BE PART OF GIVING LIFE

June 16, 2002 pm
MF Blume


I am using the same chapter I used this morning, but have a completely different message.  Often I will continue my thought from the morning service in our evening service.  However, this is not the case.  I have a message from God for you.

Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:7-20)
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Luke 22:24-30)
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3:20-21)


Jesus laid forth the same pattern of thought in both Luke 22's reference to the Last Supper and the Laodicaean letter.  
They were eating and drinking at the Supper.
He said they must overcome in order for this to come to pass.
Then he said they continued with him in his temptations.
He rebuked the church that was told to overcome to be able to sit on thrones for their self-glorying .
A servant's heart must be part of a person if they want to be involved in God's kingdom.

Jesus told the disciples to go before Him and prepare for Passover.
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. (Luke 10:1-3)
And He rebuked them for getting angry at those who would not receive Him once they came to prepare a place for him there.
And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. (Luke 9:52-56)
He came to save.
And when you do allow the preacher's to prepare your hearts, the Lord will come and perform a miracle.
The Laodicaeans were rebuked for self-glory.
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21)
Jesus told James and John that Jesus came to save, after they became angry at those who refused to accept Jesus.
Once the goodman in Jerusalem opened the house for the Lord to come in, the Lord had passover in that house.
Rev 3:20 shows the Lord saying to self-glorying christians to overcome that problem.
In Luke 22, the preachers were sent to prepare the house for Jesus to come in and do His thing.
Compare:
The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Luke 22:24-30)
With...
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3:17-21)
You would think kings would be self glorying.
He told Laodicaea that they must get over this self glorying and that would let Him in and He would THEN give them thrones.
Now the miracle He does in our lives is this.
Jesus went to the woman at the well and He spoke to hear of drinking.
He told her to obey Him.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (John 4:7)
Be obedient to Jesus.
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. (John 4:10)
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14)
Jesus will work a work in your heart if you get a servant's attitude.
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:37-39)
Notice that something was WRITTEN regarding water flowing from the belly.
Everytime the miracle of Jesus inside a life is mentioned, so that rivers might flow out of your life, there is going to be the note of the cross mentioned.
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Rev 7:13-17)
We read of the LAMB -- sacrifice -- and the only sacrifice Jesus did as a lamb was the CROSS.
You must come to Jesus.
Rev 3:20 says overcoming causes us to have him sup with us.
Jesus said HIS FATHER appointed Him a kingdom and a throne in the passover discussion of Luke 22.
Then...
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (Rev 22:1)
God and the Lamb and a river flowing out of our lives.

Jesus said he and the Father would come inside our lives.
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)
If we obey his commandments, become a servant to Him, through the teaching of the preachers, then the Father and the Son will come into us.
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. (Rev 21:22)
GOD AND THE LAMB are the temple.

We need to get God and the Lamb inside us.
Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. (Ezekiel 47:1)
Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. (Ezekiel 47:2)
And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. (Ezekiel 47:9)
And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine. (Ezekiel 47:12)
The same thing is said in Revelation 22.
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (Rev 22:1-3)
This river of life comes out from the house -- from the believer -- and it gives life to everyone it touches.
1) The preacher comes and offers you the chance to have Jesus come in.

2) The preacher teaches about Jesus and thereby prepares your heart.

3) Jesus cannot come before the preacher prepares your heart.

4) Then when you are willing to accept Jesus in with the understanding you must OBEY Him and SERVE Him, then He enters your heart.

When you're willing to let go of pride and self glorying.

Be obedient to His every wish.

5) He comes in and works the cross into your life.

6) It takes you before the throne because you serve the KING.

7) And He leads you to living fountains of waters.

8) A river flows from you as the result of this miracle.

9)  Every life touched through you will live.