Let us look at the moods--at the personage--of Jesus. See his humanity! See his holiness! Behold the man Jesus!
Let us look at Jesus':
· Attitude upon his return
I. We see Jesus' love in so many encounters with people of his time.
A. He had the ability to love people instantly.
Mark 10:17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (NIV)
Mark 10:18 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone. (NIV)
Mark 10:19 You know the commandments: `Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'"
Mark 10:20 "Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy."
Mark 10:21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Mark 10:22 At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Mark 10:23 Jesus looked around and said to
his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the
What an ability our Lord had! To look at a person with all of his imperfections and shortcomings and still love him just as he was. Will
B. He showed this kind of mood to the woman at the well.
John 4:4 Now
he had to go through
John 4:5 So he
came to a town in
John 4:6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
John 4:7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"
John 4:8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
John 4:9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
John 4:10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
John 4:11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
John 4:12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"
John 4:13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
John 4:14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
John 4:15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."
John 4:16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
John 4:17 "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband.
John 4:18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."
John 4:19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.
John 4:20 Our
fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we
must worship is in
John 4:21 Jesus declared, "Believe
me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this
mountain nor in
John 4:22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
John 4:23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
John 4:25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
Jesus opens his heart and his personality to this woman at the well--a sinner who was living in fornication. He did not condone the sin, but he loved the sinner. He looked at her and wanted to give her the information that she needed so that she could live with him forever.
C. He looks at you with the same mood.
1. It is not the will of the Father that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Peter 3:9).
2. He loves you with all of your shortcomings and faults. He wishes that you would live a better life--He knows that you would be better for it if you would. He pleads with you to accept Him now, even as he has accepted you. But you need to know that He will not stand at the door and knock always. Today is the day of salvation.
II. See Jesus' sorrow.
A. His sorrow was not for the kinds of things that the world is usually sorry for. He was not sorry that he did not have great possessions or that not everyone approved of his actions. He sorrowed of the effects of sin.
B. At the death of Lazarus, he wept because of the sentence that sin had pronounced upon man, the sentence of death. Yet we see his reluctance to move to save his friend Lazarus from death.
C. See Jesus' sorrow and exasperation at trying to reach man.
Matt 23:37 "O Jerusalem,
Matt 23:38 Look, your house is left to you desolate.
III. What will be His attitude upon his return?
· Will he be full of love? Glad to see everyone?
· Full of forgiveness to everyone regardless of whether they have obeyed him or not?
· Will he still be entreating men to put away their sinful ways?
A. He will be full of love, but his righteousness demands judgment for those who have not accepted him.
B. He will not be glad to see everyone. Those who have rejected him will not be glad to see him either.
C. The time of forgiveness will be past. The day of hearing, believing, repenting, confessing Jesus as Lord, and being
baptized will be past. All records will be frozen as of the instant of the last trumpet. What does the Bible say?
Heb 9:27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
Heb 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
When Jesus comes again he will not be coming to implore people to accept salvation. He already did that. When he comes again, it will be judgment!
2 Thes 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
2 Thes 1:7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
2 Thes 1:8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
2 Thes 1:9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power
2 Thes 1:10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.
2 Thes 1:11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.
It is possible to obey the Gospel. We are commanded to do it so it is not impossible to do it.
Scripture warns again and again about not being slothful about religious matters.
Matt 21:32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
Matt 21:33 "Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey.
Matt 21:34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
Matt 21:35 "The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.
Matt 21:36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.
Matt 21:37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. `They will respect my son,' he said.
Matt 21:38 "But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, `This is the heir. Come, let's kill him and take his inheritance.'
Matt 21:39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
Matt 21:40 "Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?"
Matt 21:41 "He will bring those wretches to a wretched end," they replied, "and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time."
Matt 21:42 Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: "`The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?
Those who never "got around" to obeying Jesus will be terrified at His coming.
Rev 6:12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,
Rev 6:13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.
Rev 6:14 The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
Rev 6:15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.
Rev 6:16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
Rev 6:17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
Do you want to experience this kind of an attitude from Jesus in the last day?
Well does the scripture say, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a loving God." Hebrews 10:31. What must you do to avoid this?
· Confess Jesus as Lord
· Be baptized
· Live the best life you can, asking for forgiveness day by day as you fall short in some areas.
Be part of Jesus' love. Be part of his happiness. Don't be part of His vengeance.
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