD COME TO THIS EARTH AND BE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD GENESIS 3:15 WHERE GOD WAS SPEAKING TO THE SITE TO SATAN HIMSELF. HE SAID, “AND I WILL PUT ENMITY OR HOSTILITY BETWEEN YOU AND THE WOMAN.” AND HE SPOKE OF THE TIME WHEN THE SEED WOULD COME, THAT IS JESUS WOULD COME, AND HE WOULD STRIKE A FATAL BLOW TO THE HEAD OF SATAN. THAT IS HE WOULD OVERCOME THE POWER OF SATAN AND SATAN WOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO BRUISE HIS HEEL. WHAT WAS THE PROMISE OF ABRAHAM IF IT WERE NOT CONCERNING JESUS? IN GENESIS CHAPTER 12:3 WHERE HE SAID, GOD SAID, ABRAHAM THROUGH YOUR SEED ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH WILL BE BLESSED. AND WE KNOW THAT CHRIST WAS OF THE SEED OF ABRAHAM HIMSELF. IT WAS JOB WHO SAID IN JOB 19:25, “FOR I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES, AND HE SHALL STAND IN THE LATTER DAY UPON THE EARTH.” IT WAS JEREMIAH, IN JEREMIAH 23:5 WHO MADE THIS STATEMENT, “BEHOLD THE DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, THAT I WILL RAISE TO DAVID A BRANCH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; A KING SHALL REIGN AND PROSPER, AND EXECUTE JUDGMENT AND RIGHTEOUSNESS ON THE EARTH.”

SO YES JESUS CAME. IT WAS AN ANGEL THAT ANNOUNCED TO JOSEPH THE FULFILLMENT OF THAT PROPHECY, THAT HIS WIFE WOULD BEAR A SON, AND THEY WOULD CALL HIS NAME JESUS. AND THEY WOULD CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL WHICH MEANS GOD WITH US AND HE BORE THE NAME OF JESUS THE MESSIAH, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. THE ONE WHO WOULD COME TO THIS EARTH TO DIE UPON THE CROSS TO SHED HIS BLOOD AS YOU CAN READILY READ IN ALL OF THE GOSPEL ACCOUNTS MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN. HE SHED HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SINS AND THEN AFTER SHEDDING HIS BLOOD AND BEING IN THE GRAVE FOR THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS HE ROSE VICTORIOUS OVER DEATH AND HADES. HE STRUCK THAT MORTAL BLOW AGAINST THE HEAD OF SATAN, HE ROSE UP OUT OF THE GRAVE, AND IN THE GOSPEL BEGAN TO BE PREACHED FROM JERUSALEM TO OUT ALL THE WORLD.

WELL WHAT DID JESUS COME TO DO ON THIS EARTH? WELL WE KNOW WHAT HE CAME TO DO IN THE DAYS OF JESUS. WE KNOW THAT HE CAME FOR A CERTAIN MISSION AND THAT WAS WELL EXPLAINED BY JOHN THE BAPTIST FORERUNNER BECAUSE JOHN WAS GOING OUT THROUGH JERUSALEM AND JUDEA. THERE IN JUDEA AND OTHER PLACES THROUGHOUT ISRAEL AND HE WAS PREACHING: REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. THEN CAME JESUS PREACHING BASICALLY THE SAME MESSAGE REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. PAUL SAID IN COLOSSIANS 1:13-14 THAT THE KINGDOM HAD ALREADY BEEN ESTABLISHED. AND SO WE KNOW THAT THIS KINGDOM THAT WAS SPOKEN BY ISAIAH IN ISAIAH 2, THAT WAS SPOKEN OF DANIEL IN DANIEL 2, AND BY JOEL AND JOEL 2 IS THAT KINGDOM WHICH WAS MENTIONED IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 WHEN PETER STOOD UP AND HE SAID THESE ARE THOSE THINGS WHICH WERE PROMISED AND ARE REVEALED TO US BY THE PROPHET JOEL. THAT IN THE LATTER DAYS CERTAIN THINGS WOULD HAPPEN AND BASICALLY THAT THING THAT WOULD HAPPEN WOULD BE THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GIVE THE APOSTLES THAT KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY NEEDED AND THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY HAD TO HAVE TO PREACH TO THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO TO BE SAVED.

SO WHEN WE LOOK AT JESUS WE KNOW THAT JESUS CAME TO THIS EARTH FOR A CERTAIN MISSION AND IT WAS TO SAVE THE WORLD AND TO ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM THAT IS THE CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST. AND HE CAME TO DO THIS SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY BY OUR OBEDIENCE TO THE GOSPEL TO BE SAVED FROM OUR SINS. NOW WHEN WE LOOK IT ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD WHO HAVE EVER BEEN BORN THERE HASN'T BEEN A GREATER PERSON THAN JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD. IN FACT HAVE YOU EVER IMAGINED FRIEND WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE IF JESUS HAD NEVER COME TO THIS EARTH. WELL PERSONALLY I THINK WE PROBABLY WOULD ALL SAY THIS WORLD WOULD NOT BE IN EXISTENCE TODAY. CAN YOU IMAGINE EVEN IF IT WERE IN EXISTENCE WITHOUT ANY OF THE MORAL PRINCIPLES OF JESUS BEING TAUGHT AMONG THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD WHAT KIND OF A WORLD IT WOULD BE. WELL YOU CAN LOOK AT MANY PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH TODAY AND MANY COUNTRIES AND LEADERS WHO ARE LEADING THE PEOPLE AND THE WAY THAT THEY ARE OPPOSED TO JESUS AND HIS PRINCIPLES. AND WHAT DO YOU HAVE? YOU HAVE HABITS, YOU HAVE CHAOS, YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING ANY WAY THAT THEY WANT TO LIVE IN, IN A SOCIETY THAT IS COMPLETELY GIVEN TO SIN. AND SO MY FRIEND WHY DO WE NOT DESIRE TO DO MORE TO GIVE THIS WORLD THE ONLY HOPE THAT THEY CAN HAVE TO LEAD THEM IN THIS LIFE TOWARD ETERNITY, THAT IS THROUGH JESUS THE SON OF GOD.

SO I ASK YOU AGAIN THE QUESTION, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JESUS? WHO’S SON IS HE? WELL THAT'S A QUESTION YOU MUST ANSWER NOW IN THE SAME VERSES THAT WE READ TODAY. THERE'S A VERSE THAT FOLLOWS ONE OF THOSE VERSES THAT SAYS EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS SOMEDAY WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. WHY NOT DO THAT TODAY? WHY NOT REPENT OF YOUR SINS? WHY NOT DECIDE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD? WHY NOT BE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS SO THAT YOU WILL HAVE THAT HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM FOREVER AND EVER? KNOW NO GREATER PERSON HAS EVER LIVED IN JESUS THE SON OF GOD.

BUT THE QUESTION IS FOR YOU THIS MORNING DO YOU BELIEVE THAT HE'S THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD? AND WILL YOU ACT UPON THAT BELIEF SO THAT YOU WILL HAVE HOPE OF LIFE ETERNAL? THAT'S A DECISION THAT YOU MUST MAKE IN AN INTEREST OF YOUR OWN SOUL SALVATION. I PRAY THIS MORNING THAT YOU WILL MAKE THE DECISION TO NOT ONLY BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD BUT TO OBEY HIM AND HAVE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE.

CLOSING COMMENTS

LET ME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN THIS OFFERING TO GOD. I KNOW OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS SERVICE OF GOD!

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