Vintage Message: John 7:1-15

Vintage message from September 2, 2001.

[Jesus] is not afraid of offending us, because you know what? We, even as believers, have sin in our life and, from time to time, are asked to address the issues of sin within our life, and we don’t want to! And when we’re reading through God’s Word and we come across that part of our life that God’s Word is addressing, we become offended and rejected and hard-hearted, and we turn away from God because, you know what? We don’t want to hear it! “I like the things I’m doing! I enjoy the life I’m living! God, why can’t You just leave me alone? I mean, after all, I gave twenty bucks in the offering box last week. What more do You want from me?” It has nothing to do with how much we give. It has nothing to do with showing up at church. It has nothing to do with how clever or smart or wealthy we are. It has to do with [this]: is God’s Word the truth or is it not the truth? If it’s the truth, I don’t care if it offends you. I don’t care if it offends me. We need to hear it…

And, I believe, this is the problem…we have still today: We make wrong judgments. We judge based on what’s in our own heart; our own cleverness; our own ability. We don’t look to God’s Word when we experience things in life. We try to figure things out on our own. We try to resolve our problems on our own. We turn away from God’s Word. We turn away from God’s people. We do not depend on the power of God’s Holy Spirit, too often, and we make decisions, and we get ourselves into trouble, and then — and then we cry out to God and say, “God, why did You allow this to happen to me?” If I jump in a mud puddle what do I expect should happen? I’m going to get muddy, right? Duh! And that’s what we’re doing every time we make a decision outside of consulting God’s Word, outside of praying, outside of seeking the counsel of the body of Christ; praying with one another and then confirming within God’s Word what it is that He wants to do in and through us. We might as well be jumping in a mud puddle, and then not be surprised when we come up muddy…

Make right judgments. You can’t do this on your own. You can’t resolve your issues of sin on your own. You can’t make changes in your life on your own. You need to have the power of God’s Spirit, you need to understand what His Word is saying and why it’s saying it, and you need to understand who it’s pointing to, and it’s pointing to the Person of Jesus Christ… He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Him… Make right judgements; a judgment that comes from the clear teaching of God’s Word that says Jesus is your salvation.

Pastor Dave Elkins