THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 4-7-19



LESSON TITLE: "TEARS OF MERCY"



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.

WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY MORNING! THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY AS WE COMMIT THIS TIME TO THE THINGS OF GOD. TOGETHER WE WILL HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO STUDY FROM GOD'S HOLY WORD AND TO SING PRAISES TO HIS WONDERFUL NAME. LET'S EACH DO OUR PART THIS MORNING IN MAKING THIS TIME OF OFFERING ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. WILL YOU GO TO GOD IN PRAYER WITH ME AT THIS TIME?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE. AND WE ARE THANKFUL FATHER THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN US ALL THAT WE HAVE BOTH PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THAT THE GREATEST BLESSING IS THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS AND THE GREAT SACRIFICE HE MADE ON THE CROSS WHICH ALLOWS US TO BE FOUND JUSTIFIED IN YOUR SIGHT. AND THROUGH YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY TO NOT ONLY HAVE THE BLESSINGS THAT ARE AVAILABLE IN THIS LIFE BUT ULTIMATELY THE PROMISES THAT ARE AVAILABLE IN THE LIFE TO COME. FATHER, WE THANK YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE MADE US YOUR CHILDREN AND GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY OF SALVATION IN THE END. AND IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

ISN'T PRAYER A WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE AS A CHRISTIAN? WHAT A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT TO KNOW THAT GOD HAS ALWAYS PROVIDED A PLACE TO LIVE FOR HIS PEOPLE. EVEN MORE SO, HOW GREAT IT IS TO KNOW THAT HE HAS PREPARED FOR US AN ETERNAL ABODE FOR WHEN THIS PHYSICAL LIFE IS OVER. THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH A SONG THAT REMINDS US OF THIS WONDROUS PROMISE OF GOD. SO AT THIS TIME WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING TOGETHER, "THERE IS A HABITATION."



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



GROWING UP, WE ALL HAD SOMEONE WHO WATCHED OVER US. USUALLY IT IS PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND RELATIVES WHO REALLY TAKE CARE OF US AND MAKE US WHAT WE ARE TODAY! WHAT A WONDERFUL FEELING IT WAS TO ALWAYS KNOW THAT SOMEONE WAS THERE WHO CARED FOR US, LOVED US, AND LISTENED TO US AND OUR NEEDS.

AS WE GET OLDER, WE OFTEN FORGET THAT WE ARE STILL NOT ALONE IN THIS WORLD OF TRIALS AND PROBLEMS. IN FACT, AS CHRISTIANS, WE HAVE THE PROMISE THAT GOD HIMSELF IS ALWAYS THERE. THE PSALMIST DAVID PUT IT IN THESE WORDS, "THE LORD IS YOUR KEEPER; THE LORD IS YOUR SHADE AT YOUR RIGHT HAND. THE SUN SHALL NOT STRIKE YOU BY DAY, NOR THE MOON BY NIGHT. THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE YOU FROM ALL EVIL; HE SHALL PRESERVE YOUR SOUL. THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE YOUR GOING OUT AND YOUR COMING IN FROM THIS TIME FORTH, AND EVEN FOREVERMORE," PSALM 121:5 TO 8. NOTICE HERE THAT THE LORD HIMSELF IS OUR PROTECTOR, KEEPER AND FRIEND. HE IS THERE ALL DAY AND NIGHT, FROM TODAY AND FOREVER MORE!

WHAT A WONDERFUL ENCOURAGEMENT THIS IS TO KNOW THAT TRULY GOD HIMSELF IS THE ONE WHO IS WITH US AND WHO WILL NEVER LEAVE US. THE HEBREW WRITER HAD A SIMILAR THOUGHT IN CHAPTER 13, AND VERSE FIVE, OF HIS BOOK, WHERE HE SAID, "FOR HE HIMSELF HAS SAID, 'I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.'" AGAIN, WE HAVE CONFIRMED FOR US THAT GOD CAN BE DEPENDED ON BY THOSE WHO STRIVE TO DO HIS WILL.

ALSO, LET ME HELP YOU TO NOTICE THE GREAT STRENGTH AND COURAGE WE RECEIVE FROM THIS KNOWLEDGE ABOUT GOD ALWAYS BEING THERE. IN THE SAME TEXT, THE WRITER WENT ON TO SAY, "SO WE MAY BOLDLY SAY: 'THE LORD IS MY HELPER; I WILL NOT FEAR. WHAT CAN MAN DO TO ME,'" HEBREWS 13:6? WITH GOD, HIS PROMISES AND THE CONFIDENCE WE CAN HAVE IN HIM THERE IS NOTHING WE SHOULD FEAR OR HESITATE IN DOING, IN CONNECTION TO HIS WILL! WHY? BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS THERE WITH US, HELPING US AND WATCHING OVER US IN ALL WE DO!

DO YOU HAVE THIS TYPE OF CONFIDENCE IN GOD? IF NOT, WHY NOT? ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF HIS, A TRUE CHRISTIAN, A CHILD OF GOD? CHOOSE TODAY TO BEGIN YOUR CHRISTIAN WALK, AND ALLOW GOD TO WATCH OVER YOU AND HELP YOU IN EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE. LEARN TO HAVE FAITH IN YOUR CREATOR TODAY!

TODAY WE HAVE AS A GUEST SPEAKER BROTHER TREY SULLINS. AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, BROTHER TREY IS THE MINISTER FOR THE OMAHA CHURCH OF CHRIST IN OMAHA, ARKANSAS. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US TODAY AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIS PROCLAMATION FROM GOD'S WORD IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

IN OUR MAIN DISCUSSION OF THE MORNING, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR NEW STUDY ENTITLED, "MINDFUL OF YOUR TEARS". OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING WILL FOCUS ON, "TEARS OF MERCY!" SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, BROTHER SULLINS WILL HELP US FOCUS OUR LESSON ON GOD'S WORD. NOW, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION, AS WE SING OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS SONG IS, "MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS."



LESSON

BY TREY SULLINS



GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AGAIN AS WE CONTINUE OUR STUDIES FROM GOD'S WORD. AS YOU WELL KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN STUDYING THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS ABOUT THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF TEARS AND INSTANCES THAT IT IS FOUND WITHIN THE BIBLE. THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BE LOOKING TO THE BOOK OF MARK AND IN CHAPTER 9. WE WILL BE LOOKING THERE MAINLY AROUND VERSE 24 ONCE WE GET TO IT. BUT SEE THERE AN INSTANCE OF TEARS FROM SOMEBODY WHO HAS A CERTAIN NEED OF JESUS CHRIST. AND IN THE BOOK OF MARK AND IN CHAPTER 9, TO BEGIN THERE IN VERSE 14, WE FIND THE BIBLE SAYS, "AND WHEN HE CAME TO THE DISCIPLES, HE SAW A GREAT MULTITUDE AROUND THEM, AND THE SCRIBES DISPUTING WITH THEM. IMMEDIATELY, WHEN THEY SAW HIM, ALL THE PEOPLE WERE GREATLY AMAZED, AND RUNNING TO HIM, GREETED HIM." SO THIS ACCOUNT GOES AS THIS: THE DISCIPLES ARE THERE WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE AND JESUS WAS TO SOME DEGREE AWAY FROM THEM. AND AS JESUS APPROACHES THE DISCIPLES WITH THIS MULTITUDE OF PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE SEE JESUS AND OBVIOUSLY HE'S LIKE THE SUPERSTAR TO A LOT OF THE PEOPLE IN THE DAY AND SO THEY START RUNNING TO HIM. AND THEY START COMING TO JESUS AND GREETING HIM, WANTING TO SEE HIM, WANTING TO SPEAK WITH HIM. AND WHILE THIS IS HAPPENING THERE VERSE 16 SAYS, "AND HE ASKED THE SCRIBES, 'WHAT ARE YOU DISCUSSING WITH THEM?'" VERSE 17 SAYS, "THEN ONE OF THE CROWD ANSWERED AND SAID, 'TEACHER, I BROUGHT YOU MY SON, WHO HAS A MUTE SPIRIT. AND WHEREVER IT SEIZES HIM, IT THROWS HIM DOWN; HE FOAMS AT THE MOUTH, GNASHES HIS TEETH, AND BECOMES RIGID. SO I SPOKE TO YOUR DISCIPLES, THAT THEY SHOULD CAST IT OUT, BUT THEY COULD NOT.'" SO JESUS ASKS A SIMPLE QUESTION, BASICALLY WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? AND THE RESPONSE TO THAT IS THAT A MAN WHO HAD A SON AND THIS SON HAD SOME SORT OF EVIL SPIRIT. NOW, WE DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND THE EVIL SPIRITS OF THE DAY OR THE POSSESSIONS OF THE DAY BUT IN WHATEVER CASE WE FIND THAT WHERE THEY WERE PRESENT, THAT THEY WERE PRESENT, AND THEN THEY WERE REMOVED BY PEOPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHETHER THAT BE JESUS WITH THE POWER OF GOD, OBVIOUSLY BEING GOD HIMSELF, OR THE APOSTLES. THE DISCIPLES THERE WITH THE POWER OF GOD PUT UPON THEM AS WELL. IN ANY CASE, YOU HAVE THIS MAN WHO HAS THIS NEED. HIS SON IS SEIZING UP. HE IS CONVULSING AND IS HAVING THESE PERIODS OF DEFINITELY TERRIFYING SITUATIONS IN HIS LIFE. WE FIND LATER ON EVEN THAT THESE SITUATIONS ARE CAUSING THE BOY TO ALMOST HARM HIMSELF OR KILL HIMSELF. IF YOU LOOK THERE WITH ME IN VERSE 22 THE BIBLE SAYS, "'AND OFTEN HE HAS THROWN HIM BOTH INTO THE FIRE AND INTO THE WATER TO DESTROY HIM. BUT IF YOU CAN DO ANYTHING HAVE COMPASSION ON US AND HELP US.'" SO WHATEVER THE SPIRIT WAS, THIS EVIL THING THAT'S UPON THIS BOY, THIS AILMENT, IT WAS TRYING TO HARM THIS BOY OR AT LEAST IT WAS BY THE THINGS THAT IT WAS DOING. AND THIS WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE A TERRIFYING THING. YOU'VE GOT TO IMAGINE YOURSELF AS THIS SON'S FATHER FOR A MOMENT. AND IMAGINE YOU'RE THE FATHER OF THIS BOY AND YOU SEE YOUR SON ALL THE TIME HAVING THIS PROBLEM. HAVING THIS SEIZURE AND THIS CONVULSING SITUATION GOING ON. AND WHENEVER THIS HAPPENS YOU'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO CATCH HIM OR TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT HE DOESN'T FALL IN SOME WAY TO HURT HIMSELF. THAT HE DOESN'T DROWN HIMSELF, THAT HE DOESN'T BURN HIMSELF ALIVE. THAT CERTAINLY WOULD BE A SCARY THING. AND SO THIS FATHER COMES TO THESE DISCIPLES WITH HIS SON AND HE SAYS HERE'S MY SON HELP HIM. BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON THE DISCIPLES WERE UNABLE TO DO SO.

WE GET A LITTLE BIT INSIGHT AS TO WHY THAT MIGHT BE THE CASE HERE. IN VERSE 19 THE BIBLE SAYS IN MARK CHAPTER 9 VERSE 19, HE ANSWERED HIM AND SAID, "'O, FAITHLESS GENERATION, HOW LONG SHALL I BE WITH YOU? HOW LONG SHALL I BEAR WITH YOU? BRING HIM TO ME.'" SO WE HAVE HERE A RESPONSE FROM JESUS WHICH KIND OF EXPLAINS TWO SIDES OF THE STORY HERE. ON THE ONE SIDE, YOU HAVE THE APOSTLES OR THESE DISCIPLES ARE AS THEY'RE DESCRIBED. AND THESE DISCIPLES WHO SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS ABILITY THROUGH GOD'S POWER TO REMOVE THIS SPIRIT ARE UNABLE TO DO SO. WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY. THE BIBLE DOESN'T CLARIFY. BUT WE OFTEN FIND IT BEING THE CASE THAT JESUS IS HAVING TO REBUKE SOMETIMES EVEN CRITICIZE THESE DISCIPLES FOR THEIR LACK OF FAITH, FOR THEIR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF GOD AND HIS WILL, FOR THEIR LACK OF EFFORT IN TRYING TO DO THE THINGS THAT GOD WANTS THEM TO DO. AND THAT MAY BE THE CASE HERE OR IT MIGHT JUST BE THE CASE THAT THEY DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND YET WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL. IN ANY CASE, WHO DOES? WELL, OBVIOUSLY JESUS CHRIST UNDERSTANDS. YOU HAVE THE OTHER SIDE OF WHAT JESUS' STATEMENT IS GOING TOWARDS HERE AND THAT IS TOWARDS THIS MULTITUDE, TOWARDS HIS FATHER ESPECIALLY. SEE, HERE ARE THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE AND AS JESUS IS GOING AROUND ALL THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND ALL THE PLACES THAT HE VISITS THERE WAS ALMOST ALWAYS A MULTITUDE FOLLOWING HIM. THIS MULTITUDE WAS LOOKING TOWARDS HIM FOR ONE BIG REASON, AND OF COURSE THERE WERE OTHER REASONS, BUT ONE OF THOSE BIG REASONS WAS FOR THE MIRACLES. WAS FOR HEALINGS, WAS FOR REMOVING OF THESE EVIL SPIRITS, WAS FOR HELP IN SOME FORM OR ANOTHER OF A PHYSICAL NATURE.

NOW, JESUS' STATEMENT HAS TO DO WITH THE FACT ON ONE SIDE THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT THE PHYSICAL STUFF. IT'S OFTEN BEEN THE CASE THAT JESUS HAS TO DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE FOCUSING ON THE HERE AND NOW. THEY'RE FOCUSING ON WHAT I NEED RIGHT NOW? HOW I CAN BE HELPED RIGHT NOW? WHEN THEY REALLY SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON WHAT? THE SPIRITUAL THINGS. THYE ETERNAL THINGS. THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON THIS EARTH, AND OF COURSE THE KINGDOM THAT WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE FATHER IN HEAVEN. THAT'S THE GOAL! THE GOAL ISN'T TO DO WELL IN THIS LIFE IN A PHYSICAL OR IN A WORLDLY SITUATION OR BEING SUCCESSFUL ACCORDING TO THE WORLD BUT THE GOAL IS TO BE SPIRITUAL SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE THAT REWARD SOMEDAY. AND OBVIOUSLY JESUS IS MENTIONING THAT AS WELL. HE CALLS THEM - O, FAITHLESS GENERATION. HOW LONG SHALL I BE WITH YOU? HE SEES THIS MULTITUDE, THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE, AND THEY SEE JESUS AND THEY'RE ASKING FOR HELP IN A PHYSICAL SENSE AGAIN. NOW IT'S CERTAINLY NOT WRONG TO DO THAT BUT YOU'VE GOT TO REMEMBER.....THIS IS GOD HIMSELF IN THE FLESH. THIS IS GOD WHO COULD FORGIVE SINS. WHO COULD TEACH SPIRITUAL THINGS. WHO COULD HELP PEOPLE GET TO HEAVEN RIGHT THEN. AND THE FIRST QUESTION THAT THEY ASK IS - THEY NEED HELP WITH A PHYSICAL THING. AND THAT OBVIOUSLY IS A BIT OF AN OVERSIGHT ON THEIR PART THOUGH HE CONTINUES ON AND SAYS, "HOW LONG SHALL I BE WITH YOU?"

JESUS UNDERSTANDS ONE IMPORTANT THING. THAT EVEN A LOT OF THE DISCIPLES AND APOSTLES DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT HE WOULDN'T BE WITH THEM FOR MUCH LONGER. AND AFTER A CERTAIN POINT JESUS KNEW HIS GOAL ON THIS EARTH WAS TO DIE. IT WAS TO LEAVE THIS EARTH AND THOSE WHOM HE HAD TAUGHT WOULD BE THOSE WHO WOULD CONTINUE ON, THE CHURCH. NOW, THIS UNDERSTANDING IS SOMETHING THAT JESUS KNEW AND SO ALWAYS YOU FIND JESUS HAVING THIS ATTITUDE OF COMPASSION UPON THOSE WHO NEEDED HELP. AND SO WHEN HE SEES THESE PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP AND THESE PEOPLE WHO NEED THESE PHYSICAL AILMENTS REMOVED FROM THEIR LIVES AND WANT THEM SO DESPERATELY REMOVED, HE'S MERCIFUL UPON THEM! HOW LONG CAN I BE WITH YOU TO KEEP DOING THESE THINGS FOR YOU? HOW LONG CAN I BE HERE TO HELP YOU IN THIS WAY? AND CERTAINLY YOU CAN SEE THE NEED THAT JESUS SAW IN THIS BUT ALSO THE SADNESS! AND ALSO THE FRUSTRATION THAT HE UNDERSTANDS HE WILL NOT BE WITH THEM MUCH LONGER.

NOW, YOU NOTICE IN VERSE 20 IT SAYS, "THEN THEY BROUGHT HIM TO HIM. AND WHEN HE SAW HIM, IMMEDIATELY THE SPIRIT CONVULSED HIM, AND HE FELL ON THE GROUND AND WALLOWED, FOAMING AT THE MOUTH." NOW HERE IS ONE OF THOSE INSTANCES WHERE YOU CERTAINLY WOULD SEE A GRAPHIC SITUATION IF YOU IMAGINE YOURSELF IN THAT MOMENT. A MULTITUDE GATHERED THERE WITH JESUS AND THE DISCIPLES ON ONE SIDE AND THE MULTITUDES CERTAINLY LOOKING UPON MAINLY JESUS THERE. AND THIS BOY IS BROUGHT UP TO JESUS AND IMMEDIATELY HE GOES INTO THIS SEIZING, CONVULSING STATE. HE IS FOAMING AT THE MOUTH. HE IS FALLING TO THE GROUND. IT CERTAINLY WOULD'VE BEEN A SCARY SIGHT TO SEE! AND THE FATHER WOULD'VE BEEN TERRIFIED AS WELL SEEING THIS THING. IN VERSE 21 JESUS SAYS, "HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN HAPPENING?" THE FATHER EXPLAINS FROM CHILDHOOD. SO THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT HAS JUST ARRIVED AND THAT'S JUST STARTED OVER THE LAST WEEK OR TWO. THIS BOY HAS HAD THIS FOR QUITE AWHILE. WE DON'T UNDERSTAND HIS AGE BUT THE FACT THAT HE SAYS FROM CHILDHOOD MEANS IT'S AT LEAST SOME SPAN OF TIME. IT'S NOT LIKE YOU WOKE UP THIS VERY MORNING AND THEN ALL THE SUDDEN THESE THINGS WERE HAPPENING. VERSE 22, AS WE HAVE ALREADY READ, HE EXPLAINS SOME OF THE DIFFICULTY THAT GOES INTO THIS SEIZING AND CONVULSING. AND THEN IN VERSE 23 WE FIND AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT STATEMENT. JESUS SAYS, "'IF YOU CAN BELIEVE, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM WHO BELIEVES.'" NOW THIS GOES BACK TO WHAT WE MENTIONED THERE IN VERSE 19. ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS THAT JESUS WAS ALWAYS CONSTANTLY TRYING TO TEACH THOSE AROUND THEM, ESPECIALLY HIS DISCIPLES AND APOSTLES, WAS THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE A PROPER FAITH. THE BIBLE EXPLAINS TO US IN THE BOOK OF JAMES THAT A PROPER FAITH IS A BELIEF THAT CAUSES ONE TO PROPER OBEDIENCE OR PROPER ACTION ON GOD'S PART. AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT HERE. IF YOU PROPERLY BELIEVE, THEN THIS WILL BE POSSIBLE. THEN THIS WILL BE REMOVED.

NOW THIS AGAIN LOOKS UPON THE FATHER AND THIS ALSO LOOKS UPON THE FACT THAT THESE DISCIPLES WERE UNABLE TO REMOVE THIS. SO YOU NOTICE IN VERSE 24 THE BIBLE SAYS, "IMMEDIATELY THE FATHER OF THE CHILD CRIED OUT AND SAID WITH TEARS, "'LORD, I BELIEVE; HELP MY UNBELIEF.'" CAN YOU IMAGINE SUCH A POWERFUL STATEMENT? IMAGINE THE SCENE HERE, THIS MAN IS IN TEARS, HE'S LOOKING UPON JESUS AND HE SAYS, "'LORD, I BELIEVE. HELP MY UNBELIEF.'" HELP ME. A CRY OF MERCY TO JESUS CHRIST. THOUGH OBVIOUSLY JESUS BEING THE MERCIFUL AND BEING THAT COMPASSIONATE ONE THAT HE WAS, WHAT DOES HE DO IN VERSE 25? "WHEN JESUS SAW THAT THE PEOPLE CAME RUNNING TOGETHER, HE REBUKED THE UNCLEAN SPIRIT, AND SAYING TO IT, 'DEAF AND DUMB SPIRIT, I COMMAND YOU, COME OUT OF HIM AND ENTER HIM NO MORE!'" (VERSE 26) "THEN THE SPIRIT CRIED OUT, CONVULSED HIM GREATLY, AND CAME OUT OF HIM. AND HE BECAME AS ONE DEAD, SO THAT MANY SAID, 'HE IS DEAD.'"

AGAIN, THINK ABOUT THIS SCENARIO. THIS CROWD WATCHING UPON HIM. THIS FATHER PLEADING AND CRYING AND SAYING, "LORD I BELIEVE." JUST HELP US AND THEN JESUS DOES EXACTLY THAT. THIS THING WITH THIS BOY HE'S HAD SINCE CHILDHOOD WAS REMOVED IN AN INSTANT BECAUSE OF JESUS' POWER! ONLY BECAUSE JESUS SPOKE WORDS. HE DIDN'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH SOME KIND OF RITUAL OR SOME KIND OF CRAZY PROCEDURE. HE SIMPLY TELLS THE SPIRIT TO LEAVE. AND CERTAINLY KNOWING THE POWER OF GOD HE ONLY DOES THAT SO THAT THOSE ONLOOKING CAN UNDERSTAND, THIS WAS JESUS' POWER THAT REMOVED THE SPIRIT. IN VERSE 27 AND EVEN THE PREVIOUS VERSE THERE, VERSE 26, THE PEOPLE ARE LOOKING UPON THIS BOY WHO IS LYING UPON THE GROUND AND THEY ARE THINKING THIS GUY IS DEAD. THIS BOY, THIS SON, HE IS DEAD. THAT SPIRIT FINALLY LEFT HIM. AS IT WAS REMOVED, IT WAS SO STRONG UPON HIM THAT IT KILLED HIM WHEN IT WAS REMOVED. VERSE 27, WHAT DOES IT SAY? "BUT JESUS TOOK HIM BY THE HAND AND LIFTED HIM UP, AND HE AROSE."

NOW, THIS STORY PRESENTS TO US SOME AMAZING AND POWERFUL THINGS. THE FIRST OFF IS THAT GOD CAN DO ANYTHING AND THAT CERTAINLY IS EXPRESSED THERE BY JESUS IN VERSE 23. IF YOU BELIEVE, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM WHO BELIEVES. SO WE UNDERSTAND THAT POINT AS THOSE WHO STRIVE TO FOLLOW GOD TODAY THAT WE HAVE TO BELIEVE IN HIM. AS WE MENTIONED, THERE IN PARTS OF THE BIBLE EXPLAINS TO US THAT THAT BELIEF HAS TO BE FOLLOWED UP THERE BY OBEDIENCE TO GOD THE FATHER. WHEN WE SO DO THAT WHAT DO WE HAVE? THE IMPOSSIBLE BECOMES THE POSSIBLE. NOW YOU THINK ABOUT THE STORY HERE AND WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, THESE TEARS OF MERCY THAT THIS MAN CRIED UNTO JESUS, THAT IS THE SITUATION WE FIND OURSELVES IN TODAY. AND REALLY HOPEFULLY WE HAVE THAT IDEA OF SEEKING THE MERCY OF GOD. THE WORD MERCY HAS TO DO WITH NOT RECEIVING SOMETHING THAT YOU DESERVE. AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF THIS MIGHT BE MAYBE WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND AS YOUR CHILDREN WERE GROWING UP THERE WOULD BE DIFFERENT TIMES AND THEY WERE TO GET IN TROUBLE; MAYBE THEY DID SOMETHING WRONG AND THEY WERE GOING TO BE DISCIPLINED AND THEN YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND. YEAH, THEY DESERVE THAT PUNISHMENT. THEY DESERVE THE DISCIPLINE BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON YOU DID NOT GIVE IT. ROMANS CHAPTER 3 AND VERSE 23 SAYS, "FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD." WHAT DOES THAT EXPLAIN TO US? THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD IN THE BIBLE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED AS ROMANS 3:23 SAYS THOSE WHO DON'T DO WHAT GOD SAYS ARE THOSE WHO SHOULD BE PUNISHED. THOSE WHO SHOULD BE JUDGED HARSHLY BY GOD. YOU FIND NUMEROUS EXAMPLES ALL THROUGHOUT FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT OF THAT CONSTANT THING HAPPENING. YET, ALL OF US HAVE DONE THAT THING AS ROMANS 3:20 SAYS AND STILL GOD SHOWS US MERCY. WHAT DO WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR TODAY? SALVATION! WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET RID OF THOSE SINS. TO BECOME ONE IN CHRIST, TO BE REMOVED THOSE THINGS THAT MIGHT HOLD US BACK AND TO MAKE IT TO HEAVEN. IF THAT'S NOT MERCY THEN WHAT IS? AND CERTAINLY WE CAN UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS MERCY.

EPHESIANS CHAPTER TWO IN VERSE FOUR IS ONE VERY IMPORTANT TEXT THAT WE WANT TO LOOK AT. BECAUSE IT EXPLAINS TO US ABOUT GOD. IT EXPLAINS TO US ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF MERCY THAT HE REALLY HAS. EPHESIANS CHAPTER TWO AND IN VERSE FOUR SAYS, BUT GOD, WHO IS RICH IN MERCY, BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE WITH WHICH HE LOVED US, (VERSE FIVE) EVEN WHEN WE WERE DEAD IN TRESPASSES, MADE US ALIVE TOGETHER WITH CHRIST (BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED). THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MOMENT. BY GRACE WE HAVE BEEN SAVED BECAUSE OF THE GREAT MERCY OF GOD. HE IS SO RICH IN MERCY THAT HE EXTENDS IT EVEN TO THOSE WHO DON'T DESERVE THAT MERCY. SO YOU HAVE GRACE AND MERCY WORKING SIDE-BY-SIDE SO THAT WE CAN BE HIS PEOPLE. TRULY OUR GOD IS RICH IN MERCY! THE ONLY THING TO THINK ABOUT IS WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE OBTAINED THAT MERCY. ARE YOU LIVING PROPER BY FAITH ACCORDING TO GOD AND HIS WORD?



CLOSING COMMENTS

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