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Coming to Jesus

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John 5:31–47 NKJV
31 “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33 You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. 41 “I do not receive honor from men. 42 But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Focus verses
John 5:39–40 NKJV
39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
The Jewish leaders read the Scriptures so they could have eternal life, but they didn’t realise that the Scriptures are all about Jesus.
For example, we have been doing some corporate Bible reading...
Proverbs - all about wisdom - Jesus is the wisdom of God
Genesis
When Abraham offered Isaac, God’s provision of a ram in Isaac’s place is a type of Jesus, who died in our place
Joseph being rejected by his brothers and exalted by Pharaoh is a type of Jesus who was rejected by His own people and exalted by God
Exodus
The Passover lamb is a type of Jesus, whose blood causes God’s wrath to pass over us
The Rock, which Moses struck so that water came out is a type of Jesus, whom God struck on the cross, so that we could have life
To have eternal life, we must be willing to come to the one that Scriptures are all about - Jesus!

Who can come to Jesus?

Everyone can come to Jesus. All are invited:
Revelation 22:17 NKJV
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

What does it mean to come to Jesus?

It means to believe in Him
John 6:35 NKJV
35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Notice that “comes to” and “believes in” are used interchangeably.
In the original Greek, both “comes” and “believes” are in the present participle. This means that continuous action is in view. It is more literally “He who is coming to Me shall never hunger, and he who is believing in Me shall never thirst”.
Coming to Jesus is not just something we have done, it is something we must continue to do if we will continue to have spiritual life.
That’s why Peter said to those who had already come to Jesus...
1 Peter 2:4 NKJV
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,
As Christians, do you know one way we continue to come to Jesus? By ministering one to another!
Jesus said this about the day of judgement...
Matthew 25:37–40 NKJV
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Who are Christ’s brethren?
Luke 8:21 NKJV
21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
A true relationship with God is both vertical and horizontal!
In order to come to Jesus, He must be our number one priority:
Luke 14:26 NKJV
26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
He doesn’t mean that we must literally hate others. He means that no one else can share His place in our lives. We must love Him more than we do anyone else, even our own families:
Matthew 10:37 NKJV
37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
Coming to Jesus also means that we are willing to say goodbye to sin in our lives:
1 Peter 2:1–4 NKJV
1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,

Why do people come to Jesus?

Because they hunger and thirst for God

John 6:35 NKJV
35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
John 7:37 NKJV
37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
Every person has a God shaped hole that can only be satisfied by God.
When we come to Jesus, He brings us to God. Jesus said “you are not willing to come to me that you may have life”.
Jesus gives us life, and this life is having a relationship with God and with Jesus Christ:
John 17:3 NKJV
3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Because they have come to the end of themselves

They are fed up with doing life their way and realise that they need God’s help:
Matthew 11:28 NKJV
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Christianity if not about us striving to please God by our own efforts. It is about actively cooperating with what God is doing in us.

For strength through life’s challenges

Luke 6:47–48 NKJV
47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.

To give thanks

When Jesus cleansed ten lepers we read...
Luke 17:15–17 NKJV
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
Don’t be someone who complains. Be someone who gives God thanks!

Because they need God to fix their problems

Matthew 15:21–28 NKJV
21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” 24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Notice this woman’s persistence. She didn’t give up on what she wanted from God. Follow her example, be persistent in prayer!

To be cleansed of their sins

Hebrews 12:22–24 NKJV
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
Notice we have come to the heavenly Jerusalem. Heaven is our home. In Christ, we have assurance of a better future.
But notice that by coming to Jesus, we have come to “the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things that that of Abel”.
Abel was killed by his brother Cain, and his blood cried out to God for vengeance.
But blood of Jesus doesn’t cry out for vengeance. It cries out for mercy and forgiveness. His blood was shed in our place so that our sins could be forgiven.
When you don’t feel worthy to approach God, remember the blood of Jesus! Don’t go by your feelings, go by your faith in the blood of Jesus!
Hebrews 10:19 NKJV
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
1 John 1:9 NKJV
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Summary

Everyone can come to Jesus
We come to Jesus by believing in Him
One way we continue to come to Jesus is by ministering one to another
In order to come to Jesus, He must be our number one priority and we must be willing to say goodbye to sin in our lives
Some reasons that people come to Jesus include:
Because they hunger and thirst for God
Because they have come to the end of themselves
For strength through life’s challenges
To give thanks
Because they need God to fix their problems
To be cleansed of their sins

Discussion / Prayer

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Listen to each other’s prayer requests and spend some time praying for each other.

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