Evan Prussack - Olympia II, Washington Convention - 2018

John 1:35, “Again, the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples and looking upon Jesus as He walked, he saith, 'Behold the Lamb of God! ' And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, 'What seek ye?' They said unto Him, 'Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest Thou?' He saith unto them, 'Come and see.' They came and saw where He dwelt, and abode with Him that day.”

Jesus said, “What are you looking for? What are you wondering?” So Jesus showed them where He spent the night. Children ask where I live. I’ll tell them, “Well, tonight, I live with you! Tomorrow, I go stay with someone else. I live with my friends!” Where does Jesus live? He lives with His friends – His people.” Jesus doesn’t just cleanse, teach, and correct people – He actually comes and lives with people! We could look at Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Paul – those are some of Jesus’ homes. There are plenty of homes Jesus lives in today. We can look at the Lord’s people and see that Jesus lives in them! They remember their neighbor was kind to them. They remember the spirit the person at the store had. You are proof that the gospel we are sharing is real! Jesus is alive! A little boy was amazed at how God could live in him. It’s not hypothetical – it’s spiritual! It’s real!

When God was delivering the Children of Israel out of Egypt, He instituted the Passover. The lamb was supposed to come and be in the house! When I think of sheep, I think of a quiet, docile creature but a lamb is actually full of energy and life! When Jesus is brought into our life, He’s very alive! He’s going to be bounding throughout our heart! There was a sheep and a bull in the same pasture. It can be uncomfortable to have Jesus move in. He’s not like us! His nature is completely different than our nature. The bull could so easily destroy the sheep. It wouldn’t take much at all. But don’t underestimate the power of the Lamb. The bull is hot-tempered but the Lamb’s presence calms the bull down. Christ’s presence affects us. So, with Jesus coming to live with us, He needs an invitation. He doesn’t just barge in. Technically, it’s His home already. He was involved in our Creation! When our lives were taken under the control of sin, Jesus bought us back. It’s actually His life to do as He pleases!

There was a tenant renting a house, and stopped paying rent. The landlord wanted to evict him. The tenant filed something and kept the landlord away as long as he could. We could spend the rest of our lives trying to keep Him out, and continue living like it’s our life! You know what happens when we let Jesus come and live with us, and take over our life that’s His anyway? We aren’t kicked out but we become stewards – same family, same job, same town – but there’s a change of ownership. It’s wonderful, as stewards, we get to enjoy the benefits of Jesus’ provision and work. When something goes wrong, it’s ultimately His responsibility, and we don’t have to do anything about it. Situations come, and now it’s the Lord’s to deal with. He knows just how to deal with it. Jesus is going to make changes when He moves in. Remodels take a while. We can certainly speed it up by just giving Him liberty. There are walls in our heart that He’d like to remove – broken things He’d like to fix – He’d like to add light to some rooms. Jesus can fix these things! Have we ever welcomed the Lord in? Do we tell Him, “You can be in this part but please don’t be over there, or change that!” We want to give Jesus complete liberty – it’s His life!

John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, 'Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.'”

Jesus alone can take away our sin. We can make our life seem a little better than it was but if we want sin taken away, only Jesus can do that. I’d go with my dad to the dump – throw it in and it smashes into 100 pieces, and it’s gone. We can go with Jesus to Calvary and our sin can be gotten rid of. Sometimes at night we’re going to be praying and Jesus will come in and say, “What’s this – you need to get rid of this!” Jesus is a good housekeeper in our hearts. He wants to deal with our sin – otherwise, He can’t live there anymore.

 

In Luke 8, we read that Mary Magdalene had 7 devils cast out of her! Later it talks about Legion, who had all these things living inside that Jesus cast out. Jesus can clean those things out!

“Come and see” – the disciples abode with Jesus there. Wherever Jesus dwelt, there was room for two there. Thank you for opening your homes to us. We get to enter into how Jesus feels when your heart is wide open to Him. Give Jesus more liberty. The Lord would love to dwell with you.