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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Repost- Others Die Because They Were Born; He Was Born That He Might Die- A Hard Word

Mat 20:17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,

Mat 20:18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,

Mat 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

Mat 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

Mat 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.

Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

Mat 20:24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

Mat 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

Mat 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Mat 20:29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.

Meyer:

Matthew 20:17-28

Serving Nobler than Self-Seeking

Mat_20:17-28

For the third time our Lord foretells His death. In Mat_16:21, He dwelt especially on the shame of His rejection; in Mat_17:23, He told how the gates of death would open on the Easter joy. Now He declares the method of His death, and tells how Gentiles would join with His own people in the tragedy of the Cross. He was no martyr, who went unknowing to his doom. He set His face to go to the Cross. Others die because they were born; He was born that He might die.

Many desire the power of the throne, without being prepared to pay the price of suffering. Others say glibly and easily, We can, little realizing what their choice involves, and that nothing but the grace of God can make their vow possible of fulfillment. But it is sufficient! Only claim it. God will not fail you! Notice Mat_20:28. The Lord ministers to us all, daily, patiently, lovingly. He took on Him the form of a servant and became obedient. Serve all men for His sake! We have to go down to reach His side.

The message title , taken from a sentence in Meyers commentary is profound, as is the last words ,

Serve all men for His sake! We have to go down to reach His side.

This is a classic teaching on improving your serve, on being a humble servant. The lord in this chapter is telling his followers about his death, what do they do? The mom of James and John came to Jesus with them, and asked if her sons could be seated on his right and left hand in glory. I do not know about you, but when I read this I think, they had been with Jesus three years, they had much to learn. Servitude was something they had not yet learned. Jesus often rebuked his disciples for a lack of faith, we read this often. Jesus always had to hear their quarrels, men just cannot get along, nothing has changed, get a group of people together and in time you will have troubles to deal with. In our new Church plant and coffee house ministry, I am not new to this, I know what to expect, people will complain about the music, how long the service is, how cold or hot it is, some will be jealous of each other, some will not like each other on and on, this will never changed until we are perfected in Heaven.

This does not stop any gathering, any planting, anything at all. The word teaches us be of one mind, one heart, one purpose, even one doctrine. The doctrine of the Apostles it was called, anything other than the doctrine of the Apostles was another gospel, and double cursed , read Galatians. The whole N.T. after Acts Chapter 2 is 100% Pentecostal, no need for clarification, it was the norm, it was the doctrine of the Apostles, even John the Baptist foretold of this baptism of the spirit and fire. The whole N.T. with our lord moving and healing, all is full gospel.

Funny now days, we have so many denominations and doctrines, but in the N.T. they had one doctrine, one teaching and they were one body, unity among the true believers in the faith handed and taught to them by the apostles, by letters and his servants. Like it or not, think the spirit no longer speaks , moves, heals, you are reading a N.T. that is indeed pentecostal 100%. This does not stop division.

We must learn as ministers, esp. that we are the servants of all, no big shots like on Christian T.V. No head other than Christ, no doctrine aside from sound doctrine of servitude, humility and death to self. The anointing is not something you can buy like the evil magician tried in Acts, but many still do. Many still say, ' I want to be used, I want to be anointed like so and so" listen this anointing , the real deal, is not something that just comes on you. It takes years of anguish and dealing with hardship, being humbled over and over and over. The school of Christ never ends until death. Not to say a new Christian can not be anointed and used in might , as the bible speaks of the new convert that was powerfully rebuking the Jews, preaching with power and authority his name was Apollos. I am saying , it comes with a price tag, death to self and full reliance on the lord. You can not send X amount of dollars to some T.V. Ministry and get a cloth anointed with oil, because you were told by the scam artist, the cloth would convey a double portion of the spirit, or prosperity.

As The Commentary said above,

Many desire the power of the throne, without being prepared to pay the price of suffering.

There are no dictators as the Gentiles had, Jesus said, it is 100% different in the Kingdom, it is, 'whoever is greatest is least, and servant to all'. Jesus showed this at the last super when He washed the disciples feet. I see a real need in the Church of our lord, His true body world wide, a need for a wake up call, get over self and into Jesus. We must, as Meyer said,

Serve all men for His sake! We have to go down to reach His side.
Have you gone down to self today? If not, you will not see and experience the true presence of the living Christ

Mat 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

Mat 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Christians, Pastors, Leaders I make an open plea, HUMILITY, SERVITUDE, we are nothing, why is it this ultimate lesson is so neglected? Because it goes against the flesh, many are moved in pride, position, money, followers, none of this humility and servitude matters to them, the lord vomits the proud out of his mouth.

Pride is no light matter, it is a cancer in the Church, esp. with the heads of ministries, I tell you now repent, the lord will vomit you out of his mouth, at the great white throne judgment many are in for a big surprise. Pride is of the Devil, the christian should have no part with it, the bible goes as far to teach us , we are not even to have fellowship with a proud man, and one who chases, lives, for gain of money. I know many like this, and the lord said, have nothing to do with these ones, they are under wrath, their house of cards are soon to fall.

Be nowhere near these proud ones who know nothing of humility and servitude. They love to be called Pastor and walk with chins up high, just as the Pharisees, so are many Pastors. They love the greetings in public, they love when people stop them and say, hello PASTOR so and so, Hello DR. so and so, hello Evangelist so and so, elder so and so, deacon so and so, Die to self man, die to self. Jesus is King, he alone is lifted high, He alone is holy and mighty, you are nothing apart from him. Flee from such ones as you would flee Babylon, dear reader, the word said it, not me.

I would to God the body of Christ would take these three verses of Matt Ch 20 -Vs 25-27, and read them until they get a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ and return to their first love, as they only love themselves, and love of money, position, title. Pride comes before the fall.

Many are ready to fall, Judgment begins in the house of God. Humility, servitude, what is it that ministers, leaders, Christians are missing in this truth. We can not be in the image of our lord with out these attributes, there is noway to be Christ like unless you can grasp humility and servitude. Many have had their reward in this world, remember the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, because that is what many are headed for.

Wake up Church leaders, humble yourself and repent, for the lord is soon to visit you, many will be taken out of their ministry and pulpits, Judgment is on many Christians , and they keep going on and acting like anything but true humble disciples of Christ. May this word , this strong word, bring conviction to the ones that need it, and peace to the ones who know it and live it.

I end this word with the words already read one last time that have substance.

1. Pride comes before the fall.

2. Many desire the power of the throne, without being prepared to pay the price of suffering.

3. Serve all men for His sake! We have to go down to reach His side.

4. Others die because they were born; He was born that He might die.

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