The Other Side of Christmas
- There are those who are at work to destroy the truth revealed by the event.
- There are facts revealed by the event which, unless acknowledged, will harden the heart to truth.
- The event is not always a time of glimmer and joy; it can also be a time of suffering for many.
- The needy
- The afflicted, etc.
A Divine Invitation to Service
- Invitation of a Divine Person ("And he saith unto them.")
- Invitation to a challenging prospect ("Follow me.")
- Invitation to a rewarding purpose ("I will make you fishers of men.")
Blessings of the Beatitudes
- The Blessings of Humility
- Spiritual vision (v. 3)
- Divine comfort (v. 4)
- Promised inheritance (v. 5)
- The Blessings of Holiness
- Spiritual sustenance (v. 6)
- Divine mercy (v. 7)
- Personal encounter with God (v. 8)
- The Blessings of Happiness
- Spiritual sonship (v. 9)
- Divine reward (v. 10)
- Permanent provision (vv. 11-12)
The Christian's Prayer Life
- It is assumed that prayer will be a natural part of the Christian experience. ("When thou prayest")
- It is assumed that the Christian will have a place of prayer. ("Enter into thy closet.")
- It is assumed that the Christian will be very personal in his praying. ("Shut thy door.")
- It is assumed that the Christian will desire the fellowship of prayer. ("Pray to thy Father.")
- It is a promise from God that he will reward such praying. ("Father will reward thee")
The Savior's Plea for Loyalty
- The plea should be honored when considering the speaker.
- As Lord he has the right to expect loyalty.
- As Savior he set the perfect example in his loyalty to God's will.
- As God in flesh he could speak from experience, having been tempted to serve mammon and overcome.
- The plea should be honored when considering the two choices (v. 24).
- God always gives us a choice.
- Divided loyalties always result in unfaithfulness.
- Loyalty to Christ calls for nothing less than total servitude.
- The plea should be honored when considering the results.
- It is a mistake to put necessities of life ahead of loyalty to Christ.
- Loyalty abolishes overanxiousness about life's needs.
- Loyalty guarantees assurance of God's provision in life's needs.
- Prayer is the blessed privilege of the saints.
- We have but to ask and receive.
- We have but to seek and find.
- We have but to knock and to have the door of God's heart opened unto us.
- Answered prayer is the promised reward.
- The promise assumes a genuine relationship with God.
- The promise assumes a proper fellowship with God.
- The promise assumes proper wisdom in praying.
- Persistence is the key to successful praying. ("Ask," "Seek," "Knock.")
Christ, the Gate to Life
- The wide gate to destruction has always been to man's disadvantage.
- Christ, the gate to life, was sent to give man a choice.
- Christ, the gate to life, was sent to give man the advantage.
- Jesus Describes a Wise Builder (vv. 24-25).
- One who follows instructions
- One who chooses a proper foundation
- One who is not foolish enough to ignore the importance of the above
- Jesus Describes a Foolish Builder (vv. 26-27).
- One who ignores instructions
- One who builds on a weak foundation
- One who suffers loss for trusting in a plan of his own devising
A Simple Invitation to Salvation
- Notice the simplicity of Christ's invitation. ("Come unto me")
- Notice the general character of those included in Christ's simple invitation. ("All ye that labour and are heavy laden")
- Notice the great truth revealed in Christ's simple invitation. ("I will give you rest")
- Sign seekers are truth rejecters.
- "Adulterous generation" (v. 39)
- Refers to religious apostasy
- Sign seekers are easily deceived.
- "Evil... generation" (v. 39)
- Refers to following teachings based upon man's interpretation of truth
- Sign seekers are faithless people.
- Contrasted to faith of "men of Nineveh" (v. 41) and of "queen of [Sheba]" (v. 42)
- Faith goes beyond signs and seeks Jesus (vv. 39b-40). (Note reference to light from God's Word pinpointing truth revealed in Jesus, v. 40.)