The Practical Realities of the Ministration of Jesus Christ

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Have you ever in your in your trials just wanted to run away from it all to crawl under a rock to hide?

Ah, whither could we flee for aid

When tempted, desolate, dismayed?

Or how the hosts of hell defeat,

Had suffering saints no mercy-seat?

We read of an experience of the Psalmist which tends to be a very popular experience amongst those who earnestly desire to follow the Lord. The Psalmist speaks of his experience.

Psalm 38:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

38:2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

38:3 [There is] no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither [is there any] rest in my bones because of my sin.

38:4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

38:5 My wounds stink [and] are corrupt because of my foolishness.

38:6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the daylong.

38:7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome [disease]: and [there is] no soundness in my flesh.

38:8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

These verses could be paralleled very much with Romans 7 where Apostle Paul discovers what a wretched man he was. When we come to a realisation of our sinfulness, you feel like you stink. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled, I am bowed down and I go mourning all the day long. This dark cloud wants to oppress and keep you under in this spirit of mourning.

Psalm 38:9 Lord, all my desire [is] before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

I only wanted to do what you want me to do and yet I find myself in such a miserable condition.

Psalm 38:10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

38:11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares [for me]: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

38:13 But I, as a deaf [man], heard not; and [I was] as a dumb man [that] openeth not his mouth.

38:14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth [are] no reproofs.

What can you say and do when you realise that this is your condition? How can I reprove somebody else when I am the one so worthy of reproof?

Psalm 38:15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

38:16 For I said, [Hear me], lest [otherwise] they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify [themselves] against me.

38:17 For I [am] ready to halt, and my sorrow [is] continually before me.

38:18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

38:19 But mine enemies [are] lively, [and] they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

38:20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow [the thing that] good [is].

38:21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

38:22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

Are you able to relate in your own personal experience with these scriptures where you feel you stink? Why? Because of the stupid things that you’ve done and people don’t want to come near you.

Psalms 38:11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

Because it stinks, it’s putrefying and they don’t want to get what I have but you want to follow the thing that is good and indeed you are now but your sin is before you.

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

A hope that God will hear you and when there is that hope you hold tight onto it. When condemnation may want to come upon you:

Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD [shall be] a light unto me.

7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, [and] I shall behold his righteousness.

I will bear the indignation of the Lord. God is not mocked, that which a man sows, so shall he reap. I have sinned against Him but He will plead my cause.

Today the pleading of our cause not just in theory, but in practicality, I would like to enlarge before our minds.

Satan’s Work

Zechariah 3:1 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: [is] not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

3:4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

3:5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.

Here stands the Christian professing to be a follower of Jesus and yet there are the filthy rags when Satan stands as the accuser to resist him.

Zechariah’s vision of Joshua and the angel applies with peculiar force to the experience of God’s people in the closing up of the great day of atonement. The remnant church will be brought into great trial and distress. Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus will feel the ire of the dragon and his hosts. Satan numbers the world as his subjects, he has gained control of the apostate churches; but here is a little company that are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete. As he influenced the heathen nations to destroy Israel, so in the near future he will stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy the people of God. All will be required to render obedience to human edicts in violation of the divine law. Those who will be true to God and to duty will be menaced, denounced, and proscribed. They will “be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends.” {5T 472.2}

Their only hope is in the mercy of God; their only defense will be prayer. As Joshua was pleading before the Angel, so the remnant church, with brokenness of heart and earnest faith, will plead for pardon and deliverance through Jesus their Advocate. They are fully conscious of the sinfulness of their lives, they see their weakness and unworthiness, and as they look upon themselves they are ready to despair. The tempter stands by to accuse them, as he stood by to resist Joshua. He points to their filthy garments, their defective characters. He presents their weakness and folly, their sins of ingratitude, their unlikeness to Christ, which has dishonored their Redeemer. He endeavors to affright the soul with the thought that their case is hopeless, that the stain of their defilement will never be washed away. He hopes to so destroy their faith that they will yield to his temptations, turn from their allegiance to God, and receive the mark of the beast. {5T 473.1}

Satan urges before God his accusations against them, declaring that they have by their sins forfeited the divine protection, and claiming the right to destroy them as transgressors. He pronounces them just as deserving as himself of exclusion from the favor of God. “Are these,” he says, “the people who are to take my place in heaven and the place of the angels who united with me? While they profess to obey the law of God, have they kept its precepts? Have they not been lovers of self more than of God? Have they not placed their own interests above His service? Have they not loved the things of the world? Look at the sins which have marked their lives. Behold their selfishness, their malice, their hatred toward one another.” {5T 473.2}

The people of God have been in many respects very faulty. Satan has an accurate knowledge of the sins which he has tempted them to commit, and he presents these in the most exaggerated light, declaring: “Will God banish me and my angels from His presence, and yet reward those who have been guilty of the same sins? Thou canst not do this, O Lord, in justice. Thy throne will not stand in righteousness and judgment. Justice demands that sentence be pronounced against them.” {5T 474.1}

But while the followers of Christ have sinned, they have not given themselves to the control of evil. They have put away their sins, and have sought the Lord in humility and contrition, and the divine Advocate pleads in their behalf. He who has been most abused by their ingratitude, who knows their sin, and also their repentance, declares: “‘The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan.’ I gave My life for these souls. They are graven upon the palms of My hands.” {5T 474.2}

The assaults of Satan are strong, his delusions are terrible; but the Lord’s eye is upon His people. Their affliction is great, the flames of the furnace seem about to consume them; but Jesus will bring them forth as gold tried in the fire. Their earthliness must be removed that the image of Christ may be perfectly reflected; unbelief must be overcome; faith, hope, and patience are to be developed. {5T 474.3}

This is the experience of the remnant church. It is not in the future, it is now. Satan is there with his accusations. Christ is with them clothing them with His garments but there is a work that needs to be done on the inside. The refiner sits and purifies the sons of Levi.

God leads His people on, step by step. He brings them up to different points calculated to manifest what is in the heart. Some endure at one point, but fall off at the next. At every advanced point the heart is tested and tried a little closer. If the professed people of God find their hearts opposed to this straight work, it should convince them that they have a work to do to overcome, if they would not be spewed out of the mouth of the Lord. Said the angel: “God will bring His work closer and closer to test and prove every one of His people.” Some are willing to receive one point; but when God brings them to another testing point, they shrink from it and stand back, because they find that it strikes directly at some cherished idol. Here they have opportunity to see what is in their hearts that shuts out Jesus. They prize something higher than the truth, and their hearts are not prepared to receive Jesus. Individuals are tested and proved a length of time to see if they will sacrifice their idols and heed the counsel of the True Witness. If any will not be purified through obeying the truth, and overcome their selfishness, their pride, and evil passions, the angels of God have the charge: “They are joined to their idols, let them alone,” and they pass on to their work, leaving these with their sinful traits unsubdued, to the control of evil angels. Those who come up to every point, and stand every test, and overcome, be the price what it may, have heeded the counsel of the True Witness, and they will receive the latter rain, and thus be fitted for translation. {1T 187.1}

This is the refining and purifying process. God through His providence will place us in circumstances where we will be tested and see how we will react. Some come to one point and have the victory. Others come to the same point and they fail. Time after time the testing goes on. The Israelites were tested. They were promised if they were to follow Gods will for them and come up to every test and every trial making those sacrifices that God desired of them, then they would have rest. The Hebrews made many sacrifices. So much so they gave up many of their cattle and livestock seeking this rest which comes through obedience.

Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left [us] of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it].

They came up to testing points and many passed. They made the sacrifices but it was not mixed with faith. It became works and in due time it became a drudgery. Let us therefore fear that even in our own testing experiences we can miss out on the promised rest. We should be afraid that we can be overcoming here and there for the sake of works and not for the sake of faith. We have studied into the Hebrew sanctuary and that which God required of them.

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

We are called of God to make sacrifices to enter into these experiences that we might be broken and give to God a humble and a contrite heart. But as we engage in this work it can become drudgery. It is not mixed with faith. The sacrifices of the Israelites in the sanctuary became the end of everything. It was their source of becoming perfect. They did not by faith pierce beyond the scene to partake in the ministration of the unseen. As Christians we are called a holy priest hood. As a holy priest hood we are also to offer up sacrifices. But if, in offering up these sacrifices, in seeking to do the will of God which will bring about perfection in us, it is not mixed with faith then it is of no value. Our Christian experiences must be bound up in the heavenly experience. Our ministration here on earth is a type of that which is in heaven. We are partakers of the heavenly spiritual sacrifices. As we go through our experience they must be mixed with faith. This faith involves our ministration and our sacrifices.

The Accuser of the Brethren

Romans 8:34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

As we go through this training process of breaking again and again, we will make many mistakes. The accuser of the brethren stands there and condemns you. He will have you take your mind’s eye off the heavenly. He will have you focus on your own faults rather than on the perfection of Jesus Christ. Who is he that condemeth? It doesn’t matter. It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen.

When we fail, our faith needs to pierce beyond the scene and take hold of the unseen to partake of the intercession of Jesus Christ. The Israelites went about their duties and they missed the point. Christianity today studies the priesthood of Jesus and misses the point completely. Even amongst those who profess to be the church of God, do not understand practical realities of the ministration of Jesus Christ. It is all written in black and white and you can know it all in theory but we need it in practise. We need our faith to take hold of it; to partake of it as we minister it.

Let’s have a look at the ministration of Jesus and its practical application in our present experience, in this perfecting.

Our High Priest

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Romans 8:34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

We have such a high priest. Do we understand what “such a high priest” is? Thank the Lord for our own individual studies. We are learning that we have such a high priest. When there is a failure in this program of Gods restoration, there is a sin and the wages of sin is death and in the Hebrew system they were to slay an animal. They had to do it again and again but we have such a high priest who did this once and this once is applicable throughout eternity. This is the ministration of the I AM in the heavenly sanctuary.

Christ Jesus is represented as continually standing at the altar, momentarily offering up the sacrifice for the sins of the world. {AG 154.3}

Here is a key to unlock the ministration of the I AM. He has offered up one sacrifice and yet that sacrifice is applicable throughout eternity. Jesus is represented as continuously standing at the altar. He is always there momentarily offering up a sacrifice. Can you understand the I AM in these words? There is a moment application, a moment of the death of Christ when He once offered up Himself and yet He stands continuously at the altar in His experience upon the cross, the shedding of the blood and the death for the transgressor is continually applicable but it occurred only momentarily. It is so important that we grasp this understanding as we have such a high priest. We need to appreciate this in a practical reality. Not just in theory

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.

4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.

Our high priest is touched with the feelings of our infirmities. We have such a high priest who can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He can feel with you what you are feeling. How is it that we have this high priest?

Hebrews 2:16 For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.

2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

How can people conclude that it was all done away with at the cross? He became a human being, a partaker of flesh and blood to be our high priest. As He walked on the earth, He was gaining His qualification and then He became the victim. This now speaks of His qualification of a high priest.

Hebrews 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things [pertaining] to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

Jesus Christ could not be our high priest if He did not take on human nature else He could not have compassion on the ignorant.

Hebrews 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

We have such a high priest that as you go into your temptations and trials, He can feel with you what you are feeling at that time. There are so few that appreciate this. There are very few that know this.

In taking our nature, the Saviour has bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” John 3:16. He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our sacrifice; He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only-begotten Son to become one of the human family, forever to retain His human nature. {DA 25.3}

Jesus Christ today is touched with the feelings of our infirmities because He still has human nature. The wages of sin is death. The blood of Jesus can cleanse transgression. Under the old system there were sins that couldn’t be atoned for, presumptuous sins. The penalty in those days was death because there was no sacrifice for them but today the blood of Jesus cleanses all transgression.

Christ is able to save to the uttermost all who come to Him in faith. He will cleanse them from all defilement if they will let Him. But if they cling to their sins, they cannot possibly be saved. God has declared that those who receive Christ as their redeemer accepting Him as the one who takes away all sin will receive pardon for their transgressions. (Manuscript 142, 1899).

Jesus takes upon the repenting sinner the sins and He pays the price. To bring this into a practical reality is what Christianity does not know. Here is the present day application of the continual and daily.

As the life-giving waters flowed from the smitten rock, so from Christ, “smitten of God,” “wounded for our transgressions,” “bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:4, 5), the stream of salvation flows for a lost race. As the rock had been once smitten, so Christ was to be “once offered to bear the sins of many.” Hebrews 9:28. Our Saviour was not to be sacrificed a second time; and it is only necessary for those who seek the blessings of His grace to ask in the name of Jesus, pouring forth the heart’s desire in penitential prayer. {PP 411.3}

Christ was only to be sacrificed once. Yet here we are in 2008 and we come before the Lord with penitential prayers confessing our sins, that sacrifice is applicable now.

and it is only necessary for those who seek the blessings of His grace to ask in the name of Jesus, pouring forth the heart’s desire in penitential prayer. Such prayer will bring before the Lord of hosts the wounds of Jesus, and then will flow forth afresh the life-giving blood, symbolized by the flowing of the living water for Israel. {PP 411.3}

Let your mind grasp the ministration of the I AM continually standing before the altar and yet momentarily offering up sacrifice. Penitential prayer brings before God the wounds of Jesus which will then flow forth afresh the life-giving blood. The blood of Jesus can cleanse and remove your sins in the year 2008. Practical living experimental religion is what we need. We read in Hebrews of how Christ was tempted in all points as we are and is therefore able to succour us. We come to Him and find grace and mercy in time of need. Speaking of Him tempted in all points:

Christ our Saviour came to the world to seek and save that which was lost. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” During every moment of Christ’s life in our world, God was repeating His gift. Christ, the sinless One, was making an infinite sacrifice for sinners, that they might be saved.

Every moment of Christ’s life, He was being given for the world that who should ever believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. He was tempted in all points as we are. Every moment Satan was on His case and God permitted Him to be afflicted in every single trial that we have to meet. In every situation God gave His Son that we might have the victory. As Christ met the temptation, He conquered it in our behalf. This gift of God was that;

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. If we believe that Jesus Christ every moment of His life was encountering what I encounter, then we need not perish. There is grace and strength that we are to take of hold of. Christ has become so much at one with us that He suffers everything we suffer. How close Christ regards Himself to humanity.

He explained that the secret of their success would be in asking for strength and grace in His name. He would be present before the Father to make request for them. The prayer of the humble suppliant He presents as His own desire in that soul’s behalf. Every sincere prayer is heard in heaven. It may not be fluently expressed; but if the heart is in it, it will ascend to the sanctuary where Jesus ministers, and He will present it to the Father without one awkward, stammering word, beautiful and fragrant with the incense of His own perfection. {DA 667.3}

How fully has Christ entered into your experience? So fully that He has not only experienced your temptations, but your very prayers for release and victory are His own. We read of the prayers of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

In the days of His flesh He offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears. His death on the cross was continual yet only momentary. Jesus Christ life on this earth is continual because He is touched with the feelings of our infirmities yet it was only momentary. Our own prayers He offers up as though they are His own.

In consideration of this testing work that God does, if we let these realities sink in to our minds we will partake of a fellowship like none other. Jesus Christ will represent our prayers as though they are His own. He has become so much at one with us, that our temptations and sufferings are as His own. When we go into this trying experience, did Jesus Himself not learn obedience by the things which He suffered? So when that trial comes, you want to do what is right but oh the drawing and you feel your weakness and you are afraid to offend God. You don’t want to do what’s wrong but it’s so hard to do what is right. Let your mind grasp the realities of the present ministration of Jesus Christ. You are there in that situation and Jesus is in that situation with you. As Satan clouds around your mind and seeks to ensnare you, Christ is feeling the same thing. He Himself is feeling the hellish shadow of Satan. He Himself is experiencing the strong weakness of humanity.

With strong crying and tears He makes intercession for you. He has yoked up with you, He has come into your experience with you and as He is there with you in that experience, He is afraid to offend God. You are afraid to offend God and with strong crying and tears He is reaching out to the Father for help at the present time at which you are going through it. Jesus Christ is there upon His knees pleading with the Father for grace, pleading with the Father for the strength to have the victory.

If your mind will take hold of this reality in it, He was heard in that He feared, the Father cannot deny the prayer of the Son, it is perfect and spotless. As this strong crying and tears come up before Him in all of its perfection, the grace came and if you are yoked up with Jesus Christ, then that divine current will flow through Jesus Christ into you and that grace will enable you with Jesus to have the victory.

How little is this understood? How few truly understand such a ministration? If you fail and you don’t take hold of Jesus, and that dark cloud separates you from Him and then what is Christ’s experience?

Christ our Saviour came to the world to seek and save that which was lost. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” During every moment of Christ’s life in our world, God was repeating His gift. Christ, the sinless One, was making an infinite sacrifice for sinners, that they might be saved. He came as a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and those for whom He came looked upon Him as stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. The cup of suffering was placed in His hand, as if He were the guilty one, and he drained it to the dregs. He bore the sin of the world to the bitter end. And yet men continue to sin, and Christ continues to feel the consequences of their sin as if he Himself were the guilty one. {13MR 369.3}

Who wants to fail? When you continue to sin, Christ continues to feel the consequences of that sin. My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me? He had become with you in your experience and your sins have separated between you and your God that He cannot hear or help you. Jesus Christ feels still today those consequences. Is it no wonder in Lamentations He says, “Is it nothing to you that you don’t lay hold of the strength I am offering that I have to suffer after I have done so much for you after I have already taken so much condemnation away from you? Is it nothing to you? Do you not care what I have done for you?” (Lamentations 1:12).

Let your faith pierce beyond your own sacrifices. Take hold of the sacrifices of Jesus Christ and you will be afraid to sin and to let the wrong words slip from your mouth. Is it nothing to you that yet men continue to sin and Christ continues to feel the sin as if He were the guilty one? These words are incredible.

Christ stands in the sanctuary and yet He is with you in your experience. As you fail and He is experiencing that consequence, what does He say? What did He plead to hold the four winds back? My blood, my blood. It’s there, it’s waiting to cleanse them and seal them in their foreheads to purge their consciousness but they haven’t yet fully taken hold of it. He has gone to such an immense sacrifice to provide this cleansing blood and He wants again for that blood to flow forth from His hands and wounds so He can cleanse and no longer has to go through all of this suffering and does not need to wait any longer for humanity. Have you ever been distanced from someone for a while and you have missed them? Christ has been in the sanctuary for 2000 years with a human heart. It’s a human being that stands before God. Let’s not be afraid to partake in this ministration.

“In My name,” Christ bade His disciples pray. In Christ’s name His followers are to stand before God. Through the value of the sacrifice made for them, they are of value in the Lord’s sight. Because of the imputed righteousness of Christ they are accounted precious. For Christ’s sake the Lord pardons those that fear Him. He does not see in them the vileness of the sinner. He recognizes in them the likeness of His Son, in whom they believe. {DA 667.5}

When you fail and the devil comes in like a flood, think of Jesus. How is it that you can stand before God without Him seeing the vileness of the sinner? He has taken your infirmities and given you His righteousness. He who did no sin was made to be sin. Is it nothing to us?

I have given you a very simple look beyond the veil that when you partake of this perfecting process that God wants to do so that you will forget yourself that your mind will see Jesus making intercession for you with strong crying and tears unto Him that can save. When we enter into trials, we often think of our own sufferings. I do this so often and I think it’s so hard, but what about Jesus? When you know that someone else is suffering and you love them, you forget all about your suffering and you do the very best you can to aid them in theirs. Do we care about Jesus? I believe we do. I believe that we love Jesus and want to be like Him and He will help us to do that. He can save us to the uttermost and when the devil comes in like a flood, we have a standard. We understand the atonement of Jesus Christ. We go through our trials and afflictions and we think it’s so hard.

In the garden, Mary had stood weeping, when Jesus was close beside her. Her eyes were so blinded by tears that she did not discern Him. And the hearts of the disciples were so full of grief that they did not believe the angels’ message or the words of Christ Himself. {DA 794.4}

Jesus was right there with her but her eyes were so blinded by tears she could not see Him.

How many are still doing what these disciples did! How many echo Mary’s despairing cry, “They have taken away the Lord, . . . and we know not where they have laid Him”! To how many might the Saviour’s words be spoken, “Why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?” He is close beside them, but their tear-blinded eyes do not discern Him. He speaks to them, but they do not understand. {DA 794.5}

When you are tempted, Jesus feels that temptation and He hates sin. If you yoke up with Him who is pleading and crying to the Father with prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears, you will have the victory. If you do not discern Him in that experience, then the words will be spoken, why weepest thou? If Jesus is a partaker in your experience then He is weeping too.

Oh that the bowed head might be lifted, that the eyes might be opened to behold Him, that the ears might listen to His voice! “Go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen.” Bid them look not to Joseph’s new tomb, that was closed with a great stone, and sealed with the Roman seal. Christ is not there. Look not to the empty sepulcher. Mourn not as those who are hopeless and helpless. Jesus lives, and because He lives, we shall live also. From grateful hearts, from lips touched with holy fire, let the glad song ring out, Christ is risen! He lives to make intercession for us. Grasp this hope, and it will hold the soul like a sure, tried anchor. Believe, and thou shalt see the glory of God. {DA 794.6}

May the Lord anoint our eyes with His eye salve that we will look beyond the things that are not seen and behold the things that are seen. Amen.

Posted on May 11, 2012, in Divine Service Sermons and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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