Niles Bennett - Okotoks Special Meetings - Last Meeting, December 17, 2006

Hymn 92:1, "God Is Longing"

John 10:37-38, “If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works:  that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”  The works seen in Jesus were undisputedly the works of God.  This was a test for God’s people.  Those who looked on Jesus would know undisputedly that He was the son of God.  Jesus said if He didn’t do the works of His Father, not to believe Him, but believe the works.  There was unity between Jesus and the Father.  The work of the gospel is God dwelling in the hearts of men and women, and unity and friendship are the fringe benefits.

Psalm 86:5, “For Thou Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee.”  This is a look into the heart of our Father.  No one except Jesus knew the heart of God so well.  Verse 9, “All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee, O Lord; and shall glorify Thy name.”  Verse 11, "Teach me Thy way, O Lord; I will walk in Thy truth: unite my heart to fear Thy name my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify Thy name for evermore.”  These verses tell us what is found in God’s people and the purpose and desire of God’s people.  

John 11, Lazarus was sick.  Verse 4, “When Jesus heard that, He said, 'This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.'”  God created us so we could glorify God’s Son.  What is in our heart?  There is sickness, human nature.  This doesn’t please God.  We don’t want to dwell on sickness and defeat, but that God could do a work in human hearts to glorify God.  God desires there could be salvation.  Salvation is not deserved or earned, but Salvation is God’s desire that His Son would have a bride to glorify God’s name.  May we be part of the Bride.  Lazarus’ sickness and death was untimely, but allowed so Christ could be glorified.  Additional time for Lazarus was to lay up treasure in heaven, but also time for the enemy to work and discourage him, that God could be glorified. 

John 11:25-26, “Jesus said unto Martha, ' I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.”  New life from God himself put within before natural life is taken.  All we have in us, in our dead condition, cannot please God.  It’s not human nature that is changed but new life within from God himself.  The results of this life determine the resurrection Martha spoke of. Lazarus’ death caused others to weep.  Jesus wept.  Jesus understands the pain in our hearts; He feels our anguish but the greater miracle is that something that is living and eternal can grow in our heart. 

John 12:28, “'Father, glorify Thy name.'  Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, 'I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.'”  Human life is much lower than Jesus’ life.  Jesus glorified God by His sinless, perfect life.  God glorified Jesus’ name in an audible voice from Heaven and the people standing by heard that voice.  What Jesus suffered is greater than any of us will ever experience.  Salvation is not of works, we don’t earn it.  Salvation is new life and fruit that is undisputedly of God.

Hymn 348:1,3, "Seeking for a Better Country"