Closer to Jesus

Closer to Jesus

June 18, 2016
Is this all worth it? Is Jesus worth following?

[Jhn 10:24 ESV] So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."
[Jhn 10:25 ESV] Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me,
[Jhn 10:26 ESV] but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep.

[Jhn 10:27 ESV] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
[Jhn 10:28 ESV] I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

[Jhn 10:29 ESV] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
[Jhn 10:30 ESV] I and the Father are one."

[Jhn 10:31 ESV] The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.
[Jhn 10:32 ESV] Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?"

[Jhn 10:33 ESV] The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God."

[Jhn 10:34 ESV] Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, you are gods'?
[Jhn 10:35 ESV] If he called them gods to whom the word of God came--and Scripture cannot be broken—

Psalm 82
[Psa 82:6 ESV] I said, "You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;
[Psa 82:7 ESV] nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince."

[Jhn 10:36 ESV] do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?
[Jhn 10:37 ESV] If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;
[Jhn 10:38 ESV] but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."
[Jhn 10:39 ESV] Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. 

Let’s take a look at the evidence of Jesus’ Miracles. 

List of Miracles by Jesus. 
Jesus changed water into wine (John 2:1-11).
Jesus cured the nobleman's son (John 4:46-47).
The great haul of fishes (Luke 5:1-11).
Jesus cast out an unclean spirit (Mark 1:23-28).
Jesus cured Peter's mother-in-law of a fever (Mark 1:30-31).
Jesus healed a leper (Mark 1:40-45).
Jesus healed the centurion's servant (Matthew 8:5-13).
Jesus raised the widow's son from the dead (Luke 7:11-18).
Jesus stilled the storm (Matthew 8:23-27).
Jesus cured two demoniacs (Matthew 8:28-34).
Jesus cured the paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8).
Jesus raised the ruler's daughter from the dead (Matthew 9:18-26).
Jesus cured a woman of an issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48).
Jesus opened the eyes of two blind men (Matthew 9:27-31).
Jesus loosened the tongue of a man who could not speak (Matthew 9:32-33).
Jesus healed an invalid man at the pool called Bethesda (John 5:1-9).
Jesus restored a withered hand (Matthew 12:10-13).
Jesus cured a demon-possessed man (Matthew 12:22).
Jesus fed at least five thousand people (Matthew 14:15-21).
Jesus healed a woman of Canaan (Matthew 15:22-28).
Jesus cured a deaf and mute man (Mark 7:31-37).
Jesus fed at least four thousand people (Matthew 15:32-39).
Jesus opened the eyes of a blind man (Mark 8:22-26).
Jesus cured a boy who was plagued by a demon (Matthew 17:14-21).
Jesus opened the eyes of a man born blind (John 9:1-38)
Jesus cured a woman who had been afflicted eighteen years (Luke 13:10-17).
Jesus cured a man of dropsy (Luke 14:1-4).
Jesus cleansed ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19).
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-46).
Jesus opened the eyes of two blind men (Matthew 20:30-34).
Jesus caused the fig tree to wither (Matthew 21:18-22).
Jesus restored the ear of the high priest's servant (Luke 22:50-51).
Jesus rose from the dead (Luke 24:5-6).
The second great haul of fishes (John 21:1-14).

[Jhn 10:27 ESV] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

[Eph 5:15 ESV] Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
[Eph 5:16 ESV] making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
[Eph 5:17 ESV] Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

What is God’s will for you?  Do you know it?  Is it driving you?

Everything I do is because Jesus. 

[Rom 12:1 ESV] I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
[Rom 12:2 ESV] Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

[1Pe 1:13 ESV] Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
[1Pe 1:14 ESV] As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,
[1Pe 1:15 ESV] but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
[1Pe 1:16 ESV] since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

[Eph 5:18 ESV] And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
[Eph 5:19 ESV] addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
[Eph 5:20 ESV] giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
[Eph 5:21 ESV] submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Pushing forward

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building His church,
interceding for us,
and reigning over all things.

Jesus Christ is Lord;
we praise His holy Name forever.

Building His Church,
[Mat 16:16 ESV] Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
[Mat 16:17 ESV] And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
[Mat 16:18 ESV] And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Visible & Invisible Church. 
The Visible church is evidence of the Invisible Church. 
What about all the different denominations?
Prepping for hunting season, you walk in the woods and look for evidence of deer. 
Tracks, scat and scrapings. 
The Invisible Church
On the hunt for new creations.  Strange People. 
[2Co 5:16 ESV] From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
[2Co 5:17 ESV] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Interceding for us,
[1Ti 2:5 ESV] For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
[1Ti 2:6 ESV] who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

Those people. . . 
People who can’t seem to leave their religion in the church. 
Offer to pray for someone. 
Invite them to church.
Everyone knows they go to church all the time. 
DO NOT SIN, like everyone else is doing.  

[2Co 5:18 ESV] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
[2Co 5:19 ESV] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
[2Co 5:20 ESV] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
[2Co 5:21 ESV] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Visible Church
[Act 2:41 ESV] So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
[Act 2:42 ESV] And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

1. My relationship to Jesus does not depend upon being a member of a local church.
2. However, my relationship to Jesus as my King, demands that I be involved in a local church, not just a member, but involved. 

The question you want to have settled in your heart. 
Are you part of the invisible church?  Does Jesus own you, rule over you, and command you and do you push forward to obey?
I am Christian because Jesus saved me.  Invisible

I’m an involved Member of a local church because Jesus commands it.   Visible.
You cannot be a Christian and miss church for long. 
God commands you belong to a local church.  Hebrews 10:24-25

In China; 
It’s unprecedented persecution against the Church, where church leaders are going to prison, are being sent to mental institutions, are being beaten and tortured and where crosses have been forcibly removed from now over 1,800 churches since 2014.

Why do you come to church?
Why label yourself as a Christian?
Consider why you might miss church?

Jesus Christ is Lord;
we praise His holy Name forever.

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