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What is Jesus Doing Now

Brian Hindman

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Brian Hindman

History and Bible Teacher, Mount Pisgah Academy

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  • October 20, 2018
    12:45 PM
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This morning I just want to have a small Bible study in our time together just looking at what is Jesus doing now and really focus on him and so my 1st question is Is it possible to lose sight of Jesus is it actually possible to lose sight of him and we know that some people did this in the Bible in Luke Chapter 2 verse 46 and who are those people it was his parents his parents lost sight of Jesus and how long did it take to find in 3 days 3 days of looking and searching high and low for Jesus before they found him there in the temple and what did Jesus say to them and remark to them when they found him don't you know that I must be about whose business my father's business Jesus was how old he was 12 and so at the age of 12 he had an understanding by that point that God has a work and a place for him and that it was his highest duty to be about the business of his heavenly father and so if Jesus at the age of 12 could understand that I hope that the rest of us who are older than 35 there's microphones up in the back I can hear I'm over 35 can also understand that Jesus has a calling on us let's take our Bibles out why did we last actually see Jesus in Acts Chapter one let's go there and look at the last time that we saw Jesus it's actually in the book of Acts although the gospels record a lot of Jesus' last words it's in the book of Acts that we find the last picture of Jesus when we saw him on earth actually after one will pick it up in verse 6 What is Jesus doing now. Acceptor one beginning in verse 6 and this is the introduction to accept or one actually talks about the apostles and disciples were rather gathered together and then it goes on in verse 6 and says when they say that is the apostles therefore were come together they asked of him that is with Jesus here it is last time on Earth with him they were on the Mount of Olives seeing now this is a really it's a terrible question for the the apostles to ask Lord wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel what does it sound like their focus is in their understanding is that Jesus and his mission his mission is to come back and be a great political king and a great political ruler but they completely missed the emphasis on establishing a spiritual kingdom that would provide for spiritual grace and mercy and benefits to all those that would join and be part of this Kingdom and then notice how Jesus responds in verse 7 and he said unto them It is not for you and this isn't a direct response to their question are you going to take David's throne right now you've died on the cross you've been buried you've resurrected again are you going to take the throne of David which where they were hoping for but notice what Jesus says it is not for you to know the Times or the seasons which the father had put in his own power in other words it's not for you to know the timing of when I'm going to establish this kingdom but now he's going to share with his disciples what is important for them to know you don't need to know the timing of the establishment when I'm going to come back again and fully establish that kingdom but here's what he says they should know in verse 8 but ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and you shall be what witnesses the Greek word for witness is martyr. And we think of martyrs of course someone who gives up their life is killed for their beliefs because of their faithfulness and giving a witness in this case to Jesus but it says and you will be my witness is you will give a message and then he gives the prescription for where that message will be given you'll be my witnesses and then it says both in Jerusalem that is the closest place where they were from that's home and in all Judea and some area that's the neighborhood and the area around you and then you have concentric circles that are just expanding and it says and then to where under the uttermost part of the earth so there's really nowhere that's not given a mission or the message that the mission is to go to them in some way or another but the place that they were to begin was at home right where they were living it continues on though and shares a few more words here or description of what happened it says in verse 9 and when he Jesus had spoken these things while they beheld he was what. Taken up and a cloud received Him OUT OF THEIR SIGHT And if you study carefully clouds in the Bible are usually always associated with clouds of angels not clouds of precipitation or raindrops but cloud of angels and then it's obvious I think also because there are some angels that stay back and share here in the next couple of verses some information verse 10 and while they looked the disciples steadfastly toward heaven as he went up behold 2 men stood by them in white apparel which also said even of Galilee why stand gazing up into heaven this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come how in like manner in the same way as you are watching him physically with your eyes ascending up into heaven and being carried away in a cloud you will also it says This same Jesus in the same manner you will have also see him coming in in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven which really speaks to the literal visible return of Jesus what is the significance of Jesus' ministry while he was on earth what was so significant about his ministry Let's go to 1st Timothy 3 Verse 16 1st Timothy Chapter 3 and verse 16 as we look at a comprehensive Bible verse or statement about the ministry of Jesus the Bible says 1st Timothy 3 Verse 16 and without controversy or without argument no argument on this point the Apostle writes without controversy great is the mystery of godliness God speaking of Jesus was manifest in the flesh justified in the spirit seen of angels preached to the Gentiles believed on in the world and then received up into glory and that glorious cloud that received him will also come back in a glorious way when he returns the 2nd time so Jesus accomplished a tremendous work and that work is. Great great is the mystery the accomplishment of the godliness of Jesus in coming to this earth and providing for with his life and his death and his resurrection the complete salvation of everyone that would come to him Will someone might say though but didn't Jesus say on the cross it is finished it is finished right John Chapter 19 and verse 30 is where you can find those words John Chapter 19 and verse 30 and it's interesting as I have examined this passage John 1000 in verse 30 Jesus is hanging on the cross and these are his last words before his death on the cross and John records in this way when Jesus therefore had received the vinegar he said it is finished and the very next thing it says and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost it is finished well what's a little complicated maybe is the word it is finished in Greek is actually just one word it's 3 words in English but what that word actually means is it is accomplished or completed so the question now is to define what is the it that was accomplished or completed what was it that was completed at the cross and notice this is a statement from a book called Christ in his sanctuary. The author writes When the savior yielded up his life as we see here in John 19 and with his expiring breath cried out It is finished then the fulfillment of the plan of redemption was assured the promise of salvation made to the central pair in Eden was ratified in the Kingdom of Grace which had before existed by the promise of God was then established So what was finished or established is the foundation of the Kingdom of Grace Jesus provided for the provisions for salvation for all humanity for every one that was ratified the promise in the Garden of Eden was found in Genesis 315 were God says and I will put enmity between the and the woman and between Di seed and her seed it shall bruise my head and I shall bruise his heel and that was the promise that a savior would come and bruise the head of the serpent which is the devil and what establish the salvation of humanity the 1st gospel promise in the Bible ever given to the human race is Genesis 315 that promise existed approximately 4000 years from the time of the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve until 4000 years later Christ's death on the cross made that ratified and effective and it became available and accomplished or finished and completed for everyone it is finished well what is the foundation of the throne of God Let's go to Psalm chapter 97 and verse 2 Psalm 97 and verse 2 What is the foundation of the throne of God The Bible tells us in very plain language the foundation of what his throne is based and built up upon Psalm 97 and verse 2 the foundation of the throne of God sounds important to me it would be the foundation of his kingdom that he established the Kingdom of Grace and the kingdom of glory the Kingdom of Grace has been established at the cross the kingdom of glory will be established when Jesus comes again the 2nd time. If you want to know or see that in the Bible is Matthew 2531 and 32 it says when Jesus comes then shall he sit upon the throne of His glory at His 2nd coming and establish that kingdom at that time which the disciples were looking for in their day so what is the foundation of the throne of God Psalm $97.00 verse 2 The Bible says clouds and darkness or round about him now notice the last part of the verse righteousness and judgment are the what habitation or foundation of his throne the foundation on which God's throne is built upon is righteousness and justice everything connected with God and His kingdom must be in harmony with righteousness and justice and this sinful man does not have to offer but we have a Savior who can and has offered that and then continuing on though the work that Jesus is doing now we're going to find is to provide for the benefits of what he has made available to everyone by his sacrifice and intercession as we're going to see as our High Priest but before we get to that how closely is Jesus connected to the human race. That's the question how close is Jesus to you and I it should be a very interesting question because as we look at the Bible I don't even have this in my notes but Isaiah 9 verse 6 says For unto us a child is born on to us a son is what is the next word given how long was Jesus given to the human race all eternity he was given and that gift is something that will always exist for all eternity as a gift to the human race verse 6 but go with me to the book of Hebrews Hebrews Chapter 2 gives us a picture in very clear terms as to the closeness you're going to see I think as we look at this verse why it's important that Jesus is so close to us our salvation is dependent upon the closeness of Jesus to us Hebrews Chapter 2 starting in verse 16 in Hebrews chapter 2 and verse 16 speaking of Jesus it says For verily or certainly he took Jesus took not on him the nature of what kind of beings the nature of angels but he took on him the nature or the condition of who the seed of Abraham a descendant of Abraham as a human being not the nature of the spiritual exalted nature of an angel but the weakened condition of a human being the seed of Abraham and then it continues on and says Wherefore in how many things all things it now here's an interesting word we don't use very often in our common day every day language it be hove him to be made like unto His brethren and you and I are his brother and sister brothers and sisters it in every way the word be hoed means it was necessary it was an absolute importance it was of the highest significance it was necessary that Jesus be made just like us why the verse continues with the passage continues and we find the answer why was it so necessary for Jesus to be just like us that or in order that he might be a merciful. Paul's on mercy are you thankful for the mercy of God Yes that is offered freely the mercy of God something we do not deserve is offered to us freely but notice what is connected with God's mercy that Jesus is also he's merciful but he's also a what faithful high priest now I know the initial reaction or the thought would be he's faithful to us and that's absolutely true he is faithful to us but we're have to understand that as a result of sin it causes separation from God and it's Jesus who is the bridge to reconcile to atone and to restore that relationship that was broken not by God's fault or choosing or will but by our own freedom to choose and a choice to sin so Christ is the one to reconcile that together but it says it was necessary so Jesus is merciful to us but he's also faithful to God because what is the foundation of his throne righteousness and judgment the foundation of his throne so he is fully righteous and fully merciful at the same time does that seem like a paradox something that's not really possible Jesus has provided for that by what he has done in his sacrifice and now his intercession for us in an incredible way well let's look at just skip over 2 more chapters Hebrews 4 verses 14316 what important position has Jesus taken for us after His ascension I hope you know these verses Well they are they should be very very familiar Hebrews Chapter 4 looking at verses 14 through 16 through the rest of the chapter Hebrews 4 and the Bible says Seeing then that we have a what. A great high priest that is passed into the heavens that is he has passed or ascended into the heavens and case there is any doubt who that great high priest is the Bible tells us who that is what is the next word say Jesus is the Son of God because of this let us hold fast our profession a profession that is a belief and a confession that we accept and rely on Jesus as our Savior to profess that Jesus has the power to save us because he is our great high priest and Mina talks about some more of Jesus' humanity in verse 15 for we have not and high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities that is to say we don't have someone this officiating for us that doesn't understand what it's like to go through sorrows and trials and pain he knows in every way it behoves him it was necessary to be made like into his brother in but it says we don't have a high priest who cannot be touched with our infirmities but was in how many points tempted but was an all points tempted like as we are but then what was the outcome of his temptations without sin and this is just a side point this is not the message today but this verse clearly shows that temptation is not a sin. Temptation is not a sin if Christ was tempted in every way to sin but never sin then temptation is not a sin it's only as we linger and consider and think and mole and then choose to give in to the temptation that it becomes a sin temptation is not a sin because none of us can stop him from happening around us in this sinful world as we are living in it now but by the grace of God We can live in such a way as to be shielded and guarded from temptation you know 1st Corinthians 1013 says there is no temptation that has taken you but such as is common to me in but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that what is the rest of that verse say that you may be able to bear it so temptation is no excuse for sin but temptation is not sin according to the biblical definition so what we find here let's look at verse 16 that we're going to go on to our next point the result of knowing that Jesus understands us let us therefore as a result of knowing this information come where boldly unto the throne of what their own glory. The throne of grace the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need and we all need mercy and we all need grace let the church say a min no doubt about it my question then now is since Jesus is our great high priest what is it that he is doing as our Great High Priest that would be of importance to us but we find some of our answers to this in understanding what took place back in the Old Testament with the high priest in the sanctuary on earth in fact that high priest that served in the sanctuary on earth was a type or shadow or example of Jesus who was to calm and fulfill the role and work that he is doing right now and I'm going to read a few things to you just be. We flee and we're asking the question what did the High Priest do in the sanctuary that was on earth back in the Old Testament number one he offered daily sacrifices on a daily continual basis and I also might add there were other priests in the services of the sanctuary but they all served and ministered as under his authority and under his watch care so whatever any priest might do in the sanctuary it was as if they are an extension of the high priest who is the one that is presiding in officiating over the whole structure do you see that whatever the priest did in a sense is also the work of the high priest who is overseeing all the work taking place they are offering daily sacrifices every morning and every evening on a regular continual basis always providing for and that is to show us that God in his own wisdom always has available the provisions of His grace and salvation that is the insight that we see in looking at that service those 2 services every morning every evening Number 2 the high priest cared for the lamps and with him the only light in the sanctuary was the 7 branch candlestick and it was the High Priest job on a daily basis to trim and to make sure the lights were sufficiently had enough oil so they would be able to give light there in the services that took place Number 3 the high priest burn incense on the golden altar which was directly before the veil of the most holy place on a daily basis number 4 it was the ferocity of the High Priest to officiate in any part of the services personally number 5 even the high priest garments had symbolic significance and we see this I'm going to share 2 quick pieces this is found in Exodus Chapter 28 if you want to look that up you don't have to I'm going to mention this quickly because we need to move on the garments and clothing of the high priest even those had symbolic meaning to items in particular the high priest was instructed to wear some. Thing called a breastplate it was a square that had 12 stones on it each stone had one of the names of the tribes of Israel which would be the whole camp of Israel now it's significant the location of this because it was right up against his heart and it was to show that the people that he was serving and administering for ministering the sacrifices they were close to his heart and that's a symbol for Christ showing that his people are close to his heart now also the high priest had on his shoulders to onic stones and all those stones were engraven all the names of the 12 tribes of Israel which again is the complete camp of God's people so what might be significant in a symbolic way it should be an easy answer for all of those names on the shoulders of the High Priest It shows that he carries and bears their iniquities their challenges their hardships he's carrying them and they are close to his heart and that's just a small snapshot of some of the things that go along with the garments and the clothing of the high priest the colors the way that it was put together and the high priest was not simply a man. I'll say that the high priest was not simply a man he was in a symbolic since the embody men of all Israel the High Priest represented all of Israel and so can you see the significance how when Christ comes and he takes that role or position he represents the embodiment of those that come to Him for salvation in every way the fullness So can he make promises for you and make provisions for you that you and I can't keep That's what happened with the Old Covenant the promises that nothing was wrong with what God said and provided for them but they claim to be able to keep God's law and to follow and obey him in their own strength making their own promises that didn't work out very well at all because in just a short period of time they're dancing around a golden calf while Moses is still up on the mountain and so they had completely broken their promises to say all that the Lord has said we will do but when Jesus comes and it is now we already discovered that Jesus is fully a person yes or no yes and since Jesus is fully a person when he makes a promise can he make a promise for you and me and keep it yes he can and so there is great value and significance in what he has done and is doing for you and I It is tremendous the High Priest was the mediator who ministered for the guilty. Christ coming to earth as the 2nd Adam was the representative man he took Adams place the high priest was in a special sense a figure or representation of Christ he stood for all Israel he carried their burdens and sins he bore the iniquity of all the holy things and he bore their judgment absolutely credible So what is Jesus doing now what is he doing that's our title let's just look at a few passages here 1st Timothy Chapter 2 verses 5 and 6 1st Timothy Chapter 2 verses 5 and 6 and there is a tremendous work that Jesus is doing for us and as we by faith follow him we will receive a greater blessing as we cooperate with what he is doing for us Amen as we know what Jesus is doing for us now and we can cooperate and share in that response to what he is doing we will receive a greater blessing 1st Timothy Chapter 2 verses $5.00 and $6.00 the Bible says For there is one Mediator and one what does it say there is one Mediator and one god between what is an expert part say between God and min and then it describes that mediator the man Jesus Christ so there's one mediator that means a mediator is someone who is a go between Jesus who is fully God understands the requirements of God and the importance of God's law and his foundation of righteousness and judgment and his God He can represent God but as also being fully man he understands man and our weaknesses and he can say I know what you need and the grace that you need to be able to overcome and I can connect that with my straight as he is that connection mediator who reconciles us together with God in an incredible way it is an incredible work that Jesus even now since he ascended to heaven the Bible is very clear on this let's go to 1st John Chapter 2 verse one 1st John Chapter 2 and. 1st one and find out another piece of this mediator aspect of Jesus John is writing in such a touching term here as he is an old man at this point writing 1st John and he's writing to the believers and he calls them children he says my little children and he's speaking to young and old but he says my little children these things right I unto you That ye sin not that is what God is providing and that is the desire that God would have us to to seek after in him that we would sin not but then notice what he follows that up with. He says and if any man sin he doesn't say it's required it's something you can't escape that you're for sure definitely God doesn't have the strength to help you overcome but he says and if anyone any man woman child whoever and if any man sin we have a what and advocate with the father and then who is that advocate Jesus Christ the righteous and then I like also verse 2 I'm going to read it anyway it says and he is the propitiation for our sins and the word propitiation just means and atoning sacrifice that he is the one that atones and makes and the mending and reconciling of the broken relationship between man and God Jesus is the one his sacrifice brings us closer to God and restores us back to that close connection that God wants us to have he is the pro P.C.H. and for our sins Now watch how great his sacrifice is and not for ours only but also what does it say for the sins of the whole world he is the atoning sacrifice for the entire world but not the entire world wants to participate and receive what he has accomplished for them but his sacrifice is so great and so complete that anyone that's ever lived or ever will live could reach out and receive full complete benefits of that sacrifice the whole world that is an incredible sacrifices indeed well in our scripture reading today Hebrews Chapter 8 verses one into Hebrews Chapter 8 thank you Isaac for reading that this morning always appreciate having our young people involved in our church services they are the future and the present of our church present in Hebrews 8 verses $1.00 and $2.00 and the Bible says Now Paul is writing here I believe Paul happens to be the author of Hebrews That's my opinion but he is writing a a summary statement of all of the 7 chapters and Hebrews up to this point in what he says right here in verses one and 2 and he writes and says in Chapter 8 verse one now of the things which we have spoken or in this case that have been written down and Hebrews chapters one through 7 this is the Soam this is the total This is the whole main point he is getting at. We have such and what we have such a high priest and it tells us where he's situated and located who is said on the right hand of the throne of the majesty in the heavens and then it says what is he doing verse to a minister of the wood sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched and not me in he is a minister and someone that is officiating in the sanctuary which God himself set up and not man it makes a clear distinction between there was a sanctuary that man set up and that man was instructed to follow these rituals and sacrifices to show what was yet to come but all those things in the past were to show in the future what we can't see and only see by faith what has happened in a small snapshot that sanctuary in the Old Testament as our great high priest he is serving and seated at the right hand of the throne of God we find here in the sanctuary let's move over one chapter what is necessary for the remission or forgiveness of sins Hebrews 9 vs 22 starting in verse 22 what is absolutely vital in crucial necessary for the forgiveness or we're going to see a different word here in the King James the remitting of sin Hebrews 9 and verse 22 he resigned and almost all things are by the law purged with blood and without shedding of wood without shedding of blood that is the giving of a life there is no what no remission a remitting or cancellation or forgiving of sin a pardon a remittance a cancellation without the shedding of blood in the offering of a life for that because the Bible says the wages of sin is death and all of us the Bible says also in Romans 323 for ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God It is the blood that Jesus has shed that he is now in the sanctuary in heaven offering as our High Priest the merits and the provisions of that but only to those who come to him in humility and repentance. Continuing on though it also describes some more about this in verse $23.24 it was there for necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens that is the patterns of things would refer to the Old Testament sanctuary those were just patterns of the things that are in reality in the heavens that they should be purified with these that is the blood of bulls and goats and calves but the heavenly things the heavenly articles in the sanctuary themselves with better sacrifices and these and that better sacrifice is Jesus' own life that he has given for us and then it says in verse 24 for Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands he's not in a building someplace that has been built by some person it says which are the figures of the true their examples they are illustrations of the True but it says but he has entered into heaven itself and now what is he doing now to appear in the presence of God For who for himself know for us to appear in the presence of God as our High Priest to minister for us so what do we see also that Jesus is doing Hebrews probably more than any other book gives us a picture of what Jesus is doing now just flip back a few chapters to Chapter 7 in verse 25. As we look at how Jesus is using the blood that he himself has given for us and is now offering that as our High Priest making our forgiveness possible making the provision of salvation possible that is his work that is his role as our High Priest without Jesus as our High Priest you would have his death on the cross but no way of applying his death to you and I it would stay in there but without his intercession as our mediator and as our advocate there would be no applying of those provisions to you and I and so his high priestly work is of absolutely vital importance Hebrews Chapter 7 verse 25 This should be a very very familiar verse speaking of Jesus wherefore he is able also to save them how to save them to the uttermost that come unto God how by Him Jesus said in John 146 No man cometh unto the Father but by me there is no other way he is the door he is the gate he is the only access to the Father it says he is able also to save into the uttermost that coming to God by him and then here is the description of his work now seeing he ever liveth to do what to make intercession for them to those who come to him in repentance and contrition and sorrow with a desire a genuine desire to be changed. Jesus is so precious he is doing a work for you and I that we must cooperate with in fact the way that we cooperate turn with me to Revelation just really quickly I'm going to come to a close this is by no means anywhere near a in even an in-depth study of what Christ is doing in the sanctuary but I just want to turn my eyes on Jesus this morning and consider that work of intercession that work of mediation that goes on day and night it tells us in the Psalms that Jesus never sleeps and never slumbers but he watches over us our needs our conditions our trials he watches over us both night and day Revelation Chapter 7 as we realize what Jesus is doing for us it should call forth a response a reaction to what Jesus is doing by faith here we are in the Book of Revelation which is a highly symbolic book Revelation Chapter 7 and verse 14 let's notice together Revelation 7 and verse 14 the Bible says and I said to him John is writing server and he's actually talking about I should probably read verse 13 that goes with this he sees a class of people arrayed in white robes and then he asked here in verse 14 and says Who are these people you know he tells the angel an angel is speaking with John and in Lotus the description the angel gives here in verse 14 These are they which came out of great tribulation and have done what washed their robes and made them white in what the blood of the Lamb those who have come out of hardships and difficulties trials and all kinds of hardships they have come through those but it says they have chosen to wash their robes now as I mentioned revelation is symbolic book and in Revelation robes represent. Character they represent our characters our attitude and they are reflection of what is really on the inside in Isaiah 64 Verse 6 it says all our righteousness apart from Christ is filthy rags that is the condition of every one of us without a connection by faith in Jesus but in a connection with Jesus we're told in 1st John one verse 7 that if we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanse with us from how much from all sin the blood of Jesus Christ it has a power to Clinton has a power to change the life and the character and so that it will reflect the life of Jesus and his character but we must choose to participate and cooperate with that sacrifice that Jesus has made for us and even now is offering those merits those provisions for us or why would we not want to accept that there is a story back in 1909 of 2 individuals who robbed a mail carrier and this was back before cars they robbed I think it was a stagecoach or some mail coach back early 800 S. And as a result of robbing the mail these 2 individuals their names were George Wilson and James Porter and they were captured they were taken to court there were 6 charges that were brought against them one of the charges was endangering and threatening the life of the mail carrier the sentence was handed down they were to be hanged pretty serious you know rob the mail at least an 829 and the sentence was to be carried out fairly quickly the hanging Well one of them in James Porter was in fact hanged but the other man George Wilson he had some friends and his friends knew the president the time whose name was Andrew Jackson. And so because of his influence this friends of George Wilson began to petition for the president to issue a pardon for George Wilson and so Andrew Jackson offered a pardon a full pardon I think he was going to serve several months in jail some jail time but he would be allowed to go otherwise the sentence that he had been convicted under was death by hanging now for whatever reason and there's the details are a little bit blurry but George Wilson refused the pardon he refused to accept a full forgiveness from the president so now what's happening here you have the authority of the president offering legally to excuse your sins illegally what you're convicted of and which one stands well this one even to the Supreme Court a discussion on the matter at the time the Supreme Court chief justice was a man named John Marshall and he served for many decades as the chief justice of the Supreme Court but he said though and I quote him from what his response was the court cannot give the prisoner the benefit of the pardon unless he claims the benefit of it we can't force him to accept a pardon it is a grant to him that is it's a gift it is his property and he may accept it or not as he chooses. Chief Justice John Marshall also wrote a pardon is an act of grace proceeding from the power intrusted with the execution of the laws but delivery is not completed without acceptance it may then be rejected by the person to whom it is tendered and we have no power in a court to force it on him you cannot force someone to accept this and so for whatever reason George Wilson went to the gallows and was hanged even though he had been offered a pardon which would have given him his life back again and I think you can see the application for us today God has provided for a pardon for us through the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ but if we do not avail ourselves of what he has provided for us then we do not receive the benefits of that pardon it does not count for me if I don't by faith Reach out and grasp and accept what's been given to me God will not force anyone to accept it and it would not be valid if you tried to force us to accept that if we didn't want it because it would violate our freedom to choose but God is asking us today will you accept the part that I've offered will you receive the mediation that I am working even now in Jesus is to cleanse and purify your life so that you can be ready to see me when I come back again very soon or I want to be ready for that I will accept that I don't want to let any days slide by and become too busy to keep my eyes on Jesus and lose sight of him Well Father in Heaven Lord as we have looked at our savior Jesus this morning Lord May we receive the benefits and the provisions that have been provided for us so abundantly May we in the quietness of this moment accept that full and free pardon that is extended to every one of us if we will but accept it by faith because you have promised it. Lord to strengthen us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as he serves as our advocate and serves as the one who is cleansing and purifying us from sin if you will but reach out and find grace to help in time of need bless us now on your holy Sabbath I pray in Jesus' name that all of God's children say Amen and Amen this media was brought to you by audio force a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio for us or if you would like to listen to more servant leader Visit W W W audio 1st or.

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