JESUS…..STOP!

Omnipresent is a big theological word that has huge implications for us.  It means that God is everywhere at the same time. And He is ALL THERE.  He is not there thinking of other thing.  I need Him to be that. Since I can’t schedule my issues and problems I can’t make appointments with God in advance.  There are some days that I need to say to God “please stop what You are doing, I need help now.”

OMNIPRESENCE CAN DO THAT.

Omnipresence does not fit us in, squeeze us in and schedule us.  Omnipresence is always there for us. God stops.

 

I love this story about Jesus in Mark 10.

He may have laid down His omnipresence for His earthly ministry but He still stops.

 

 

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means ‘son of Timaeus’), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’

 

(Mark 10:46-48)

 

They told the blind man that Jesus  wouldn’t stop.  The crowds are so big, and we just can’t have people yelling for Him randomly. That’s not the way it works around here.

You don’t yell when you want to and Jesus stops to help you.  We have an order of service.

 

 

There’s an old story of the boy who stood on a sidewalk, waiting on a bus. A man walking by spotted the boy, and gave him some gentle instruction. “Son,” he said, “if you’re waiting on the bus, you need to move to the street corner. That’s where the bus stops for passengers.” 

 

“It’s OK,” said the boy. “I’ll just wait right here, and the bus will stop for me.” 

 

The man repeated his argument, but the boy never moved. Just then, the bus appeared. Amazingly, the bus pulled over to where the boy stood, and the child hopped on. The man on the sidewalk stood speechless. The boy turned around in the doorway and said, “Mister, I knew the bus would stop here, because the bus driver is my dad!” 

 

When you’ve got a family relationship with the bus driver, you don’t need a bus stop. 

 

I know Someone greater than a bus driver

 

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4 SHOULDN’T FOLLOW 3

I know in mathematics 4 always follows 3.

But I have to tell you that there is one place in the Bible that 4 should NOT follow 3.  And it’s only because it does not make sense at least to me.

Here it is in John 13

 

3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, 4 *got up from supper, and *laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.

 

The transition does not even make sense in my mind

I don’t understand in my selfish, prideful man how 4 follows 3.

 

Listen to the SURE FACTS of verse 3….

“Knowing the Father have given ALL THINGS into His hands”

“That He had come forth from God”

“And was going back to God”

 

So what should be next?  What should follow these incredible statements?

Lightening bolts coming out of Him

Jesus levitating off the ground saying “I told you I was God”

 

That is what man would do

That is what we preachers would have done

Not Jesus.  

 

 

We let WHAT WE KNOW make us think we are extraordinary

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What are the Odds that Jesus Would Come the Way He was Predicted? Answer….. Crazy Odds!

In his book, Science Speaks, Peter Stoner applies the modern science of probability to just eight prophecies regarding Christ. He says, “The chance that any man might have …fulfilled all eight prophecies is one in 10 to the 17th. That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.” (one hundred quadrillion) Stoner suggests that “we take 10 to the 17th silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state 2 feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly… Blindfold a man and tell him he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up [that one marked silver dollar.] What chance would he have of getting the right one?” Stoner concludes, “Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing those eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man,…providing they wrote them in their own wisdom



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