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Sunday English Service - 07 MAY 17 - The power of the blood of Jesus


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Please turn with me to Hebrews chapter 12, please. As you know we have been teaching on the power of the blood of Jesus. For the first few weeks I dealt with what the bible teaches about the shedding of blood and about the cross. And then we went into Revelation chapter 12 verse 10 and 11 where we are told how to appropriate the blessings and benefits that come through the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross of Calvary; how it brings us victory in our lives. Those verses tell us that they, the saints overcame the devil by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; very important verse. How did they win the victory, the saints? That same way we win the victory today every day. Three things are involved: the blood, the word and the testimony. The blood was shed 2,000 years on the cross at Calvary. The word of God, from cover to cover teaches us what the blood has done for us, and the power of that blood and what is can do for us, in and through us today.

Our testimony is very important; because in Christianity, I say it again and again, Christianity is a great confession. Why? Because in Christianity you don't say I believe in my heart, Christianity you show what you believe in your heart by speaking. Paul says we have the same spirit; the spirit of faith, as it is written - we believe and therefore we have spoken. And we also believe and we speak, Paul says. We are that kind of people - we belong to that kind of a religion; that kind of a belief, he says. Not a belief in the heart, but by belief that is shown by speaking. Jesus says, out of the abundance of the heart, the mouthspeaketh. If you truly believe something in your heart, your mouth will speak. So, what does that mean? It doesn't mean a formal confession of some kind of a creed really. There is nothing wrong with formal confession of a creed. They actually meant to promote this kind of a thing, and that is why they made people to confess every Sunday or every time they gathered in various situations.

The confession of the creed just gets it really into people and hopefully they will stay with that confession; that is hope. But really what it refers too, when we say Christianity is a confession; it means not just a formal confession when we go to church. It means always speaking in line with what we believe. That is very important; there is a big difference. In formally confessing, which is good, but that is not enough - always speaking in line with what we actually believe, so that we never utter a word that is contrary to our beliefs; because this is what we believe. Therefore everything we say or speak is in line with what we actually believe. Now this is what it is meant by Christianity being a great confession by the reformers.

Now if Christianity is a great confession, what is our confession? We confess what we believe; only if we know what we believe, then we can confess. And in this case we need to know what the blood of Jesus has done. So we looked at several things: Forgiveness of sin, how we have redemption - the forgiveness of sins through his blood, the bible says. Then we looked at how it opens the door to all other blessings. The forgiveness of sins is the entry point; the door is opened, then there is a whole lot of blessings. We talked about the healing of the body. We talked about righteousness. We talked about prosperity last week. You know there are so many blessings that come as a result of the sin being washed away; the sin problem being solved; the door is opened now for a whole array of blessings of God in our lives.

So today I want to talk about an emotional healing. You know we dealt with bodily healing. Isaiah 53 says, by his stripes we are healed. 1 Peter chapter 2 says by his stripes we were healed - because it is already done when Jesus died he means at that time through that act on the cross of Calvary, through that work we have our healing as ours. That is how Peter puts it in past-tense. But I showed you how Isaiah 53, where it says, by his stripes we are healed - it includes physical healing for our body. Now, a lot of people say, well it says he bore our griefs and sorrows. Well I showed you Matthew 8 verse 16 and 17, Matthew says, quoting Isaiah 53:4 where it says, he bore our griefs and sorrows. Matthew knows Hebrew very well; he is a Jew. He is quoting Isaiah 53:4 in Matthew 8:16 and17, after Jesus did some healing works, where he healed physically sick people. Matthew says all these healings were done by Jesus so that that which was written by Isaiah, saying he bore our sicknesses and carried our infirmities may come to pass. I believe in Matthew. I think we should take it that way.

Matthew believes that Isaiah meant physical healing in that case; but it does not only mean physical healing; I also believe it is emotional healing; because man is made as spirit, soul and body. Man is not just body; if you heal his body; that is not enough. He needs to be healed spiritually, bodily, as well as mentally. The mental arena of man's being is what is called soul in the bible. Soul is nothing but the mind, emotions and the will. So I am going to deal with two particular emotional problems that has come as a result of sin; and how that the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross deals with these two things. The two things are: Shame and Rejection. Today I want to deal with "Shame"; the subject of shame. This is a very relevant subject today because I don't know if I am just noticing it or it has always been there. Nowadays there is a lot of talk about emotional healing - people are very conscious about this emotional problem- theturmoil going on in the hearts and minds of people. Before people only talked about spiritual things, and then they got into bodily things/bodily healing and all that. Now they are also talking about emotional issues and a lot of books are written it; a lot of preachers are taking the bible and really finding in the bible things said about our emotional problems and really preaching it very powerfully these days.

So I want to deal with how the cross and the shed blood deals with this most common emotional problem called "Shame". Next week we will deal with "Rejection". Now first I want to show you the shame of crucifixion; how in the crucifixion there was whole lot of shame involved, showing that what Jesus was doing was not only was he bearing our sin when he died on the cross; he was bearing our shame. Now that is why I asked you to turn to Hebrews Chapter 12 because I want to read to you verse 2. Hebrews 12 verse2 it says, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising or disregarding the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - So there is shame right there in the middle of that verse, it is showing how Jesus endured the cross, disregarding is a more easily understood downright clear word - disregarding shame he endured the cross; because of the joy that was set before him. What a statement about the cross of Calvary. Jesus went through all of that that happened on the cross; he was beaten physically; but his suffering was not just a physically suffering; his suffering involved shame - an emotional torment. When he was hanging on the cross, it involved shame. You know, in fact maybe I should go sometime and show you the suffering of Jesus is not just a bodily suffering; it was a suffering in his spirit and in his soul, and in his body. He suffered in every aspect of man's being; he suffered. So it says that he disregarded the shame and endured the cross; that means in the suffering of cross there was a heavy load of shame that was added to his suffering; this emotional aspect that was added to him. And why did he really endure the cross, disregarding the shame? Because of the joy that was set before him. What was the joy that was set before him? Please turn with me to Hebrews chapter 2. Let me read to you verse 10: What is the joy that Hebrews 12:2 is talking about? What was Jesus thinking about when he went through and suffered all that shame? It says, for it was fitting for him for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory to make the captain of our salvation perfect through the sufferings - In other words, he suffered and endured the cross so that he may bring many sons to glory.

Now suffering on the cross is always like this: he suffered bearing our sin so that he may give us forgiveness of sin. He suffered bearing our sickness so that he may give us healing for the body. See, whatever he suffered, he suffered so that the opposite of that can come to us. He took what belongs to us so that he can give what belongs to God - what is divine and good. He took the evil that was upon us so that the good that God wants to give can come us; that is what happened on the cross. So sin he took, forgiveness he gave. Our pain and our sickness he took so that we can have the healing. Our unrighteousness he took so that we can have righteousness of Christ. Our poverty (last week we saw) 2 Corinthians 8:9 says - You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet he became poor so that by his poverty you might become rich - that is the whole point about the cross. The cross is always like that; the cross is always an exchange; you give what is yours, I will give you what is mine. I will take what is there upon you and I will give you what I want you to have. I will take what is yours and I will give you what is mine - that is the cross. So he took our poverty so that we might become rich. And today, I am telling you that he took our shame so that we may have glory. Now the word "Glory" often is a misleading word - ends up being a misleading word. Nothing wrong with that word; nothing wrong with that translation also.

But it often it ends up being misleading because Christians as soon as you say "glory", they are thinking of heaven. This problem is there throughout in the bible. Like if you read Philippians 4:19, very simple verse, it says: My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. - Immediately because it says glory, we have always preached saying, wait till you get to heaven there God shall supply all your needs. What is the use of supplying all my needs when I get to heaven? Am I going to pay the rent there, am I going to buy the petrol there? Am I going to go eat in the restaurant there? It doesn't make any sense to me to wait till I die and go to heaven, then meet all my needs. That doesn't bring any kind of comfort at all to me. Because the word glory is there immediately they shift gears; the Christian mind works like this; because of years and years of putting this thing forward - you know the "glory" is always heaven. Immediately we think it means heaven. When I get to heaven God will meet my needs. No, no. no. It is saying that God will meet your needs according to His riches in glory. His glorious riches - in other words, one translation says, according to His abundance; is a very simple translation of it. According to His level of abundance and plenty He will meet your needs. See, that is very helpful. Now this verse also again ends up misleading because it says bring many sons to glory. Immediately people have interpreted it saying, Jesus died on the cross, took our shame, so that when we die we will go to heaven. Now how much sense does that make to you? To go to heaven, he already took my sin; got rid of my sin; he washed me with his blood when he died on the cross. To say that he suffered shame and disregarded shame, and didn't mind it - didn't think of it as anything big, but suffered it and endured it, for the joy that was set before him. And the joy that was set before him was that if he took the shame the glory will belong to many; that is the joy. He foresaw millions of millions of us receiving glory because he suffered shame. Shame is the opposite of glory; glory is the opposite of shame. He takes the shame, he gives us the glory. Now if you it interpret that way, then another word is more preferable. And that word is used by some translators for the same verse. And that word is "Honour". Now that puts the meaning closer to what it should be. So that hecan bring many sons to honour. See the thing is; when God made man he made him marvelously wonderful. Psalms 8 talks about man. Psalmist is astonished at how God has made man and how God regards man. If you turn to Psalms 8 for a moment, in verse 3 it says: When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?

- So the Psalmist is saying: Lord when I look at the sun, moon and the stars, man looks like nothing glittering about him. The sun, moon and the stars glitter in the sky, I look up to it. It is so nice. When you look at man he kind of looks dull. Very ordinary; there is no shining about him. But when I look at you, you are always mindful of man. You are not thinking about sun, moon and the stars, and what is happening everywhere in the galaxy. No, you are thinking about man; your mind is full of thoughts about man; what you can do for him. You sent your son for man; he shed his blood on the cross and died for man. Your mind is full of thoughts about man. What is man, he says; because you are mindful of him. That means literally your mind is full of him. You know God's mind is filled with thoughts about us. He is constantly thinking about us. He loves us. We are the best, the crown of His creation. Don't ever think that God has forgotten me. A lot of people believe that kind of junk. People say, "I don't know brother, God has forgotten me I think". Don't even say that for a joke. God can never forget you.

The bible says: God's mind is full of thoughts about you; He is thinking about you. The psalmist says: What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him. Literally it means that you actually care for him, provide for him, give attention for him - that is what it means. You visit him - that means you come to him. That means you are at His aid all the time. What is so special about man? Then he says: You have made him a little lower than the angels and you have crowned him with glory and honour. Now I brought you here for this verse: What did man have at the beginning? He had glory and honour. Now they have used both words: the word "glory" and the word "honour", because they go together. So glory does not mean it always means heaven. Every time you hear the word "glory" - he entered into glory, that means he is dead - has gone to be with the Lord or whatever. But it doesn't have to always mean that. Here it means that God crowned man with glory and honour. It means that God made man with the highest possible dignity. Made man very special; crowned him with glory and honour means that God gave him such an elevated position, put him right there on the top. If you don't believe that then read the next verse: You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet. - see he is right at the top. Now wonder in Deuteronomy Chapter 28 God says: You will be at the top only and not beneath or below. Your place is not down here, your place is up there; at the very top, literally it means at the very top. Only, because man is made only to be at the top - over everything; he is such a special creation. So man lost it. In the fall, the loss was great. Man lost that glorious elevated position; he lost his place - he became subservient to the devil; the devil became his Lord and dominated over him. The man who is supposed to be at the top and have power and authority; even over the devil he is now under. He is now a slave of sin and Satan. And now Jesus comes back. To restore what? - To restore glory and honour.

Now when man sinned, one of the things that came immediately - as soon as man sinned is a sense of condemnation; that is why he went and hid. And the sense of condemnation is the thing that is behind all the shame. Condemnation is the thing that makes shame what it is - a sense of condemnation; I have done wrong. I have done very bad things. I can't face God; that kind of a thing. So, condemnation is the thing that is at the back of shame. Alright, now let's go a little further. We understand now - the author of Hebrews says, that Jesus endured the cross, disregarding the shame; even though the shame was great, he disregarded it. Why? Because of the joy that was set before it. What kind of joy? That many many millions of sons will come and enter into the honour that they lost at one time; that the devil robbed from them. They will be restored back to that elevated position, come right back to the top and gain the place of honour again. For that joy he endured the cross and suffered shame, it says. Now what kind of shame did he suffer and how cruel was that shame? We need to look at it.

So let's consider the shame of crucifixion. See there was no form of death that was more shameful than the death by crucifixion. It was the lowest form of punishment; it was the worst form of punishment for the most debased criminals of that day; if you were the worst criminal of the day, then that is how you were punished. And when they punished such a person, shame was part of that punishment. A lot of shame was involved. And the bible describes it in so many words. Now in the New Testament, all the four gospels talk about how Jesus was crucified. They basically say that he was crucified. Really don't give us a whole lot of details about the suffering of Jesus. But the Old Testament...see, that is why you always have to put the Old Testament and the New Testament together. Some people say, "Well you are an Old Testament preacher" Well, sorry to say if you don't go to the Old Testament you will not even get the whole picture; because God left some of the picture here; the Old Testament doesn't repeat in the New Testament; some of the things said here, are not repeated there. And because it is said already here. You have got to these two things together; Old and New together; without the Old, you cannot understand the New; without the New, you cannot understand the Old. So in Old Testament when you go there, there are some wonderful prophecies that describe the suffering of Jesus, and how cruel it was and the shame of that crucifixion is described in so many words much more than in the New Testament, I would say.

So turn with me to Isaiah 53; that is one passage we have to go always because that is one of the greatest prophecies about the suffering of son of God. Isaiah 53, and I am going to read to you verse 3: He is despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. - Now that is the form that shame takes. What does shame look like? What happens when they put shame on you? When you are shamed what happens? Exactly what is described here: You are despised, you are rejected, you suffer grief - it causes great heart pain - suffering inside, emotionally. It causes great sorrow/sorrow and grief. There is an emotional turmoil involved. We hide our faces. One of the sure signs of shame is that we hide our faces and again despising is there. And the final thing is we do not esteem him. You don't think of a person when you shame a person, you don't think of him as anything; he is dirt. That is the way you think of him.

When Jesus was hanging on the cross, this is exactly what happened, amazing. He was despised, rejected. If you don't understand what he was going through in his heart; look at the words sorrows and grief. He was totally filled with sorrow and grief; because he is the son of God, lived in glory; came down for man, loved people. Never did anything wrong. Not committed one sin. He went around doing good, the bible says. That kind of son of God now full of sorrow and grief; because of the way people look at him now - despising him, rejecting him. He came for them, took on humanity; came in form of flesh. Those people rejected me; came to his own, and his own received him not, the bible says. Rejected by his own people; hanging there. Now talk about the sorrow and grief; just imagine what would happen when that happens to you. That gives an indication of the kind of shame that he was experiencing. People hid their faces from him. They didn't want even to look on him; they didn't even want to see him. He was not a matter of anything at all; they despised him, and did not esteem him. Why? Because he is on the cross. Why, what was it so bad about the cross? Because that is the worst form of punishment. You got to be the worst criminal to be hanging on the cross. That is why people will despise you; that is why people will think of you as nothing; will not esteem you. That is why they would reject you. They saw the bruises, the sores; and they saw how he was hanging there; the cross symbolized for them; because the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 20 - it says that the one that hangs on a tree is cursed; the one who is hung like that and killed is cursed. So here is a symbol of a cursed person,sopeople turn their face away. Now that must cause a lot of grief and suffering. Just imagine the suffering and grief that Jesus went through there.

But there is more: Turn with me to Psalm 69. This is another Psalm of David but actually it is a prophecy about the suffering Christ. The Psalmist many times prophesize in first person - he speaks as if Christ himself is speaking. Now this why people have difficult time understanding some of the Psalms. Well, he is talking about himself; he is not talking about Christ. But I say, no, he talking about Christ. How can you believe that? I will take you to a New Testament passage where it tells you, shows you or teaches you how to deal with Psalms like this; the prophetic scriptures of the Old Testament; how you must read it; buthere even though the Psalmist speaks in first person, it looks like he is talking about himself. These things never happened to him; he is talking about himself. His mouth is being used, but the person talking is Christ himself concerning his suffering. Now how can that be true? I will show you how Peter actually says that this is how the prophecy happens; but you wait for that.

Now let's read a few verses here, verse 7; because we want to understand the shame and the cruelty of that shame, and what form it took, and how it affected Jesus on the cross of Calvary. It says, because for Your sake (verse 7) I have borne reproach. Shame has covered my face.- Now reproach. I hope you understand, reproach. Reproach is very difficult to take especially when you haven't done anything wrong, and people talk all kinds of bad things about you. Now we feel some times very holy about ourselves and anybody says anything, we are immediately upset because we thing we are just upright and righteousn and if anybody says anything bad about us, we are so upset. But imagine what Jesus would have thought; he has never sinned. You go through him with a microscope you will not find even one little flaw in him. He is the perfect son of God -never sinned, yet they reproached him. Reproach is a kind of taunting; torturing a person emotionally - speaking bad things and uttering bad things about a person; literally torturing.

Have you ever felt that torture of some people talking bad things about you? You feel mentally tortured and you know, some people complain about never being able to sleep and be at peace; and go about their work, because they are thinking about the bad things somebody said about them. It is a torture. The kind of feeling of being taunted by someone with words; it is an emotional issue. So he says: For Your sake I have borne reproach. Shame has covered my face. - One of the sure signs of shame is that a person will not look you in the face, in the eye. Why? Because they are ashamed. When you do something wrong; immediately you feel bad. Now when you sin, some people say, "Well don't worry nobody has seen it". Well the problem is the person who has sinned, sees it. There is no way to hide it from yourself. You can hide from everybody else; you can't hide it from yourself and you can't hide it from God. Even before you go to God, you can't hide it from yourself. That is why when you do something very bad, immediately you feel down. Immediately there is a depressed feeling; immediately emotionally you feel bad. Have you ever felt that? You said a bad word; you are driving by and some guy rudely drives by you and overtakes you. And comes near you, and shows his fist or something like that; and you turn around and you curse him; And then you feel, "My God, did I say that". You feel like you want to hang your head in shame. At the same, if somebody is trying to cross the road and you stop and say, "Please cross". You feel so good; you sit there like a king - because you are such a good person; because you have done something good.

See what a good act does and see what a bad thing does for you emotionally. A good thing when you do; a good charitable work - giving something to somebody, helping somebody in some way; doing something good, immediately brings an upliftment in your emotions - you feel good; elevated, really you feel joyful. The moment you utter a bad word, the moment you think a bad thought even, immediately there is a let-down in your emotion; you feel bad. And shame causes you to cover your face; you don't want to show your face. Have you seen boys or girls who have done something wrong in school and the headmaster calls them. Don't ask me how I know. And you go and stand there. How do you stand there; you don't stand like this; you stand like this. And he is talking to you, he is always saying "Look up, listen to me". And you say, "Ehem". Why? You have done wrong, your head is down. You are covering your face literally. You don't want to show your face; because that is what shame is. Jesus sayshere: shame has covered my face. This holy son of God who has never done anything so filled with shame, hanging there, reproached, rejected, despised, full of sorrow and grief. No one esteemshim, no one thinks of him as anything.He is dirt to everybody. And he hangs his head in shame on the cross of Calvary. What was he doing? What was he going through? He was taking our shame. Shame is a big issue. At the fall, condemnation came and shame came, and there is no power on earth that can deliver a man from shame. If you got cut in your hand or leg, or something or some injury; you can go to the hospital, get something done, and patch it up and treat it, and get something done for most of these injuries and so on. But when you are injured inside, where will you go and show. This is something you can't show anywhere. Shame is such a serious issue. So, face covered with shame.

Let's read a few verses here: it's a whole Psalm full of the sufferings of Christ. Let me read to you verses 1 and 2 Save me, O God! (This is Jesus speaking again)for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire where there is no standing;I have come into deep waters,
where the floods overflow me. - Jesus speaking through the mouth of the Psalmist David, and describing the scene as he sees it. He says I sink in deep mire. What he was saying is: O Lord, save me, because I am sinking. Sinking in what? Sinking in the deep mire of sin. I am sinking deeper and deeper in the slimeyfilthiness of the world's sin. The sin of the world has been laid on me. It is like an ocean, and I am sinking in it, deeper and deeper; that is what he is saying. But there are four verses in this chapter/Psalm that are actually used in the New Testament. This is such an important Psalm. That is why the Old Testament and the New Testament are so well connected. Four verses used in the New Testament. So let me read those verses. Verse 4, and the New Testament reference is John Chapter 15 verse 25. I want you to turn to that also; because I want you to see the beauty of the bible. Psalms 69 verse 4. Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head. They are mighty who would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully;though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.

- Just look at the description: Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head. Look at John 15 verse 25. Let me read a few verses before; verse 23: He who hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but they have seen and also hated both me and theFather. - After all the miracles and the kind companionate works that he had done, they hated him. Hated him like anything; they wanted to kill him. Kill him for what? For raising Lazarus from the dead, and for healing the leper, healing the blind, making the lame walk; blessing people, forgiving people, being kind to people. People hated him without a cause. And verse 25 says: But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law,They hated Me without a cause. - see, they are quoting Psalm 69. You know what it feels to be hated without a cause. For doing good sometimes; he only healed and set people free, but he was hated. He only spoke the truth; but he was hated, despised.

I remember many years ago...not many years ago, just recently before Oral Roberts died. He was an old man, more than 90 years old, sitting down in a chair and speaking to a crowd of about 7,000 pastors who had come from all over the world, in the university, in one of the auditoriums. Sitting there, I will never forget at his old age - he was probably 90years old I think; quoting the bible by heart. Ephesians 1, 2, 3 and all, just verse after verse; fully from memory. Just having the bible open, never looking at it; quoting and referring to Greek word, meaning, giving exposition and all that. Amazing preaching he was doing. He said, if you gather all the people that hated me in the early days this auditorium will not be enough - 7,000 seat auditorium; but none of them were able to stop me from doing what I wanted to do, he said. Now at that moment, it sounded good I liked it; but the thing is, just imagine being hated. Why was he hated? He was hated because he proclaimed healing. They called him a fraud. They called him this and that. They disgraced him in some places wherever he went. He went to Australia one time; and totally disgraced, and sent back and so on. Purposely done like that; hated him just because he preached that Jesus heals. He says I read the New Testament hundreds of times, on my knees, and I know that Jesus is good, he is a healer; he is not the one who gives sickness, he is the healer; that's all. And religious people hated him for that. Despised him, rejected him - spoke all kinds of things. Just imagine the pain and suffering a man goes through. No man is perfect, I know; but yet imperfect people we have so many things wrong with us. But yet somebody says so many things against us unjustly for nothing big that is wrong that we have done, people hate us, then you feel great sorrow and grief inside. You can imagine the pain that he would have suffered as a young man travelling and preaching, and so on.

But just multiply that by thousands of times or even millions of times, because he is the son of God; he never had an ill intention about anybody. He never did anything bad; he never had any flaws in him. He was perfect. If he wanted he could have just turned around burned them to ashes these people that put him on the cross. Just imagine the kind of suffering that he went through as he hung on the cross; and he says, those that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs in my head, he says. Just gives a picture of what Jesus went through on the cross of Calvary. Verse 8 also comes - Psalms 69:8 I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother's children' - This actually became true. If you read, Mark chapter 3 verse 21 and John 7 verse 3 to 5; tells us that his own brothers did not believe him; his only family did not believe him. In John 7, they are telling him, why don't you go do your miracles in public so that they will all know that you are the son of God. If you are the son of God, do something; show yourself; don't be lingering around like this; do something exhibit yourself. And in Mark Chapter 3, you read that in one place, they said, well he is out of his mind, and they brought him back home. They called their brother Jesus, this powerful man who is casting out devils, healing the sick - saying he was out of his mind. How do you feeling when people tell you that you are out of your mind? When your own family tells you, he has gone crazy, he is mad. That is very injurious, isn't it. I mean that pain, that suffering. How would you feel when your own brothers, your own family says this guy has lost mind? My son, my brother, but he has lost his mind. They know very well he has not lost his mind, they know very well that he can heal the sick, set the people free and so on; but yet they say, he has lost his mind, because they cannot understand him.
Another verse - verse 9: Because the zeal ofYour house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. - This you find in John chapter 2 verse 17, where he goes into the temple and drives out the money-changers, and dove sellers and you know, business people that are doing business inside the temple. He says don't make the temple of God into a den of thieves; get out he says. He literally whips them and sends them out. And there this verse is quoted. This is done. Why? Because this verse says, zeal of your house has eaten me up. The reproach of those who reproached you, have fallen on me. So he did the right thing there, but they reproached him. Again feeling the reproach for the good deed that he has done. He has only cleaned up the house of God; he has only set things right the way it should be. He has only rebuked the evil that was happening in the society on that day. What was the problem...changing money was not the problem or selling doves to a poor worshipper is not anything wrong; selling sheep and lambs, and cows for sacrifice is not wrong. They wanted to sacrifice. Selling that is not wrong. It is like eating popcorns in the cinema theatre. Once you comes into the temple you pay double for everything. That is what is wrong; they have made it a den of thieves. The fact that they sold is not wrong; but the fact that they exploited people just became now they have come into the temple, they don't want to go out; they double the price. That's what was wrong with that; but yet he was reproached for that; despised.

Now turn with me to the 21st verse; 69:21They also gave me gall for my food,and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. - You know how that was fulfilled, right. And in the place where it was fulfilled; Matthew'sgospel Chapter 27 verse 34 and 48, it says exactly what is said here; that they gave him gall for food and for the thirst they gave vineyard to drink. Just imagine the man is thirsty, not eaten the whole day; carried the cross up that hill; and has been crucified, spit upon, laughed at, ridiculed, beaten, slapped, insulted to the utmost; and now he is hanging on the cross, he has not had anything to eat and he is thirsty; just asking for water, and this guys could not give him a drop water. And they gave him this stuff and he put it in his mouth and he couldn't even swallow it. Just imagine that kind of treatment, insult, injury, emotionally that thing causes. I just went through all these to show you what kind of crucifixion it was and how it involved extreme suffering of shame.

But I want to turn to 1 Peter for just one moment; because I want to clarify this because it will be useful to you; because I read that Psalm and there you see the Psalmist is speaking in firstperson; yet I said Christ is speaking that and it is happening to Christ, not to David. It is a prophecy about Christ. You can say, well by what authority to you see it; how can you interpret something like that. So this will help you at all times; to understand the Old Testament. So I want you to turn to 1 Peter chapter 1 and let me read to you verse 10 onwards: Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you. - It is talking about the Old Testament prophesies and how to view and perceive them. They have searched it carefully, it says. Who? Those who prophesied of the grace that will come to you. They searched it: Searching what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when he testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. - Now what he is saying is in Tamil, it comes out beautiful. What he is literally saying is: when they were prophesying, the spirit of Christ was in them, and he was saying the things. So when you read Psalms 69, where the Psalmists is talking the first person, you should recognize the body, the mouth - the mouth was Psalmist's mouth; David's mouth, but the person speaking was the spirit of Christ in that person; that is the way Peter (the greatest apostle, disciple of Christ), he now understands. See he was a person who had a dull of heart also. Remember before the resurrection and the coming of the spirit, everybody was dull. They failed all their tests; three years of training, nobody got their degree I think. Everybody failed all the exams that Jesus had for them. They couldn't believenothing. They just couldn't understand what the bible said about him.

He went through the Old Testamentand told them; it is all talking about me, but they never saw the point; but after the Day of Pentecost, something tremendous happens to Peter and the apostles. They now understand; look at Peter's preaching on the Day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. He refers to Psalms 16 and gives an exposition of that and says that this is about Christ. It is not talking about David, he says. It is about Christ because he is the one that was not left; he soul was not left in Hades, but was raised up. It is talking about Christ; authoritatively says that. He talks about Prophet Joel and he says this is that, the Holy Spirit that is poured out among you today. What you see, this is a phenomenon; this extraordinary phenomenon where people who spoke in tongues and were filled with the Holy Spirit; this is that which was spoken of by Joel, he says. If you would have asked him a few days before, that would have been a different story. Completely understands now. And that Peter says, towards the end, he says, Listen, I will give you a secret: Those who prophesied in the Old Testament times, they thoroughly searched everything. The spirit of Christ that who was in them was indicating when he testified before hand, the suffering of Christ, and the glories that will follow. See the prophets prophesied. How did they prophesy? The spirit of Christ was in them; so the body was the prophets, but the spirit that was speaking through the prophet was the spirit was of Christ. So when the Psalmists speaks those things in Psalms 69, it is the spirit of Christ speaking. About what? About the sufferings; here Peter says that. Testified beforehand; the spirit of Christ that was in them testified before hand; the sufferings of Christ.

And now don't forget to notice the next sentence; and the glories that would follow also. I am glad he includes the glory also. They prophesied about the sufferings, and they prophesied about the honourthat would follow also. The Psalm prophesied how he would suffer shame; how he would bear our sins; how he would bear our sicknesses and our pain and our infirmities. But they also prophesied about the forgiveness of sin, bodily healing, and about righteousness; about prosperity and about this thing we are talking about: taking our shame away and giving us honour and glory that we lost. That is why I interpreted Psalm 69 like that; this is the way to do it. This is how you know that it is right.

And now look at verse 12: To them it was revealed that not to themselves; but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you. - In other words they were told it seems; when they were given the prophecy they were told, Look you just speak it out. You be my mouth and speak it out; but it is not for you. Don't worry about meaning and all that. Just tell it. Let it be recorded; it is for a future generation to come; it is for a time when these things will be fulfilled; but write it, they were told. It says, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you; through those who have preached the gospel to you. See, let me read it again - To them it was revealed that: What was revealed to them? That not to them, but to us that they were ministering the things, which now have been reported to you, through those who were preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit, sent from heaven; things which angels desire to look into. Amazing verse. I love the way some things are told. He says: Listen the prophets were told it was not for them; it was for future generation. And these things are now ministered to you. He is talking to people who are in New Testament times; hearing the New Testament truth; he said nowadays you hear the exposition of those things, what those prophets have prophesied. These things are now reported to you. By who? By those who have preached the gospel to you; by the Holy Spirit, sent from heaven. He is referring to the Acts Chapter 2 and how the Holy Spirit came down from heaven; and they were empowered by the Holy Spirit to go and preach the gospel; and they went all over the world preaching about the gospel. He said, Now those things that were prophesied by the prophets are now preached to you by the preachers who have the Holy Spirit that has been sent from heaven. These preachers have the Holy Spirit and theyhave thatknowledge of what the bible is saying; they have preached to you these things. And then finally interestingly he adds one thing; things which the angels desire to look into. Christian preaching is not an ordinary thing, my friend, believe me. It is a thing that angels of heaven are interested; they looking into. In Tamil a very interesting word is used that means they are keenly looking at it. they are really focusing on it.

The angels of heaven are focusing on these things that are now preached, he says. A lot of people don't have this kind of view of Christian preaching; Christian preaching is extraordinary preaching. Preaching by those who have the Holy Spirit, sent from heaven. Something from heaven has come into them. They have the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. And because they have the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, they know the truth also of the prophesies that have been declared in the past; and they take and preach from them; and they declare these truths; and the angels are also looking, very keenly listening to them. You know you are gathered here. From morning we have been having services; basically we have one more in the evening - I am not through. If anybody understands what I am preaching, say, I am not understanding very well; four times I preach it; it's all going in there. It is good for my future, I think. But you know we preached to a lot of people all day today; and so many more listening through Facebook, YouTube, internet and so on. But even more than that there is a big balcony audience; that your eyes don't see; the angels of heaven, sitting and hearing what we are preaching.

Some people say: well the angels know everything; why would they want to hear you preaching. Well without my preaching they won't know anything; that is what the bible says. You know why? They have been involved in human history, all through human history. From the beginning they have been involved. You see in the Old Testament, angels coming to the men of God; passing/bringing messages to them and so on at various times. And then when Jesus was about to be born, the angel was sent to declare how that Mary would bear a son and his name shall be called Jesus and he will save his people from their sins and so on. And when he was born, the announcement went by an angel to the shepherds in the fields and so on. Angels were always involved; they were announcing but never understood what was happening.Theynever understand why God was sending his son through the womb of Mary into the world. Why these events were taking place, the way they were take place. What was the necessity to send the son of God, the second person of Trinity down to earth? Why would God send him? They are amazed; they don't know; puzzled. They come and announce, yet they don't know. And then when he was hanging on the cross, I am sure they were ready with their swords drawn; ready to kill and destroy every Roman soldier there and every enemy of Christ there, with one order from heaven. Jesus himself said, if I call my Father, He will send legions of angels. But he never called, they were never sent.The Father in fact turned His face away, as His son hung there and cried, My Father, My Father, why have Thou forsaken me. And the angels are bewildered, they don't know why God is looking away and not caring about His son and letting him die on the cross of Calvary. They look at each other probably: What is this: What happened to God? He is a loving God. Why is He acting like this? Why does he not go and deliver His son? Then on the third day they were told to roll the stone and Jesus comes, walking out from there. And they were told to stay at the grave site, to tell everybody that comes there, "He is not here". So they are saying, "He is not here" but they don't know what is happening in the world. Why all these things are happening? He is not here.

Then on the day when he ascended into heaven, the disciples were wondering why they are not flying and Jesus is flying and going home. And the angels looked at them and said, "Go to Jerusalem and wait there. The Holy Spirit will come; and you go and do the job that he has told you to do; the one who has gone will come back just as he went. Go do your job. The angels were involved every step of the way. They never understood what was happening. Every step of the way they were involved. Do you know how curious the angels are? If you were involved in all of these through history happening and you didn't understand what God was doing. He is sending you here, He is sending you there; telling you to do this, telling you to do that; but you never understood what was happening. How curious would you be? The angels are very curious. That is why right now in the New Testament church, when the Holy Ghost filled preachers are preaching and telling what has happened on the cross and what has resulted from it, they look down from heaven. The prophecies sometimes were brought by the angels to the prophets. Theangels delivered the messages that they did not understand. Now they look down from heaven and focus on the message; because everything that they never understood throughout all history, now through the Christian preaching that happens all over the world, they are listening to every one of them; understanding what this whole gospel is all about; why God sent His son; why he died, why he shed his blood. The angels are getting good preaching. I'm sure they're shouting amen today. And am sure in some preaching they may be shouting:whoa, whoa! That is why you got to watch what you are preaching. Preach nothing but the word; because the angels are listening. We got some high class audience. Heaven is watching.

Now, go to Psalm 22; that is another Psalm (messianic Psalm). I just want to refer to just one verse there. Psalms 22 - many, many years ago I dealt with this whole Psalm, I think maybe 30 years ago. Psalm 22 verse 18. They divide my garments among them,and for my clothing they cast lots. - Now if you go to Matthew's gospel chapter27 and verse 35, you will see that it exactly happened like that. They divided his garments and cast lots on his clothing. Now I think I mentioned it slightly last week. An average man wore four pieces clothing in those days; and when crucifixion happens, there were four soldiers usually. So there was no problem dividing the four garments between them. They just picked one each and went home after the thing was over. But in the case of Jesus there was a problem; because one of the pieces of garment that he was wearing was high quality, expensive garment. Sorry to disappoint those who think that Jesus was poor. It was very high quality garment; so there was competition about who should get it. So they decided to cast lots on it. But the end of the story is this: when the day was over, when Jesus was hung there, they did this. And they took away his garments; so all four pieces of his garments, gone. And Jesus hung there, totally naked. Now some of the statues/pictures of Jesus that you see today are totally misleading. You feel like standing there and meditating whole day. You feel so good at the feet of the cross. I tell you, I guarantee you, if you were alive and you were there at the scene you would have turned your face away and walked out of there; because it was a horrible sight to see. And there was shame involved to the extreme. This man was hanging there, the son of God who has come as a man, hanging there - totally naked. Look at people that would have been there; even some ladies were there; his mother was there, Mary Magdalene was there, and some other ladies were there; a few ladies at least there - there may have been more. In front of men and women, he was hanging there; like a common criminal, and that too, like a worst criminal that there can be. What suffering and what shame. This is what happened on the cross of Calvary.

Now the shame that we are suffer in this world is nothing compared to what he suffered on the cross of Calvary. He suffered it all; he suffered it to the extreme; no one can say, well I am suffering shame that Jesus doesn't know anything about. He has suffered shame of every kind; the extreme shame. Why? So that you never even one day suffer shame in your life. Now in our life time we have seen people suffering from shame administered in so many ways. When I was a little boy in school I remember those who didn't pay school fees were to stand outside the door of the classroom. Now some of the boys they had no shame at all; what we are preaching today is irrelevant to them, I think. They had no shame at all. They would all say: "Well and good, I don't have to be in this Math class; I will just stay outside; play something". So there was these bunch that didn't pay fee, standing outside; but I know some kids that were very sensitive - very hurt by it; because here are 30, 40 students sitting there, their parents having paid the fees and their parents couldn't pay their fees and those children standing thinking about the poverty and the fact that they don't have the money. How much it would have hurt them. It would have stayed with them us they grew up and as they got married and as they went into work. It must have been at the back of their mind; torturing them in their mind. How small they felt; how insignificant they felt, how bad they felt standing there, put to shame. Sometimes they asked us to stand on the bench. Again some boys never minded; they will stand on the bench and do all their mischiefs. But I know some kids that were very sensitive; that would go home and never sleep, and cry because of the kind of treatment. Just compare this toward Jesus' suffering. Like I said, every time we sin it causes shame.

What does shame do basically? Let me turn to Job chapter 11. One of Job's friend says to Job, he says: If iniquity were in your hand, and you put it far away; and would not let wickedness dwell in your tents;Then surely you could lift up your face without spot. Yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear. - In other words, he is saying man, well man if you just did right and you didn't have any sin, then you would lift up your face without spot. The secret is/the essence of the whole thing is; if you didn't have shame; if you hadn't done anything wrong; if you don't have any sin; if you don't have any iniquity; then you would have no problem with God. You can go to God and lift up your face, and talk to God about your problem. The problem is you are hanging your head; you don't have the guts to go to God; because you have done something wrong; there is sin in you, he is telling him.

Now listen to Job 22 verse 26: For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God.You will make your prayer to Him and He will hear you. - see again, lifting up your face to God is the issue. He says, get right with God so that you lift your face up to God; you can look at God in the eye and talk to him. He says you will make your prayer to him and He will hear you. And you will pay your vows. You will also declare a thing and it will be established for you. So light will shine on your ways.When they cast you down, and you say, exaltation will come.Then He will save the humble person. - I will tell you in quick essence what this is all about. He says, hey the whole issue is there is something wrong with you. And if you get rid of this sin, the shame will go; the sense of condemnation will go. Now you don't have any boldness and courage, and confidence to go before God and ask God to bless you, ask God to restore you; get everything right. You can lift up your face to God and then what will happen? Your prayer will work - whatever you ask you will get, and then whatever you declarewill happen; you shall decree a thing and it shall be established for you. Listen to the answers: When you can look God at His face. Look at what salvation has done for us and the blood of Jesus has done for us. Our prayers are sure; your prayers will be heard; whatever your decree it shall be established for you. And then, when they cast you down; when situations come/arise against you and they cast you down; you say exaltation will come and whatever you say will come. When you say exaltation will come, exaltation will come. Your prayers will be heard. Whatever you decree will be established; whatever you say will happen. What is the issue? Look at Him in His face. Can you look at him in his face? I tell you because of Jesus Christ; because of the blood that was shed; you and I, though we were such bad sinners, today have the wonderful privilege of looking at God in His face. And because we can look at his face, our prayers are heard; and whatever we decree is established; and whatever we say is done.

Turn to Genesis chapter 3; I am finishing with this. You know the story, how Adam sinned and they were hiding. Why? Because they were naked; actually they wore fig-leaves clothing but still they were naked; I don't understand how people say...but they were naked because the fig-leaves they don't hold up; every time you get up and turn around its all tearing everywhere. So even though they tried their best to cover themselves with the nakedness, they were still naked. God tells them, Adam where are you, come out, why are you hiding? he said, well because I am naked and I was afraid and I am hiding. Well, you are wearing fig-leaves? Well still naked; that is why he is hiding. After wearing fig-leaves he was still naked, Adam was hiding. And God comes and makes coats of skin and clothes them; that is Genesis verse 21 of chapter 3. And now some very moving words; maybe you have had problem with it, but you will understand today: Then the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever. Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. (Now listen it looks like a very rude verse. Like God is a bad, and a mean God) So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. - God drove out man. People say, well you say God is good but look at Him. Mean; He is driving out man - He should have embraced him and loved him, and accepted him and given him a better life; did something good to him. Why does the bible say things like that? He drove out, put a guard at the gate, put cherubims and then flaming sword so that he never enters it again. Let me read to you again verse 22: it says, then the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become like one of us, to know good and evil.

- Now listen; now here comes a sentence, in case you have not noticed, it is a sentence that never really ends; it is cut off in the middle; ends with a dash. This is God speaking; amazing. God never closes the sentence. And the bible scholars saythis is the only sentence which God speaks, which He has not completed; He left it without completing. Have you seen God leaving anything without completing? God finishes everything that He picks up and does. He is speaking some words and He is not completing. Amazing. Let me read this; and let me read it so that you know that it is not complete: And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever- then what? therefore the Lord - No, that does not connect. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever - something else must be added there; because the next sentence starts: therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden ...which does not connect at all. Something must be added. And if it what would it sound like: Let me fill it up for you, that is why you need preachers for: And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever and end up continuing in the state of sin and condemnation and shame for himself and for his posterity; his generations to come. All humanityends up with sin, condemnation and shame. God is saying, lest he take and eat out of the tree of life which is the midst of the Garden, and he end up living in the sinful fallen condition in a state of condemnation and shame; not just for the rest of his life, so to speak; he will end up eternally and eternally in the fallen condition with the sense of sin, condemnation and shame. Not only for himself but for his generations; entire mankind would have plunged into that; never to be coming out of that.

So God says, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life eat and live forever. And why does He not complete? You may think, well you completed it, God should have completed it. Well God is a good God. He just could not even stand I think to say it; utter it. To say that if he eats it then he would end up living like this for all eternity; and damaging the entire human race; so that all eternity they will also live in sin, condemnation and the shame it produces. Just imagine a whole race of human beings living for whole eternity; born and living forever and ever, and ever because they have eaten of the tree of life. But hanging their heads down in defeat and shame, covering their face, not even able to look up. God says they should not live like that; lest he puts his hand and take also the tree of life and eat, and live forever; because I have a plan, God says. I have got a plan at the back of my mind which I planned and purpose before the world began. The plan is to send My son as a sacrifice for sin; so that he would shed his blood and bring redemption and forgiveness of sin, so that this man who has got sin, condemnation and shame will turn around and he will come into the embrace of God; into the family of God; look upon the face of God and live with his head high, lifted up in joy and peace, in glory and in honour. That is your place and my place.

Today, there is no reason anybody should continue in a state of shame and sense of condemnation. Condemnation is a big problem and shame is the thing that is produces. It brings defeat in life; it makes family life useless. It is the reason for failure in every realm of life; you can't do your work right; you can't have a good marriage relationship, you can't have a good family; you can't raise your kids good - you can't anything good if you are living with the sense condemnation and shame. How to receive deliverance from it? You have been delivered when Jesus died on the cross and shed his blood. Just acknowledge it today. And lift up your hands and your heart, and your face to God. Don't look down; look up. You are child of God; you are a blood sprinkled person. Don't think about what sin you have done; because those things are under the blood. It is all covered. Look up to God and confess that you are His child; that your sins are washed away. That guilt and condemnation and shame is off of you today. It is gone from you. And that you are free from it because of the blood of Christ Jesus. And I tell you my friend, today you will find freedom and liberty and enter into joy and peace and happiness, and victory in your life.

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