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Because Of Jesus

Rom. 13:11-14


11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. NKJV

 

Introduction              Our Daily Bread, July 3, 1989

A man who had a high opinion of himself stepped on a coin-operated scale that dispensed a card, giving his weight and comments about his personality. After reading the card, he handed it to his wife and said, “Here, look at this!” She took it and read aloud, “You are dynamic, a born leader, handsome, and much admired by women for your personality.” Giving it a second look, she added, “Hmmm, I see it’s got your weight wrong too!”


Because Of Jesus We Must . . Wake Up, Wash Up, and Wrap Up In Him.



1.       Because Of Jesus We Must . . Wake Up. 13:11

11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

 

            A.        The . . Time Is Right To Wake Up. 13:11a

11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep;

 

            B.        The . . Temperature Is Right To Wake Up. 13:11b

“. . . for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”


Illustration    Urgent Message

During the Revolutionary War, a loyalist spy appeared at the headquarters of Hessian commander Colonel Johann Rall, carrying an urgent message. General George Washington and his Continental army had secretly crossed the Delaware River that morning and were advancing on Trenton, New Jersey where the Hessians were encamped. The spy was denied an audience with the commander and instead wrote his message on a piece of paper. A porter took the note to the Hessian colonel, but because Rall was involved in a poker game he stuffed the unread note into his pocket. When the guards at the Hessian camp began firing their muskets in a futile attempt to stop Washington’s army, Rall was still playing cards. Without time to organize, the Hessian army was captured. The battle occurred the day after Christmas, 1776, giving the colonists a late present--their first major victory of the war.


Application


Because Of Jesus We Must . . Wake Up.

                         The Text says: It Is Time To Wake Up


 

2.       Because Of Jesus We Must . . Wash Up. 13:12-13 

12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

 

            A.        Wash Up By . . Considering The Day. 13:12a

12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand.. . .”

                        1.         It Is The Time To Stand.

 

            B.        Wash Up By . . Casting Off Wicked Works. 13:12b

                        Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness,. . .”

 

                        1.         Cast Off Any Actions Of Ours That Are Darkness.

                                    a.         We Are Light Because Of Jesus

 

            C.        Wash Up By . . Conscious Choices. 13:13             

                        Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

 

                        1.         Choices In How We Walk.

                        2.         Choices In Attitudes and Manners.

                        3.         Choices Against Drunkenness.

                        4.         Choices Against Lewdness and Lust.

                        5.         Choices Against Strife and Envy.

 

Illustration    Wash Your Hands!

In 1818, Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis was born into a world of dying women. The finest hospitals lost one out of six young mothers to the scourge of “childbed fever.” A doctor’s daily routine began in the dissecting room where he performed autopsies. From there he made his way to the hospital to examine expectant mothers without ever pausing to wash his hands. Dr. Semmelweis was the first man in history to associate such examinations with the resultant infection and death. His own practice was to wash with a chlorine solution, and after eleven years and the delivery of 8,537 babies, he lost only 184 mothers—about one in fifty.


He spent the vigor of his life lecturing and debating with his colleagues. Once he argued, “Puerperal fever is caused by decomposed material, conveyed to a wound. . .I have shown how it can be prevented. I have proved all that I have said. But while we talk, talk, talk, gentlemen, women are dying. I am not asking anything world shaking. I am asking you only to wash....For God’s sake, wash your hands.”


But virtually no one believed him. Doctors and midwives had been delivering babies for thousands of years without washing, and no outspoken Hungarian was going to change them now! Semmelweis died insane at the age of 47, his wash basins discarded, his colleagues laughing in his face, and the death rattle of a thousand women ringing in his ears.

“Wash me!” was the anguished prayer of King David. “Wash!” was the message of John the Baptist. “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me,” said the towel-draped Jesus to Peter. Without our being washed clean, we all die from the contamination of sin. For God’s sake, wash! Boyce Mouton

 

Illustration    Take The Tests

1.         THE WORLD TEST. Is it worldly? Will it make me worldly

            to do it (John 15:19, 1 John 2:15- 17)'

2.         THE QUALITY TEST. Is it good for me physically,

            emotionally, and spiritually (Rom. 12:9b)'

3.         THE TEMPLE TEST. Can I do it when I remember my body

            is God’s temple. (1 Cor. 6:19)'

4.         THE GLORY TEST. Will it glorify my Lord, or will it bring shame to His name (1 Cor. 6:20, 10:32)'

5.         THE BLESSING TEST. Can I honestly ask God’s blessing on it. Prov. 10:22, Rom. 15:29)'

6.         THE REPUTATION TEST. Is it apt to damage my testimony

            for the Lord (Phil. 2:15)'

7.         THE CONSIDERATION TEST. Am I being considerate of others and the effect this might have on them (Rom. 14:7, 21)'

8.         THE APPEARANCE TEST. Will it look bad? Does it have the appearance of what is wrong or suspicious (1 Thess. 5:22)'

9.         THE COMING OF CHRIST TEST. Would I be ashamed to be found doing this when He comes again (1 John 2:28)'

10.       THE COMPANION TEST. Can I invite Christ to go with me

            and participate with me in this (Matt. 28:20b, Col. 3:17)'

11.       THE PEACE TEST. After having prayed about it, do I have

            perfect peace about doing it (Col. 3:15a, Phil. 4:6-7)'

From Training Manual for Local Church Visitation, Eugene A. Wood, DTS, ThM Thesis, 1980


Application


          Because Of Jesus We Must . . Wash Up.


 

3.       Because Of Jesus We Must . . Wrap Up. 13:12c & 14

            12c “. . . and let us put on the armor of light. . . .”

            14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision

            for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. NKJV

 

            A.        Wrap Up In . . Profession Of Faith. 13:12c & 13:14a

                        12c “. . . and let us put on the armor of light. . . .”

                        14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,


                        First, we identify with Christ by being baptized

                        This shows our solidarity with other Christians and with

                        the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


                        Gal 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ

                        have put on Christ. NKJV

 

            B.        Wrap Up In . . Practices Like Jesus. 13:14b

                        “. . . and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its

                        lusts.

                        1.         Positively:      We exemplify the qualities Jesus

                                                showed while he was here on earth (love,

                                                humility, truth, service). In a sense, we role-play

                                                what Jesus would do in our situation.

                        2.         Negatively:     We also must avoid those situations that

                                                open the door to gratifying sinful desires. (Life

                                                Application Study Bible)


Wiersbee

Avoid that which tempts you to sin. It is wrong for Christians to "plan for sin." Vance Havner said that when David left the battlefield and returned to Jerusalem, "he was making arrangements to sin." In the light of the soon-coming Christ, it is our responsibility to live sober, spiritual, clean lives.


Illustration                Hurricane

During a recent hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, a news report highlighted a rescue device used on the oil rigs. In case of fire or (in this case) hurricane, rig workers scramble into the bullet-shaped “bus” and strap themselves into their seats. When the entry port is shut, the vehicle is released down a chute and projected away from the rig. The seat belts protect the occupants from the impact with the water. The capsule then bobs in the sea until rescuers come to pick it up. The device parallels the theological truth of Romans 8:l—”Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Justification does not mean our world always stops falling apart. The rig still may topple in the hurricane. But those in the right place, whether a rescue module or spiritually in the storm. The storm will take its course. The welfare of the workers depends on whether they are IN the rescue device. - David Asp Source unknown


Illustration

At the funeral of Ruby Joshu’s husbands funeral the pastor Mark Bender illustrated a Christina being clothed with Christ by calling reference to Arthur at Christmas time playing Santa Claus.


Illustration

While I was pastor in Mountain View a Pizza Inn was built. I was there for lunch one day and an entertainer who imitated Elvis Presley came in as he was on his way to Branson. I went over and talked with him. In the course of my conversation with him I asked, “Don’t you ever get tired of dressing this way and having to act this way.” He was offended that I asked that question and put out his chest and said, “I never get tired of being Elvis. I live to be like Elvis..”


At that point I said, I am a Christian and I never get tired of trying to be like Jesus.”



Application


Because Of Jesus We Must . . Wake Up, Wash Up, and Wrap Up In Him.