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TV Broadcast #1297

Does Jesus Care?

August 13, 2017

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1297 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: 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?

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! He cares enough to send Your Creator to this well in the middle of a day to meet with you, and to open His heart and to reach out to you with the love of God. Do you get just a little picture of what our God is like?

You think of the woman who was taken in the act of adultery. I mean, there are so many cases of women that He interacted with. As I said, they were very much second class citizens in the society of that day. So for Him to give them a place of respect and honor and acceptance at all was unusual. You didn’t have Rabbis going around with a company of women that were loved and accepted.

Of course, all the religious folks, they had it down pat. They knew what was what. They knew how things were supposed to be. So they were all ready to cast the stones. And Jesus…they come to Him and say this woman was taken in the act of adultery. The law says she should be stoned. What do you say?

Well, He didn’t deny what the law said, did He? What an awesome…the wisdom of God in His answer. “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” I’ll tell you, that wisdom ought to be widely used in our day. What a hypocritical society we live in. But here’s Jesus going to the other extreme, showing God’s heart.

Folks, we need to realize that heart of the One who has called us, and never let the devil, never let our circumstances, never let anything control us, drag us down, discourage us. You matter to Him more than you can possibly imagine. If this woman mattered to Him, then everyone here, everyone here matters.Praise God.

I mean, you can go on and on through the…what about Zacchaeus? All the Sunday school kids know about Zacchaeus. He was a ‘wee little man.’

( laughing ).

A ‘wee little man was he.’

( laughter ).

‘He climbed up into a sycamore tree. The Lord he wanted to see.’ But you think about the context of that. The tax collectors were the scum of the world. I mean, the Romans ruled the world! They ruled that part of the world, and they hired people from among the Jews to be the tax collectors.

So in the first place, they’re collaborating with a hated enemy. In the second place, they were not shy about cheating the people, and telling them, this is your tax, it’s so much, only it really wasn’t. It was a whole lot less. Guess what they got to do with the difference?

And everybody knew it, but what could they do about it? They were under the thumb of Rome. The centurion would come around, and so they were popular people, weren’t they? And this guy was diminutive. That means small!

You know, I just had the thought this morning, I wonder if maybe that was part of his problem, that he felt so insignificant. And he felt like if he could get a position like this, maybe he would feel some significance to his life, maybe get a little bit of power over other people.

You ever met people like that? They’re bullies, and it really is not that they feel superior. It’s that they feel inferior. Think of the things that people do to try to make themselves significant. We don’t have to do that. We can rest in His love and be who we are and have all the significance that this world can never give.

And here’s Jesus in a big crowd, a lot of important people probably there. But He comes under that sycamore tree, and He looks up and calls for Zacchaeus, and wants him to come down. I’m coming to your house today.

Jesus, this righteous teacher, this miracle worker is going do dinner with one of these people? They despised him! But Jesus loved him, and opened his heart and brought him into the kingdom.

Of course, one of His own disciples, Matthew, was a tax collector. You think of Mary Magdalene, and the scripture says out of her went seven devils. You can imagine she was a popular lady before that. Undoubtedly, immorality was part of it. Only the Lord knows what else. But she was just a captive of Satan, despised, second class to begin with. But I mean, when you start falling into some of those kinds of conditions, they would have hiked their skirts and gone a different way…hiked their robes, I guess, and gone a different direction.

Do you remember the story of the Good Samaritan, and the man that was robbed by thieves? And the religious, righteous people walked by on the other side, just ignoring him. And then a Samaritan came along. I’ll tell you, we have a God who has a different set of values in this world. Praise God! Praise the Lord!

I can’t remember where I was, but so many different examples. But, one, in particular, that came to my mind, and I’m sure it’s one that some of you have thought of, is what about children? Do you remember the times when Jesus would come…and one time in particular a bunch of ladies wanted to bring their children to Jesus to lay His hand and bless them? What was the reaction of the disciples? Get them out of here! This is not important. This doesn’t matter.

But Jesus stopped and said, “…forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (KJV). And He stopped and blessed them. I’ve tasted some of that, by the way, just being in villages on the other side of the world. And you have all the children crowd around, and sometimes their mothers will bring them up. I’ve had services in all kinds of places, and afterwards the mothers will come up, and they’ll want me to lay my hand on them and just pray for them. You know, you just bless them in the name of the Lord. Sometimes, they’ll bring their kids and their whole family and they want you to put your hand on every one of their heads.

But you think back to how Jesus reacted. You know, if you’re young, if you’re feeling small and unimportant in this world, Jesus loves you as much as He loves Paul the Apostle, as much as He loves anybody. There is a heart that is able to reach down to the smallest of the small.

Another occasion…He set a child in the midst and said, unless you become like a little child, you won’t even enter the kingdom. There’s a humility that God values. He doesn’t look for strong people. He doesn’t look for important people. If you feel like you’re important in the eyes of this world, He’s got a job to get that out of you, to bring you to a place where you can just have a humble spirit and say, Lord, I’m nothing, but I’m everything because of You.

You get a sense of what David was feeling there, looking at that. God, this is just blowing my mind! I see how great You are. How in the world could You care about somebody like me, and yet, I’m part of a race. You’ve made a creation for us to rule over. Praise God!

Of course, He said, for as such, as I said, is the kingdom of Heaven. “…It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” You think God is not concerned? You think about somebody who keeps track of the hairs on your head, and the ones that aren’t there anymore. I’ll tell you, that’s a God who doesn’t miss anything.

We think, we impose so many human ideas on God. We imagine that He’s just this great Somebody who is so important, He just can’t mess with the details. And so we’re just one of the crowd, the unimportant people. He doesn’t care about us. He does in a broad sense, but just leave the details to the lesser folks.

We serve a God who is so great that He can be completely aware of every atom in your body and in mine, everything in our spirits, everything about us. He is completely aware at all times. I mean, that just kind of blows your mind, doesn’t it, to try to wrap your mind around that truth? But He is a Spirit who inhabits eternity. There’s no place you can go where He is not.

Isn’t that what David said in, was it Psalm 139? Where am I gonna go? If I go to the uttermost part of the sea, You’re there. “…If I make my bed in hell,” You’re there. And what did he say about the thoughts that You have toward me? If I think about the thoughts that You have toward me, they’re more than the sand by the…they’re more than the sand. You think about the grains of sand, and you think about every one of those grains representing some thought that the Lord has about you. Phew! Praise God! Praise God! God is such a God of detail.

You know, when He told Noah to build an ark, He didn’t just say, hey Noah. I want you to build an ark, and make it big enough for all these animals I’m gonna send to you, and you figure out all the details. You see the sense of how God is so interested in every little thing? He didn’t give Noah just this generalized plan. He gave him exactly the dimensions, exactly how he was supposed to do it.

You look at the Tabernacle. You look at the Temple. Every little thing was prescribed, every little detail. They didn’t have to guess. This is a God who is interested in the smallest of the small, the least important, as we imagine such things in this world.

And I just, I don’t know. You can go on and on, I guess. But here’s the one truth that…well, let me express it a couple of ways. What kind of a father or parents would it be who, say, had several children. Let’s say…okay, let me just pick an example. Let me use Brian and April since they’ve got a good sized family.

( laughter ).

Let’s bring it right down home here. They’re out there, and one of their kids turns up missing, and he’s gone. You know, what would it be if they said, well, what’s one kid more or less? You know, human parents don’t do that, do they? They care about every one. Do we imagine our Heavenly Father is less than a human parent in that respect?

You think about the examples Jesus gave about the ninety and nine. The hundred sheep that he had…ninety-nine were there in the fold. They were in a safe place. What did he do? Did he say, oh well, what’s one sheep more or less? No. He left them, and he went after the one. So if you feel like the one today, you feel like the one that needs some special help today? Don’t worry. Take heart from the simple truths that Jesus laid out. He left the ninety and nine, and He went until he found it. He did whatever it took. He brought it back.

You know, the woman who lost the coin? But everywhere you see this attention to detail. You see Jesus pointing out a poor widow woman in the temple. Remember what was going on? All the rich people were casting their, out of their wealth, they were putting lots of money in the treasury at the temple. And this poor little widow woman puts in two little mites, I guess it was, very small coins, hardly worth anything. And Jesus draws special attention to this woman. He says all those put out of their abundance. She put it all the living that she had. And Jesus, singling her out, has made her an example to millions, and countless millions of people that have learned of her life.

You know I’ll tell you, it’s gonna be interesting in eternity to see God’s values in action. Don’t you suppose that there are people who are nobodies down here, who will be highly lifted up on that day? There will people that no one has ever…no one’s ever heard them. They’ve never gotten up behind a pulpit. They’ve never made any kind of splash or gotten any attention, but they went into their closet, and they poured out their heart to God, and they prayed, and they were in tune with Him, and they became a light. They became like Him. Some of those people accomplished more in the kingdom of God than some of the big shots.

There’s nobody insignificant in the kingdom of God. Every one of us is called to be a light. Every one of us is called to be a vessel. Every one of us, the least among us, has the privilege of being so connected to Him that His life flows into us and out of us. That can be a blessing to other people. You think of the body. A lot of it, you don’t never see. Good thing!

( laughter ).

But, I’m thinking of the inside now. But a lot of it…you know, you never really see it. But what would happen if it just wasn’t there? It’d be pretty rough. But you know, it isn’t just like God has a family, and He says, what’s one kid more or less? We are so connected to Him that we are a part of Him. So it’s not like, what’s one kid more or less? It’s like, what’s one finger more or less?

You are absolutely connected to Him. The job that the Father has given to His Son will not be complete until every single member of the body of Christ has not only been called into the kingdom, but has been made into the image of His Son, and is ready to take their place in a brand new creation. All that was lost in the first one is going to be recovered and more.

So I don’t know who’s here this morning that may be feeling some of this. I don’t know why this came to my mind and my heart. Whether there’s somebody here or somebody in some other place, and you feel really down. You feel really unimportant. You wonder if Jesus really is paying attention to the things that are going on in your life. You wonder if He cares. You just feel very small. It’s very quiet, isn’t it? Is this connecting with anybody at all? Yeah. We all experience that.

I’m just wondering if there’s a…is there a hymn book here? Yes. Praise God. I’m not gonna drag this out. There may be somebody else that can share something. But I thought of an old hymn, and I was all set to look it up on my tablet, and I didn’t need to. It’s in our hymn book. And it’s Psalm…it’s song, hymn 384. We used to sing this a lot. I don’t remember if we’ve ever sung it here, but I certainly helped sing it growing up or heard it sung. The name of the hymn is, “Does Jesus care?”

“Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

“Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When from my deep grief I find no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said goodbye
To the dearest on earth to me
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Oh, yes, He cares. I know He cares.
His heart is touched with my grief.
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.”

You know, there are a lot of things that we experience on life’s path that are not all pleasant. Jesus said it would be that way. It’s part of the process of making us into the image of His Son. What was the song that we sang in the choir? “Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! I don’t care what the Devil’s gonna do!” I thought that was pretty appropriate.

There are a lot of times we have to understand by faith. We have to have such a conviction in here that holds us through those times, because they will come. They come to every one of us. The devil is going to pound in your head, you don’t matter. You don’t care. Jesus has forgotten you. Maybe you’re not even His! And the litany of stuff that comes out is endless! Or you’re just one of the peons! You don’t care.

Somebody could see the light in you. You might think you’re nobody, but somebody’s watching. The Lord can use you, the least of you, as you think of yourself, as somebody who could move Heaven in prayer, somebody who could live in front of somebody in a way that they will see Christ in your life.

Oh I’ll tell you, the smallest child that loves Him, puts their trust in Him…well, what did Jesus say? Their angels in heaven behold the face of my Father. It’s like that’s the highest pinnacle! The very weakest and the most needy on earth is the one that He reaches out for, and His heart just embraces the hardest, the strongest, the firmest.

We don’t always feel that. A lot of times, we don’t. But He wants us to know it. He wants us to know it in a way that will carry us through every one of those dark times and enable us to just rest in that love, and say, Lord, I know You love me.

I thought about the time when Brother Thomas, all of a sudden, lost his little boy Philip. And they called him, and he had to go to the hospital or the morgue to identify the body. And you can imagine what he was going through and the heartbreak that he felt on the inside, something just gripping. But his prayer as he went was, “Lord, I know you love me.”

Oh, that’s the conviction that we need in those times. When the unexpected happens, when life gets tough, God, I know you love me. I know you love me. I know I matter to You. You’re not doing this because You’re mad, because I’m unimportant, or You’ve forgotten, or any of those things the devil would say.

I care about every single one of My children, equally. We’re the ones who do all this ranking. But God has equal care for every single one of His children. So if you’re feeling lonely and small this morning, wake up to the truth. God loves you. He cares about you. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).