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TV Broadcast #1193

Does Jesus Care?
Part One

August 16, 2015

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1193 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I don’t know, I’ve had some thoughts that…I’ll just start and see what the Lord does. But anyway, turn, if you will, to Psalm chapter 8. You know, sometimes it’s appropriate to really deal with a big subject and really teach, in that sense. Other times, I think, God’s people just need to be encouraged.

And somehow, I feel like that’s where we’re…that’s where we’re at this morning. And we need to really sense a lot of the things we’ve been singing about. How great the Lord’s love is for us! That we’re not…we’re not here alone and we’re not on our own. Praise God!

But anyway, David is writing this and he says, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (NIV). Praise God!

There’s a lot of truth in this, obviously, and it’s kind of a jumping off point for the thoughts that I’ve had. But, David is obviously seeing the greatness of God, isn’t he? He’s seeing, not only the greatness of the heavens, but he says, your glory is greater than that. And his whole vision, as he looks around the wonders of the universe, is how great this God must be! He’s just…He’s awesome! He’s beyond our…beyond imagining! Just how wonderful He is and how great and how grand!

It’s amazing, and it shouldn’t be, I guess, if we understand truth and we understand the progress of history, how blind so many are today. And the people who consider themselves the most intelligent, among our society, could look at that and say it all happened. It just…nature is all there is, is their underlying belief system. And so, basically, what you come down to is that “nothing created everything.” That’s what it boils down to.

And, as I’ve said before, their self-profession is, essentially, that we are all the accidental descendants of pond scum. But you know, what that does, among other things, is…well, it allows man to deify himself and imagine that he has the right to set all the rules, do as he pleases, make up the values as he goes along. Is that not where we’re at?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, our society has simply thrown away the rule book, thrown away divine law, any sense of what this society, particularly, was founded upon, which was that there is a divine law, there is something to which we must conform if we’re going to be blessed of God. And of course, we have removed ourselves from that. But a lot of this belief system has everything to do with that.

But you know what it does? It also removes every sense of purpose, every sense of meaning. If this is true, if their belief is true…and they’re so proud of their science and their facts, as they call them, then you are meaningless. Your existence is meaningless. It has no purpose, no value. When you stop breathing, that’s the end of you and end of everything.

And logically, why is there anything? Why is there such a thing as right and wrong? Why is there any purpose? Why is your opinion better than mine? Why do you even have opinions? I mean, you can go on and on and on with the utter meaninglessness of life. We are mere accidents.

But I’ll tell you, God has revealed in His Word and in His Son and in the very creation itself, that He is a great God! He is a God who has a purpose that transcends everything! There is an order to everything! There is a place…and yet, I mean, you sense David, on the one hand…haven’t you felt this when you’ve gone out, looked at the stars and you think, oh my God, that is so great, so immense and I’m so small! I’m so…and of course, the devil tacks on another word besides small, it’s I’m so insignificant.

And I guess, in one sense, you could look at it that way. But somehow, in the plan and the purpose of God, everything has significance! There’s no such thing as somebody who is insignificant! I mean, look at where David goes from the greatness of the creation itself down to, what is man? I mean, in one sense, he’s just marveling…God, You are so great! How in the world could You exalt us and think highly…how could You think of us at all? I mean, on earth we’re small, in one sense, but I mean, you think of the greatness of the universe!

And David didn’t have a clue compared to what we know today. I mean, it goes on and on such incredible distances, and the amount of stars and planets that must exist. But nonetheless, David saw enough to have this sense, God, I am so small. How in the world could You care about me?

Anybody ever felt that way? God, I’m just…Lord, how could You care about me? But yet, on the grand scheme, David sees humanity as created, not just as an incidental, where we’re here, another animal. He just wanted something to amuse Himself. We were created and given the rule over everything God had made! What an amazing, exalted position the human race was given!

And of course, our first parents threw it all away, turned the whole mess over to Lucifer. But nonetheless, when you look at what God’s original intention was, it was to absolutely have a family of beings who were created in His image with eternal worth, with great value, the objects of His love and His care. Every one of them significant, every one important to Him…who would also enjoy His wonderful, beautiful creation.

And there was a relationship He desired. You see that right in the Garden, as the Lord came. Here’s the Lord Himself, who created everything. He comes down and actually wants to walk and talk with a ‘bunch of mud’? I mean, it just gives you…it blows your mind when you try to put it all together.

I mean, this is the way we need to think. We need to understand that God has this grand, overarching purpose that, even though sin has marred His creation, yet, even now, God is building, He’s gathering out the family that He desired in the beginning. He is the one who has opened the door out of the mess that we made, so that everyone who surrenders to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and puts their hope in the death that He died in our place can have the guilt of sin erased, can have its power broken through the resurrection, can be sons and daughters of the living God! Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

And we know that not only does He call people, He sets Himself to work in every one of us. You know, we see the familiar scripture, for example, in the 12th chapter of Hebrews, how we’re to look to Jesus who is, not only the Author, but also the Finisher. So, if you want to know where you got the ability to repent, where you had even the inclination to repent, where you got the ability to place your trust in Him? You better look to the Author.

( congregational amens ).

That’s an ability that is given to you by God! When we are willing to surrender our wills to Him, there is a divine influence upon our hearts that makes that possible. And by the way, it’s only possible when He does work.

( congregational amens ).

Isn’t that why the scripture tells us to call on Him while He may be found? ‘Cause there’s gonna come a time when it will be eternally too late. But I’ll tell you what, God is calling and enabling people to put their trust in Him, but He’s not leaving them there, is He?

He sets our life on a path and it’s not just a random path. Do you sometimes feel like your life is meaningless? Random? You just get up and you put one foot in front of another, and one day’s like another and it’s just kind of…what is it all about? I mean, living in this broken world, it’s easy, even as a believer, to sometimes feel that way, to feel very small, very insignificant.

But I’ll tell you, there is a God who has set a path before every single one of us. It’s unique to you. It’s a road, it’s a journey.

Paul spoke of the course of his life. And you know, the language there really comes out of the Jewish priesthood, I believe. It’s not just a racecourse, but there was a very particular order of things in the activity of the priests in the worship of the Temple.

And priests just didn’t go in there and just do their own thing. Everyone had a place, they had a term of service. You were on duty from here to here, this is what you do, you shovel out this, or you deal with that, you clean this or clean that. Everyone had an absolutely essential purpose to fulfill. And they would faithfully carry out their course until it was time to rotate out and somebody else would rotate in.

But it’s just a simple picture of the fact that everyone mattered. Everyone had a place. Everyone had something that was laid out for them to do. And our lives are not meant to be meaningless. Our lives are meant to be lived under the wonderful leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ. You have a purpose! You matter to Him!

You know, many of you remember, in the convention, Brother Timothy gave that very simple little message. But it had some power behind it, didn’t it? ‘Cause everybody refers back to it. He talked about having a purpose. Everyone…the simplest one among you, as we would rank people among…in a human sort of way…I don’t care who you are in the eyes of the world, if you’re His, you have a purpose and you matter to Him.

( congregational amens ).

And we need to live our lives with the sense that everything is meaningful. And it’s not just…it doesn’t just have to do with this world, it has to do with Eternity. Thank God! My God, if you’re an atheistic evolutionist, or what have you, what is it all about? What does it matter? What does it matter if people believe in creation? So what? You think about it logically. Nothing matters! Everything is just chemicals in motion, that’s the end of it. Oh, my God! There’s a God who has made us and He made you for a reason!

( congregational amens ).

And He loves you! And He cares about the details of your life and mine! There’s nothing that happens in our lives that’s not meaningful! And Jesus, as we began to say, is not only the author of our faith but the finisher. He’s the one who is continually at work and He’s at work with a goal in mind.

And that goal, as we know in the grand sense, is to make us into the image, in His own image. God is gonna make us into the image of His Son. We’re gonna be like Him. And one day He’s going to unveil His children, before the world, before an unbelieving world and say, this is what it’s been about, folks. And we are going to, “…shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” (KJV).

( congregational amens)

Now, you think there’s gonna be anybody that’s insignificant on that day? You know, the Devil will tell every one of us, in a thousand and one ways, you don’t matter, God doesn’t care about you, you’re just sort of…God’s forgotten about you.

And you think about the Old Testament prophesy where that exact point was addressed by Isaiah. This just comes back to my mind. I’ll try to remember it. But anyway, “Can a woman forget her sucking child…I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands….” You know, how can I forget? I see you every time I look at My hands. I see what it cost me to rescue you from the pit of sin. How could I possibly forget?

But I was thinking, as I was thinking of this subject…like I say, we see the big picture to a certain degree. We know sort of where it came from and where it’s going. But our place in it sometimes feels really, really…I’m just part of the crowd. I’m lost in the shuffle. Yeah, God’s got millions of sons throughout the age. He’s gonna bring them all together. I’m just one of the crowd.

I don’t matter. Do you really think that’s how God thinks of His children? I’ll tell you, we see in the life and the ministry of our Lord Jesus, a very, very different way of relating to people than you will find in any earthly setting. If He had been like a human, somebody important, He would have simply isolated himself from the ‘hoi polloi,’ the common people. He would have huddled with a handful of important people and just sort of sent them out to do all the dirty stuff. Did He do that?

( congregational response ).

Boy, everything in His life modeled how He thought, and how God, who was in Him, thought about the poor, the downtrodden, the nobodies of the world. Didn’t He say, through Paul, “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong…” (NIV). “…The foolish things of the world to shame the wise….”? I don’t remember the exact wording, but you remember the scripture in 1st Corinthians chapter 1.

And the ones who are nothing, I mean, He goes right down to the bottom of the barrel. The ones who are nothing, in the eyes of the world, are gonna be the ones who will bring to nothing the world itself, because He’s in them, because He loves them.

And, it doesn’t say that He’s just gonna…I mean, He uses the word ‘chosen.’ What could be more important than to realize, He has chosen me! Praise God! He didn’t just throw it out there and I said, well, maybe I’ll…maybe He’ll let me in, maybe…He chose me! If there’s ever been an inclination in you towards Him, it’s Him reaching you! It’s God who is pursuing you! The Hound of Heaven, as has been expressed in the past, is on our trail. Praise God!

And He doesn’t give up the trail! Thank God! Oh, if you’re feeling small this morning, you need to realize you’re a son or daughter of the Living God! You have every reason to lift up your head and not be discouraged, not think that you’re worthless! Praise God!

You know, we have so many reasons we feel that way. We look in the mirror and we see the faults that God has to bring to our attention, to deliver us. But sometimes the Devil jumps in and causes it to have the wrong effect. How could He love me? How could He love somebody who’s as bad as I am?

But Jesus didn’t come into the world to save the righteous, He came to save sinners. Don’t you think He knew what He was getting into? Don’t you think He knows things about you and me that we don’t even know yet? It didn’t stop Him a bit. That’s the…oh, what a difference there is between divine love and what we call love. Praise God! Praise the Lord!

But just think of some of the examples we have in the life of Jesus, where He…how many times have we used these examples? But we need to think about these terms in a personal way. You think of the woman at the well. She wasn’t Jewish. She was a woman, and frankly, that wasn’t the best place in society. That wasn’t the most important place in society in that day.

Thank God…you know, we get accused of subjecting women and all of that, but I’ll tell you, there is an honor—there is a place of honor for godly women that deserves respect and love and all those things. They are not subjugated in that sense, they are elevated. But boy, in her society they weren’t. And so many places in the world, that’s true today.

But she wasn’t even…she didn’t even occupy that place. It was below that. She was a fallen, immoral woman, captive to her lusts, an outcast in her own semi-heathen village. She couldn’t even go out to the place of water, to the well, when all the other women went. She had to go alone. There was a shame that followed her.

And here’s Jesus, sent on a mission from heaven of love, primarily reaching out, at that time, to the Jewish people, though His heart was embracing the world and He saw what was coming. The mission, at the time, was to the Jewish nation. You know, a lot of times, when people would travel from Judea to Galilee, Samaria was in between, they would literally cross the Jordan river, go up and then cross back to avoid Samaria. He went right through.

And somehow, in the providence of God, there He was. He sent His disciples into the village. We need some food, go buy it. And there He is. And there the woman comes. A divine appointment. And even she reacts. Who am I that you’re talking to me? I don’t get this! I don’t understand why a Jewish man…at that point, that’s all she saw. Why would a Jewish man even talk to me…to somebody like me?

And oh, what a glorious thing it is as it unfolds. And she realizes, she sees what she is. There’s no sugarcoating. Isn’t it amazing how God can convict without condemning? He can show us the ugliness of what we are and yet we can feel loved at the same time. Praise God!

Only God can do that. Only God can…’cause it’s not this sentimental, oh, I love you. Anyway, this is, I see what you are but I love you and my love has the power to change you forever, and to give you a sense of hope and sense of acceptance and sense of…you’re somebody, you’re somebody! The God of the universe, who made all the stars out there, you’re somebody that He cares about!