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What's in a Book? (CC)

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[TEXT FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NIV, 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011, BY BIBLICA, INC.] SUNDAY SERMON MAY 28, 2017 WWW.ABIDINGSAVIORWELS.COM GRACE, MERCY, PEACE, AND ETERNAL LIFE ARE YOURS THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR. AMEN. OUR TEXT IS TAKEN FROM JOHN, SECOND LAST CHAPTER AS HE JUST CONCLUDES THE EVENTS OF RESURRECTION EVENING AND IT BRINGS US TO THE END OF THE RESURRECTION EASTER SEASON. JOHN 20:31 ... "BUT THESE ARE WRITTEN THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD, AND THAT BY BELIEVING YOU MAY HAVE LIFE IN HIS NAME." WHY WRITE A BOOK? A HISTORIAN MIGHT WRITE A BOOK TO RECORD EVENTS FOR FUTURE AGES. AN AUTHOR MIGHT WRITE A BOOK OF FICTION TO ENTERTAIN PEOPLE. A POET WOULD WRITE A BOOK TO MOTIVATE, TO MAKE AND LIFT YOU UP. TO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT LIFE TO ENCOURAGE YOU. OR, THEY MAY WRITE A COOKBOOK, SO YOU'LL KNOW HOW TO COOK DINNER. THERE'S LOTS OF DIFFERENT REASONS FOR WRITING A BOOK. IN THE VERSE JUST BEFORE OUR TEXT JOHN SAYS ON HIS RECORD OF THE EASTER EVENTS, MANY OTHER THINGS JESUS DID DURING THOSE FORTY DAYS BEFORE HIS DISCIPLES WHICH ARE NOT WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK. BUT THESE ARE WRITTEN SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST THE SON OF GOD. AND THAT BY BELIEVING, YOU MAY HAVE LIFE IN HIS NAME. YOU SEE THEN THERE ARE TWO REASONS WHY THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN. FIRST, TO KNOW JESUS, WHO HE IS, AND SECONDLY, TO BELIEVE IN HIM FOR ETERNAL LIFE. WHEN JESUS WAS TALKING TO THE PHARISEES ONE DAY, HE SAID TO THE PHARISEES: YOU SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE THAT IN THEM YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. AND THERE THEY WOULD TESTIFY OF ME! [SEE JOHN 5:39] SO HERE WE ARE IN THE EARLY CHAPTER .... CHAPTER 5 OF JOHN, ALREADY HEARING THAT THE SCRIPTURES WERE WRITTEN BECAUSE THEY TESTIFY OF JESUS CHRIST. JOHN STARTS REALLY WITH THE RECORD OF THE FORERUNNER. ISAIAH HAS SAID HE'D BE "A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS" PREPARING THE WAY FOR THE LORD. WE KNOW HIM AS JOHN THE BAPTIST. AND JOHN CAME, AS WE ARE TOLD IN CHAPTER 1 OF THIS GOSPEL, HE CAME TO TESTIFY ABOUT THE CHRIST. MOSES GAVE US THE LAW; GRACE AND TRUTH CAME THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. SO WE'RE LOOKING THEN AT THE GOSPEL THAT WE MIGHT KNOW JESUS. NOW THERE A LOT OF THINGS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT YOU REALIZE THAT TELL US ABOUT WHAT JESUS WOULD BE LIKE. I'D LIKE TO FOCUS ON ISAIAH. ISAIAH SAID THAT HE'D BE DESPISED AND REJECTED OF MEN. HE WOULD BEAR OUR GRIEFS, CARRY OUR TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS. BECAUSE ALL WE LIKE SINNERS HAVE GONE ASTRAY. BUT THE LORD WOULD LAY ON HIM THE INIQUITY OF US. BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED. HE WOULD BE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. JESUS TOOK THREE YEARS WITH HIS DISCIPLES TO SHARE WITH THEM HIS MESSAGE, HIS MINISTRY AS THE MESSIAH. GOD'S SERVANT, HIS SUFFERING SERVANT, ANOINTED, AND KNOWN BY HIS GREEK NAME, THE ANOINTED ONE - CHRIST! HE TOLD THEM HE WAS GOING TO SUFFER AND DIE AND RISE AGAIN. BUT WHERE WERE THEY ON EASTER? LET ME TAKE YOU BACK JUST A FEW WEEKS. YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH THE EASTER CYCLE. THEY WERE LOCKED IN THE UPPER ROOM. THEY WERE AFRAID THEY WOULD BE CRUCIFIED NEXT. ON THAT EVENING OF EASTER JESUS APPEARED TO THEM. UH - SOMEBODY WAS MISSING. YOU KNOW THOMAS WAS MISSING. THOMAS WAS THE SKEPTIC. I KNOW THEY NICKNAME HIM "DOUBTING THOMAS", BUT THAT'S NOT HIS REAL NICKNAME. HIS NAME IS DIDYMUS. HE WAS A TWIN. THOMAS DIDYMUS. THOMAS THE TWIN. WHY I CAN IMAGINE TWINS GROWING UP. ALWAYS HAVING TO ... PROVE IT! PROVE IT! AND TO ARGUE WITH EACH OTHER - PROVE IT! SO THOMAS IS MISSING EASTER EVENING WHEN JESUS APPEARED. NOW DURING THE WEEK THOMAS COMES AND HE'S GOT TEN OF HIS DEAREST FRIENDS, TEN OF THE OTHER DISCIPLES, SAYING: WE HAVE SEEN THE LORD! HE'S RISEN! AND THOMAS? ALL WEEK LONG CAN YOU IMAGINE THE CONVERSATION GOING ON? FIRST JOHN. THEN PETER. THEN MATTHEW. THEY ALL TELL HIM: WE'VE SEEN HIM. HE'S ALIVE! UNLESS 'I' SEE HIM, AND UNLESS 'I' COULD PUT MY HAND OR IF I PUT MY FINGERS IN HIS HAND AND TOUCH HIS SIDE I WILL NOT BELIEVE. AREN'T YOU GLAD THOMAS MISSED SUNDAY EVENING? BECAUSE HE HAS TO BE CONVINCED. AND SOMETIMES YOU AND I ARE JUST AS SKEPTICAL. SOMETIMES THE DOUBTS COME FLOATING DOWN INTO OUR MINDS TOO. AND WE DOUBT SOME OF THE THINGS IN THE BIBLE. BUT THOMAS IS CONVINCED. BECAUSE JUST A WEEK LATER, IT'S SUNDAY AGAIN. THE DOORS ARE STILL LOCKED. THEY'RE STILL NOT SURE ABOUT THEIR SECURITY. AND JESUS MIRACULOUSLY APPEARS. I THINK IT'S THE FIRST THING HE DOES. HE GOES OVER TO THOMAS, THOMAS HASN'T SAID ANYTHING. THOMAS HASN'T SAID: I DON'T BELIEVE THIS. ALL THOMAS HAS TO REALIZE IS JESUS KNOWS WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON. HE HAS KNOWN ABOUT HIS SKEPTICISM AND HIS QUESTIONS. AND HIS DEMAND. SO JESUS SAYS TO THOMAS: LOOK AND SEE. IT IS I. PUT YOUR FINGERS INTO MY HAND TOUCH ME. TOUCH THE SIDE. AND DO NOT BE FAITHLESS, BUT BELIEVING. SO NOW WITH THE SENSE OF HEARING, THE SENSE OF SEEING, THE SENSE OF TOUCH, THOMAS IS CONVINCED. AND HE SAYS: MY LORD, AND MY GOD. HE'S CONVINCED. THEN JESUS SAYS SOMETHING TO YOU AND ME. THOMAS, YOU BELIEVE, BECAUSE YOU SAW. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN ME, AND YET HAVE BELIEVED. WHO'S THAT? YOU AND ME WE HAVE NOT SEEN, AND YET WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST THE SON OF GOD. WE PUT THAT TOGETHER AS OUR CONFESSION OF FAITH. IT IS OUR CREED. IT IS THAT WE BELIEVE THAT THAT JESUS WHO WAS BORN OF MARY, BAPTIZED BY JOHN THE BAPTIST, TAUGHT, DID MIRACLES FOR THREE YEARS, AND THEN WAS ARRESTED IN THE GARDEN. CRUCIFIED ON CALVARY. BURIED IN THE TOMB. AND HE'S BURST FORTH FROM THE TOMB ALIVE! POWERFUL! MAJESTIC! THE ASSURANCE FROM GOD THE FATHER THAT HE'S ACCEPTED HIS SON'S PAYMENT FOR OUR SINS! WE BELIEVE ALL OF THIS. BUT HE HAS ASCENDED. HE IS NOT HERE ANYMORE. AND SO WE GO ON TO READ IN THE LATER PART OF JOHN, CHAPTER 17, HE PRAYED FOR HIS DISCIPLES: FATHER, I WISH THAT THOSE WHO YOU HAVE GIVEN TO ME MAY BE WHERE I AM. HE IS SAYING, ON MAUNDY THURSDAY WHEN HE PRAYED THIS PRAYER RECORDED IN JOHN 17. HE IS PRAYING THAT HIS DISCIPLES WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE AND GO TO HEAVEN. AND THAT IS THIS BLESSING THAT THOMAS LEARNED TO REALIZE WHEN HE HAD SEEN JESUS. AND HE REALIZED THE TEACHER'S GONE INTO HEAVEN. WE DON'T SEE HIM. WE DON'T HEAR HIM. WE CAN'T REACH OUT AND TOUCH HIM AND SHAKE HIS HAND AND SAY GOOD MORNING JESUS. BUT JESUS SAID: EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ME, YOU ARE BLESSED WHEN YOU BELIEVE. BECAUSE IN BELIEVING, YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. THERE'S ANOTHER STORY EARLY IN JESUS' MINISTRY ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE. AND YOU KNOW THE STORY WELL ABOUT LAZARUS, HIS TWO SISTERS, MARY AND MARTHA. LAZARUS HAD DIED. ACTUALLY, HE'S BEEN BURIED FOUR DAYS ALREADY WHEN JESUS COMES. AND JESUS COMES TO MARTHA, MARTHA HAS RUN OUT TO MEET HIM. AND JESUS SAID: YOU WILL SEE HIM AGAIN. AND MARTHA SAYS: LORD, I KNOW I WILL SEE HIM IN THE RESURRECTION. AND THEN JESUS SAYS THOSE BEAUTIFUL WORDS: MARTHA, I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. HE WHO LIVES AND BELIEVES IN ME WILL NEVER DIE AND WHOEVER BELIEVES IN ME WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? AND MARTHA, [RESPONDS] YES, I BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD. THERE'S THE PROMISE OF WHAT JESUS ASCENDED UP INTO HEAVEN TO DO ... TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR US! AGAIN, JOHN EXPRESSES THAT. HE SAYS DON'T BE TROUBLED. DON'T BE AFRAID. YOU'RE LIVING IN A WORLD OF TRIAL AND TROUBLE AND DIFFICULTY. YOU LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE TIME PASSES AND WE AGE AND WE GET WEAKER AND FINALLY WE WILL BE LIKE LAZARUS, LAID IN A TOMB TO AWAIT THE RESURRECTION. OUR RESURRECTION WHEN JESUS COMES BACK. JESUS SAID: YOU BELIEVE IN THE FATHER, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. I AM GOING, ASCENDING INTO HEAVEN, I AM GOING TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU. AND IF I GO AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I WILL COME AGAIN AND TAKE YOU TO BE WITH ME THAT WHERE I AM, YOU ALSO MAY BE. AND THEN THOMAS, MAYBE IT'S TYPICAL OF THIS SKEPTICAL THOMAS. THOMAS: WE DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING. THOMAS SAYS: WE CAN'T KNOW THE WAY. AND JESUS SAYS: AND WE FIRMLY HOLD ON TO THIS ... JESUS SAYS: I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME. NOW THAT'S WHY THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN. THAT WE MAY BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD. AND THAT BY BELIEVING, WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE IN HIS NAME. WE MIGHT PROBABLY NEED TO ASK ANOTHER QUESTION, I STARTED BY SAYING: WHY WRITE A BOOK? I'M GONNA ASK YOU: WHY READ A BOOK? IF I WERE GOING TO COOK BRISKET. ACTUALLY, I TRIED TO BARBECUE A BRISKET NOT LONG AGO. I TRIED TO DO IT BECAUSE I THOUGHT I KNEW HOW. BUT I HAD TO READ A BOOK! I WAS GONNA DO THE BRISKET FOR THREE HOURS. I FOUND OUT YOU HAVE TO DO A BRISKET FOR 11 TO 13 HOURS TO HAVE A TENDER BRISKET. SHOULDA READ THE BOOK. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE HISTORY OF TEXAS, YOU OUGHT TO GO BACK TO THE BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW THE ALAMO WAS PRESERVED, EVEN THOUGH IT'S JUST A RUIN, YOU READ A HISTORY BOOK. IF YOU WANNA KNOW HOW TO GO TO HEAVEN, AND SPEND ETERNITY WITH YOUR ASCENDED SAVIOR, YOU'LL READ THIS BOOK! FOR THIS IS WRITTEN. IF YOU LIKE TO READ THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, AND THAT BY BELIEVING, YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE IN HIS NAME. GOD GRANT THAT BLESSED RESURRECTION BY HIS GRACE THROUGH FAITH. AMEN.

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Duration: 14 minutes and 11 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Producer: R & M
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Posted by: hischild on May 29, 2017

Guest Minister, Rev. Myrl Wagenknecht, delivers this powerful Closed Captioned message at Abiding Savior in Weslaco, Texas on May 28, 2017.

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