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TV Broadcast #1224

What Will You Do With Jesus?
Part One

March 20, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1224 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Well, Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

I’m glad we don’t have a program. We don’t want no program, we want the Lord and He’s here this morning in a special way. And it’s not an accident. It reminds me that we’ve got a God who cares. You know, if you…I’m witness to the fact that if you go to Bible School, one of the things they’ll try to teach you is how to preach, how to prepare sermons. You study, and you research, and you organize it, and basically what it is, is just applying the principles of public speaking to the information from the Bible. Well God, we don’t need a sermon!

( congregational amens ).

And I’m not saying the Lord has never used a sermon, because He has. But Lord, we just need His…we need His voice! We need the simplicity of Him speaking.

( congregational amens ).

There’s nobody ever been saved just on the strength of the words of a preacher. God may use preachers, but I’ll tell you what, it’s His voice that we need to hear. I just praise Him!

( congregational praise ).

I don’t know, somehow I just sense that there’s something He wants to do in somebody’s heart today, all of us. But this is the day when the Christians worldwide, we remember what our Savior did for us. We remember the reality, based on what we stand upon—the Rock that we stand upon. Oh, my!

What witnesses we have had, just in the last little bit, of the futility of this life, the shortness, I should say, of this life. You know, the Lord calling our brother Steve, totally unexpected, and then that young lady, the other night, 22. Do you think she expected what happened? Folks, this is a broken world and nobody’s here for long, at best. What utter blindness and folly it is to live for this world. Oh, I thank God for our Savior!

( congregational amens ).

Think about who He is and who we honor, because it’s not doctrines and churches that matter,
it’s Jesus!

( congregational amens ).

That’s the only message we have, is who He is. He’s the Son of the living God! Before there was a star, before there was anything, He was. And there was a heart of a Father. Because His heart is one of love, He longed to have a family. And He gave His Son the job of creating an amazing universe! Scientists are still probing its secrets and thinking they can decode it all and figure it all out. I’ll tell you what, He’s the one who spoke every star, every galaxy into existence!

( congregational amens ).

He’s the one who designed the world. You can still, in spite of its brokenness, see the beauty that shines through, if you’ve got any eyes to see…the amazing design of our Creator. And He created a perfect world. Nothing was broken, nothing was wrong, everything was provided. But I’ll tell you, God didn’t want robots, did He? He wanted sons and daughters who would love Him with a free heart. And so He gave our first parents a choice and they went the wrong way. They said, no, we’re gonna take our life and live it our way.

And an awful, awful darkness descended upon this planet. Oh, my God! People just became slaves to whatever desire pulled them in whatever direction. And the warning in the beginning was, the day you sin you’ll die—you’ll begin to die. It was a process that just took over. We talk about fatal diseases today. That’s the most fatal disease of all.

( congregational amens ).

And every person born into this world is infected with it. And you have an expiration date. Oh, my! You think about the world into which He came. How amazing is it that He would even set out to do anything about all this? That’s what we’re singing about this morning! My God! Look at the condition we fell into. The Word says that there’s none who seek after God! Not one! Left to ourselves, not one of us…don’t look in the mirror and think you’re something! Not one of us would have a thought about God, or a concern about Him and His reason for our being, and His character, anything about that, if God did not take the initiative!

( congregational amens ).

God came on a rescue mission! And He sent into the world the very one who created us in the beginning. “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” (KJV). Oh, thank God! There are people that God revealed who He was to, and He began to call and began to gather a people. But, I’ll tell you, there’s a lot of folks, I’m sure you don’t understand what all this talk about the blood is. Oh, what’s…that’s just a bunch of religious jargon. That doesn’t mean anything. Oh, my! The blood means everything!

( congregational amens ).

Everything! If you ever get it, it is the only thing that stands between the sinner and his sin! Oh, what a picture there was when God was bringing His children out of Egypt. Remember what the last plague was? The Death Angel was gonna go through all of Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt was gonna die. There was a death sentence that was passed. But there was something they could do about it. And what was it? Every household was going to sacrifice a lamb, and they were going to take the blood from that lamb and paint it on the outside of the door. And every time that Death Angel drew near a house, if the blood was there on the doorpost, he passed that house.

( congregational amens ).

And that firstborn son lived! What a picture God has given to us of what His Son did! “For the wages of sin is death.” You know, a lot of people, they have a god that you can’t find in the Bible. They got a god that they hope will sort of overlook their sins, He’ll weigh their good deeds against their bad, and hopefully they’ve done enough good so they can say, God I hope You’ll let me in, just let that other stuff slide.

There is no sin that has ever been committed on this planet that God will ever let slide! His justice is as sure as His character. God cannot overlook and ignore sin, and remain just. But how many people there are whose hope of heaven is that God will overlook their sins because they’re good people. There are no good people!

( congregational amens ).

There are no good people! “There is none that doeth good, no, not one.” So, something had to happen. If God cannot simply overlook sin, how does anyone have hope? And that’s where Jesus came in. That’s why He came. That’s why He’s called the Lamb of God. All that was set up in the Old Testament was a picture of One who would come.

You know, they had what they call a Day of Atonement in the Old Testament. And it was an annual ceremony, if you want to call it that. I didn’t take time to look up all the details, but it’s amazing how they set up this day when they would take…actually there were, I believe there were two animals, if I’m not mistaken. And Aaron was the first high priest, and he would lay his hands upon the one, I think it was a goat actually, and he would lay his hands upon that goat, and confess the sins of Israel, for that year. And then they would send the goat off into the wilderness. That’s where you get the term ‘scapegoat.’

And then they would take the other one, and that’s the one that they would sacrifice on the altar! And its blood represented the life that was given, that was sacrificed! And that life and the blood that was carried into the Holiest of Holies was accepted as a sacrifice for the sins of the people! Why? Because the wages of sin is death! There’s a death that has to be died for sin! You think you’re gonna go up there and argue your case before God? Oh, my! Oh, my! I need someone!

( congregational amens ).

I need someone to take my sins upon his own shoulder and that’s what Jesus did! Where does the blood come in? “…The life of the flesh is in the blood.” That’s a principle that goes back to the beginning. “…The life of the flesh is in the blood.” When that blood was shed, it represented the life that was laid down. He who went to that cross had no sin of His own.

Think of the Son of God willing…He who breathed out galaxies came here because He loved you! Have you ever gotten that? Has that ever penetrated your heart? Oh, I pray that it will! Somebody here today, you’ve never gotten this, it’s never dawned on you what it’s about. God loves you!

( congregational amens ).

You have no hope apart from what we’re talking about this morning! None! How can you face God except someone else stepped in and said, justice, do your worst. I take the blame. I take every sin, I take responsibility for everything that’s been ever done against God. Do your worst. Satisfy justice. You see, justice is not set aside. Oh, my! Justice was satisfied! Mercy triumphed over justice!

( congregational amens ).

God is free to forgive sinners who are willing to turn from their sin and put their faith in that sacrifice alone! Don’t you say, I believe in Jesus, and I’m coming because I’m this and I’m…oh, you can’t add anything to what He did!

( congregational amens ).

It’s nothing but the blood! Not one thing can you add to what Jesus did. What are you trusting in this morning? Where’s your heart? Oh, my! I often think of John chapter 12. Obviously, this isn’t a sermon, you can tell that. That’s all right. I just want the Lord to take and breathe His life into something. It doesn’t matter how stumbling it is as long as His voice is in it! As long as He’ll talk to your heart, I don’t care! People think of a sermon or a message or anything else, if God can touch somebody’s heart, that’s what matters.

John chapter 12, Jesus was getting ready to go to the cross, and He said, in verse 23, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” (NIV). But what a path it was to glorification. He said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” That’s a picture of what He came to do! He took upon Him our humanity! He took upon Himself our guilt! That’s what went into the tomb! That’s what was crucified that day! But there was a life, just as there is in a seed, there was a life on the inside that no devil in hell could kill!

( congregational amens ).

‘Cause it was the life of God! But in order for that life to be able to be reproduced in you and me this morning, He had to die! He had to be willing to lay down His life! My God, how many people want salvation—want what they call salvation, don’t want to give up their life? He gave it up. He showed us the pathway to Glory. It’s letting go of this that has been corrupted by sin, and embracing that and trusting Him to build, to absolutely grow up that life within us, that life that alone will last forever! Oh, my God! People just cling to this life like it’s all there is!

And listen to what He says. In this context He says, “The man who loves his life will lose it….” How many of you remember the Lord saying to His people Israel, in the Old Testament, why will you die? Why do you want to die? It’s like He’s pleading with them! They’re going down a pathway, certain destruction is at the end of that pathway, and he says, why are you going that way? Don’t you know, don’t you understand what’s coming? Why do you want to destroy yourself?

You know, we have a picture, an illustration, that…all of us, at least, we’re familiar with the fact that there are people who are totally enslaved by things like alcohol and drugs, just used as an example, could be anything. But you know there’s a state that someone can be in who is captive by something like that? You can’t even touch them. It would take a miracle of God to say, hey, don’t you see what’s coming? Don’t you see what you’re doing to yourself? Wake up! Wake up! You’re heading down to destruction. You’re destroying yourself! You are clinging…you are trying to find the answer to your life’s need in something that is destroying you! Wake up!

That’s what God is saying to the world! You think your life is here! You think that following your natural desires and gathering what this world can give you is what you need! It’s not! It’s destroying you! Wake up! Understand the love that He has for you! It’s not in religion! It’s not in trying to reform your life and act like a Christian! It’s opening your heart to a miracle that only He can perform! And He can perform it because He took your sins into the grave! He took you into the grave!

Do you want to know what’s gonna happen to the world? There was a picture of it. It says that down here in the same passage, verse 31. “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.” Do you want to know what Jesus’ death represented? It was a foreshadowing, it was the passing of God’s sentence of death upon this world and this creation. Do you think there’s anybody gonna stop that from being carried out?

God is waiting. Why do you think He’s waiting? Why is there a seeming delay? It’s because God’s not willing that men should perish, but that they should come to a knowledge of the Truth. There’s a heart that is going to reach out as long as there is anything to reach for. I believe He’s reaching here today! I don’t know where all else, but I believe there’s an urgency in the air in this hour for people to wake up and say, we’re not gonna always be like…things will not always continue on. Christ is coming! You don’t know the day, the hour of your own death, and then it’s too late to make a choice. Oh, God! There’s only one time anybody can call upon God. How many know that? The scripture says, “…call on him…” when?

( congregational response ).

“…While he is near.” There are people who turned their ears away when He was near. Later on they got concerned. He didn’t come near again. You don’t know. This is that serious. The message of the cross is that serious. Judgment on this world…if you want to see what God thinks of this world, you look at the wrath that was poured out upon His own Son.

People have no idea what it’s going to be like when fire falls on this world and people run screaming. They don’t know what’s gonna happen. They don’t know why, and all of a sudden, it dawns on them that this has been real! And it’s too late! Oh, I want to be in that other crowd that’s just surrendered to Him here. The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords!

( congregational amens ).

 Because on that day, we’re gonna be rising into the air and changed in an instant, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. There’s a trumpet coming. He’s gonna appear for His own people, and they’re gonna be gathered to Him in Glory. Because we’re a good people? Oh, no! Because we’re sinners saved by the grace of God alone!

( congregational praise ).

We turned our backs upon any hope that we could find in our flesh! There’s no help in your flesh! There’s no help in my flesh! I need a Savior! I need somebody who can come and take hold of my rotten self, and pull me out of the ditch, pull me out of the pit, set my feet on a rock! That rock is Jesus! Oh, He went down into that grave and just like Naomi said, He promised that other man on the cross…somehow he was enabled to see something in Jesus. He said, “...remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He said, this day, “…you will be with me in paradise.”

Oh, tell you what, He knew what He was doing, and He went…in spite of the agony that He felt, the scriptures tell us there was a joy! Can you imagine having joy in that kind of circumstance? What could He possibly have joy about? Because He wasn’t thinking about himself.

( congregational amens ).

He was there for God’s purpose. He was there to open a door of hope for us, and He saw you and He saw me and He was glad! He rejoiced! He might just have seen somebody here who’s never thought of this before. It’s never dawned on you what it’s all about. But Jesus was thinking of you that day when He bore your sins and went into the grave.