Jeff Gillie - Williams, Western Australia Convention - 2018

Hymn 392

We would see Jesus.  We just sang, “We would see Jesus, other lights are paling, the blessings of our pilgrimage are failing.  We would see Jesus this is all we’re needing: strength, joy and willingness come with the sight.  John 12:21, “The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, 'Sir, we would see Jesus.'  This was like convention.  They desired to see Jesus.  He did not know what their needs were.  We come from far and near and we come with all sorts of needs, yet we come with the same purpose to see Jesus and to hear Him and feel His presence and to enter in a little deeper as to what He is.  We do not get weary of seeing Him again because He is like a best friend to us.  We can have questions in life and we may go to someone familiar with the situation for answers.  When life is perplexing, we need to find our perspective. 

When we got our new hymn book, we lost a few hymns, but we gained new hymns.  We would sing the new hymns over and over to get to know them.  One was "In Jesus’ Hands."  What I have no power over, I will leave in Jesus’ hands.  We learn that there are things in life that are perplexing, but we need a perspective to see things better.  Climb a mountain and what seems really big will become small.  As we climb the mountain, we get perspective.  We have two eyes.  If we close one eye, we only see 2D and cannot get depth.  Seeing 3D gives perspective.  We have two ears.  If we only have one ear, we cannot tell where the sound is coming from.  The Lord has provided us with our natural perspective but what about inwardly.  It may not be that we are unwilling or unable it may be that we do not understand.  We want to go forward in the situation.  Climbing a mountain will make us weary but at the top we get the perspective and rest.  I was climbing a mountain with others and I was still going up when they were coming back down.  I had to keep going to get the opportunity at the top to rest, see the view and get perspective.  There is something about labouring with all your heart and purpose that you might gain a perspective that is good for you. 

Hebrews 4:11, “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  The promised land was a place of honey and rest.  When the spies went in, most saw the strength of the enemy and reported and an entire generation of people went back.  They stayed in the desert and died in the desert.  The next generation had faith to believe that the Lord would give them the victory and they would prosper, and they rose up and went in.  The promise is not always generation to generation.  We want to pass on to the next generation everything that we have received from the past generation in all its purity.  A generation had fallen away, and God raised up another generation to go into the land.  Two great miracles that God does.  Preservation from generation to generation and work of restoration when previous generation has not continued.  We hear of families where the truth has been lost for a generation and then restored in the next generation. 

Mark 9:2, “And after six days Jesus taketh with Him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves and He was transfigured before them.  Jesus transformed into the wonderful form He will be in eternity.  They got a little feel for the greatness of eternity and what is ahead.  Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  Moses represented the law and Elijah the prophets.  Moses maybe thought he had gone as far as he could go but now, he is seeing that Jesus must establish this living way and the law be fulfilled.  Elijah and all the prophets had prophesied about Jesus and Jesus knew he had to fulfill all the prophecies.  Jesus knew He had to continue to fulfill every promise concerning His life.  Jesus would be filled with great purpose as the two men of old encouraged Him on. 

The last word in the Old Testament in Malachi is curse.  Moses would be aware that if people were to enter into the new and living way that they would never go back to the old law.  If they ever went back, it would bring cursing.  Only way is the way forward.  The best for us is always ahead.  No such thing as “good old days.”  It is an illusion.  The next generation in the desert did not want to die there.  They could have felt, "Our previous generation died here so we may as well perish here, too.They could have stayed with no faith and no desire to press on but instead they had faith in their hearts to go on and conquer.  Joshua is a book of victory.  Sad times and some defeats but mostly victories.  The River Jordan when flooding would be very daunting.  Require a lot of faith to cross.  We will come across things difficult to face.  On the other side of the River Jordan was the blessing and rest.  Cross the river and enter in deeper to the promises of God.  Jericho had a wall.  This wall was similar to the river.  It was a barrier to going forward.  We have to increase our faith to remove the wall, so we can go deeper in.  They circled the wall for several days.  It was their trust in the Lord that he would bring it down.  God stopped time (Joshua 10:13) that the victory could be won.  If we are willing to believe, God will help us.  Believe that God loves our soul because He does. 

I Kings 19, Elijah had a great victory.  Need to be careful after great victories.  Elijah did not do anything wrong, but the enemy doubled its purpose.  Elijah ran for his life and all he was worth.  He slept under a juniper tree trying to preserve his life, but he was now ready for God to take him.  God was not ready and so not going to take him.  Angel came and gave him strength.  He received more bread and water and finally strength to go to the mountain and climbing the mountain he would have got the perspective.  Still small voice spoke, and he got answers and was sent forth again.  There was the day when the Lord did take him home in a chariot of fire.  "You waited for My time and this is what I had planned for you."  Elisha desired a double portion of Elijah’s spirit because of the transformation that had taken place in Elijah’s life. 

Mark 6:31, “And He said unto them, 'Come, ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while,' for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.  John the Baptist’s life had just been taken.  Jesus knew He had to give them perspective on this situation.  What the disciples needed was to see a great miracle.  Feeding of the multitude was God’s timing.  Their master was made a little more real to them and a little closer.  So great was the power of the Father working through the Son.  Glad for situations that arise, maybe not at the time, but later that we can see that Jesus helped us and we feel a little closer.  The transformation process is a miracle.  Little babes in the world since Adam and Eve’s day but a new life still has an attraction, especially to older ones.  When the Lord brings new life into this way people are interested.  Want to know about interest in the missions. 

Luke 24:4, “And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:”  Women around the sepulchre looking for Jesus.  They knew that He was gone but they wanted to be with the body.  They were perplexed but it wasn’t long until they had a wonderful perspective on it.  Greatest perspective when they realised that He was risen and not still in the tomb.  Leave things in the Master’s hands, as we draw near to Him and want to be in His presence.  Glad to be bound together in the sameness of spirit.  Very troubled world and people are more divided than ever.  We gather with the same desire and purpose to feed on God’s word.