The Reward for His Suffering | 4.30.23 | Sunday AM | On Fire Christian Church

The Reward for His Suffering

  1. “Now all the tax collectors and sinners [including non-observant Jews] were coming near Jesus to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began muttering and complaining, saying, “This man accepts and welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭AMP‬‬‬‬‬‬
    1. Luke 7:36-50. A sinful woman comes to Jesus and His response to her
  1. How did Jesus treat sinners?
    1. Woman caught in adultery John 8:1
    2. Man healed after 38 years and Jesus says stop winning less something worse come upon you John 5:1
    3. “And Jesus replied to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but [only] those who are sick. I did not come to call the [self-proclaimed] righteous [who see no need to repent], but sinners to repentance [to change their old way of thinking, to turn from sin and to seek God and His righteousness].” Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭31‬-‭32‬ ‭AMP‬‬‬‬‬‬
  1. A hundred sheep- “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost, [searching] until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he gets home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’ I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭4‬-‭7‬ ‭AMP‬‬‬‬‬‬
    1. ““Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins [each one equal to a day’s wages] and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her [women] friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, because I found the lost coin!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents [that is, changes his inner self—his old way of thinking, regrets past sins, lives his life in a way that proves repentance; and seeks God’s purpose for his life].”. Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭8‬-‭10‬ ‭AMP‬‬‬‬‬‬
    2. The Lord came to free sinners!
    3. “She will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus (The Lord is salvation), for He will save His people from their sins.”. Matthew‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬ ‭AMP‬‬‬‬‬
      1. “But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭8‬ ‭AMP‬‬‬‬‬
      2. “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” I John‬ ‭2‬:‭2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬
  1. The Lords whole purpose for was fallen sinful humanity. Therefore our whole passion should be His
    1. Our passion must become to see souls saved
    2. It is a true story about two young men who lived long ago in another country who were so sold out to God, they sold themselves into slavery. They had heard of a place that slave-traders owned and worked the land by the hands of the natives who lived there. These evil traders would not allow missionaries anywhere near their slaves. So the two brave missionaries (incognito) sold themselves as lifetime slaves – to preach the gospel.

The young men were to travel on a ship to a small island where three thousand natives lived who had never heard the name of Jesus. Their lives were to be totally in God’s hands – they knew not what the future held. They could be shipwrecked or even killed by the natives upon arrival at the appointed destination. But it did not matter. The young men only knew that Jesus was worthy. Theirs was a mission of winning souls for heaven. The calling was in their hearts and there was no turning back. This was for the Glory of the Holy God.

All of their loved ones came to the harbor on that cold, dark cloudy day to see the boys off as they took voyage. Their families were crying and questioning the wisdom of this commitment. ‘Did God really require the very lives of their sons for His service? Was there not an easier, better way?’ The parents knew their young sons would never return for this was not a temporary arrangement, it was to be for the rest of their lives. Their Mother’s hearts were broken. Their Father’s were stoic and quiet – unable to speak for the large lumps in their throats. Pride burst in their hearts for their son’s dedication to the Lord yet they feared for the boys. The younger siblings were clinging to them in desperation, unable to let go. It was as if a funeral service was being held on the dock that day as the families clung to them for the very last time.

The boys themselves were a little apprehensive and very sad to leave their families – but very sure of their calling and the decision to willingly give their lives to the Living God. Without a tear shed, they boarded the ship waiving and smiling. Their hearts were lightened as the peace of God flooded them. This was God’s will for them both and they knew it, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

As the ship left the harbor the boys were still waiving furiously to their loved ones. It was recorded in history the words that one of them yelled across the ocean as the ship made her way. He said this:

“May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!”

Jesus Christ said: “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39 KJV.

These young men lost the lives they knew and loved with their families only to find their true lives in Christ and for the sake of the gospel. This is an expression of the lengths a person will go who is truly walking with Christ in every sense. It made me wonder; ‘what I am doing for the reward of His suffering? What are we all doing?’

  1. The Apex of all Christian endeavor must become to place the jewel of a soul in the crown of our Savior that the Lamb of God may receive the reward of His suffering

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