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TV Broadcast #1018

The Father Draws His Own
Part One

April 8, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1018 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Praise God! What a hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. What a glorious thing that the Lord has taken it completely out of our hands. In obtaining what God has for us, it’s been done. He won it all. And I’ll tell you, when we come to that place and we really see that, it makes all the difference in the world.

You know, as Ron said, this is a kind of a day when, by tradition, the Christian church, the church world remembers the resurrection of our Lord. There is nowhere in the Scriptures that tells us to do that, but I don’t see anything wrong with it either. They did it actually in the first century. As long as it isn’t just a dead tradition, it’s a wonderful thing to remember.

You know Jesus came to earth…the Scripture says He came to His own, they didn’t recognize Him—they didn’t receive Him. They had no idea who He was, and that’s the amazing thing. He was not just some prophet. This was the Son of God. This was the One who was with the Father in the beginning. This was the One that created everything, through whom the Father created every single thing. He made us. Does He not have the right to us? Yeah, he made us.

And this One, because of the condition that mankind had fallen into, was willing to actually come here and do something about it. I mean, He could have just simply said, well, that didn’t work out and just pulled the plug and we would have all disappeared into the dust bin of history.

I mean, you think about the condition of this world so blinded by sin and self and rebellion and just in a helpless condition. The law of sin and death reigns on this planet. And there is not a human being alive that can do a thing about it. We absolutely are prisoners of that which will destroy us apart from something from outside coming to our rescue. There’s no religion you can practice. There’s no code of ethics. There’s no nothing that can do anything about this, but God showed mercy.

And His Son, our Creator was willing to come and to take on flesh. But you know, they didn’t recognize Him, did they? In the will and the purpose of God, God intended to allow Him to go to the cross. They didn’t know what that was about either. You know the Scripture was read last week about how we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. We figured He was getting what was coming to Him…that this was just a bad man and God was allowing vengeance to be carried out upon a false prophet that needed to die. They had no idea.

Boy, I’ll tell you the kingdom of darkness understood, up to a measure. They knew something was going on. But I’ll tell you what, there’s a…God had an incredible purpose for those to whom He revealed Himself. And, as Ron said, there are many prophets that have come and gone in the world who have claimed to have great insight into man’s problem and the solution to it, and not one of them has come back. Not one of them has really overcome the thing that dominates and rules this planet, and that’s the law of sin that leads to death.

But Jesus overcame both, didn’t He? He lived a life that was free from sin and when He died He didn’t stay in that tomb. And when He came forth, it wasn’t back to that old mortal body, was it? You know, there were people throughout history that God has miraculously raised from the dead, but what happened in the end? They all died anyway, eventually. It just postponed the inevitable. But when Jesus came out of that tomb, He came out with something brand new that no one had ever seen before. It was a body that couldn’t die. It was absolutely full of the very life of God. And that’s what salvation is about. You and I need something other than the life we were born with.

( congregational amens ).

We’re gonna have to have something that really comes from God. That was the message and that was the hope. And of course we know that from heaven’s point of view, He did all of this and He revealed himself to His followers. The Scripture tells us as many as 500 brethren saw Him at once. So this was no scam that was pulled. I mean, the disciples were scared to death. I mean, you heard the song a little while ago that was about Peter and how he felt. They weren’t in any position to be pulling some kind of a scam and then laying down their lives to a man for it. This was something that was real.

They weren’t expecting it. In spite of the fact that Jesus had said that I’m gonna die, I’m gonna be three days and then I’m gonna come up, raised from the dead, they didn’t get that. They missed it completely. So they were not expecting it at all. But He came to their great joy and surprise, and spent time with them over a period of about 40 days. Then it came time for Him to go back to heaven from whence He’d come.

You remember how he was speaking with them on the side of the hill and it came time to go, what happened? His feet just left the ground, didn’t it? He just went up in the air, and while they were looking up in the air, all of a sudden there’s an angel standing next to them. They didn’t know where he came from, but the Lord sent him to say, hey, why are you looking up into heaven? Well, you and I would have done the same thing. But there was a message that the Lord had. The same One that you have seen being taken up from you into heaven, will so come in the same way you’ve seen Him go.

And that’s the hope and the promise that we all have…that though we yet live in these mortal bodies, there is something that Jesus Christ has purchased by what He did for all His people. And I’ll tell you, it lasts forever. The same body that He came forth from that tomb with, will one day be ours. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye there’s gonna be a total transformation of God’s people, whether they’ve gone on before or whether they’re alive and remain to the coming of the Lord. Everyone is going to receive the same kind of body that He had and then we’re gonna be forever with the Lord. Oh, praise God! Praise God! That’s about enough to encourage me. Praise the Lord.

I’m just trusting the Lord this morning. I’ve had thoughts, but at the same time I’ve also had the sense that I’m just gonna have to turn loose and let the Lord direct, and I trust that He will. But look at Revelation chapter 1. The Lord gives us a little bit of a glimpse of the other side in the revelations that He gave to John His servant.

You know, it’s interesting that of all the apostles, John is the only one who was not martyred. Now that doesn’t mean that they didn’t try. If I’m not mistaken, they tried to boil him in oil and it didn’t work. Whatever it was, they tried to kill him and it didn’t work, and so they finally just sent him to the Isle of Patmos at one point. He was exiled so he couldn’t be the influence that they feared. And it was there that God met with him in this miraculous series of visions that looked beyond the veil, and he met the One and saw the One that he had walked the earth with, but now he was so different. Praise God!

And he…let’s see, we’ve read this before. Anyway he sees…well he hears a voice. Verse 10. “On the Lord’s Day I…” of chapter 1, “I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man…” (NIV).

In other words, He looked human. “…Dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.”

This was not the Jesus that he had known upon earth. I guess he did see the one vision, though, where the Lord shone like the sun. But I mean, this is where he went…this was a picture, I understand there’s some symbolism in the way…in His appearance there. But I mean, this was a Glorious Being that heaven honored. What He did…all heaven is shouting and rejoicing because it’s real and because they’re anticipating the fruit of what Jesus did! Praise God!

Now listen to what it is that he said. And of course, John’s reaction is the same thing that ours would have been. “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.” I mean, this was slightly overwhelming and so he just, oh my God…he fainted. “Then he placed his right hand on me and said, Do not be afraid.”

Now how often do we see this in the Scriptures? That though God is an awesome being, though He is a holy being, there is a sense in which we have a reverential fear, but the kind of fear he’s talking about here, God does not want His people to live like they’re walking on eggs. We don’t have to be afraid. If Jesus has not won it all, then we’ve got reason to be afraid this morning. But since Jesus did win it all, we have the right to stand before Him as though we had never sinned. Praise God! Praise God!

“Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.” You know, He was there in the beginning but He’s gonna be there in the end, too. He absolutely spans all of history. “I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead…” Of course, you’ve got some people who say, well, He never really died. Oh yes He did. He was tortured to death. There ain’t no way anybody could have lived through that. He was tortured to death and they put in a tomb.

“I was dead.” That’s His own words. I was dead, I yielded myself—as a human being, I yielded myself to your enemy, to the greatest enemy of all mankind, death. I yielded myself to it. “I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!” See the life that he has now is not mortal, it’s not temporary. It’s the very life of God Himself. “I am alive for ever and ever!”

Well, that’s not all. “And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Praise God, that was just the place of the dead. You know, I went there, I came out. Not only did I come out and escape there, I got the keys. I have the power to set captives free.

( congregational response ).

If you’re bound this morning by what binds everybody in this world, here’s the One that has the key.

( congregational response ).

He’s the only one who does. There’s nothing you can do about it. You can come to Him on His terms. He has the key. Praise God! I’m gonna go, if you don’t mind, to John chapter 6. I don’t know…as I say, I’m just trusting the Lord to help me here this morning. And I’ll say, as I’ve said at other times, if this dies and doesn’t go anywhere, I’m trusting that somebody will have the grace to say so.

I’ll tell you, we need to honor the Lord. We need to lift Him up this morning. As I said, people had all kinds of views of Jesus, all kinds of reasons for hanging around Him, and Jesus knew that though there were crowds that were following Him, He knew that very few of them actually knew who He was, and knew what it was all about. This is one of those passages where that kind of really comes out in a special way.

It says, “Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee.” Now He’s…Galilee was…well it’s sort of like here, and then is the Sea of Galilee, and over here was Gentile territory. He went over there across the lake. It says, “…A great crowd of people followed him.” But then it tells you…it drops in a phrase to tell you why they were following him. They “…followed him because they saw the miraculous signs.…”

Now is that any reason to follow Jesus? Is that faith? I’ll tell you, all you have to do is get somebody who can perform a few miracles and you will draw a crowd. Man, people just flock to it. They want to be entertained. They want to be amazed. You can do that with…a magician who does illusions can do that. People love to be entertained and people love religious entertainment. And people love to think, oh, here’s somebody that’s got touch with God. They’ve got supernatural power. I just want to be around that. I just want to see. I want to experience it. I want the thrill of this evidence that I see that God is real.

There’s no faith in that—there’s no faith at all in that. I’ll tell you, it becomes evident as you go forward in the account here, people are sign seekers. They have no faith whatsoever unless they see…I mean, that’s their whole religion. They’ve got to see something. If I hang around this guy, some of his spiritual virtue is going to leak off on me. I’m gonna sort of…God’s gonna look upon me with favor because I like him, and I’m around him, and I’m a supporter.

That has nothing to do with who Jesus was. What Jesus…Jesus did all those things to bear witness to the truth of why He had really been sent. That was the only reason. I mean, yes, He had compassion on the multitudes, but He was there to give witness to the reason that He had come, and nothing else mattered. I don’t care how many miracles He performed, those people were still gonna die. That didn’t solve their problems. That didn’t solve humanity’s problem just to heal people and amaze them with religious entertainment. There’s got to be something more than that, and of course, Jesus was well aware of that.

So “Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Feast was near.” And this is where, we have the account, I don’t want to spend a lot of time on it, but this is where we have the account where a whole bunch of people came to him and Jesus said, what are we gonna feed them? Now of course, it tells us that He already knew what He was gonna do. He was…Praise God! He already had in mind what He was gonna do, but He wanted to see where they were at.

So basically, Simon Peter’s brother Andrew came and said, well, we’ve got a little fellow here and he’s got five barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many? But “Jesus said, Have the people sit down.” And so they sat down and you remember what happened. They started passing the food out, and started passing it out, and started passing it out, and passing it out, and everybody ate all they wanted. And they said, well, let’s go ahead and gather it up. We don’t want to waste anything. So they gathered, what? Twelve baskets full. Praise God! I’ll tell you, we have a God who can do whatever He wants to do. And He did this through His Son.

It says, “After…” in 14, “…after the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world. Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.” Now what was their vision of who Jesus was? Well, a prophet. What was their interest in Him? It was purely natural, wasn’t it? I mean, they could see having Him as our king, certainly that will take care of our earthly needs. No matter what happens…if there’s a famine that happens, we don’t have to worry. We’ve got somebody who can multiply food and feed us. We’ll have all of our natural needs met.

My God, that’s part of the condition of this world. This world is all people are interested in. I don’t care what you have in this world, if you die without Jesus you’re lost. Nothing else matters except knowing Him! Jesus was not the least bit interested in having earthly power and prestige and all those things. He saw right through their condition.

Of course, this is where he goes up into a mountain. His disciples get into a boat and head back across the…they’re over here and He heads back this way, or they head back this way in a boat and…He didn’t go with them. And so in the middle of the night they’re rowing and struggling against the winds and the waves, and all of a sudden here comes Jesus walking on the water. You remember the account of how He joined the boat and it says immediately they were at the other shore. Not only did He get in the boat in the middle of the lake…all of a sudden, boom, they’re at the other shore.

Well, of course, the people were pretty mystified by all of this, because they’re running around…where is Jesus, have you seen Him? I saw the disciples go and I know there was only one boat here, and Jesus wasn’t on it. And they come and they find Him over there on the other side of the lake, and they say, how did You get here? We don’t get it. We don’t understand how You got here.

Jesus didn’t pay a bit of attention to what they said, did He? He wasn’t the lit bit interested in trying to explain how that all came about. He says, “I tell you the truth,” in verse 26, “you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” See these are the same people. They’re still trying to track Him down, still trying to get earthly blessings.

And how many people, today…you know Ron talked about all the different people that are in churches, and how some of it’s form, some of it’s…and I pray…there’s a remnant and some of it’s real. Praise God for everyone that’s really worshipping Him today and really sees past all of the stuff that we’re talking about here this morning.

But these people had no clue. They were simply interested in earthly blessings. How many people today are sitting in churches trying to use Jesus to fix this life and to better themselves in this world? You know, there’s a prosperity gospel, there’s all kinds of things being preached in this world that have nothing whatever to do with what God is interested in our lives.

I’ll tell you, we have a God who can take care of us. He feeds the sparrows. He can take care of His children. But it is not about whether we’re rich or poor or whatever we are in this world, it’s about knowing Him. If we know Him, we are the richest people on this planet. We’re the only ones that have something to look forward to beyond this. Praise God!

So he’s telling them. He says, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” All right, you remember when He was baptized God had…the Spirit had come down upon him like a dove and said, this is my Son in whom I am well pleased. God had absolutely given Him the Spirit—His Spirit without measure. He had the authority of heaven to do what He was doing.

And He says not only do I have authority of heaven, I have the authority to give you something that’s a heck of a lot better than food. I’m gonna give you the kind of food that will last for eternal life. You eat this food, you’re gonna die. In fact, He says that later on. You eat earthly food, it’ll feed your flesh, your flesh is gonna die. I’m gonna give you something—I’m gonna give you food that will last for ever and ever. Praise God!

All right where are we at here? Verse 28. So now they’ve got a question about something. They’ve got a religious question. “Then they asked him, What must we do to do the works God requires?” I know you can take this in more than one way, but I think basically these people were religious. They had a natural understanding of what it takes to come to God and they were very much like the religious, rich young ruler. They were people who said, surely if I’m gonna come to God, He’s got requirements that I’m supposed to meet, and so what am I supposed to do in order to do the works that God requires? You’ve told me that I can have food that will last forever. What have I got to do to get that, basically?

So they asked him this and Jesus said, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Two different ways to approach God, as I’ve said so many times. You are either gonna do something and earn it, or you’re gonna base it entirely on your faith in Him and what He did. You try to add one thing that you do and you have not added to Christ, you have replaced Christ.

Just like we said, the testimony last week of that minister who had struggled to come to faith so many years until the Lord finally said, I’m satisfied, like Ron said, I’m satisfied with what My Son did. And when you become satisfied, it’ll be okay. See he wasn’t satisfied. He felt like he had to keep doing and trying, trying, trying. The Lord said, you’re gonna have to get to where you stop trying. You recognize your condition and your need of utter helplessness.

You know, what can a drowning man who is going down for the third time do to help himself? If he tries to help himself, he will absolutely get in the way of the one trying to do the rescue. That’s a poor picture but it illustrates something in a way that we can understand it a little bit. You’re gonna have to take the place of one who will die if you don’t surrender…because that is the Gospel, folks. That’s at the heart of the need for the Gospel.

We will die if we do not surrender to the power of somebody else to rescue us. There’s nothing short of that that is the Gospel. Believe! Put your faith in that! If you’re trying to do something, you’re putting your faith in what you’re doing. If it’s one thing plus Him, it’s this that you’re really trusting in.

I’ll tell you there’s no rest that will ever come to a human soul until they recognize there’s nothing I can do. Oh God, I’m lost. I’m helpless, God. You’d be absolutely just today to cast me into hell. I have nothing I can bring to You. But You’ve given me a Savior. In Your mercy You’ve given me a Savior who is all I need. He took my sins upon Himself. Praise God! So believe in the One He sent.

Well, these folks are full of faith, aren’t they? “So they asked him, What miraculous sign then…” you know, if that’s the case, “…what miraculous sign then will you give that we may see and believe you?”

( laughing ).

Real full of faith people, there. You know, you can see in this passage, two different kinds of people. You’ve got religious, blind, earth-bound people who have no clue and you have some others who see and they see because God enables them to see. And that’s what it takes. But anyway, they’re gonna ask for a sign. They’re gonna point back and say “Our forefathers ate the manna in the dessert; as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” That was a sign and so-forth.

“Jesus said to them, I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father…” He’s pointing right back to God. He’s bringing them right back to the present and saying, let me tell you what’s really going on here. You’re looking back at all that stuff. You’re trying to get me to prove who I am by doing something special. I’ll tell you, God is giving you bread from heaven right now, and if you only understood. “For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Well, they still don’t get it, do they? “Sir, they said, from now on give us this bread.” They’re just thinking religious, naturally. They don’t really have any idea. So Jesus said, “I am the bread…” God’s life is in Me and you’re gonna have to take Me to get the life and you’re gonna have to take Me for all that I am and all that God has made Me. “He who comes to me will never go hungry.”

Now this isn’t talking about physical food. This is talking about something in the soul. This is talking about life that will absolutely impart life to us and set us on a path to eternity. Praise God! “I am the bread of life.” Jesus said, in another place, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” God has one answer to the need of every human being. That answer is not a religion. That answer is a Person. He that has the Son has life. He that has not the Son has not life. It’s real, real simple. We’re gonna have to have Jesus. We’re gonna have to have Him, because life is in Him. You get Him, you get the life that’s in Him.

“He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” So eating is coming and believing, isn’t it? “But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.” So Jesus recognized, obviously, these were unbelievers. They had no idea what he was talking about. But now he declares something that gives me a lot of hope, today. He says, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”

( congregational response ).

Praise God!