Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Notice that scripture never tells us anything about the way Jesus looked.
Was He tall?
Was He black or white?
He have green eyes?
appearance, Jesus was no different from any other man. He didn’t stand
in any crowd by the way He looked.
and over again, the New Testament tells us that the only thing that set
apart from other men was His word.
They wondered at the gracious words
which proceeded out of His mouth.
They were astonished at His teaching,
for His word was with
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You
the words of eternal life.”
the temple police were sent out to arrest Jesus, they came back
did you not bring Him?” asked the chief priests.
police answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!”
knew very well that the words that flowed from His mouth and had
power were not His own.
words that I speak are not mine, they come from the Father.”
Jesus repeatedly called them His words.
you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will.”
you continue in my word then you are my disciples indeed, and
you will know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail. The words that I
spoken to you are Spirit and life.”
gave these words such power,
that Jesus could rebuke a fever,
and it would leave,
or a fig tree,
and it would wither,
or a demon,
and it would flee,
give a man a new name and the man would begin to turn into the likeness
are Peter the Rock,” and everybody that knew Simon laughed.
it wasn’t long before that spoken word of Jesus became substance in
was it that enabled mere words of Jesus to remove a million tons of
sins are forgiven,” and the man or woman to whom Jesus spoke
that it was done.
is why those words had such power, although nobody understood it at
time: Every word Jesus spoke was spoken from the Cross.
Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven,” he was not saying, “That’s all
God understands. You’re only human.” Jesus was saying, “Your sins
forgiven because my blood covers them.”
when Jesus commanded the lame to get up and walk, He was not
magic. He was absorbing their diseases and lameness and
and death into His own sacrificed body. Jesus was proclaiming
through the lashes that were to be laid on Him. And when Jesus
authority over demons, that authority was drawn from His coming
He rebuked a devil, or a spirit of hypocrisy, the evil would look up and
the Cross and His marred visage and shudder and flee.
these words had power because every word Jesus spoke came
a life that was utterly given over to the Father’s will.
So when Jesus said to a man, “Follow me,” it was not, “Follow me
while I do my own religious thing and build up my name.” But,
“Follow me to the Cross. Follow me as I do the Father’s will and you
will end up with me at the Throne of God.”
and these words had authority because
every word Jesus spoke was
for our salvation.
Jesus did not come here to destroy us, or demoralize us,
or to make our lives miserable.
came to save us from the wrath we deserve. And every word He
even the hardest word, was for our good.
we need to understand is that Jesus’ words, which have indeed
as He said they would, are not just words. They are
means that He is in them, making them live,
them do what they say.
Jesus Christ is in our midst when we gather in His name, the proof that He
in our midst is not His appearance. Can we see Him with these eyes? It’s
even the presence of signs. There may indeed be miracles of healing
place. And these signs will be encouraging to those who are healed
and to the rest of us. But the real proof that Jesus Christ
is among us is the
of His words.
Jesus is in our midst when we gather, then somehow He is speaking to
one of us who is willing to come down off his high-horse and listen. We
to hear in our hearts,
words that are
not from earth,
— words that are
spirit and life,
words that pierce
through our masks
and divide flesh and spirit.
one of us comes a word of forgiveness.
cry has been heard child, your sins are forgiven.” Jesus is
that to you and you know it.
another comes a word of warning.
up and repent before it’s too late. If you will not awake I will
like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon
another comes a word of encouragement.
not, I am with you.”
another a word of rebuke.
lying. You’re playing games. You’re leading a double life.
the truth and repent.”
by the way, the Lord does not stop speaking when our meeting is over.
— He goes on
speaking to us into the night.
speaks to us when we awaken in the morning.
in countless ways all through tomorrow and every tomorrow.
whether we become what our Lord’s words desire to make us,
they quicken us, cleanse us, and
transform us into sons and
of God, depends on what we do with those words.
vast majority of people to whom Jesus spoke in the
of His flesh let the words roll by.
words, yes, but not for me.”
that's exactly what many of us have been doing.
- This is why we hear
and hear and nothing ever happens.
- Why we come to
church, fellowships, bible studies, prayer
meetings, but our lives never change.
- This is why we keep
rebuking those mountains and they
not listening to Jesus’ words. We’re too taken up with our own.
we really want to see Jesus Christ and become like Him, three questions:
Will we recognize Jesus’ words for what they are?
words that Jesus speaks are our salvation. They are spirit and they are
We don’t have to look any farther. Our salvation is not in signs and
wonders, not in profound religious thoughts, not
in ecstatic spiritual flights,
not in profound religious thoughts, not in ecstatic spiritual flights,
but are the
Jesus speaks to us.
but are the
Jesus speaks to us.
I realize that this is Jesus saying to me, “Your sins are forgiven,” in
instant my life is changed.
shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds
of the mouth of God”....and every word that proceeds out of the
of God comes to us through His crucified and risen Son.
how will I know that it’s Jesus speaking to me? My friend, you’ll know.
— If your heart longs for the living God, you’ll know.
— If you are poor in spirit and if you hunger and thirst
righteousness, you won’t be misled.
only ones who are taken down the primrose path by false christs are
who want to be misled. They’re not looking for God, they’re looking for
to flatter them, or excite them, or give them a short-cut to glory.
2. Will we submit to Jesus’ words? Put ourselves under them?
the word of Jesus is calling for something I am not doing, will I turn around
go His way no matter how hard it seems?
if the word of Jesus is a promise that seems just too good to be true, will
believe with all my heart?
- If He told you that, that’s the way it is.
Will we hang on to Jesus’ words and let them rule in
— Soak ourselves in them.
— Saturate our minds.
just in Jesus’ words in the gospel narratives. Jesus speaks in Genesis,
Job, Jeremiah. If we hang on to them, the words of our Lord
a Voice of Truth that continuously speaks within us and shows us
way to go.
wonder why your prayer life is dry. It’s because His words are not
in you. “0h, but I can’t remember them”.
You will. I don’t care how
your memory is, the words of Jesus that you take into your heart are
seed. They burst open when
words are we listening to?
words are we living by?
we are clinging to any other words but His, we’ll be swept away when the
help us to take Jesus’ words into our hearts and live by them, that we
still be living by them when every mountain on earth has turned to dust.
Still be living by them when the earth itself is no more.