NOT THE BUT YE

Not the, but ye

IF JESUS WERE TO MANIFEST HIMSELF TO YOU TODAY, WHAT QUESTION WOULD YOU ASK HIM?

ACTS 1:4-9 IS THE LAST EARTHLY OPPORTUNITY HIS DISCIPLES WOULD HAVE TO ASK HIM ANYTHING FACE TO FACE.

 

I.THEIR QUESTION

ACTS 1:6 WHEN THEY THEREFORE WERE COME TOGETHER, THEY ASKED OF HIM, SAYING, LORD, WILT THOU AT THIS TIME RESTORE AGAIN THE KINGDOM TO ISRAEL?

THEIR QUESTION INVOLVED 3 THINGS:

  1. TIME – SOMETHING “NOW!”
  2. RESTORATION – SOMETHING NEW!
  3. KINGDOM – SOMETHING NATIONAL!

THEY WANTED SOMETHING NEW (RESTORATION), NOW (TIME), AND WANTED THEIR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY (KINGDOM TO ISRAEL) BACK!  THEY WERE PATRIOTIC AND RELIGIOUS BUT MISGUIDED!!

II. HIS ANSWER

ACTS 1:7-8 – AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, IT IS NOT FOR YOU TO KNOW THE TIMES OR THE SEASONS , WHICH THE FATHER HATH PUT IN HIS OWN POWER. BUT YE SHALL RECEIVE POWER, AFTER THAT THE HOLY GHOST IS COME UPON YOU: AND YE SHALL BE WITNESSES UNTO ME BOTH IN JERUSALEM, AND IN ALL JUDEA, AND IN SAMARIA, AND UNTO THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH.

A NEW DISPENSATION

“NOT…THE…BUT YE…”

THE KEY TO EVERYTHING

“BUT YE…”

THEY INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY, WERE THE KEY TO EVERYTHING.

HEBREWS 10:5– WHEREFORE WHEN HE COMETH INTO THE WORLD, HE SAITH, SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT, BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME.

III. THEIR RESPONSE

ACTS 1:12-14 – THEN RETURNED THEY UNTO JERUSALEM FROM THE MOUNT CALLED OLIVET, WHICH IS FROM JERUSALEM A SABBATH DAY’S JOURNEY. AND WHEN THEY WERE COME IN, THEY WENT UP INTO AN UPPER ROOM, WHERE ABODE BOTH PETER, JAMES, AND JOHN, AND ANDREW, PHILIP, AND THOMAS, BARTHOLOMEW, AND MATTHEW, JAMES THE SON OF ALPHAEUS, AND SIMON ZELOTES, AND JUDAS THE BROTHER OF JAMES. THESE ALL CONTINUED WITH ONE ACCORD IN PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION, WITH THE WOMEN, AND MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS, AND WITH HIS BRETHREN.

ACTS 4:31– AND WHEN THEY HAD PRAYED, THE PLACE WAS SHAKEN WHERE THEY WERE ASSEMBLED TOGETHER; AND THEY WERE FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, AND THEY SPAKE THE WORD OF GOD WITH BOLDNESS.

ACTS 4:13 – NOW WHEN THEY SAW THE BOLDNESS OF PETER AND JOHN, AND PERCEIVED THAT THEY WERE UNLEARNED AND IGNORANT MEN, THEY MARVELLED; AND THEY TOOK KNOWLEDGE OF THEM, THAT THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.

IV. OUR LESSON

WE, MANY TIMES, BECOME SO INVOLVED IN THE “THE’S” THAT WE LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT IT’S US HE IS INTERESTED IN. THE EARLY DISCIPLES WERE SO CONSUMED WITH CERTAIN “THE’S” (LIKE THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL) THEY WERE MISSING THE POINT. GOD’S PLAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT PEOPLE – NOT PLACES OR THINGS.

GALATIANS 2:20 – I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST: NEVERTHELESS I LIVE; YET NOT I, BUT CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: AND THE LIFE WHICH I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, WHO LOVED ME, AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME.

COLOSSIANS 1:27 – TO WHOM GOD WOULD MAKE KNOWN WHAT IS THE RICHES OF THE GLORY OF THE MYSTERY AMONG THE GENTILES; WHICH IS CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.

CONCLUSION:

THE KEY TO EVERYTHING GOD DOES ON THIS EARTH RESTS WITH US.

HE DESIGNED THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO BE REVEALED THROUGH THE CHURCH.

WE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION.

GOD UNIQUELY CREATED A CHURCH, BIRTHED BY GOD, TO CARRY OUT HIS WILL.

WHAT ARE YOU FOCUSED ON TODAY?

MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY!

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Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV)
16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein].

Isaiah 58:11-12
11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

We are in a culture that hates to be told what to do. Everyone wants to do what they want when they want. They may be fine for choosing a career choice, but that doesn’t work for serving The Lord. Let’s examine the verses before us.

    #1 STAND IN THE WAYS

Ways – plural. There are always alternatives. We are being sold the lie in our day that there are “alternative lifestyles.” No, not really. It’s just SIN. It’s a sinful lifestyle, but I suppose that is an alternative as well. There are always options. The Word is telling us to “stand in the ways.” You’re, in essence, always at a crossroads. You have “ways” in front of you. Different paths you could take, but not all the right one. In truth, there is only one right way.

​John 14:6
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

This “WAY” is exclusive & inclusive at the same time. All are invited but many will not be willing to do what He is asking!

Matthew 7:13-14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Pay careful attention to the word “except.”

Matthew 5:20 (KJV)
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3 (KJV)
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 13:3 (KJV)
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

John 3:3 (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:5 (KJV)
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 6:44 (KJV)
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:53 (KJV)
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

John 6:65 (KJV)
And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

John 15:4 (KJV)
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

    #2. ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS

Isaiah 58:11-12
11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Where does this “old path” lead?

1. GUIDED LIFE – “He will guide thee continually”
John 16:13 (KJV)
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

​2. SATISFIED LIFE – “satisfy thy soul in drought”

​3. FRUITFUL LIFE – “like a watered garden”

​4. FLOWING LIFE – “like a spring of water”
John 7:38 (KJV)
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Sounds pretty good to me! I’ll take the King’s Highway!

    Isaiah 35:8 (KJV)
    And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it [shall be] for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err [therein].

MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY!

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Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV)
16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein].

Isaiah 58:11-12
11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

We are in a culture that hates to be told what to do. Everyone wants to do what they want when they want. They may be fine for choosing a career choice, but that doesn’t work for serving The Lord. Let’s examine the verses before us.

    #1 STAND IN THE WAYS

Ways – plural. There are always alternatives. We are being sold the lie in our day that there are “alternative lifestyles.” No, not really. It’s just SIN. It’s a sinful lifestyle, but I suppose that is an alternative as well. There are always options. The Word is telling us to “stand in the ways.” You’re, in essence, always at a crossroads. You have “ways” in front of you. Different paths you could take, but not all the right one. In truth, there is only one right way.

​John 14:6
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

This “WAY” is exclusive & inclusive at the same time. All are invited but many will not be willing to do what He is asking!

Matthew 7:13-14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Pay careful attention to the word “except.”

Matthew 5:20 (KJV)
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3 (KJV)
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 13:3 (KJV)
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

John 3:3 (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:5 (KJV)
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 6:44 (KJV)
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:53 (KJV)
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

John 6:65 (KJV)
And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

John 15:4 (KJV)
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

    #2. ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS

Isaiah 58:11-12
11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Where does this “old path” lead?

1. GUIDED LIFE – “He will guide thee continually”
John 16:13 (KJV)
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

​2. SATISFIED LIFE – “satisfy thy soul in drought”

​3. FRUITFUL LIFE – “like a watered garden”

​4. FLOWING LIFE – “like a spring of water”
John 7:38 (KJV)
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Sounds pretty good to me! I’ll take the King’s Highway!

    Isaiah 35:8 (KJV)
    And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it [shall be] for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err [therein].

I’VE LEARNED, I KNOW, I CAN

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Philippians 4:11-13
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Notice the progression: I’ve Learned – I Know – I Can. This is an important order. There is a great danger in DOING before BEING!

    #1 I’VE LEARNED

Paul here is speaking of more than “book learning”. “I’ve learned…” is the voice of hard gained experience. You rarely hear someone fresh out of college or some certain training using this phrase. They may say things like, “they taught us to…” or, “we studied… .” Because in reality, you haven’t learned a thing until you’ve experienced it. This goes especially for serving Christ. You can teach someone about Christ but that doesn’t mean they’ve experienced Him.

Ephesians 4:20 (KJV)
But ye have not so learned Christ;

Philippians 4:9 (KJV)
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Even Jesus Himself learned by experience!

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

    #2 I KNOW

How many things do you honestly know for sure? We think many times we know something but do we really? Paul could say from experience that he knew something. He knew His Savior!

2 Timothy 1:12 (KJV)
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

The blind man wasn’t sure about a lot of things, but he did know one thing for sure!

John 9:25 (KJV)
He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner [or no], I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

    #3 I CAN

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

There’s no question now – just faith. “I CAN DO…” He learned till he knew that he could. It’s a maturity of our faith. We don’t always understand the why’s but God has us in a special trade school. To learn until we know so that we can do!

Leave me your thoughts in the comments section!

I’VE LEARNED, I KNOW, I CAN

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Philippians 4:11-13
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Notice the progression: I’ve Learned – I Know – I Can. This is an important order. There is a great danger in DOING before BEING!

    #1 I’VE LEARNED

Paul here is speaking of more than “book learning”. “I’ve learned…” is the voice of hard gained experience. You rarely hear someone fresh out of college or some certain training using this phrase. They may say things like, “they taught us to…” or, “we studied… .” Because in reality, you haven’t learned a thing until you’ve experienced it. This goes especially for serving Christ. You can teach someone about Christ but that doesn’t mean they’ve experienced Him.

Ephesians 4:20 (KJV)
But ye have not so learned Christ;

Philippians 4:9 (KJV)
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Even Jesus Himself learned by experience!

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

    #2 I KNOW

How many things do you honestly know for sure? We think many times we know something but do we really? Paul could say from experience that he knew something. He knew His Savior!

2 Timothy 1:12 (KJV)
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

The blind man wasn’t sure about a lot of things, but he did know one thing for sure!

John 9:25 (KJV)
He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner [or no], I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

    #3 I CAN

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

There’s no question now – just faith. “I CAN DO…” He learned till he knew that he could. It’s a maturity of our faith. We don’t always understand the why’s but God has us in a special trade school. To learn until we know so that we can do!

Leave me your thoughts in the comments section!

God’s Litmus Test

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ACTS 9:1-12
“1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I [am here], Lord.
11 And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting [his] hand on him, that he might receive his sight.”

Notice the one thing the Lord paid attention to. “Behold he prayeth.” This passage gives the account of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus road. God commands a man by the name of Ananias to go and minister to Saul but Ananias has reservations. The Saul that Ananias is familiar with is basically a terrorist. He has been murdering & arresting Christians everywhere he goes. Now the Lord is asking him to go & find this Saul. Here’s the indicator that things a different: “behold he prayeth.” Now go back a few verses & you will see what Saul was praying.

    1. “WHO ARE YOU LORD?” – vs 5


This is about yielding our ATTENTION to God
This is the fundamental question of all of Christianity. We must be diligently seeking to know who the Lord is intimately.

    2. “WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME TO DO?” – vs 6


This is about yielding our AGENDA to God
This is a question of our TIME, TALENTS, & TREASURES. Your agenda is easy to figure out. Take a look at how those three things are spent.

Though these seem like very simple questions they are paramount to our faith & eternal future. Ask yourself these questions: Who has my ATTENTION & who dictates my AGENDA? If both do not belong to The Lord something’s wrong. Let’s get things back on track and yield both our ATTENTION & our AGENDA to The Lord!

Let me know some struggles you may have with who or what gets your attention & determines your agenda. Feel free to leave your thought in the comments section.

God’s Litmus Test

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ACTS 9:1-12
“1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I [am here], Lord.
11 And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting [his] hand on him, that he might receive his sight.”

Notice the one thing the Lord paid attention to. “Behold he prayeth.” This passage gives the account of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus road. God commands a man by the name of Ananias to go and minister to Saul but Ananias has reservations. The Saul that Ananias is familiar with is basically a terrorist. He has been murdering & arresting Christians everywhere he goes. Now the Lord is asking him to go & find this Saul. Here’s the indicator that things a different: “behold he prayeth.” Now go back a few verses & you will see what Saul was praying.

    1. “WHO ARE YOU LORD?” – vs 5


This is about yielding our ATTENTION to God
This is the fundamental question of all of Christianity. We must be diligently seeking to know who the Lord is intimately.

    2. “WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME TO DO?” – vs 6


This is about yielding our AGENDA to God
This is a question of our TIME, TALENTS, & TREASURES. Your agenda is easy to figure out. Take a look at how those three things are spent.

Though these seem like very simple questions they are paramount to our faith & eternal future. Ask yourself these questions: Who has my ATTENTION & who dictates my AGENDA? If both do not belong to The Lord something’s wrong. Let’s get things back on track and yield both our ATTENTION & our AGENDA to The Lord!

Let me know some struggles you may have with who or what gets your attention & determines your agenda. Feel free to leave your thought in the comments section.

I MUST MAKE THE FEAST

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ACTS 18:18-21
“18 And Paul [after this] tarried [there] yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn [his] head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
20 When they desired [him] to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;
21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.”

Ever been distracted? Today? Yeah, we’ve all got plenty, but some things are too important to be distracted from. Here Paul had a specific priority in mind; making the feast in Jerusalem. Though this was a physical feast there is a much more important feast to be concerned about. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb!
Let’s look together at some of the elements that make up this remarkable occasion.

    1. THE HOST – THE GOOD SHEPHERD


Luke 15:4–6
“4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, (1)until he find it? 5 And (2)when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And (3)when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”

​1. “UNTIL HE FIND IT”
​- NO GIVING UP
​- NO ANGER
​- NO DISTRACTION
​- TOTALLY COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE
​- SEEK & SAVE THE LOST!


2. “WHEN HE HAS FOUND IT”
​- UPON HIS OWN SHOULDERS
​- HE BEARS THE BURDEN OF THE JOURNEY!
​- LOVE HOLDS A FIRM GRIP UPON HIS SHEEP!


​3. “WHEN HE BRINGS IT HOME”
​- REJOICES WITH FRIENDS
​- NOT “IF” BUT “WHEN” HE BRINGS YOU HOME!
​- REST IN CHRIST – HE KNOWS THE WAY!

    2. THE SUPPER – EVENING TIME


1. AFTER A LONG DAY
2. DEF. – “FORMAL MEAL USUALLY HELD @ EVENING TIME
3. RUTH 2:8-14

    3. THE MARRIAGE


A. RUTH 4:9-13
B. IT IS THE CONSUMMATION OF A LONG JOURNEY!

    4. THE BRIDE


REV. 19:7-9
“7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”

​1. SHE MADE HERSELF READY
​2. SHE WEARS A ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
MAT. 22:11-14
“11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few [are] chosen.”

3. CALLED
LUKE 14:12-24
“12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor [thy] rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed [is] he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one [consent] began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.”

Psalms 19:9
“Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

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I MUST MAKE THE FEAST

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ACTS 18:18-21
“18 And Paul [after this] tarried [there] yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn [his] head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
20 When they desired [him] to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;
21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.”

Ever been distracted? Today? Yeah, we’ve all got plenty, but some things are too important to be distracted from. Here Paul had a specific priority in mind; making the feast in Jerusalem. Though this was a physical feast there is a much more important feast to be concerned about. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb!
Let’s look together at some of the elements that make up this remarkable occasion.

    1. THE HOST – THE GOOD SHEPHERD


Luke 15:4–6
“4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, (1)until he find it? 5 And (2)when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And (3)when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”

​1. “UNTIL HE FIND IT”
​- NO GIVING UP
​- NO ANGER
​- NO DISTRACTION
​- TOTALLY COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE
​- SEEK & SAVE THE LOST!


2. “WHEN HE HAS FOUND IT”
​- UPON HIS OWN SHOULDERS
​- HE BEARS THE BURDEN OF THE JOURNEY!
​- LOVE HOLDS A FIRM GRIP UPON HIS SHEEP!


​3. “WHEN HE BRINGS IT HOME”
​- REJOICES WITH FRIENDS
​- NOT “IF” BUT “WHEN” HE BRINGS YOU HOME!
​- REST IN CHRIST – HE KNOWS THE WAY!

    2. THE SUPPER – EVENING TIME


1. AFTER A LONG DAY
2. DEF. – “FORMAL MEAL USUALLY HELD @ EVENING TIME
3. RUTH 2:8-14

    3. THE MARRIAGE


A. RUTH 4:9-13
B. IT IS THE CONSUMMATION OF A LONG JOURNEY!

    4. THE BRIDE


REV. 19:7-9
“7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”

​1. SHE MADE HERSELF READY
​2. SHE WEARS A ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
MAT. 22:11-14
“11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few [are] chosen.”

3. CALLED
LUKE 14:12-24
“12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor [thy] rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed [is] he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one [consent] began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.”

Psalms 19:9
“Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

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3 CROSSES

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3 CROSSES

Galatians 6:14
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

Did you catch that? Did you see the three crosses in this verse?
#1 – The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ
#2 – The cross upon where the world is crucified to me
#3 – The cross upon where I am crucified

John 12:23-25
“23And Jesus answered them, saying,The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”

• NO GLORYING EXCEPT IN THE CROSS

JER. 9:23-24
“23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches:
24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD.”

Take a look now at the 3 crosses as they are “fleshed” out.

LUKE 23:38-43
“38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

    1. THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST


Jesus is the first-fruits. In the Old Testament, Israel was commanded to give a Wave Offering before The Lord. First, there was the Passover, and the day following was a Sabbath, and the day after that the First-fruits Offering was made. So Christ, our Passover Lamb, was crucified, the day following was the Sabbath, and by day three He was out of the grave! He became the First-fruits Offering that was waved before The Lord!

1COR 15:19-23 (KJV)
“19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”

John 12:32 (KJV)
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.”

    2. THE WORLD IS CRUCIFIED TO ME – The Unrepentant Thief


2 Timothy 4:10 (KJV)
“For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica…”
James 4:4 (KJV)
“4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
1 John 2:15-17 (KJV)
“15 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

    3. I AM CRUCIFIED TO THE WORLD – The Repentant Thief


There are 3 things this repentant thief on the cross believed:
1. FUTURE JUDGMENT – “FEAR GOD”
2. HIS OWN SINFUL STATE – “WE INDEED JUSTLY”
3. LORDSHIP OF CHRIST – “WHEN THOU COMEST…”
This thief was the last earthly companion Jesus had, but he became the first Heavenly companion! “Today you shall be with me…”
Gal 2:20
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

The same cross that connects us to God disconnects us from this world! We cannot simply receive the benefits of the cross without walking in the rejection it brings!

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