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TV Broadcast #1153

Looking Unto Jesus With Confidence

November 9, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1153 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: There are dark places that we go through in our lives, but I’ll tell you, God wants us to take Jesus with us in those places, and to know that He’s there, and to know that He not only is there, but He understands. I mean, you think about the places throughout this Book, where this writer sets up this One to whom we are to look. He gives us the reality of the picture of Him so that we can look to Him, not as some monarch to be feared, and just…oh my God, how could He understand? But He is portrayed repeatedly as Someone who knows, who understands, who cares! And I think it would be profitable just to kind of skim through and look at some of these things.

Back in chapter 2, he talks about God’s purpose for the human race. We’re made for a dominion, we’re made with a place of honor in the grand order of things. We’re made, “…a little lower than the angels…crowned with glory and honour….” (KJV). Everything put under man’s feet. But that’s not what we see in this world. Something entered in and broke that.

But what we do see, in verse 9, “But we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels…” (NIV). Now let’s not forget that. He may be up there with a name that’s above every name now, but there was a time when He, too, was down where we’re at, lower than the angels! Here are angels higher in power and authority at that point than Jesus Himself was. He lived as a man upon the earth. He was that!

“…Now crowned with glory and honor…” Why? “…Because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” Any of you died here yet? Well, He’s already tasted something you haven’t.

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He’s been every place you’ve been and He’s been places you and I haven’t been, yet. And He did it for us. Man, that’s Somebody I can look to. “In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists…” Should do what? “…Should make the author of their salvation perfect…” Or complete…how? “…Through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.”

So yes, He’s the King of kings, He’s the Lord of lords, but He’s also my Brother. And we don’t need to be ashamed to call Him that! We don’t need to be afraid to call Him our Brother! I don’t mean in a disrespectful way! But I mean in a way that is biblical! He is our elder Brother! He’s Someone who has been here! He’s Someone who knows! And the amazing thing is that He is not ashamed to call us His brothers, and His sisters, of course! Praise God!

( congregational response ).

There are times I can hardly look at myself in the mirror…and yet God’s Word tells me, He’s not ashamed to call me His brother! Praise God!

( congregational praise ).

Does that begin to connect with the emotional side just a little bit? God wants us to know the kind of a Savior that we’ve got. Praise God! Verse 14, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be….”

And, of course, Abraham’s descendants…now I’m not gonna go off into that subject. But Abraham’s family is a family of faith. It has nothing to do with being Jewish or Gentile, one or the other. It has everything to do with those that have been brought to the same faith that Abraham had toward God. And Abraham’s seed is our Lord Jesus Christ, and it’s everyone that’s been united in Him. So when he’s talking about Abraham’s descendants, if you’re Christ’s, “…then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” That’s what He said in Galatians. Praise God! So let’s just drop that in for anyone who maybe doesn’t understand that point.

“For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way…” This was necessary! In the purpose of God, it was necessary for Him to come all the way down. “…He had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

“Because he himself suffered…” Are you suffering today? “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” I’ll tell you, I’ve got somebody I can look to who knows what it feels like to be human.

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All the things that want to well up in me and want to drag me down, He feels them. He knows them. Praise God! “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus.” You see, he had the same thought right there.

What about…you know, down about the high priest, verse 14 of chapter 4. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” Now again, you’ve got the same sense of endurance that you have in chapter 12, run with endurance the race.

“…Hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Isn’t that a pretty good description of looking to Jesus? Somehow, because of this emotional disconnect we all struggle with, the very time we need the Lord the most is when we are most reluctant to go to Him! And I believe with all my heart the Lord want to change that. I believe He is changing it.

He goes on in chapter 5, I’ll just read a few verses that are familiar to us…because, what the writer here is talking about…he’s always looking back. He’s talking to Jews, who were natural Jews, but who had come to Christ. He’s looking back into their own history, because God gave a picture of so many things through the Old Testament Law and the priesthood. And so, he looks back and says, “Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God.”

So that was the whole idea. You had human beings who were given the position of being a high priest. If you and I wanted to go to God, we went to the priest and he was able to represent us before God. That’s the picture. Okay? He was, “…Appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.”

Now, here’s the deal. “He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray…” Why? “…Since he himself is subject to weakness.” You see the wisdom of God in providing representatives, someone who could represent you and me and our case before God, to have somebody who knows what it feels like to be human.

Suppose He just appointed an angel? You know, it’d be pretty hard…that angel would have a hard time. ‘I don’t get it. I don’t understand why they can’t do right.’ And we’d be saying, yeah, you can tell us alright, but you don’t know anything about it. You don’t know what it’s like to be a…well, see God’s fixed it. God’s taken care of that issue. We’ve got Somebody who knows exactly what it’s like to be human.

“This is why he has to offer…” in the case of the Old Testament priest, “…this is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, You are my Son; today I have become your Father. And he says in another place, You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” I don’t want to go off into that. There was another character that appears briefly in the Old Testament.

“During the days…” This is the part that I wanted to get to. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” Now how does that fit your picture of Jesus? Do you think of Jesus as just some divine being who just floated through this world and acted like he was having struggles?

That’s not the picture you get in the Scriptures. This is somebody who had times when he felt such a need that he was crying out to God…oh God, I need Your help. Lord, I need Your help. I’m weak. I do not have what it takes to do what I’ve been called to do. I need You, Father. Loud cries and tears! This isn’t just some little now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep kind of prayer. This is coming from the depths of His being, a sense of His need. He’s crying out to His Father! Oh Father, help Me! I need You. This is the One to whom we go.

Wow! Just let that sink in. This is Somebody who knows. This is Somebody who wants us to come with confidence towards Him. Think about it. I see all those blank looks. I know. I know this is a hard thing to wrap your mind around.

And you know, it’s not just our minds we’ve got to wrap around it though. It’s got to connect with us in a way where we really see it, and sense it, and know it to be true. Oh God, help me. I’m just confessing my own need today. This is not a small thing. If we cannot have a real personal confidence toward God, then we’re always gonna feel a distance because we’re gonna be aware of things that are wrong in us. God does not want us to feel that distance. He has done what it takes to bridge that gap and that distance, and to do away with it.

“…He was heard because of his reverent submission.” My God, I want that kind of a spirit. I need Him. “Although he was a son…” See, it’s not doing away with that. “Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.”

His situation was totally different from what it had been in heaven. There had nothing in His being that would have possibly wanted to go another way, but now all of a sudden, He’s got flesh. It doesn’t want to do what God wants. His flesh didn’t want to do what God wants any more than yours does, or mine! It was constantly pulling in the wrong direction! He needed divine help to be able to subdue this and do the will of God anyway! This is the One to whom we are called to look. I’m so glad He understands, because I need somebody who understands. Oh my.

“Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated…” and so forth, as a high priest.

You see why we look to Him? He’s the source. That’s the picture. But what a source—what a source! It’s Somebody who’s been here and who did what He did because of divine help! This is the Father instituting everything, sending His Son into the place of danger, but sustaining and helping, giving Him the help that He needs, but also allowing Him to feel everything you and I struggle with every day.

Now here’s the disconnect. Here’s where we still struggle. We know all this. Don’t look at me. We know all this up here. The problem is, it still needs to get down in here, because serving God is not just the accumulation of head knowledge. It’s got to be partly that. We’ve got to know the truth, but what was it that was Paul’s objective that we talked about recently? Was it that I may know ‘about’ Him? No, that I may ‘know’ Him.

There’s that personal side to it. This is what’s lacking so many times. We can sit here and we can know these things. We can read them in the Word. We can try to spark ourselves up by asserting it. And, that’s good. It’s good to take our stand on it. But I’ll tell you what I need. I need Somebody that I can go to, take a stand in naked faith upon the Word of God and go to Him and say, Lord, I need You. I want to have the kind of personal knowledge of You that assures me that You still love me, that I can actually experience Your peace in my times of need.

How many of you know what I’m talking about? You’re in a dark spot and you just go to Him anyway! And you know there’s no reason on God’s green earth why He should love you or receive you at that particular time! But He does! He wraps His arms around you and says, child, I know, I’ve been there. I understand. I’m here to strengthen you and to help you. That’s the kind of Lord I need. I need Somebody who knows and who understands.

But I believe with all my heart, this is the need. It’s for us to get to know Him. Not be afraid to reach out and to know Him, because He is waiting, He’s longing to touch our hearts with the reality of who He is, and what He’s done for us, and what He’s able to do. Do you think He gets any joy about us standing back and saying, oh, I’m so bad, I’m so bad?

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Do you think there’s any part of His being that wants us to do that or expects us to do penance? No. His heart says, I know. I’ve been there. I took your burden of sin upon Myself. I have made a way where you can be clean this day as if you had never committed a sin. I just want you to come to me and humble yourself. Get rid of that stupid pride that says, I shouldn’t have done that. I’m so bad.

Just say, Lord, I’m sorry, help me. I’m gonna surrender and just trust. I’m gonna have the same kind of reverent submission that Jesus did and just say, I am what I am, Lord. That’s why I need a Savior in the first place. I’m trusting in You. I’m looking to You in this instance right now. Help me to pick myself up and keep putting two feet down, one after the other, and move on down that path.

Because I know that I didn’t start this race by myself. You called me. I didn’t even have the faith that I needed to come to You. You gave me that. I didn’t have the ability in myself to even repent and turn from my sins! You put that in my heart! You are the Author of my faith, Lord Jesus! You’re the Author! But You’re not just the Author and then the Cheerleader! You’re the One who supplies everything all the way down to the end! You’re the Finisher of my faith!

( congregational amens ).

So I want to get up today and look to You, and draw near to You so that I can experience the love that You have professed for me! Then it gets beyond…as we reach out and as we learn to know Him in that personal way, then is when it gets beyond just head knowledge, and we begin to ‘know’ the Lord for ourselves. That’s what He wants!

And we think oh, how…He couldn’t want to know me. You’re just listening to the wrong voice. We’re gonna have to start, based upon the Word, and step out and be willing to experience it, be willing to humble ourselves, because that’s the issue. Pride is the thing that blocks our way. And the sooner we just admit it, and just get up and say, Lord, I’m gonna trust You in this circumstance, right now. I’m looking to You. I need help and You promised to help me. And I know that You’re somebody who knows and feels what I feel and You understand. Praise God!

That’s the missing dimension here. We have talked about, many times…and we’ve heard me and many others expound this Scripture in varying degrees about looking to Jesus. But I’ll tell you, I want it to get past the point where it’s just a mental idea. I need—I need to sense His heart drawing me, longing for me to come, longing for me to look, longing to supply that need that He sees that I have, longing to take away His pain that I won’t come!

He loves you this morning. Wherever you’re at in your life, He loves you and He wants you to know Him in that personal intimate way, and He wants you to be able to fix your eyes as a habit of life, and to simply trust Him. So wherever you’re at today, I would encourage you to lift your eyes up. Don’t be afraid to look to Jesus. He’s not mad at you. He loves you, and He longs to be all that He has—all that He is, so that we can get up and go on. Praise God!