November 24, 2002
Serve God or The Damning Sin of Unbelief
Welcome back WHOP - been off since July -
Thankful to be back on - a four month hiatus - since
Two observations - One at the funeral of Junior
Cook, Mr. Cook’s brother - I did not know him,
but in his life he kept good company with Bro.
Denny Burchett & Bro. John Christian, I trust
with the Savior also. What I noticed at the
funeral was such an outpouring of love and
I understand the night before also. It made me
want to go in the funeral procession to Pembroke
although I did not do so. I thought of John 11:36 -
“behold how He loved him” - translated - behold
how they loved him.
Number 2 - I was out on a local road the 13th
and saw a coyote in a field searching for mice
or voles. They say for every coyote you see
there is a hundred you don’t - I say this in
reference to those of you who respond by
TV or radio - I trust for every one there is
a hundred that don’t.
Christ’s transition from public to private life.
This study I have thoroughly enjoyed, especially trying
to go with the flow of the Holy Spirit.
It is pleasantly tiring and I get a little washed out feeling -
Kyle Wallace Story - EKU - circa. 1958
Many don’t want to follow the Lord there - the
psyche apparently gets in the way! More of that later.
vs. 1-2 A supper for Lazarus
Martha serving. Mary anoints Jesus.
Other gospel writers tell that Mary broke the alabaster
box & poured the costly unguent on His head in rich
abundance as though hers had been the royal high-priestly
The perfumed nard ran down His garments & accumulated
at the Savior’s feet - she loosed her hair in her self-
humiliation and self abandonment and wiped His feet with
the tresses of her hair.
vs. 7-8 - “Let her alone” - after this night you will not have
opportunity to offer me the affectionate attention or
symbolic homage - it is NOW OR NEVER!
vs. 9-11 - the chief priests deliberated to kill Lazarus,
a type of destroying the evidence.
The raising of Lazarus had brought about a crisis - a sort
of sifting out process, which I want to emphasize today,
“some believed, some did not” - despite Christ’s
greatest signs, wisest teachings, His wonderful
love - ch. 11:45-46
vs. 12-19 - the triumphant entry -
v. 20 - The Greeks representative of the western
world seek Jesus.
The cry of us all!!!!???? Sirs, we would see JESUS!
We still go to Him to know who God is and what He
would have us think and how to act.
For instance, in the liberal and often hypocritical
Courier-Journal last Sunday, WWJD - Drive?
vs. 23-24 - Getting to the heart of the lesson.
“the hour is come” - the hour of crisis for which He
came out of eternity.
Phil. 2:8 - “became obedient unto death, even the
death of the cross”
Gal. 3:13 - “He became a curse for us” - thus
redeeming us from the curse of the law,
YOU SIN, YOU DIE!
v. 25 - When the instinct of self-reservation
becomes a SELF-IDOLATRY!
There is a love of mere physical life that imperils
the higher life.
Flip side - a realization that there is a higher end
of life more valuable than self - NAMELY - “thy
lovingkindness is better than life” - Ps. 63:3a
There is a reward involved in the sacrifice of the
present life in the cause of God.
psyche - self - life - person - breath -person
The side psychology seems to be on - a
very damning philosophy.
Enjoys the things of the world - finer
satisfaction in the gratification of the senses.
losing self/destroying self in making it valueless.
The “psyche” is a great possession and “what
advantageth a man if he should gain the whole
world and lose it?
When one makes the earthly reign of the psyche
or its enjoyment the end of all striving - that
person has failed - this flies in the face of self-help,
self-worship and looking deep within so prevalent
in our culture.
v. 26 - “if any man serve me, him will my Father
v. 27 Your sin - my sin was on Him!
Our salvation was not cheap!
ch. 11:33 - “shuddered” - Christ’s psyche in the
depths of agony - Luke 22:44 - read.
Heb. 5:7 - Either from death itself or from the
fear and horror which accompanies it.
“He was heard” - raven’s cry sermon - Ms. Augusta.
The prayer, if selfishly delivered and answered
would have been the ruin of the world.
Christ died - was glorified - if He had not His life
would have been sterile.
“many saints seen in Jerusalem” - “the firstborn
among many brethren” - Rom. 8:29
v. 28-29 - a mixed up population - some thought it
thundered, some thought an angel had
spoken - both were wrong - it was the
When He speaks we ought to listen!
v. 31 - The turning point in history - victory of
Christ - the defeat of Satan ( Game’s over)
I John 3:8a
He came to die for the sins of the world - if you
will not accept this you are judged - John 3:17-18
The casting out of Satan, the usurper & god of
this world - II Cor. 4:4, Eph. 2:2
v. 32 - The attraction of the cross of Christ will
prove to be the mightiest motive to human
will wielded by the Holy Spirit, enough to
There is a marvelous drawing power in the lifted up
Redeemer. Are you lifting Him up today?
Some believed, some didn’t. Compare Acts 28:24 and
your personal experience in the 21st century!
There is no other answer from Jesus - How sad!
“the harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are
not saved” - Jer. 8:20
vs. 35-36 - A last public appeal to individuals - a
gracious invitation. He ended His public ministry
and vanished before them.
This is the last appeal to the Jews - use your
opportunity - don’t trifle with your destiny by silly &
“he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he
goeth” - results from not making use of the Light of
the world - no perception of imminent danger, drifting
over a fathomless unknown into infinite & endless
suspense. When the Light of the world is spurned &
a godless evolution made to supply its place, humanity
and the world have no goal set before them, no aims,
no mind or will to guide the progress of mankind.
The way to become children of the Light is to
believe in the Light!
Why Johnny can’t tell Right from Wrong!
Good Morals & Gentle Manners
Well Springs of Truth
v. 37 - Chase a butterfly, never catch it.
Be still, it will light on your nose.
add walking on the sea - ch. 6
This verse implies that He did many more
miracles than recorded - who will may know it!
Internet/information - can find anything from
Little River Clovis Complex to information on how to cook
v. 38 - One of the anomalies of life that man does
seem so insensible to his own highest interests -
prophets wondering - Christ marveling -THE LOGOS
OF ISAIAH SHOWS THAT PROPHETS FORESAW
THE KIND OF RECEPTION THAT A PEOPLE WHO
HAD BEEN SO FAITHLESS TO JEHOVAH’S LESSER
MANIFESTATIONS WOULD GIVE TO THE MOST
AMAZING OF ALL SELF-DISCLOSURES - JESUS
The causes which produced the widespread unbelief in
the days of Isaiah were seen to be still at work in
Christ’s days on earth to produce strange, incompre-
hensible blindness in Israel.
A judicial blindness - punishing sin
Mark 6:5-6 Matt. 9:35-38
Very dangerous - if you do not accept Him, there will
come a day when you cannot accept Him.
vs. 39-40 - a moral impossibility inherited by the Jews
through ages of rebellion & insensibility to Divine
grace and misuse of revelation - “they could not
believe. A fixed law - power unused destroys itself -
persistent disregard for religion makes it more difficult
to obey or believe.
Is challenging a nativity scene on public property
diffusing this blindness?
A solemn passage quoted four other places in NT
Luke 8:10 Matt. 13:14-15 Mark 4:12
The unforced & willful rejection of the Divine Word
is visited by a withdrawal of the faculty to receive
even more accessible & apprehensible truth.
If so, is America beyond help? CBS satire on
issue of Ten Commandments etched in stone in Ala.
II Thess. 2:10-12
Thus falling into a curse that belongs to a neglect
of the Divine - “they could not believe”.
Disinclination to God and to righteousness leads
to moral incapacity.
Unbelief is punished by unsusceptibility to clearest
evidence, prejudice by blindness, rejection of
Divine Love by inability to see.
v. 42 - Notwithstanding Christ’s rejection by
the Jewish nation or the United States of America,
some individuals see and believe.
Until - Back to square one - v. 25
v. 43 - The glory of God Himself in His aweful
holiness was of less interest than the
glory of the Sanhedrin, in this day, less
than Hollywood, and the approval of the
world. This has more to do with tangible,
sensuous, advantages, than the Divine
It becomes then, of high value to grasp the truth.
v. 46 - “I am come a Light into the world”
All true understanding, all purifying, gracious
influences are the issue and result of the Divine
Life in Jesus Christ.
My experience - Nov. 19 - Leonid meteor shower -
5:15 a.m. - clear, beautiful, full moon
Nothing compared to Jesus, the Light of the world!
II Cor. 4:6 - “in the face of Jesus Christ”
vs. 3-4 previous reference
v. 47 - Awful charge of responsibility upon every
man who simply hears & knows what Christ’s
words are - then keeps them not.
v. 48 - “the word that I have spoken shall judge him
in the last day’ - Judged by the Word of God!
v. 49 - What I should say and how I should say it
v. 50 “I know that His commandment is life eternal”
It offers life, it tells of life. In rejecting Christ & His
words, one rejects & insults the Father.