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Volume No. 2010    Issue No. 14   Date: April 25, 2010

Publication of the BIBLE BAPTIST MINISTRY, 48 Alexie Rd, Hanover Township, PA 18706

Phone: 570.829.5216 pdmikBBM@aol.com pastormiklas@aol.com

 

In John 6:35-37 we read, “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (36) But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. (37) All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Did you notice our Lord’s invitations in verse 35 “…He that cometh to me…” and in verse 37, “He said, “…him that cometh to me…” Pause for a few moments at the beginning of this week and meditate on our Lord’s SEVEN INVITATIONS.

First: In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Here is a very precious invitation to every sin-burdened soul. We can come to Him who is the Sin-Bearer, and to Him who says, "Cast thy burden upon the LORD." There is no load of human care of which He cannot relieve us, and there is no sin too dark for His precious blood to cleanse, thus making us "whiter than snow.”

Second: Jesus said in John 1:39, "Come and see." These two disciples were honest seekers of truth. They wanted to know more and to converse with Jesus. They had found their true Master and believed Him to be what He professed to be, "The Son of God." The closer we come to Christ, and the more we look to Him, the more satisfied our souls will be.

Third: Jesus said in John 7:37, "Come unto me, and drink." Christ knows our human nature. He knows the meaning of soul thirst and that nothing else but the fountain of life can satisfy the parched soul. David knew this longing and expressed it in Psalm 42:1, 2, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. (2) My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come
and appear before God?"

Fourth: Jesus, in John 21:12, said to the disciples, "Come and dine." He knows the soul's hunger. He is Himself "the living bread!' He satisfies the hungry soul. He meets our every need. It is indeed a privilege to sit down and dine with Him.

Fifth: Jesus said in Mark 10:21, "Come, take up the cross, and follow me." We cannot wear the crown if
we will not bear the cross. As followers of Jesus, we must walk in His footsteps and account it all
honor if we are permitted to bear the cross.

Sixth: Jesus said in Mark 6:31, "Come ye yourselves apart and rest a while." Jesus “knoweth our frame." He knows our weakness, and just as the body needs periods of rest, so our souls need the same. We want more meditation – more quiet times with the Lord Jesus. Our Father usually calls His servants away for a quiet time before sending them to important work.

Moses was sent into the desert for forty years before he began his real life's work.

Paul was sent away for three years before his public preaching began.

 He prospers most in spiritual things who gets most alone with God.

 Seventh: Jesus said in Matthew 25:34, "Come, ye blessed inherit the kingdom." He has not redeemed us to a life of spiritual insignificance. We are born again, made new creatures, "heirs … and joint-heirs" with Him. We are to be kings and priests, and our position is far above that of angels, pure though they may be. May we never despise our inheritance!

 May the Lord bless you this week as you prayerfully read and meditate on the attached Weekly SERMON in the series on Power and Glory in the Church,  “What Makes a Great Church? – Part 1.”

 
In His Amazing Grace,
Pastor David Miklas
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