JesusBro. David Chancellor
3/4/2007 6:00 PM
Jesus came to bring God down to man. It’s important that we know who he is. By believing in him we are saved. He’s the one that came for us.
The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
The people weren’t able to handle it when God spoke on the mountain. If we were presented God in all of his glory, we probably couldn’t handle it, either. God said he would raise up one of humanity to speak for him. There is just one. Today you have to decide who is that one, because many claim to be that one. God said he would send a prophet. We need to hear the one that God sent. There is just one, and he would speak to us the words of God. We need to be able to recognize the one that God sent.
What about those that claim to be the one? They will all die. Jesus is the only one who laid down his life and took it up again. He is the only one that rose from the dead. Those that speak what God didn’t say, God won’t require that of us. The one that would speak in his own name would take away from God. We need to hear the word that Jesus brought.
Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
There are those who step forth to speak in the name of God things he did not say. God called those things a lie. When you would speak in the name of God, you need to be very sure it is what God said. If people would say what God said, even if he didn’t send them, it would produce good. What these were saying was the opposite of what God had to say. They gave the people a false sense of security. It matters what the prophet said. He needed to say what he got from God. Jesus spoke what God gave him to speak. He didn’t speak his own words, but what God gave him to say. We need to keep our trust in God. We don’t want anything that would turn us away from him.
When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Gamaliel pointed out that there had been others who didn’t pan out. Others had made a claim and it came to nothing. People can rise up and get a big crowd, but this doesn’t say there will be a big crowd or to follow the crowd. We aren’t concerned with the size of the crowd, but "is this the one who has the words of God?" Jesus went around doing good, but because he wasn’t a politician, he didn’t tell people just what they wanted to hear. He spoke the words of God and it benefited the souls of men.
John 7:45-49, 51
Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. … Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
The Pharisees rejected Jesus and told people to follow them because they were the rulers. "Never man spake like this man…" No one ever has before or since. Jesus had something to say. He spoke and the elements calmed, the devils departed and many miraculous things were done. But more than that, he spoke to the hearts of men, got down where we are at and spoke to us as we are. He knew things about us that no one else knows. He sees us as we are. He spoke the words of God and said what God would have said. He spoke them with such love that we could hear it and bear it. Jesus came and spoke words of love and compassion. They weren’t the thundering words of Mt. Sinai. They were words of compassion and forgiveness. These words met the needs of the soul. He was different. The soldiers couldn’t bring him because he spoke so differently.
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
People have suffered persecution for the name of Jesus. Jesus’ words are different. They effect our standing with God. These words make us responsible before God. It removed the cloak for sin. There’s no excuse or allowance for sin since Jesus came. He helps us to see ourselves as we are. God already sees us like we are, but we need to see ourselves as we are so that we can be reconciled to God. Hear what Jesus says, believe in him and be reconciled to God. it is the only way your life will be happy. There’s no way that we can continue on in sin and be acceptable to God. One day we’ll stand before him and be judged by the words that he spoke. We don’t have to be afraid if we will take what he provided through Jesus. He made a way for us to be reconciled to God. He brought to us the words , the heart and the love of God so that we could be reconciled to him.
These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
"These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak to you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father…" Jesus was going to send his Spirit to us so we could understand what he said. He wanted us to know the Father for ourselves. He wanted to bring God to us such that God would become personal to us. Jesus spoke the words he did so that we could have access to the Father. He wanted us to be able to speak to God on a personal level. Jesus is the anointed one of God. He is the only one. We need to believe in him. The disciples realized that Jesus knew them just as they were and could answer their questions before they asked them. While they understood it, they still weren’t ready to take in what was coming.
In him we have peace for the things we don’t expect or can’t take in or don’t understand. We can have peace because we’re following the one who was sent from God. He speaks peace to the soul of man when he forgives the sins and removes the condemnation. He gives us what we need; he frees us to go and sin no more.