Tuesday, July 29, 2014
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 7/29/2014
HOW’S YOUR HEART? Lesson 15e
THE HOPEFUL HEART OF THE NEEDY
We have seen the hard heart of the Pharisees and we have seen the holy heart of the Savior, in the remaining verses of our text, we see the hopeful hearts of the multitudes. Jesus has just been officially rejected by the religious leaders. However, there is a great multitude of people that see in Jesus the answer to their prayers and the fulfillment of all their hopes and dream, (v. 7-9). Let’s look at their hearts before we close today.
v. 10 What They Saw In Jesus – The people saw what He had done for others and believed, by faith, that He could do the same for them. When the Pharisees looked at Jesus they saw a rebel. They saw a Man Who was trying to overthrown their position and take away their power. When the common man looked at Jesus, he saw a Healer, a Savior and the Messiah. The average man saw all the promises and plans of God fulfilled in Jesus.
v. 10 What They Sought From Jesus – These great multitudes “pressed upon Him” because they wanted to experience His healing power. They wanted His power to be unleashed in their lives. These people were looking for life-change and they saw the potential for that in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
v. 8, 11 What They Said About Jesus – While the religious leaders were plotting to kill Jesus, the common man was spreading the word about Him. Everywhere, across the nation of Israel, the people were talking about the Man from Galilee. Even the evil spirits were talking about Jesus. Jesus rebuked the demons for two reasons. First, Jesus refused to allow the devil to determine the movement and timing of His ministry. Second, He did not want to be identified with evil spirits.
Here is the point: uneducated, common people and even demons had more sense than the religious leaders of the day. They saw Jesus as a threat, the average person saw Jesus as One Who offered them hope.
What do you need in your life today? Do you need salvation? Do you need forgiveness? Do you need a fresh start? Do you need cleansing from sin? Do you need help in some area of your life? What do you need?
What do you see when you look at Jesus? Do you see a poor fellow Who got Himself crucified on a cross? Do you see a Man with strange ideas Who went around preaching love and going good? Or, do you see the Savior? Do you see a Man Who died for your sins, and Who calls you to come to Him for the help you need? Do you see in Jesus the hope and help of your soul?
If you can see and acknowledge that you have needs in your life today, you are in a position to receive help. If you can see that Jesus is ready and able to help you, you are just a prayer away from the very help you need. The Pharisees could not see their own needs so they received no help. They could not understand that Jesus was the Messiah and that He could have changed their lives, if only they would have come to Him. They had less sense that the demons, (James 2:19).
What about you? Is your heart needy? Are you ready to come to Jesus and get the help you need? Then tarry no longer! Come to Him and allow Him the opportunity to change your life forever!
Conc: A.W. Tozer used to tell the story of the governor of a mid-western state who disguised himself and went into prison for a day to learn of the conditions. While speaking with a likable young convict, he felt a strong desire to pardon him. “What would you do”, he asked casually, “if the governor were to offer you a pardon?” The convict said, “The first thing I'd do is cut the throat of the judge who sent me here.” The governor was saddened as he broke off the conversation and left. That convict stayed in his cell. What was his problem? He had been convicted, but he had allowed his heart to become hard. He could not be helped because of a hard heart.
What is the Lord telling you today?
Is He calling you to come to Jesus Christ to be saved? If so, then come and do not harden your heart.
Is He calling you to repent of some sin and to turn back to Jesus? If so, then you come and do not harden your heart.
Is He calling you to be more like Jesus in your compassion toward the lost and needy? If so, then you come and do not harden your heart.
Regardless of what He is calling you to do, you come and do it. Hardening your heart against the call of God is a serious matter. You will reach a place where you no longer can hear Him calling, (2 Tim. 4:1-3). You will reach a place where He will abandon you to your decision, (Pharaoh, Rom. 9:17-18). You will reach a place where the Lord will allow you to go your own way.
Is He calling? Heed His voice and do whatever it is that He is calling you to do. Do it today. Do it right now!
“Do You Know My Jesus?” By: William F. Lakey (1957)
Have you a heart that's weary
Tending a load of care
Are you a soul that's seeking rest
From the burden you bear?
Do you know my Jesus
Do you know my friend
Have you heard he loves you
And that he will abide till the end?
Where is your heart, O pilgrim
What does your light reveal
Who hears your call for comfort
When naught but sorrow your feel?
Who knows your disappointments
Who hears each time you cry
Who understands your heartaches
Who drys the tears from your eyes.
Heavenly Father, Holy God!
We come before You continually with a sincere and chaste heart, knowing that you can and will meet our every need. You are at the very center of our consciousness and the Anchor of our soul. Help us not to drift away from the source and help of our lives. Attune our hearts to Your presence and purify our hearts so we may grow in our faith in Jesus, in our trust in Him, and in our obedience to Him. Enable us to feel the tug of the line to our hearts when we begin to wander. Draw us ever back into the safety of Your Love, Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness. This we pray in His blessed name. Amen!
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