Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn

                                                                      Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness

Jan 6 2013                                              “We MUST See Jesus!”

Sun AM Worship     I know who I am and I know who God say I am and what God says I can do.                     

Text John 12:12-21 (King James Version)  

  “Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people.”

                                           The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, “If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if

the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;”

     Every year people lay out their new year resolutions. The majority is WEIGHT!

INTRO.- ILL.- Here’s what one guy wrote about a resolution he made:
1999: I will get my weight down below 180.
2000: I will watch my calories until I get below 190.
2001: I will follow my new diet religiously until I get below 200.
2002: I will try to develop a realistic attitude about my weight.
2003: I will work out 5 days a week.
2004: I will work out 3 days a week.
2005: I will try to drive past a gym at least once a week.

 

Joh 12:12  On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

Joh 12:13  Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Joh 12:14  And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,

Joh 12:15  Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

Joh 12:16  These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

Joh 12:17  The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.

Joh 12:18  For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.

Joh 12:19  The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

Joh 12:20  And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

Joh 12:21  The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

Let’s pray. Father,  Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.  

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice. Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

Jesus came to Jerusalem and much people followed him with palm branches crying:
Ho-sanna blessed is the king of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Vs 20-21
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Phillip and desired him saying (Sir we would see Jesus.)

There were many people at the feast
Just like church every Sunday: There are many people that come, In the group of those that come are spectators, hypocrites, skeptics, doubters and scoffers) but in the midst of that congregation there were and there are a few select people who came and who come for only one reason and that is to (worship God.)

Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Php 3:11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Php 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.


They didn’t come to spectate, they didn’t come to criticize, they didn’t come to impress anybody with their new hat, or their new suit, or their new dress (They just came to worship.)

Is there anybody here right now who came just to worship? Is there anybody here who came just to glorify God, to worship him in Spirit and in truth?

Joh 4:21  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

Joh 4:22  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Joh 4:25  The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

Joh 4:26  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.


These Greeks came to worship: And they knew if they were really going to worship they needed to see Jesus.
And if we’re really going to worship today we need to see Jesus.

Sir we would see Jesus:
In recent days this scripture has brought great conviction to my soul that we as the church and myself as minister of the gospel have failed to a large degree to present to the world the Jesus of the bible.

We have preached organizations and denominations; we have preached religion and traditions, rules and regulations. We have preached Gods blessing plan and eight steps to a breakthrough and seven keys to your miracle.


I’m including myself in this.

Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

 

My concern today is this: That we have preached the bible so well, but have failed to preach Jesus. (Somehow Jesus has gotten covered up by our dogma’s and creed’s and we have gotten so enamored with the privileges and blessings of being a child of God that we have forgotten or at least misplaced the Jesus of the bible.)

There is today as there was in the days of the bible a cry from the human heart: (We would see Jesus.)

I love my church, I believe in the doctrines and teachings of my church, I believe in the godly traditions and practices of my church, but we must never forget that the head of the church is a living person (Jesus Christ the Son of God.)

It’s not religion or traditions or doctrines that save the lost, heals the sick and sets the captives free. (No) It is the living Saviour (The person Jesus Christ) He is the Ssaviour, He is the healer,

 He is the deliverer and he is the Baptizer in the mighty Holy Ghost and Power.

I believe it is a crying shame that so many in the body of Christ have lost sight of Jesus.
But even worse than that is the fact that many don’t even realize they have lost that vision.
Even worse yet is that many have allowed other things to displace that vision and now they would rather have religion than Jesus.
They would rather have traditions than Jesus.
They would rather have blessings than Jesus.

It’s amazing how many people want prosperity but they don’t want Jesus.
They want healing but they don’t want Jesus.
They want power but they don’t want Jesus.

 

Real POWER comes in the solitary place of PRAYER. Real influence comes when we take the time to talk to God about people before we talk to people about God.

They want joy and peace but they don’t want Jesus.

We will see a great revival in the body of Christ when the Heart cry of the Church is: We MUST see Jesus.


When the church can no longer be satisfied or pacified with anything less than a fresh vision of and the manifest presence of Jesus there will be a mighty revival.

Around the world today churches are shutting down and locking their doors.
Organizations are dying; people are leaving the churches and going into new age and occult practices and sinful lifestyles.
Why?
I believe to a large degree it’s because we as the church and ministers of the gospel have failed to present Jesus to them.
Jesus said: If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me.


He didn’t say: Lift up your church or your denomination or your organization or your doctrine.
He didn’t say: Lift up your religion or your traditions or your philosophies.

He said: Lift me up:
Talk about me, witness about me, preach about me, and teach about me.
Let me live in your testimony
Let me live in your preaching
Let me live in your singing
Let me be the main attraction

Let me be the reason for your gathering together then I will draw all men unto me and your churches won’t die, but they’ll come alive with resurrection power, and your churches won’t empty out but they’ll fill up with hungry, and thirsty, broken, hurting and needy people.
We would see Jesus
We want to see Jesus
We need to see Jesus
We demand to see Jesus
We won’t settle for anything less than a personal contact with Jesus.

Don’t just tell me about him, don’t just show me pictures of him, take me to him.
Preacher take me to Jesus
Pastor take me to Jesus
Evangelist take me to Jesus
Christian friend take me to Jesus

If we can’t take a soul who is lost to Jesus we’ve failed in our mission.
If we can’t take the bound and the oppressed, the sick and the diseased to Jesus, we’ve failed in our mission.

I’m under great conviction as I prepare this message that I have failed, and we have failed in our mission to get people to Jesus.

I believe I see my mission with new eyes

Paul the Apostle said: I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Paul was a highly educated man, and he was deeply spiritual, but with all his wisdom and knowledge and spiritual experience he determined to hold himself to the preaching of Christ.
He determined that he would hold himself to preaching the life, the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ and him coming to rule and reign in us through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Ro 1:16-17 Paul Said:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation, to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
For therein (the gospel of Christ) Is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, the just shall live by faith.

The gospel is the power of God unto salvation =(Sozo) this salvation is all inclusive, it is healing for the body, deliverance to the bound, peace, prosperity, wholeness.

We don’t need the gospel just to get saved by.
We need to gospel to live by every day.

The gospel of Christ is the life he lived, the death he died, and his victory over satans kingdom, and his resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the throne of God, then his coming back to reign through the power of the Holy Spirit in every one who believes.
No place in the bible do we find the life of Christ more fully  revealed than in the four gospels (Matthew) (Mark) (Luke) and (John).

We must present to the world and to the church the Jesus of the bible.
The Jesus of Mercy and Compassion who casts out devils, heals the sick, cleanses the lepers and raises the dead, works miracles and signs and wonders.

In many of our churches today we are told there are no such things as demons, or devils, and we are told that miracles and signs and wonders were just for the early church and they are no longer needed today, and they are not for us.

But the devil is a liar: Heb 13:8 says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Acts 10:38 says How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and Power who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil for God was with him.
1Jn 3:8 says For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus said in Mk 16:15-18 the first sign that would follow his true believers was (in my name they shall cast out devils.) Then he said they shall speak with new tongues,.

Don’t try to tell me that tongues passed away or they are not for today: Jesus said his believers would speak with new tongues.
Then he said: They =(believers) shall take up serpents; meaning demons of sickness, disease, oppression.
And if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.

This is the Jesus of the bible and this Jesus of the bible is the same yesterday today and forever.

When the sinner sees him dying on the cross for his or her sins and he or she accepts him as their sin substitute, they will be saved.

When the sick and the afflicted see Him at the whipping post taking those stripes for their healing and deliverance, and they recognize that Jesus suffered in their place, and that He took their sicknesses and diseases, and He carried their sorrows, and they accept that by faith (they will be healed).

When the believer sees Jesus raised from the dead, having put their sins away and coming to live in them through the power of the Holy Ghost, Then they will enter into the blessings and the benefits of the Christian life that were purchased for them through the atoning substitutionary work of Jesus.

I believe in church doctrine based and standing on the word of God.
I believe in divine healing.
I believe in prosperity.
I believe in the church as a divine institution ordained by God.

But my primary mission and my commission is to Preach Jesus, to lift up Jesus.
If you take Jesus out of the bible there is no good news.
(The gospel means good news)
But if we take Jesus out of our preaching, there is no good news.

Without Jesus in our singing, our preaching, our teaching, there is no gospel.
The world is dying to hear the (gospel of Jesus Christ).

Let me take it a step farther: Many in the church today are dying to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ (the good news of Jesus Christ.)

Why is there such a lack of power in many of our churches?
Why is there so much sickness in many of our churches?
Why is there so much oppression and depression in many of our churches?
Why is there such a lack of the manifest presence and power of God in our individual lives?

I believe it is because we have lost our vision of Jesus.
We don’t see Jesus, as we should: We see him through a fog a mist, a veil that religion has spread over our eyes, like Paul many of Gods people today have scales on their eyes and they cannot see Jesus.

How can we see him again?
We must hear the bible preached again in the way that sets Jesus forth as the center of attraction.
Jesus the saviour, Jesus the Healer, Jesus the deliverer, Jesus the Miracle worker, Jesus the friend of sinners, Jesus the Baptizer in the Holy Ghost, Jesus the great Intercessor, Jesus the great Shepherd of the sheep, Jesus the Apostle and high priest of our profession.

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
He is wonderful, counselor, prince of peace, Mighty God; He is the rose of Sharon, the Lilly of the valley, the daystar from on high, the bread of life.
He is sanctifier and Justifier
He is my shelter in the time of storm, he’s my shield and my buckler, my fortress and my high tower, He’s my rock and my anchor.
He is my Lion and He is my Lamb.

One songwriter put it like this: He is my everything, He is my all, He is my everything both great and small.
His name is JESUS.

We have the answer to every problem in the world or in the church and His name is Jesus.

Jesus is the answer:
Can you hear it?
Can you feel it?

The human heart is crying out (We would see Jesus)

*Who is going to take the blind sinner by the hand and lead them to Jesus the Saviour?
*Who is going to take the sick, the suffering and the bound and the oppressed and lead them to Jesus the Healer and Deliverer and Miracle Worker?

It’s those who have seen Jesus: (Those who live with the revelation of Jesus before their faces.)

Jesus asked the question of his disciples: Who do the people say I am?

The disciples began to tell Jesus what they had heard others say about Him.
But Jesus would not and will not settle for second hand information, He requires that we know Him by personal revelation.

He pressed his disciples: Who do you say that I am.

We cannot build our lives on second hand information; Peter answered, “Thou art the Christ the Son of the Living God”

Jesus said: Blessed art thou Simon Bar-Jonas for flesh and blood hath not revealed this unto thee, but my father which is in heaven.

Peter was blessed because he had a revelation of Jesus.

In the book of Numbers 21:4-9 the children of Israel had murmured against God and poisonous serpents came into their midst and bit them and many of them died.

Then they cried out for mercy and God told Moses to make a serpent of brass and put it on a pole and lift it up in the midst of the people; and everyone that looked upon the serpent on the pole was healed and lived.

That brass serpent on the pole was symbolic of Jesus dying on the cross suffering for our sins and sickness under the judgment of God.

Everyone that was bitten that lifted up their eyes and looked upon that serpent were healed.
That was just a type and shadow of our mighty Saviour, Jesus saving us and healing us and destroying the works of the devil.

When we lift up our eyes and get a revelation of Jesus we can be healed, we can be delivered; we can receive everything Jesus accomplished through His life, death, burial, and resurrection and His living and reigning in us by His Spirit.

We would see Jesus
We must see Jesus
We will see Jesus

 

There is a legend about an ancient village in Spain. The villagers learned that the king would pay a visit. In a thousand years, a king had never come to that village. Excitement grew. "We must throw a big celebration!" The villagers all agreed. But, it was a poor village, and there weren’t many resources. Someone came up with a classic idea. Since many of the villagers made their own wines, the idea was for everyone in the village bring a large cup of their choice wine to the town square. They said, “We’ll pour it into a large vat and offer it to the king for his pleasure! When the king draws wine to drink, it will be the very best he’s ever tasted!”

The day before the king’s arrival, hundreds of people lined up to make their offering to the honored guest. They climbed a small stairway, and poured their gift through a small opening at the top. Finally, the vat was full! The King arrived, was escorted to the square, given a silver cup and was told to draw some wine, which represented the best the villagers had.

He placed the cup under the spigot, turned the handle, and then drank the wine, but it was nothing more than water. You see, every villager reasoned, "I’ll withhold my best wine and substitute water. What with so many cups of wine in the vat, the king will never know the difference!" The problem was, everyone thought the same thing, and the king was greatly dishonored.