John 12:12-36

John 12:12-36

John 12:28Vintage message from December 9, 2001.

Guess what? If Jesus isn’t there, then you are going no where. I believe Jesus is in this ministry, and as long as Jesus is here and one other person is here, then I’m going places because I’m in fellowship with the Holy Spirit and my brothers and sisters in Christ, and that’s how we get to where we need to be: in obedience, simple obedience to God’s Word; being where Jesus is; following after Jesus and knowing Who He is; and not building ministry for the sake of ministry, but building ministry because Jesus is there…

The life that we live means something to the people around us. What we do has an effect on the people around us… We, too, can become greater than what we are, in the kingdom of God. We can allow Jesus to use us. We can allow the power of His Spirit to work through us, to plant us as we spread the Word in order for many, many, many, many more people to come to know. It produces many seeds… You and I have to be willing to live our lives in the Name of Jesus, for the God Who created us, even if it means our death. It says if we love this life and we cling to this life and abandon the knowledge of God, we abandon eternal life. We live in and for the power of the Holy Spirit even if it means the threat of our life or our life actually being taken, we keep it for eternal life. And we are His servants. We are the ones who serve, and Jesus tells us, “My Father will honor the one who serves Me.” Do you want to get a big pat on the back? Do you want to feel good about yourself? This is something I know that all of us desire, and we seek that in this world too often. We want to feel good about ourselves now. If you realize that God is asking us to sacrifice, to give up what this life has to offer, to honor Him and when we do that, the Father will honor us as we serve. And the one thing I live for is to stand before the Lord and hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” That’s my desire in life, is to live to that point to hear, “Well done.” And I’m afraid that I’ve blown it many times. I’ve had a lot of struggles, but I tell people all the time, it’s never too late. No matter how much you’ve blown it in the past, even if you’re blowing it today, guess what? You can start today to honor God with your life, and hear Him give you that “Well done…”

We need to be living lives that tell God, “God, You have Your way. Glorify Yourself, even if it means sacrificing me…”

And I tell people all the time, “You know, God speaks to us. God talks to us,” and people will tell me, “Dave, you’re crazy. God doesn’t speak to me. I don’t hear Him.” It’s not that God doesn’t speak, but our ears are not tuned to what He’s saying, and so He has to use circumstances and He gives it to us in writing and He does all kinds of things in our lives to try to get our attention. The fact is, He’s speaking, and He wants us to hear…

Put your trust in the light… Jesus tells us, He is the light… Trust in Who Jesus is and what He can do for you as He guides you. Walk in Him before darkness overtakes you. We sometimes live in such dark and desperate times in our lives that we fail to see the light that’s shining right in front of us, and I know many people who choose the darkness because the light is uncomfortable; because the light reveals. Jesus reveals who we are, what we are, what we want to do, but He tells us, “Walk while you have the light before darkness overtakes you”…

We can become sons of light. We, too, can glow in a dark and desperate world. We take on the characteristic of the One Who’s your Father. Unfortunately, I look a lot like my [earthly] father, but you know what? In Jesus Christ, I also look a lot like my [Heavenly] Father in that I know His truth, I know His Word, and I’m not afraid to tell you the truth of His Word because His light shines. Because He’s alive, His Spirit lives in me. His Spirit can live in you, and then He shines out into a dark and lost and dying world, and you can become the sons of that Light…

Knowing Jesus is a lot more than just knowing the history of a Man Who lived on the face of this planet, but knowing Jesus is a personal, close relationship that He wants to have with us.

Pastor Dave Elkins