Participants: Wes McDonald
Series Code: FC
Program Code: FC000401
00:31 Hi, I'm Wes McDonald,
00:32 I'd liked to welcome you to today's
00:35 Faith Chapel here at 3ABN,
00:37 we're delighted you could be with us.
00:39 We're going to sharing with you today
00:40 as always some things from God's word.
00:44 And before we do that, let's bow our heads and pray.
00:48 Our Father in heaven,
00:49 thank You that we can come before You today,
00:53 that we can learn of You.
00:55 I pray that you would grant each of us knowledge
00:57 and wisdom and wisdom from Your word,
00:58 give me words to speak that will be a blessing,
01:02 and just a powerful word of comfort
01:06 to those in our audience today.
01:09 And so we ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.
01:15 Our message today is "Lift Him Up."
01:19 We want to look at a text which many of you know
01:22 by heart but there maybe some people,
01:24 maybe you're a new Christian
01:25 or maybe you're not Christian at all,
01:27 it maybe a text that you've not seen before,
01:29 but it is the hallmark text of Christians
01:33 and it is John 3 and verse 16.
01:37 Let's read this together, John 3 and verse 16,
01:40 For God so loved the world
01:43 that he gave his only begotten Son,
01:47 that whosever believeth in him should not perish,
01:50 but have everlasting life.
01:55 Each of us is a sinner, we're not without that knowledge,
02:02 we understand this. But often times we feel like
02:06 we must do something ourselves
02:08 in order to merit favor with God.
02:12 But the Bible is very clear that Jesus loved us,
02:14 and the Father loved us,
02:15 and that Jesus died for us.
02:18 But for most Christians this verse is one
02:20 that they have committed to memory,
02:22 but very few have committed
02:23 the preceding two verses to memory.
02:25 If I were to ask a 100 Christians out there
02:27 how many of you know John 3 verse 14 and 15?
02:31 The majority would give me a blank stare,
02:35 and I'm sure some of you maybe thinking wow,
02:37 I don't know what that is.
02:39 So let's look at that, because we're going to focus
02:41 on these verses a little bit today.
02:43 John 3 verse 14 and 15
02:46 and let's read this together as well.
02:49 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
02:54 even so must the Son of man be lifted up,
02:58 that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
03:03 but have eternal life.
03:10 Is this text using a snake to be a symbol for Christ,
03:15 doesn't that seen strange to you?
03:18 Doesn't that snake symbolize the devil,
03:20 we know that in the Garden of Eden,
03:23 the devil took on form of the serpent
03:25 and yet we find that it's comparing Christ
03:29 and a serpent in the wilderness.
03:31 Christ being lifted up and the serpent being lifted up.
03:34 Does the snake symbolize the devil, sin,
03:37 something cursed, unholy, defiled, detestable,
03:43 dangerous, evil in its intent,
03:46 isn't this true about snakes?
03:48 When you think of a snake,
03:49 do you think of something holy?
03:51 When you think of a serpent,
03:52 don't you think of someone as venomous
03:54 that will bite you, that will kill you.
03:56 Why is it that this is being used
03:59 in some way in context with Christ,
04:02 who is absolutely holy, He was God, He had to be holy.
04:05 Why does it do this, what does it mean?
04:07 This text refers us back to a passage
04:10 in the Book of Numbers.
04:12 We want to allow scripture to answers scripture
04:14 and we're gonna look at that text.
04:16 In the Book of Numbers in chapter 21,
04:19 we find here that Moses has been with this
04:23 rebellious Israelite people through the desert.
04:27 They had been brought through the water
04:30 where Pharaoh's army was destroyed after them,
04:33 they had been received water out of a rock,
04:37 they had received manna from heaven.
04:40 And every step along the way they complained.
04:44 God was upset with them, Moses was upset with them,
04:47 and all they did was complain, complain, complain.
04:51 And this brings us to Numbers 21 verse 5 through 9,
04:56 they had been complaining again.
04:58 Let's read this text together Numbers 21 verse 5 through 9.
05:04 And the people spake against God,
05:06 and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up
05:09 out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?
05:13 For there is no bread, neither is there any water,
05:16 and our soul loatheth this light bread.
05:19 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people,
05:22 and they bit the people, and much people of Israel died.
05:27 Therefore the people came to Moses and said,
05:29 We've sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord,
05:33 and against thee, pray unto the Lord,
05:36 that he take away the serpents from us.
05:39 And Moses prayed for the people.
05:43 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent,
05:48 and set it upon a pole, and it shall come to pass
05:52 that every one that is bitten,
05:55 when he looketh upon it, shall live.
05:59 And Moses made a serpent of brass,
06:01 and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass
06:04 that if a serpent had bitten any man,
06:08 when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
06:15 Doesn't this sound strange to you?
06:19 Here the people are dying,
06:20 they've been complaining against the Lord,
06:22 they complained even about the food that they were given.
06:26 Can you imagine, this was the food prepared by angels,
06:29 it came down from heaven and fell on the ground.
06:31 They didn't have to work for anything,
06:33 they just went out and picked up the food.
06:35 It was delicious, nutritious, it kept them healthy,
06:38 they had not suffered any illness along the whole away,
06:42 they had been protected even from sun burn,
06:44 because the cloud that went over them
06:47 shaded them even from the sun,
06:49 they did nothing but complain.
06:51 And you know, I can remember sometimes
06:53 hearing parents talked to their children.
06:56 The child is disobedient and he's complaining,
06:59 and crying, and crying, and crying,
07:01 and the child has everything,
07:02 he has nothing to complain about.
07:04 And finally the parent says, you know what?
07:07 If you don't quick complaining,
07:09 I'm going to give you something to complain about.
07:11 Have you ever said this yourself?
07:14 Well, God realized that these people
07:16 did not appreciate His blessings to them,
07:20 they did not appreciate the fact
07:22 that He sent Moses to deliver them.
07:25 They were even complaining
07:26 about the food that He gave Him,
07:28 and beggars should not be choosers,
07:30 and they should not complain, amen.
07:32 When you have nothing, and you get it for nothing,
07:34 and you get everything you have for nothing,
07:36 you really shouldn't complain.
07:37 But the people were complaining
07:39 and they were complaining bitterly
07:40 to Moses and bitterly about God.
07:43 These serpents had been in the desert all along the way,
07:49 they were always out there,
07:50 had always been there and they were called fiery serpents
07:53 because they're sting was especially
07:54 painful and it was fatal.
07:56 You got bit, you're gonna die, end of story.
07:59 There was no antivenin, there were no hospitals,
08:02 they were in the desert, they were in the wilderness,
08:05 and if you got bit, that was it, it was all over.
08:09 But all along the way God's holy angels had protected
08:13 these people so that no one got bit.
08:16 In fact, the people probably didn't even know
08:18 that the snakes were there, they never saw.
08:21 God had miraculously kept them away.
08:24 And so when they began to accuse God of taking them
08:27 into the wilderness to die,
08:29 when they begin complain about the healthful food
08:31 He gave them, God simply removed the protection,
08:36 so that they could see what it was that
08:39 they had been protected against.
08:40 And then they realized, we've sinned.
08:44 Oh, Moses please, we've sinned,
08:46 we said bad things about you,
08:48 bad things about God, and we have sinned.
08:52 Moses, would you pray for us,
08:54 would you ask God to take the snakes away,
08:56 would you pray for us?
08:57 And so God gave Moses some specific instructions.
09:01 And He asked Moses to do something
09:03 which would sound quite ridiculous.
09:08 He asked Moses to make of serpent out of brass,
09:13 put it on a pole
09:14 and then instruct the people to look at it.
09:17 That to most people would sound absurd.
09:21 You know, give me a pill,
09:22 I don't know send me to the ICU,
09:24 but simply looking is gonna cure it,
09:28 this was to teach the people a valuable lesson.
09:32 They had to obey in faith, they had to look and to live
09:38 and there was no other way that they could be saved,
09:42 except to look and to live, and it required faith to look,
09:48 it requires faith to obey.
09:51 The obedience was simply to look,
09:53 they didn't have to do any fancy thing,
09:55 and they just simply had to look and to live.
09:59 So you can imagine out in the desert,
10:01 thousands of people on every side,
10:04 they're all dying? And their relatives,
10:06 you know, their eyes are becoming glazed
10:09 and they're breathing their last breathes,
10:12 and their family rushed to them
10:13 and it's like that they positioned themselves
10:15 so that they can see this brass serpent
10:17 that's been raised up. And they turned their heads
10:20 and say, and would you open your eyes,
10:23 and look, would you look, would you look?
10:26 And the person looks and instantly,
10:28 they feel life coming back into their veins.
10:31 Instantly their breathing becomes normal,
10:34 instantly they regain strength
10:36 and they are saved by the look of faith.
10:40 There was nothing they did to deserve it,
10:42 nothing they did to bring it about,
10:46 except they had to look at what would be ridiculous
10:50 and absurd to even consider to look and to live.
10:54 Nothing they could do to save themselves.
10:58 They couldn't just promise to be good and save themselves,
11:02 they just had to look and to live.
11:06 Well, how can this be?
11:08 Let's turn to Second Corinthians 5 and verse 21,
11:14 Jesus is represented it here.
11:18 For he hath made him to be sin for us,
11:21 who knew no sin, that we might be made
11:25 the righteousness of God in him.
11:30 You see, friends, the snake was made out of brass,
11:34 but it was in the shape of a real snake,
11:37 yet it didn't have any poison in it,
11:39 there was no sting in it.
11:41 Just as Christ was made sin for us,
11:45 and yet He knew no sin.
11:48 He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh
11:51 and yet not sinful,
11:53 as harmless as the brass snake.
11:56 The serpent was a cursed creature
11:58 and Christ was made a cursed for us.
12:02 That which cured them,
12:04 reminded them of the very thing which was killing them.
12:11 You see when we look to the cross,
12:13 and we see a dying Savior with His arms out spread
12:18 and He's breathing His last breath,
12:20 and He's dying for my sin, and for your sin.
12:25 Doesn't that remind us of our sin?
12:30 Doesn't that remind us of how unworthy we are
12:33 and how worthy Jesus is?
12:36 Doesn't that teach us that there is nothing
12:38 we can do to want salvation, it is a gift of God,
12:42 not of works lest any man should boast.
12:45 You know, in First Peter 2 and verse 22,
12:52 it tells us that Jesus, it says,
12:54 "He did no sin, neither was guile
12:56 even found in his mouth."
12:59 Imagine Christ dying, capital punishment for your life?
13:04 And yet He never lied,
13:06 and yet He's dying because of your little white lie.
13:09 Imagine Christ who never slept with a woman,
13:13 dying for the fact that you cheated
13:16 on your wife last week or your husband last week.
13:19 Imagine Christ dying for you cheating on your taxes,
13:23 and He was faithful to pay His, it's not fair is it?
13:29 Salvation is not fair, it's love.
13:33 Love goes beyond fair, because if salvation were fair
13:36 none of us could be saved, amen.
13:39 Not one of us deserves salvation,
13:41 but we can have it any and it is an act of faith
13:44 in Christ death for us on the cross,
13:46 nothing more, nothing less, you can't work for it,
13:49 you don't deserve it, I don't deserve it end of the story.
13:54 So we have do that which is ridiculous
13:56 to consider that we look to Christ,
13:59 repent of our sins, ask him for forgiveness
14:01 and he does it, and we don't deserve it.
14:05 It doesn't make sense any more
14:06 than asking the people to look at a brass snake,
14:10 and expecting that they would live.
14:12 But that's what happened and that's what happens today
14:14 when we look to Christ.
14:16 Believing in his shed blood, ask Him to forgive our sins,
14:21 repent of them and we are saved.
14:24 Friends, that's reality, crazy as it seems,
14:28 unfair because we don't deserve it,
14:31 but that's reality. He takes our punishment
14:35 and our burden of guilt.
14:37 Let's look at Matthew 11 and verse 28 to 30 together,
14:42 and let's read together, Jesus takes our burden,
14:45 our heavy burden of guilt,
14:47 he bears it upon himself for us.
14:49 Matthew 11 verse 28 to 30, let's read together.
14:58 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
15:02 and I will give you rest.
15:05 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me,
15:07 for I am meek and lowly in heart,
15:10 and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
15:17 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
15:22 When we look and live with the Savior,
15:26 we enjoy life which we don't deserve.
15:29 In Matthew 16 and verse 24,
15:33 it tells us that, and we will read together.
15:37 Then said Jesus unto his disciples,
15:40 if any man will come after me, let him deny himself,
15:44 and take up his cross and follow me.
15:49 To be the recipient of such love of Jesus,
15:54 to realize that our sins have been forgiven
15:57 by such an enormous gift,
16:00 by something we did not deserve,
16:03 we are then called to share with others the same thing.
16:06 So we take up our burden, which is the burden of Christ,
16:10 which is the burden of lost souls.
16:12 And Paul tells us exactly how we are to take up this burden.
16:16 In Philippians 2 verses 1 through 11,
16:19 Paul tells us the following
16:21 If therefore, if there be therefore
16:24 any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love,
16:29 if any fellowship of the Spirit,
16:30 if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye me joy,
16:34 that ye be likeminded, having the same love,
16:38 being of one accord, of one mind.
16:41 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory,
16:44 but in lowliness of mind let each other,
16:48 let each esteem other better than themselves.
16:53 Look not every man on his own things,
16:55 but every man also on the things of others.
16:59 Let this mind be in you,
17:01 which was also in Christ Jesus,
17:04 Who, being in the form of God,
17:07 thought it not robbery to be equal with God
17:09 But made himself of no reputation,
17:13 and took upon him the form of a servant,
17:16 and was made in the likeness of men.
17:19 And being found in fashion as a man,
17:21 he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death,
17:25 even the death of the cross.
17:30 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
17:33 and given him a name which is above every name,
17:37 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
17:42 of things in heaven, and things in Earth,
17:45 and things under the Earth,
17:47 and that every tongue should confess
17:49 that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father.
17:55 Let's look together briefly at verse 4 there,
18:00 it tells us to, Look not every man on his own things,
18:05 but every man also on the things of others.
18:10 In order for us to have the mind of Christ,
18:13 we must be seeking after the things
18:15 which Christ is seeking after,
18:17 and that is the salvation of lost souls.
18:19 If we are to look out for the other guy eternally,
18:24 we have to be prepared in order to do that.
18:26 There are some things we need to do,
18:28 we need to do two things,
18:29 we need do raise up the cross to others,
18:31 we need to keep our eyes raised
18:34 look to him upon the cross ourselves,
18:37 and we need to be prepared
18:39 in order to give a reason for our faith.
18:42 We need to be prepared in some way to share
18:45 the love of Christ with other people.
18:47 Turn with me if you will to Second Timothy 2 and verse 15,
18:54 it tell us, Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
18:58 a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
19:02 rightly dividing the word of truth.
19:07 As we learn more of truth, we can share more.
19:11 You know, everyone thinks a little different.
19:15 What will touch your heart may not touch my heart
19:17 and may not touch someone else's heart.
19:20 But if we arm our minds with more and more
19:22 and more of scripture we can be able to give
19:25 just the right word, to just the right hurting soul,
19:29 at just the right instant to make the difference
19:31 so that they can see that they're loved by God
19:34 and that they want to serve Him.
19:36 They'll want to give their hearts to Him,
19:37 they'll want to look to the Savior to live
19:40 and to share eternity with Him.
19:43 Let's go to First Peter 3 verse 15.
19:49 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts,
19:51 and be ready always to give an answer to every man
19:54 that asketh your reason of the hope
19:56 that is in you with meekness and fear.
20:00 We need to be prepared, we need be armed,
20:04 and we need to know exactly what we're to do.
20:06 Otherwise how can we preach anything,
20:08 how can we share anything?
20:09 Let's go to Second Timothy 4 and verse 2 to 4,
20:13 we need be ready instantly, Preach the word,
20:17 be instant in season, out of season, reprove,
20:23 rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
20:28 For the time will come when they will not endure
20:31 sound doctrine, but after their own lusts
20:35 shall they heap to themselves teachers,
20:38 having itching ears, And they shall turn away
20:41 their ears from the truth,
20:42 and shall be turned unto fables.
20:47 Now it's the time of salvation,
20:50 there is no better time to share
20:53 salvation with anyone then now.
20:56 As time goes on people get harder, and harder,
20:59 and harder in their hearts and they're harder to reach.
21:02 The longer someone is comfortable with sin
21:06 the less likely they are to pull back out of sin.
21:11 The more we share with Christ now,
21:14 the more we're likely to pull someone on.
21:16 You know, when you're in sin,
21:18 you partaken it so long that after a while
21:21 it doesn't even bother you.
21:22 Friends don't allow someone to become comfortable and then,
21:26 you know, try to reach them.
21:27 No, in season, out of season,
21:29 you know what to say, say it and do it.
21:32 Friends, we need to do that.
21:36 Every day do something for Jesus,
21:39 let not one day go by where you do not raise up
21:42 the cross of Christ before humanity.
21:45 When you get up in the morning,
21:46 friends, I want you to pray and say, Lord,
21:49 I want you to today to give me some soul to witness to,
21:54 I want you to give me a word
21:56 to speak in season or out of season,
21:58 they may think it's the wrong season,
22:00 but to you there is no season it's all the same season.
22:03 Salvation is today wherever you are.
22:07 I want you to ask the Lord to lay this upon your heart,
22:10 and then I want you to study to show yourself approved.
22:12 Get up early in the morning as Christ did.
22:16 You know, early to bed,
22:18 early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy, and wise.
22:21 Go to bed early, turn off the television except,
22:23 unless it's 3ABN.
22:25 But turn off the television,
22:26 get to bed early, get up early in the morning
22:30 and spend that time with God when it's quite in the house,
22:33 no one is bothering you and you can actually get that
22:37 quality time with God, do that.
22:40 But most of all, lift up the Savior before humanity.
22:45 In an Adventist church in Long Beach, California,
22:48 many years ago there was a Catholic hospital
22:51 across the street, and the people in the hospital
22:56 could hear every Sabbath morning
22:58 the people singing in the Adventist church.
23:01 One day the pastor or someone at the church
23:04 was there at the church and they found
23:06 a letter slipped under the door.
23:09 And there was a poem that someone had written
23:11 who was a patient at the hospital
23:12 and apparently this was a long term patient,
23:15 apparently this individual whoever they are
23:17 because it was signed, it's just unknown.
23:20 But they had been in the hospital
23:21 for along enough of time to where they had appreciated
23:25 the music from a number of Sabbaths,
23:27 a number of prayer meetings,
23:29 a number of Friday night services,
23:31 a number of Saturday nights services.
23:33 And they appreciated hearing it,
23:35 and they wrote this poem and they entitled it,
23:39 Lift Him up, the risen Savior.
23:43 Listen with me as I share this to you,
23:45 this is precious, "Lift Him up,
23:49 the risen Savior, hear the mighty anthem roll,
23:54 List the song, whose inner meaning floods
23:57 with joy my very soul.
24:00 How the voices of the singer
24:02 as they sing of Christ on high,
24:05 Turn my thoughts from earthly sorrows
24:08 as they point me to the sky.
24:13 Lift Him up, the risen Savior,
24:14 high above the gathering throng.
24:17 Oh, what bliss to know He waits us,
24:20 and is listening to your song!
24:24 Days of suffering cannot matter
24:26 while to Him our faith we cling,
24:29 Nights of pain serve to remind us of the peace
24:33 that He will bring.
24:36 Lift Him up, 'tis He who pleadeth,
24:39 sing it out with music sweet,
24:41 So that we, on beds of illness may be led to Jesus feet.
24:46 As you sing, try to remember all the blessings given you.
24:51 And that just across the highway,
24:54 suffering souls are listening, too.
24:57 Lift Him up in songs of praises,
24:59 open wide your church-house door,
25:02 Then our weary load is lifted as we hear your voices soar.
25:07 You can hear your pastor's sermon
25:09 as your service moves along,
25:12 But for us there's just the uplift
25:14 and the courage from your song.
25:17 Lift Him up and spread the story
25:19 of the Savior's wondrous love,
25:22 Had you thought that through your singing,
25:25 you were guiding us above? Patients did you know that,
25:29 on each Wednesday, Friday, and here Sabbath too,
25:34 patients, nurses, even sisters
25:40 pause a while and hark to you.
25:44 As the strains of your sweet music
25:46 fall upon each burdened heart, peace comes in,
25:52 and rest, and comfort, bidding all our care depart.
25:59 So sing your songs, and when you're praying,
26:02 say a prayer for us in here,
26:04 And may God, who watches over us,
26:07 bless you, keep you, and hold you dear.
26:12 Lift Him up, the risen Savior,
26:14 high above the gathering throng,
26:17 Lift Him up, 'tis He who pleadeth,
26:19 now He bids you flee from wrong.
26:22 Lift Him up by word and action,
26:24 let your life the tale prolong, Lift Him up,
26:29 and let us hear you tell the story in your song."
26:35 It's signed unknown, I think I'd like to meet
26:40 unknown someday, how about you?
26:43 Dear friends, we never known the impact
26:48 of courage and the joy, and the peace
26:51 that we can give to some suffering soul,
26:54 whether they're on a bed of the illness,
26:56 and they're looking to live,
26:58 they know that they might die just as the people
27:01 in the wilderness had to look to the serpent on the brass,
27:05 the brass serpent in order to live.
27:07 We need to point these people who may not live now
27:12 but we need to point them to the Savior.
27:14 So that one day when Jesus comes,
27:17 they will look up and say, this is my God.
27:21 Oh, how precious it is.
27:23 They'll be caught up together with Him
27:24 in the clouds to meet him in the air,
27:27 and then we will all live together
27:29 forever in heaven with the Lord.
27:32 Friends, today my appeal to you is to lift up the Savior,
27:39 lift him high above the gathering throng.
27:42 Let your life be a song.
27:47 Friends, give your hearts to Jesus yourself,
27:50 turn your life over to Him and let's lift up Jesus.