MESSAGE FOR THE FEAST OF PENTECOST 2018——
IT IS THE DAY OR FEAST OF PENTECOST— COUNT 50 IT MEANS.
BUT IT IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE FEAST OF FIRST-FRUITS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
JESUS WAS THE FIRST OF THE FIRST-FRUITS AS SHOWN IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15, THE SO-CALLED “RESURRECTION CHAPTER.”
NOW THE SADDUCEES HAD IT CORRECT; THEY CUT THE FIRST OF THE FIRST-FRUITS [ACTUALLY THE BARLEY HAVEST], AFTER SUNDOWN, OR IN THE EVENING AFTER THE WEEKLY SABBATH, DURING THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.
THIS FIRST FRUITS WAS THEN PRESENTED IN THE TEMPLE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK— SUNDAY! JUST AS ON THAT MORNING JESUS WENT TO THE FATHER, AS HE TOLD ONE OF THE LADIES BEFORE HIM.
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT JESUS WAS NOT PLACED IN THE TOMB UNTIL, [THAT YEAR 30 A.D.] THE HIGH DAY SABBATH HAD BEGUN; IT WAS IN THE “EVENING” OF THE DAY OF JESUS’ DEATH, OR AFTER THE PASSOVER DAY OF THE 14TH HAD ENDED, AND THE BEGINNING OF THE 15TH DAY SABBATH HAD STARTED, THAT CHRIST WAS PLACED IN THE TOMB. ALL THIS IS FULLY EXPOUNDED IN OTHER STUDIES OF THIS TOPIC, UNDER THIS SECTION OF MY WEBSITE.
IN THE YEAR 30 A.D. [YES IT WAS 30 A.D. NOT 31 A.D. AS PROVEN BY A STUDY ON THIS SITE] JESUS WAS PLACED IN THE TOMB ON A WEDNESDAY EVENING.
JESUS WAS THEN 3 DAYS AND 3 NIGHT LATER, 72 HOURS, RAISED ON WHAT WE CALL SATURDAY EVENING AFTER SUNSET.
THIS WAS THE TIME THE SADDUCEES CUT THE WAVE-SHEAF, THE FIRIST OF THE FIRST-FRUITS.
AS SHOCKING AS IT MAY SOUND TO 7TH DAY SABBATH KEEPERS, JESUS RESTED IN THE TOMB ON THE WEEKLY SABBATH DAY DURING THE FEAST OF UN-LEAVENED BREAD.
AS SHOCKING AS IT MAY SOUND TO 7TH DAY SABBATH KEEPERS, JESUS WAS RAISED ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, SUNDAY AS COUNTING DAYS FROM SUNSET TO SUNSET. HE WAS RAISED SATURDAY EVENING, NOT SUNDAY MORNING. BUT YES IT WAS A FIRST DAY RESURRECTION—— AS FIRST OF THE FIRST-FRUITS; THE OTHER FIRST-FRUITS— CHRISTIANS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT, AS WELL AS GOD’S CHILDREN FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT, ARE THE FIRST-FRUITS IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION; HENCE THE FIRST-FRUITS FEAST IS ALWAYS ON A SUNDAY OR FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK—— ALL TYPOLOGY FITS LIKE HAND AND GLOVE.
ALL THIS ALSO EXPLAINS WHY BY THE END OF THE FIRST CENTURY A.D. SOME HAD STARTED TO HOLD WORSHIP SERVICES ON SUNDAY AND PUTTING AWAY THE 7TH DAY SABBATH—— AS THEY CLAIMED, THEY WERE REMEMBERING AND COMMEMORATING THE RESURRECTION OF THE CHRIST.
PENTECOST IS ALSO THE DAY OF THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN GRERAT POWER—— ACTS 2.
THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS FRUITS - THE HOLY SPIRIT MANIFESTS ITSELF IN SOME VERY BASIC WAYS, WE CAN CALL, “CHRISTIAN ATTRIBUTES.”
THE APOSTLE PAUL TOLD US ABOUT THOSE BASIC CHRISTIAN FRUITS IN GALATIANS 5: 22, 23.
THE FIRST IS LOVE.
LOVE AS EXPOUNDED IN THE BIBLE IS A HUGE TOPIC—— MANY SERMONS CAN BE BROUGHT ON THIS SUBJECT OF LOVE.
THIS WILL BE ONLY A SMALL PART OF THAT TOPIC.
WHAT SOME HAVE WRITTEN ON LOVE
To "Let Go" Takes Love
To "let go" does not mean to stop caring, it means that I can't do it for someone else.
To "let go" is not to cut myself off, it is the realization that I can't control another.
To "let go" is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To "let go" is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To "let go" is not to try to change or blame another, it is to make the most of myself.
To "let go" is not to care for, but to care about.
To "let go" is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To "let go" is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
To "let go" is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to effect their own destinies.
To "let go" is not to be protective, it is to permit another to face reality.
To "let go" is not to deny, but to accept.
To "let go" is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.
To "let go" is not to criticize and regulate anybody, but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To "let go" is not to regret the past, but to grow and to live for the future.
To "let go" is to fear less and to love more.
—Margaret J. Rinck, Can Christians Love Too Much?
IF I belittle those whom I am called to serve, talk of their weak points in contrast perhaps with what I think of as my strong points;
If I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting "Who made thee to differ? and what hast thou that thou has not received?" then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I take offense easily, if I am content to continue in a cool unfriendliness, though friendship be possible, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I feel bitterly towards those who condemn me, as it seems to me, unjustly, forgetting that if they knew me as I know myself they would condemn me much more, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
—Amy Carmichael, If
We must keep reaching out to people ... After all, that is what love is all about.
Love has a hem to her garment
That trails in the very dust;
It can reach the stains of the streets and the lanes...
And because it can, it must.
—G. Frederick Owen, Abraham to the Middle East Crisis
One evening just before the great Broadway musical star, Mary Martin, was to go on stage in South Pacific, a note was handed to her. It was from Oscar Hammerstein, who at that moment was on his deathbed. The short note simply said:
"Dear Mary, A bell's not a bell till you ring it. A song's not a song till you sing it. Love in your heart is not put there to stay. Love isn't love till you give it away."
—James Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited
There is love whose measure is that of an umbrella. There is love whose inclusiveness is that of a great marquee. And there is love whose comprehension is that of the immeasurable sky. The aim of the New Testament is the conversion of the umbrella into a tent and the merging of the tent into the glorious canopy of the all-enfolding heavens... Push back the walls of family love until they include the neighbor; again push back the walls until they include the stranger; again push back the walls until they comprehend the foe.
—John Henry Jowett, The Epistles of St. Peter
L—listening when another is speaking,
0—overlooking petty faults and forgiving all failures;
V—valuing other people for who they are;
E—expressing love in a practical way.
—Denis Waitley, Seeds of Greatness
Stay fervent in love. Fervent is a word that speaks of intensity and determination. It is an athletic term for stretching to reach the tape. Have you watched the fellows and gals who run the dash? When they come around that last turn and they're pressing for the tape, they'll get right to the end and then they'll lunge forward. I've even seen them fall right there on the track, because they're pushing to reach the tape ahead of the one they're competing against. It's the idea of intensity at the tape, stretching yourself. Those who do the long jump leap into the air and throw their feet forward and they, with intensity, stretch every muscle of their body to reach as far as they can. The same with the high jumpers, or with the pole vaulters. They stretch to the uttermost to reach the limit. That's the word fervent.
What does it look like? It has hands to help others, feet to hasten to the poor and needy, eyes to see misery and want, ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Heat makes all things expand. And the warmth of love will always expand a person's heart.
Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O, no it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
—William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 116"
I CAN RELATE VERY MUCH SO TO THE EXAMPLE GIVEN ABOUT FERVENT.
It was my last year in High School; it was then my last year to participate in the Inter-High School Athletics competition. I was for four years undefeated in the 220 yard dash race, competing in my age group each of those four years. Just shortly before it would be time to line up, a few lads from another school walked by, one said to the other, “We’re going to get Hunt.” The meaning was clear, he had in his mind and probably in his practicing, determined he was going be beat me in this race. I said to the Lord (being a Christian) “Well Father just please help me to run my best.” We lined up, off we went; coming around the turn and heading for the finish line you got sight of where you were with the other sprinters. Coming down to the last 50 feet, I could see the lad who said he was going to beat me, was right there with me; it was going to be very very close. It looked like he was indeed going to win the race. I could only move my legs as fast and fervently as possible. We had about 15 feet to the line, I could only think of doing one thing— throwing out my chest as much as possible— and in doing so I managed to break the tape first. I had never had anyone in four years that close to beating me. It was only a fervency to win that gave me the win. If the other lad had beaten me I would have said, “Well done you did it.”
SOMETIMES IN OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE AND THE RACE WE RUN AS A CHRISTIAN, WE HAVE OUR ENEMY WANTING TO SAY “I’M GOIN’ TO GET…..” AND WE FIND OURSELVES VERY LOW SPIRITUALLY. IT IS THEN WE HAVE TO REALLY CALL OUT TO OUR FATHER AND HIS SON JESUS TO HELP US, TO GIVE US FERVENT POWER TO PICK OURSELVES UP AND KEEP GOING TO THE FINISHING LINE. OUR CHRISTIAN RACE IS FOR MOST OF US A 10,000 METER RACE NOT A SPRINT, IT’S A RACE WHERE WE CAN FALL DOWN, SKIN OUR KNEES, FALL ON YOUR FACE AND BLOODY OUR NOSE; BUT THE LORD CAN HELP US UP WITH THE POWER OF HIS SPIRIT, TO SHAKE OFF THE SPIRITUAL ENEMY AND MOVE ON AND ON, KEEPING THAT FINISH LINE EVER IN OUR FERVENT DESIRE TO BE THERE, WHEN OUR LIFE IN THIS FLESH COMES TO AN END.
LOVE—— A HUGE SUBJECT.
YOU COULD SIT DOWN SOMETIME AND TAKE STRONG’S CONCORDANCE OF THE BIBLE AND LOOK UP ALL THE PASSAGES WHERE THE WORD LOVE IS USED IN THE BIBLE. THAT WOULD BE A NUMBER OF HOURS, AND UNLESS YOU HAVE THE WHOLE DAY, YOU’D SPLIT IT UP INTO STUDIES OF AN HOUR OR SO, OVER MANY DAYS IN TOTAL.
IN A BOOK I HAVE THIS STORY IS TOLD
At about age fifty, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy developed a profound interest in spiritual things and began studying the Gospels in earnest. Unfortunately, he rejected more than he accepted, repudiating belief in miracles, the deity of Christ, the personality of God, and the plan of salvation. Tolstoy reduced Christianity to little more than charity and good works.
He nonetheless wrote about it beautifully, and nothing sums up his philosophy better than this story which Tolstoy based on one of his favorite passages, Matthew 25:31-40:
One night Martin Avdeitch, a humble shoemaker, dozing over his open Bible, suddenly seemed to hear a voice saying, "Martin! Look thou into the street tomorrow, for I am coming to visit thee." Convinced the Lord Jesus was going to visit him, Martin awoke the next morning with nervous excitement. But no one showed up that day except a succession of penniless and pitiful souls: an aged veteran, a shivering mother and newborn, an old peddler woman and a frightened boy who had filched one of her apples. With a kind heart, Martin cared for each person, but as evening fell, he was disappointed that Jesus had not visited that day.
Putting on his spectacles, he took up his Bible with a sigh, and it opened to Matthew 25. Martin read: "For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in."
"Lord, when did we do these things?"
Looking on down the page, Martin read: "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."
Avdeitch understood that the vision had come true, and that his Savior had in very truth visited him that day, and that he had received Him.
HERE ARE SOME QUOTES
God loves us the way we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way.
Leighton Ford (Change, Acceptance)
How do I want to be remembered? Not primarily as a Christian scholar but rather as a loving person. This can be the goal of every individual.
Elton Trueblood (Legacy, Goals)
A man is only as good as what he loves.
Saul Bellow (Character, Devotion)
NOW IF YOU LOVE GOD THEN YOU WILL LOVE HIS WORD; YOU WILL LOVE READING IT AND STUDYING IT; AND YOU WILL LOVE TO OBEY ITS TEACHINGS.
IN ANOTHER BOOK I HAVE WE FIND THIS STORY:
In the prologue to Leadership Jazz, Max DePree writes about his granddaughter, Zoe:
[Zoe] was born prematurely and weighed one pound, seven ounces, so small that my wedding ring could slide up her arm to her shoulder. The neonatologist who first examined her told us that she had a 5 to 10 percent chance of living three days. When Esther and I saw Zoe in her isolette in the neonatal intensive care unit, she had two IVs in her navel, one in her foot, a monitor on each side of her chest, and a respirator tube and a feeding tube in her mouth.
To complicate matters, Zoe's biological father had jumped ship the month before Zoe was born. Realizing this, a wise and caring nurse named Ruth gave me my instructions. "For the next several months, at least, you're the surrogate father. I want you to come to the hospital every day to visit Zoe, and when you come, I want you to rub her body and her legs and arms with the tip of your finger. While you're caressing her, you should tell her over and over how much you love her, because she has to be able to connect your voice to your touch."
God knew that we also needed both his voice and his touch. So he gave us the Word, his Son, and also his body, the church. God's voice and touch say, "I love you."
FROM YET ANOTHER BOOK I HAVE WE FIND THIS STORY:
Katie Fisher, 17, pulled her unruly lamb into the arena of the Madison County Junior Livestock Sale. With luck the lamb would fetch some spending money—and she wouldn't collapse as she had during another livestock show the day before.
Fisher had been battling Burkitt's lymphoma, a fast-growing malignancy, since February. She had endured many hospitalizations and months of chemotherapy. "Sometimes, in the beginning, it hurt so bad all she could do was pace," said her 12-year-old sister, Jessica.
Selling the lamb did raise pin money for Fisher.
"We sort of let folks know that Katie had a situation that wasn't too pleasant," said auctioneer Roger Wilson, who hoped his introduction would push the price-per-pound above the average of $2. It did—and then some.
The lamb sold for $11.50 per pound. Then the buyer gave it back. That started a chain reaction. Families bought it and gave it back; businesses bought it and gave it back.
"The first sale is the only one I remember. After that, I was crying too hard," said Katie's mother, Jayne Fisher. "Everyone kept saying, 'Re-sell! Re-sell!'"
"We sold that lamb 36 times," said Wilson. And the last buyer gave back the lamb for good. The effort raised more than $16,000, which went into a fund to help pay Katie's medical expenses.
THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF STORIES THAT HIT THE BALL CALLED “LOVE” OUT OF THE PARK FOR A HOME RUN.
AS I’VE SAID THE SUBJECT OF LOVE IS A HUGE ONE.
MOST CHRISTIANS KNOW WHAT JOHN 3:16 SAYS; IF YOU DON’T LOOK IT UP.
THEN FROM ANOTHER BOOK OF THE BIBLE THAT HAS A WHOLE LOT TO SAY ABOUT LOVE….. IT IS…. 1 JOHN.
JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THIS BIBLE BOOK.
WE READ IN 1 JOHN 3:16, “ HEREBY PERCEIVE WE THE LOVE OF GOD, BECAUSE HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR US; AND WE AUGHT TO LAY DOWN OUR LIFE FOR THE BRETHREN.”
NOW THE GREEK FOR GOD “LAID DOWN” IS IN THE AORIST TENSE—— AN ACTION COMPLETED IN THE PAST. JESUS DYING FOR US! AND OF COURSE GOD AND JESUS STILL CONTINUE TO LOVE US.
THE GREEK TENSE FOR US “TO LAY DOWN” IS IN THE PRESENT TENSE, WHICH MEANS WE SHOULD BE CONTINUALLY LAYING DOWN OUR LIFE FOR THE BRETHREN.
THE EVERY NEXT VERSE PROVES THIS:
“BUT WHOSOEVER HAS THIS WORLD’S GOODS, AND SEES HIS BROTHER HAVE NEED, AND SHUTS UP HIS BOWELS OF COMPASSION FROM HIM, HOW CAN THE LOVE OF GOD DWELL IN HIM?”
THE ANSWER IS—— IT CAN NOT!
THE FIRST FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE!
I HAVE JUST COVERED A TINY PORTION OF THIS LARGE SUBJECT IN THIS MESSAGE.
I HOPE IT TOUCHED YOUR HEART SO YOU CAN LOVE EVEN MORE THAN HOW YOU LOVED BEFORE.