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The picture of lot meaning jesus and list bobbys daddy with day jesus christ When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

The ancient Greeks used to brag that they had so many words that they could say a lot with few words. This is certainly what Jesus did on the cross when He bowed His head and said

It is finished.

The word that Jesus spoke on the cross was likely tetelestai. That’s only one Greek word, yet it conveys a lot of meaning. Jesus did not say, I am finished. Because Jesus was not finished. The Pharisees probably thought, We finally got Him. Hes done! The demons of Hell probably howled with glee and they shouted out, Ha ha! Hes finished.

Even His disciples were disappointed and they said, Well, it’s all over now. They were confused and afraid and they thought Jesus was finished. But, Jesus didnt say I am finished, He said

It is finished. It is done.

In order to understand the word that Jesus spoke, we need to look at how the word was used in ancient history. First of all it was a servant’s word. When a servant had completed a task, he would come back to his master and, rather than saying, The job is done, as we would say, he would say what Jesus said, tetelestai. As a servant, I have done what you have sent me to do.

It is finished

But, in John 17:4, Jesus said

I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. So, Jesus did not die ahead of time. Jesus did not die incidentally, or accidentally. Jesus died at the exact moment He was supposed to.

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.

I preached a few weeks back that Jesus is the only man who ever died voluntarily. None of us die voluntarily. We may choose the time of our death by suicide, but we can’t choose whether or not we’re going to die. Jesus was the only one who didn’t have the sentence of death upon Him, yet He chose to die. He said

No man taketh (my life) from me, but I lay it down of myself.

Jesus never started anything He didnt finish. Hes not like us. Every one of us has a list of unfinished stuff. Dont you?

Let me tell you about two little boys. Little Jimmy told little Bobby, My Daddy can whip your Daddy. Bobby went home and said, Daddy, Jimmy said that his Daddy can whip you. And, so he went to see Jimmy’s Daddy. And he said, I understand you have a list of people that you can whip and my name is on that list. And, Jimmy’s Daddy said, That’s right! Your name’s right at the top of that list. Bobbys Daddy said, You can’t whip me. What are you going to do about that? Jimmys dad looked at the Bobbys dad and he was a pretty big old boy and he said, Well, I’m just gonna have to take your name off that list.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Thank God the Jesus finishes His work and thank God for the finished work of Calvary.


It is finished. It was a servant’s word, saying, I have done what the father gave me to do. But, not only was tetelestai a servants word, it was also a priests word. 2016 years ago, one of the priests jobs was to examine the sacrificial lambs. They had to make sure that those sacrificial lambs were absolutely without spot or blemish. Because those OT sacrificial lambs were a picture of the

Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. There could be no blemish, no sin in the Lamb of God.

The priests would examine every part of that lamb. They would look inside its mouth, check the eyes, look in the ears, look at the hooves, feel the wool When the priest had determined that the lamb was perfect, he would present it for sacrifice and he would say, Tetelestai! It is perfect!

On the cross, Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest, offered himself. And when he bowed His head, He said, Tetelestai. Father, here is a perfect lamb.

Another who person who used this word was an artist. The people of ancient Israel were great artists. And, when the artist completed his masterpiece, when he had put the last stroke on, when it all made sense, when it all came together, he would use this same word, tetelestai.

Have you ever watched the guy painting on TV? I think he’s an old German. He’s incredible. He can do a whole painting in an hour. And just when you think it’s perfect, he says, Und, now I tink I vill put a little sometink here Then he takes a big glob of black paint and swoosh Oh, no, he ruined it! But, then he just keeps on painting and suddenly it all comes into focus.

The disciples didnt understand the picture that Jesus was painting. When the Jesus talked about the cross, Peter said, No Lord thats not gonna happen. Jesus said

Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God. You dont understand why Im putting this stroke on the canvas. Even after His resurrection, walking on the road to Emmaus, said, You guys dont understand it all yet. But you will.

It all makes sense to us now. We understand that Jesus Christ, the master artist, was completing what He’d set out to do. Eph 2:10 says we are His workmanship. We are, literally, His piece of art. He put the last stroke on and said, Tetelestai! It is finished.

Tetelestai was also a merchant’s word. It was used in business transactions. When a man had an account with a merchant, and he paid his bill of completely, the merchant would write on it, tetelestai. What I owed you is now paid in full.

Its easy to see how this one translates to the Christian life. Rom 6:23 the wages of sin is death And Jesus paid that debt fully and completely. Theres nothing left that we owe, not one more thing can that we do to add to our salvation, because it is paid in full. Tetelestai.

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. What that simply means is you can not mix grace and works. Jesus bought your salvation and it is paid for completely. And, thats what He meant when he said, Tetelestai.

Tetelestai was also a judge’s word. In the old days, when a man was put in prison, there was a writing put on his prison door, and that writing listed the crimes he had been charged with. When his prison term was finished, and he had paid his debt to society, they wouldnt tear that bill of charges up or throw it away, they would write on it tetelestai. That means he had paid his debt.

Col 2:14 says Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross. The bill of charges that was against us, Jesus took it away. He nailed it to His cross. He took my writ of offenses and Jesus wrote across it, Tetelestai; paid in full and He nailed it to the cross. And, God doesnt do double jeopardy, so I will never have to pay for those sins again.

The devil doesn’t want you to understand that your sin debt has been paid in full. Many of us are haunted by guilt and were intimidated by the devil. The Holy Spirit does not convict you of sin that has already been forgiven. The devil may accuse you of it, but the Holy Spirit will only convict you of sin that you have not yet confessed. And he doesnt do it to condemn you, but to simply to get you to confess it. And when you confess you discover that sin has already been paid in full by the blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Tetelestai! It was also a warrior’s word. When the battle was over, the warrior would come home and he would face his king or his commander and he would say, Tetelestai; it is finished. The victory has been won. st Cor 15, the Bible says

Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. That is my battle with Satan, and it is finished. And, through Jesus Christ, I won. Tetelestai!

Jesus life was finished, His work was finished, mans redemption was finished, but not all of the prophesies were finished.

Jesus work was done, but there were still details that had to be fixed. Jesus knew that Psa 69:21 said

They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink

His life ministry was tetelestai, but that little detail of prophesy still had to be fulfilled before Jesus could give up the ghost. He had to put the last little stroke on the painting of our salvation.

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

The ancient Egyptians built these great pyramids, and they used to say, We build like giants, but we finish like jewelers. That’s what Jesus was doing on the cross; He was building like a giant; He was paying for all the sins of all mankind. But, at the same time, He was paying attention to the last small detail. Thank God for the fulfilled prophesy.

Fulfilled prophesy is one of the ways that we can know that the Bible is the word of God. Because of all the fulfilled prophesy, there is no way to explain the Bible as anything other than the word of God. If you read Psa 22, it sounds like the writer was standing at the foot of the cross describing Jesus death hundreds of years before it happened. Before they even knew about crucifixion, David wrote about the piercing of His hands and His feet. He notes the words of His enemies, the tortures of crucifixion, the gambling for His garments. Its incredible.

All the prophesies that led up to Jesus death were completed when He died. That tells me something. The God that fulfilled those prophesies is the same God who is going to fulfill the prophesies concerning the second coming of Jesus, Amen! Dont write those prophesies off. Dont explain them away and dont ignore them. Jesus second coming is going to be as real, as literal, and as minutely fulfilled as His first coming.

Tetelestai. His earthly work was finished. Another thing, His suffering was finished. Jesus knew the price He had to pay. And He spent His whole life anticipating that suffering, that disgrace.

Have you ever realized how good it is that we dont know the future? Trust me, you dont want to know the future. Do you want to know that, three years from now, your baby is going to get leukemia and die? Would you like to know that ahead of time? Could you enjoy dinner tonight if you knew that your sister was going to be killed in a car wreck next Tuesday? How well would you sleep tonight if you knew the hour and the circumstance of your death?

You better thank God you dont know the specifics of your future. But Jesus knew the future. Psa 88:15

I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up

Jesus knew the future, even as a child in Josephs carpenter shop, He knew. Every piece of wood that Jesus handled reminded Him of that old rugged cross that He would hang on one day. Every time He drove a nail, it reminded Him of the hammer and the nail that would be driven through His flesh. Every time Jesus went to a temple and saw those animal sacrifices He was reminded that He was the Lamb of God.

There was a great painter back in the 1800s named Holman Hunt. He painted a picture of Jesus as a boy. It’s at the end of the day in the carpenter shop. Jesus has done His days work, the sun is setting in the west. Jesus is standing there in the doorway, His hands are upon the lintel of the door, the Lord Jesus is on his tiptoes, and He’s stretching. Just a beautiful young man. You see the youth, the vitality of His body. But, as the sun sets in the west, Jesus body and His out stretched arms cast a shadow on the opposite wall and the shadow is in the form of a cross. Jesus lived His whole life in the shadow of the cross.

We can’t understand what Jesus suffered on the cross. He died, true. But His suffering went way beyond simple physical death. It was the scourging and the shame and the loss of His perfect holiness as He became sin. It was His Father turning His back on Him as He died. Jesus became the object of the Father’s loathing. God had to look on Him as He looks on sin. And all of Gods burning wrath against sin was poured out upon the Lord Jesus Christ. And in a few short days, Jesus suffered an eternity of Hell.

Thank God, that His suffering is finished; tetelestai. Thank God that Jesus baptism in the flames of Hell is done. It was so much more than death. And He lived His life anticipating that time of darkness and pain. You dont want to know tetelestai until you get there.

Tetelestai, it is finished. The plan of salvation was finished. Matt 18:11 the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. And it was done. When Jesus died on the cross everything that is necessary for you to be saved was done. Don’t try to add your puny bit of self-effort to what the Jesus did on the cross.

That’s why all those people who believe that youre saved by grace and works are wrong. They say it’s not all faith and it’s not all works; it’s faith plus works. And they turn to the book of James to prove it and they make it sound logical.

They say it’s like crossing a stream in a rowboat. You pull on one ore, thats faith, and you go around in a circle this way. You pull on the other ore, thats works, and you go around in a circle the other way. Faith plus works, now that gets you across the stream. Theres one major problem with their illustration. Were not going to Heaven in a rowboat. We’re going to Heaven by the grace of God and, tetelestai, it is finished!

One last thing about tetelestai and then Ill be finished. There’s another thing Jesus meant when He said tetelestai on that cross. He was telling us that Satan’s power was finished. In John 12:31, Jesus was talking about His coming death and he said

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

Heb 2:14 says that Jesus became flesh and blood that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. Satan is now is a defeated enemy, because Jesus has won the victory, as a warrior, and has said, Tetelestai, it is finished.

Satan doesnt want you to know that hes been defeated. You want to know why Satan doesnt want you to know? Because hes embarrassed; humiliated. You see, Jesus did not defeat Satan as God. He defeated Satan as a man. Jesus came down here to Satans sphere and Jesus battled Satan on his own ground and Jesus defeated Him.

Adrian Rogers tells a story from his own life that fits this sermon well. When Adrian Rogers was a little boy, there was another little boy that didnt like him. And he and two of his buddies came up with an idea. Theyd get Adrian Rogers over in their back yard and beat him up. And, so they somehow lured Adrian Rogers over and he ended up in that kids back yard and they commenced to whip little Adrian. And when the smoke cleared and the dust settled, little Adrian Rogers had whipped the other kid, in his own back yard. Brother Adrian says he never had another problem with that kid.

Thats embarrassing, to lure somebody onto your turf, into your home field, to beat them up, and they end up whipping you. Thatll leave a permanent mark on your pride. And Satan lured God the Son down here to his own back yard and Satan thought he killed him. But three days later, the Lord Jesus Christ rose again, victorious from the grave, victorious over death, victorious over the power of Satan and tetelestai, praise God, it is finished! man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God. Jesus came out of the golden streets of Heaven, into this world of woe, right into Satans back yard, and Jesus ripped the crown away from Satan and Jesus beat the sting out of death. Jesus won the victory through His perfect sacrificial death and, in doing so, He destroyed the power of death.

Jesus Christ did the job of a servant and a priest and a merchant and a judge and a soldier and an artist. And as a man, He is the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Thats what you do when the job is done, tetelestai. You go home and sit down. And your Father says,

Well done, thou good and faithful servant.I believe the Father said that to Jesus. And I believe that the Father will say that to you and me, too, when we finally say, Father, the job You gave me to do, Tetelestai; it is finished.

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The picture of church age today and name jesus christ with smoke cigarettes use Last month, I finished the sermons on the letters to the churches in Rev 2 and 3. The last letter was to Laodicea, which was pretty traumatic, because we are in the Laodicean period within the Church age. Today, were going to take another look at Laodicea and lukewarmness, but this time, we are going to look at lukewarmness as a sin, and see if we can identify the the curse, the cause and the cure. We may backtrack over some previously covered areas, but thats okay, too. Sometimes we need to hear something several times before it sinks in. Right, my sons?

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

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.

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.

This message, as with every word in the Bible, is profitable for every single living person. Those who are on fire for God need this message, lest they become lukewarm. But I think the message is probably more aimed at those who are already lukewarm, and need the message so that they can hear the Lords guidance on how to break the curse.

And, to be clear, Im not talking about unsaved folks; the Lord has a different message for them. This is aimed at that person who is saved, who is a child of God, but is just dishwater warm. You go home today and drink a nice big glass of warm dishwater and youll know how these folks make God feel.

Lukewarmness is a state where something is too cold to be hot, and its too hot to be cold. Its too cold to boil, and its too hot to freeze. And, therefore, its insipid and nauseous. It symbolizes indifference and an apathetic attitude. It means that you really just dont care.

Lets go through some of the ways in which you can be lukewarm. You can be lukewarm when it comes to your sanctification. How many people do you know who have a genuine, burning, passion to be pure and be clean; to be holy? We understand that, even after salvation, people make mistakes; were not yet perfect, and we wont be until we are fully recreated into the image of our Creator. But, its not a very good testimony to the world to claim the name of Jesus Christ and then smoke cigarettes or use bad language or hang out in places and with people who are serving the devil. Weve got plenty of admonitions to walk a good walk: nd Cor 6:17

Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing

But, today, you cant tell the difference between the child of God and a child of the devil. They go to the same places. They dress alike. They watch the same amusement. They drink the same things. They smoke the same things. And they call themselves children of God.

Oh, its not that theyre all that bad.

You dont steal. But you dont pay your debts on time. Or you dont give your employer 100% of what they are paying you for.

You dont tell big black lies. But you do stretch the truth. Ever tell someone, Hey! Nice to see you! when you cant stand them?

You dont commit adultery. But you watch it all the time on TV. Read Romans chapter 1.

You dont get drunk real often. But you are seen with a beer.

You laugh at dirty jokes.

You dont use Jesus name as a cussword, but you say things like heck instead of Hell, Jeez instead of Jesus, gosh darn it instead of

Youre not all that bad; youre just not all that good, either. Like my kids praying, Lord help me be just good enough to not get a spanking.

Were lukewarm at church. Thank God for every preacher amd Sunday School teacher in this church and in this world. But how many of us weep and pray over certain children in our classses because their home is broken or theyre not saved or their spirit is being quenched by a lukewarm parent?

How many preachers in the world today, including me, preach, filled with the Spirit, with a heart on fire, with a broken heart, preaching in power and in authority? God forgive me and every one of us for our lukewarm preaching. Someone described the average church as a mild-mannered man standing in front of some mild-mannered people, exhorting everybody to be more mild-mannered. Makes God wanna vomit. God, give us some men with brimming eyes, and bursting lips, and hearts on fire, who will preach like a dying man would preach to dying men! God forgive our lukewarm preaching.

You know why there are so many bored people in the pews? Because there are so many boring preachers in the pulpit.

How many singers have we got that sing with the power and the movement of the Holy Spirit? One thing that I love about Bible Baptist Church is that, sometimes, when we sing, sometimes the Holy Spirit sings with us and there are tears and joy and pure love and worship for our Lord. I will never forget when I preached about the song Why Me, Lord. This church was moved that morning.

If you would sing It is Well With My Soul as rapturously as you sing Friends in Low Places, that would not only get through to God, it would touch your own soul. When is the last time anyone other than Sharon cried over The Old Rugged Cross? When was the last time when we were singing How Great Thou Art and somebody shouted out, Glory to God!?

Its a mockery to sing a hymn about the majesty and the glory of our God if youre not filled with the Spirit of our God. Eph 5:18-19 be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Thats how were supposed to sing; filled with the Holy Spirit. There should be a gladness; there should be an urgency; there should be feeling; there should be tears when we sing, because we are singing with a heart on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Were lukewarm in our study. How many of you believe the Bible is the Word of God? Every hand raised? Then how can you be lukewarm about a book written by almighty God? To you?

How many minutes do you spend on Facebook every day? How many minutes reading the Good Book? How many minutes of TV every day? How many minutes of Bible? You see how much garbage youre putting in your eyes and how little perfection? For a lot of Christians, its shameful.

Do you believe everything you read in the paper? or hear on the TV or the Internet? Of course not. Do you believe everything you read in the Bible? Of course you do. Then why would you spend more time with something that you dont believe than with something that you do believe?

Were lukewarm in our sanctification, in our service, in our study and were lukewarm in our prayer life. I will be the first to confess; sometimes I run out of time. I have a day job, a family, a house and property to maintain, sons to raise and a wife to care for, a church to tend and sermons to write, Bible studies to plan and write and sometimes I run out of time. And prayer is the first thing to suffer.

When is the last time you missed a meal to pray? When is the last time you shed tears when you were praying? When is the last time you missed sleep because you were praying? When is the last time you got alone, got on your face and said, Lord, Im coming before you now in prayer and I am not stopping until I know I KNOW that I have reached the throne room.

The devil laughs when he sees our plans. He laughs when we say were going to have a special event. He laughs when somebody starts a Sunday School class. He laughs when he sees me writing a sermon. He laughs at our church. The devil laughs when you do anything for God. But he trembles in fear when he sees the weakest one of us on our knees, because thats where we get the victory; thats where we get our power, thats where we get together with Almighty God and theres nothing the devil can do about it.

James 5:16

Lukewarm in prayer. We also get lukewarm in our offerings. In modern day Laodicean America, money is tight. And, when we have to tighten our belts, a lot of times it is our offerings that suffer first.

And our offerings arent just the few pennies we throw in the offering box; our offerings are our time, our strength, our skills; anything God can use that we can provide.

Lukewarm about witnessing. Every time you speak to another living human being is an opportunity to tell them about Jesus Christ. You dont even have to open your mouth; just hand them a gospel tract.

Some Christians are either afraid or ashamed to tell someone about Jesus with words. Sadly, in America today, Christianity is perceived as a feminine thing or a weak thing or a crutch. And so we just keep our religion to ourselves. And somebody goes to Hell because you were lukewarm.

So many of us are lukewarm about our sanctification, our service, our Bible study, our prayer life, our witnessing. And, it makes God sick. Why? Whats so bad about being lukewarm? After all, its better than being cold, right? Not in Gods eyes.

Look at Rev 3:15

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. God says, Id rather have you cold than serving Me halfheartedly.

Why? Because its the lukewarm Christian that keeps so many people out of Heaven. If 10% of the Christians in this world were truly hot, on fire for Jesus Christ, living a separated life, filled with the Holy Spirit, believing and living and claiming the word of God, filled with joy, and gladness, and fervency, and fire, wed turn this world upside down for Jesus Christ. Problem is, we aint got 10%. Probably dont even have 2%.

Lukewarmness has done more to hold back the power of God than all of the harlots, the bartenders and pornographers put together. People that claim to be Christians! In Mark 7:6, Jesus said

This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Why does lukewarmness make God sick? Because its an insult to Him. G. Campbell Morgan said that lukewarmness is the worst form of blasphemy. Think about it. The lukewarm Christian is saying, God, I believe in You, but You just dont excite me. You died to save me, but so what? Its a yawn in the face of God.

If God isworth anything, Hes worth everything. As a born again Christian, you are the most empowered person in the world. You have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the commission of God Himself and youre doing nothing? In 1 st Kings 18:21, Elijah asked the people,

How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him. Get off the fence. Dont insult God by saying, I believe in You. So what? Lukewarmness is the worst form of blasphemy.

Why does lukewarmness make God sick? Because it sets you up for other sins. You want me to tell you how to not cheat on your wife? You want me to tell you how to avoid alcohol or drugs? You want me to tell you how to avoid every kind of sin? Stay in love with the Lord and fervently, actively, enthusiastically serve Him. Then those other things simply wont happen.

Remember the Lords letter to the church at Ephesus? They had lost their first love. Now, six churches later, Laodicea seems to be suffering the same problem. Weve lost our first love. That keen edge is growing cold. Had Ephesus or Laodicea kept on in love with the Lord Jesus Christ, they never would have gotten into their condition.

And it is lukewarmness that prepares you for other sins; worse sins. And, you need to understand that, if you dont have a burning, passionate, blazing, emotional, devoted love for the Lord Jesus, youre already set up for something worse thats going to betray the Lord Jesus, shame you, and hurt those you love. If there was ever a time that you loved Jesus more than you do at this moment, you are a backslider. Youve cooled off and youre lukewarm.

Weve talked about why it makes God sick, now lets talk about why it happens. Rev 3:17

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; Their biggest need was that they needed a need. They were too self sufficient. They didnt need any outside help. Remember how I told you that the city of Laodicea was destroyed by earthquakes, but refused Roman help to rebuild? They were rich and proud and they did it themselves. And this self-sufficiency had crept into their church.

And they didnt even know it.

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not; They didnt even realize that their own self-sufficiency was a liability.

Its summed up in Rev 3:17

Thou sayestand knowest not Their lukewarmness was rooted in their ignorance. They said one thing, but they did not know. Our biggest need may be to see our need.

Its like the old preacher that had a man in his congregation that needed to get right with God. And when the preacher would prepare his sermons, hed have a mental picture of that man. And, he would think about that man, pray for that man, prepare for that man, and preach to that man. But, the guy would always meet the preacher at the door and say, Man, Preacher, you really hit them today. Then one snowy day, that one guy was the only one that showed up for the service. And, the preacher was ready. He had his message. And he preached that sermon with all the fire and Spirit that he could muster. And when he was done, that one guy came up and shook his hand and said, Man, Preacher, if they was anybody here today, you woulda really hit em! That man never did see his need.

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. Laodicea was known for its fine black wool; it was known for its trading in precious metals such as gold; it was known for its medicine, especially eye salve. And Jesus said, You cant even see what your real need is. You need My white raiment, you need My gold and you need My eye salve.

They thought they had it all, and they didnt have anything of any real value. And thats the cause of lukewarmness; the inability to see ourselves as God sees us. God saw their real needs. And, Im afraid that someone here today that needs this message might blow it off because they dont think that they are the one that needs it. Thats why Jesus ended by saying

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear Not the church, not Laodicea, not Bible Baptist Church, the individual; Let him that hath ears hear.

And you do have needs. Your first need is some clothes; a robe of righteousness. Dont be like the emperor in the old fairy tale. He got tricked into walking around naked because he was too proud to admit that he didnt have anything on. Admit your need and then fill that need.

In Rev 3:18, Jesus said

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.

Admit your need. Which ostrich is the easiest one to kill? The one with his head stuck in the sand.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten

Why? Why would God punish lukewarmness? Because lukewarmness is not weakness; its wickedness.

Some of us are pretty clean; we dont commit adultery, we dont get drunk, we dont steal But, if youre lukewarm, just as surely as this verse is in the Bible, you can get ready for the judgment of God. Not because God doesnt love you, but because God does love you. And He is too good to let you get away with your lukewarmness. You think, Well, Ive been lukewarm for years, and God never chastised me. You aint lukewarm; youre cold. Heb 12:6

Whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receiveth. God will not, God cannot, God never has, God never will, let any true Christian get by with his coldness, his indifference, his lukewarmness. zealousmeans boiling.

And repent. Theres only one way to deal with your lukewarmness, and that is repentance. Confess it to God. Get alone with God. Get in a closet. Get on your knees. Get on your face before God, and say, God, have mercy upon me. Lord, Ive insulted You. Im Your child and yet Im not excited and enthusiastic about You. God have mercy on my lukewarmness. O God, I want to be a flaming fire for You. Set my soul on fire, Lord.

Confess your lukewarmness just like you would confess adultery or stealing. Its a sin, and the cure is plain old-fashioned repentance before God.

And, in verse 20, the Lord says

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

Your heart and your life is like a house. And, Jesus Christ is on the outside knocking and wanting to come in, but you gotta open the door.

William Holman Hunt painted a beautiful picture titled Christ and the Lantern. In this picture, Jesus is standing there, knocking at a door. The vines have grown up on the door. When the art critics first saw that painting, they said, Mr. Hunt, its beautiful, but you forgot to put a doorknob on the door. He said, I didnt forget it. I did it that way on purpose. The doorknob is on the inside. It must be opened from the inside.

And Jesus is standing at the door, right now, knocking. This sermon is Jesus knocking. The Holy Spirit is Jesus knocking. That great old hymn we just sang was Jesus knocking. That near accident was Jesus knocking. That broken heart was Jesus knocking. That beautiful sunset was Jesus knocking. So many things, so many ways, over and over and over, Jesus is saying, I love you. I want to come in, but you have to open the door.

Jesus is knocking right now at some of the hearts in this very room. Maybe, for someone, Hes offering salvation. Maybe for someone else, hes asking you to repent of your lukewarmness toward Him. And Hes not inviting you to a funeral; He said, Ill come in and sup with you and you with Me Hes inviting you to a feast. If people really understood what they had in the Lord Jesus Christ, you couldnt keep them away with a baseball bat.

Eternal life, remission of all sins, help when you need it, strength when youre weary, a confidant that can actually be trusted, a lifetime of joy, walking with an awesome Creator, and then an eternity of joy, living in a perfect Heaven. How can you be lukewarm about that package?

Repent, brothers & sisters. Dont get comfortable in your religion; walk on the edge. Be on fire for God. Yes, you will offend people. Yes, you will be persecuted. But, who would you rather be persecuted by, this present evil world, or a Creator who is sick of your lukewarmness? Because you will get one or the other.

Lukewarmness makes God sick. And it is a sin. And, as such, it will be punished. The Lord said

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. If you are sitting here today and your life is less than perfect, do you wonder why? When it sometimes seems like the bad guys get all the breaks and you just get broke, do you wonder why? When everyone around you prospers and you just perspire, do you wonder why? In the context of lukewarmness, Jesus said

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Maybe your ill fortune is the Lords chastening. Maybe your bad luck is Gods hand swatting you. Maybe that flat tire, that business problem, that sick relative, maybe that constant long string of unfortunate events is nothing more than the Lord, doing exactly what He said He would do; chastening you to try and herd you back closer to your God. Think on it.

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