Let's go before the Lord in prayer. Heavenly Father, Solomon tells us that a wise man will hear and will increase in learning. And that a man of understanding will attain wise counsel. We pray that we would be those wise men and women who listen and not just for the sake of hearing, but for the sake of receiving truth implanted in our souls that becomes our very life and changes the way we view the world. We pray Lord that indeed you would speak and that as you speak, we would respond, in Jesus name, Amen.
Question, what is the foggiest place on planet earth? Now, if you've heard this message before this weekend, you can't cheat. What's the foggiest place in the world? Somebody said England. Any other takers? What? San Francisco, that's actually a good close second or third. The foggiest place in the world, does somebody else have one? What? I didn't hear that. Seattle, that's a good. You have to shout it out from up here. Good guesses but you're all wrong.
And of course, it's sort of a disadvantage to ask people in a place where it's sun shiny 310 days a year, with the foggiest place in the world is. The foggiest place on planet earth is a place in a Canada, off in Newfoundland Coast called the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in Canada where the Labrador Current from the North meets with the Gulf Stream from the South giving a total of 206 days of fog a year. It's the foggiest place on earth.
And actually that was trick question, because spiritually speaking; the foggiest place in the world is the human heart. When it comes to seeing truth and especially the identity of Christ, the human heart is foggy concerning him. Now fog can be beautiful. It renders things in sort of a magical soft way but it can also be dangerous because it hampers visual perception. You can't tell how close you are to that car or far you are to that car and that's why whenever it gets foggy in places that get fogged, authorities are always worried about pileups on the freeway. I read recently about a 200 car pileup in India injuring hundreds of people and killing several.
In Chapter 7 of the gospel of John, "There's a fog that has settled in on the hearts of people concerning Christ." First of all, there's the fog of unbelief, his brothers, his own brothers don't believe in him. Second, there's a fog of hatred. The enemies of Jesus have a growing animosity and it intensifies in Chapter 7. And then, let's call it a fog of religion where people would look at Jesus and say, "Well, he's a good man". That's about as far as we can go. He's a good religious figure.
Now, a lot of people would prefer to see Jesus in the foggy manner they have concocted him to be. They think he looks more beautiful that way. You've all heard people say, "Well, I picture Jesus as such and such" that's because He's more beautiful they think in that light but it's far more dangerous. I'm going to add to that little list of foggy notions and for our day and age, let's add the fog of media. Have you notice that at least twice a year on big Christian Holidays, Christmas and Easter that the media likes to put out some new story or new documentary about the real Jesus. We've discovered, nobody else has but we have the real Jesus and they come up with some new notion. There's the study stream of new ideas. Some of those notions are, he was a guru or he was an illusionist that's where all the miracles came from was just illusion.
Third one that I heard of about is that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and trying to procreate a secret lineage to rule planet earth. So we need the fog lifted and that's where John comes in the book of John, the gospel of John, He's all about lifting the fog and in Chapter 7, there's another installment of lifting the fog and seeing Jesus for who he really is. So let's read John Chapter 7 beginning in Verse 1 down to Verse 13.
After these things, Jesus walked in Galilee for he did not want to walk in Judea because the Jew sought to kill him. Now the Jews feast of tabernacles was at hand. His brothers therefore said to him, "Depart from hearing, go into Judea that your disciples may also see the works that you are doing". For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world. For even His brothers did not believe in him.
And then, Jesus said to them "My time is not yet come. You're time is always ready. The world cannot hate you but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. You go up to this feast, I am not yet going up to this feast for my time has not yet fully come." When he said these things to them, he remained in Galilee. But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast not openly but as it were in secret. And then the Jews sought him at the feast and said, "Where is He?" And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said he is good, other said no. On the contrary, he deceives the people. However, no one spoke of him for fear of the Jews.
Now in lifting the fog this morning, there are four things I want you to notice and first of all, in the first couple of verses is Jesus' unwavering priority. I'll explain what I mean by that. John begins the chapter with a famous Johnism, I call it. And here it is "After these things." John likes that phrase. In Greek, its "Metatalta", it's a transitional phrase. But 15 times in John's writings, the gospel of John and the book of Revelation, he uses that "after these things." And of course, that prompts us to asks, what things? Very good, what things? Well, we would assume all the things in Chapter 6 but we have a problem. There's a gap of time between the close of Chapter 6 and the beginning of Chapter 7 that represents six months at least. How do I know that?
Well, if you go back to Chapter 6 Verse 4, it says now the Passover, feast of the Jews was near. Okay, that's Chapter 6, that's Passover. Now our chapter, Chapter 7 Verse 2, now the Jews feast of tabernacles was at hand. Okay, so Passover takes place in the spring, our March or April. Tabernacles take place in the fall around our October. So there is a six-month gap between the setting of Chapter 6 and the setting of Chapter 7 of which John says absolutely nothing to us about what was happening in Jesus life. He's silent.
Now I got to tell you in defense of John that John wasn't trying to give us a chronology of events of Jesus life. But rather an anthology of events that is select events and speeches of Jesus to show who he was that mend my believed. That's the whole idea of the gospel of John. But there's a six month gap that is in those words "after these things" Jesus walked in Galilee.
Now to fill in the gaps, if you want to know what he did and to me it's quite interesting. You have to go to the gospel of Matthew and look at Chapters 15, 16, 17, and 18. Those four chapters along with the parallel in Mark Chapter 7, 8 and 9 fill in the blanks. Let me tell you what he was doing in those six months.
He was spending it with his disciples. Now follow me on this. Spending with His disciples, He moves around Galilee, He goes up North a little bit, He goes east a little bit but He's generally in the North. But He's not much with the crowds but He's with His disciples. For example, he goes to Cesaria Philippi up north with only His disciples and He says to them, "Who do men say that I am?" and then He ask, "Who do you say that I am?" He wants to build his identity into His men.
Then He takes three of them on top of a mountain and He has transfigured before just those three disciples. Then there's an argument among His disciples. Who's the greatest in the kingdom? Jesus gives a little discourse on the greatest in the kingdom, just to His disciples. Then he gives a list of parables that are really unlocked only to His disciples. Now here's the point, I want you to see and I'll apply it. In Chapter 6, Jesus spends two days with 15,000 people. And then He spends six months with his disciples.
What does that tell us about His priorities? The unwavering priority of Jesus is to train those disciples to be unleashed in the world. That's a monumental truth. Let me go about this, another way. Have you ever wondered why Jesus spent three and a half years in public ministry and that's not a long time, just three and a half years but why three and a half years? I mean, some people say, "Well, Jesus came just to die on the cross and pay for our sins." Well, that's true but that's not all.
If that were true, well He only needed a weekend for that. Die, go in the grave, rise from the dead, but He didn't. He spent three and a half years. And yes, He was teaching the crowd and yes He was doing miracles but by enlarge, He spent that time training his disciples. Question, did Jesus know that His message was a message that the whole world needed to hear? Yes or no? Yes, He did. The whole world Jesus knew. Everybody needs to hear this message.
Okay, so if that's true, then what was His strategy to get that accomplished? Discipleship. Did Jesus hold mass meetings? You know why didn't He start up a tire inside and work His way down the coast and then go to Cesaria Philippi and work His way around, Galilee and then to the Decapolis and then all way down to Jerusalem just holding mass meetings where Jesus does of feeding 5,000 here, of hundred thousand here and then people are odd and then he can talk to them. He doesn't do that.
What He does is He pours his life into reproducing that life in the lives of his disciples. And he tells them to do the same thing, right, going to all, the world to make disciples of all the nations teaching them to observe or whatever I have commanded you. That's his priority. And years later, there was apostle called Paul. He wasn't part of the original 12 but He so believed in this principle that He did it with Titus. He did it with Timothy and then He told Timothy to do it with others. The classic passage of that is 2 Timothy Chapter 2 Verse 2.
Paul says, "The things that you have heard from me among any witnesses commit this to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." Now this concept of the discipling another person, also works very well in evangelizing the world. There's a staggering set of statistics I've shared before but it is better repeating now because it just so mind blowing.
If we had an unlimited budget, which we don't by the way, but if we did and we could have -- do mass evangelism. Every night and fill a stadium with 50,000 people, so every night, we're going to do advertising and we're going to bring in bands and we're going to have stadium evangelism and fill it 50,000 seat arena packed every night for 35 years. So let's supposed we have the budget to just rent stadiums around the world. Every night for 35 years and let's supposed that every night during those 35 years, 1,000 people give their lives to Christ. You know that would be glorious.
It would mean that in one year, we've had 365,000 thousand brand new believers. Well do you know that if we could do that for 35 years, at the end of the 35 years, we'd be further behind the tasks of world evangelism than the day we started? You go, how do you figure that? Simple, the birthrate, the exponential birthrate right now on planet earth would far exceed those who are trying to bring into the kingdom to offset that. You go, that sort of a depressing thing, I mean, so what do we do now?
Okay, listen carefully. If you were the only Christian on earth and you made a commitment and you said "God by your grace, would you help me personally lead one other human being to Christ in the next 12 months?" And let's say that happens, so after one year, now there are two Christians on earth. And then year two, both of you decide, let's lead somebody to Christ, so first year you have two Christian, second year, four then eight then 16, then 32, 64. The exponential growth of that approach would mean that within 50 years, within a half of century, the whole world could be one to Christ. That's one on one. So here is Jesus for two days. He spends it with 15,000 people for six months. He builds himself into the life of his disciples. That he's his priority that something anybody can do.
By the way, that's the success of a church. The success of a church isn't the size of its congregation; it's the depth of its discipleship. Anybody can get a crowd, you know that. It just takes a money and ingenuity. Yeah, give out free food, have a good music and have harmonica playing monkeys and people will come just to watch the show.
But to make a disciple takes a life poured into another life. And that should be a priority. I have two questions to ask you at this point. How long have you been a Christian and where are your disciples? How long have you been a Christian and where are your disciples? You say, "Skip that sounds so arrogant. What are you, my disciples?" You might take the higher road, "I don't have any disciples. I make them all Disciples of Christ." Listen, Paul the apostle said the reason that the church was so good and working so great is because they followed him as he followed Christ. He wrote to them and said "And you became followers of us and of the Lord, twice to the Corinthians." Paul said "Imitate me; follow me as I imitate the Lord."
Do you know there's nothing wrong with following someone if that someone is following Christ, it's a model. It's something Paul did. Now I want to say something to you if you happen to be a ministry leader in any capacity whether a pastor, assistant pastor, bible study leader, group leader, home fellowship leader, missionary. Don't worry about the size of it. You concentrate on depth and let God worry about that breath. You concentrate on discipleship and let God do the math. Isn't that a biblical principle, Acts Chapter 2, you know the verse in Verse 42 and they devoted themselves continually to the apostle's doctrine, fellowship, breaking a bread and prayers. That's discipleship.
Then it says, "And the Lord added daily those who were being saved." They concentrated on depth and God worried about the breath of it. I also I want to say this and here's really the reason I'm bringing this point out. Anybody can do this. I can't be a musician or I can't be preacher or I can't do that. This is something everybody can do, no matter how restrictive your life is. Let's say you work at a job and you have so many commitments and you think I don't have the time, but if you're tethered to a job there maybe another believer that you work with or unbeliever that you could lead to Christ in the next year and then disciple that person.
And what if you're a stay-at-home mom and you're raising children, perfect, disciple those children. As you follow the Lord, they'll follow you and you'll launch them with that. There was one woman who put over her kitchen sink a clever sign, "Divine service, rendered daily three times here." You get her drift. This is my service to the Lord. I do it three times when I prepare meals for my children and family.
So he's unwavering priority to build himself in the life of his men. Now look at his unbelieving family. That's the second; he's unbelieving family verse three. His brothers therefore said to him, "Depart from here and go into Judea that your disciples also may see the works that you are doing. For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world. For even his brothers did not believe in him."
And when he says brothers, these were the half-brothers of Jesus, because you remember Jesus was born miraculously by being begotten by the Holy Spirit in the virgin womb of Mary. But after Jesus was born, the bible seems to indicate that Joseph and Mary had normal husband and wife relationships and sisters and brothers, half-brothers, half-sisters were born to Jesus. We're even given a list of their names in Matthew Chapter 13. Jesus after speaking at his hometown in Nazareth in the Synagogue, somebody said, isn't this the carpenter's son? And isn't this his mother Mary? And aren't these his brothers, James, Joseph, Simon and Judas, four younger brothers.
If that's a chronological list and it almost certainly is because in ancient times, they would put the oldest first and the youngest is last. That means that James had the only big brother in the world who was perfect. Now, just think about being James for just a minute. Imagine your brother never sinning. That would post some serious issues in your relationship. That would complicate matters as I'm sure it did here. So here are his brothers and we know they are four of them because they're named in the gospels. James, Joseph, Simon and Jude and they give Jesus this suggestion, "go down to Jerusalem" and why would they give this suggestion? I think of three reasons, three possibilities.
Possibility number one, they remembered that he had just lost a whole bunch of disciples back in Chapter 6 when it says, "Many of his disciples turned away and stopped believing or following him." And it could be that they are saying, "Look you want to get them back and you want to bolster your falling popularity ratings, go do something big in Jerusalem where everybody hangs out." That's possibility number one.
Possibility number two, they're like every other Jewish person 2,000 years ago in Israel was waiting for a political Messiah. Remember Chapter 6, they wanted to make him a king. Well, if his brothers were thinking that Jesus would go down to Jerusalem do something so magnanimous that would cause a revolt, he would take over the country as the political leader over until Rome. And since we're his brothers, we might have a great position on staff, sort of a coattails mentality.
Possibility number three and I tend to lean toward this. They just wanted to be convinced. They weren't convinced. The keyword in Verse 4 is the work "if". Did you notice that? And they said, "If you do these things, show yourself to the world." They didn't believe in him. It's like they're saying, "Look, you're up here in the Boondocks up where nobody really is in the Galilee region, all by yourself and your few disciples, go show yourself to the Sanhedrin. Go show yourself to all of the people gathered from all over the world in Jewish central headquarters and do something spectacular." They didn't believe in him.
Sort of like the crowd in Chapter 6 that said, "What sign will you perform that we may see and believe?" Okay, just think of this for a minute. Even Jesus' brothers were unbelievers. I'm having you dwell on that because I have a hunch that some of your relatives are unbelievers. And you've tried everything, you'd witnessed to them, you've given them tapes hundred years ago and they were tapes, CD's, more recently, or MP3's, you've given them books to read, you've put tracks in their sandwiches or whatever it would take to get their attention to know avail and you still feel really bad and guilty about that.
Once again, Jesus own brothers were unbelievers. You know what that tells me? Proximity is no guarantee of spirituality. Even Jesus' own disciple Judas Iscariot was an unbeliever. Yet he had 12 disciplines but one of them didn't believe and we'll show that later on.
Proximity is no guarantee of spirituality. They didn't believe. If you're wondering to what extent did they not believe? Well, in Mark Chapter 3 when Jesus is so busy with ministering the people that he doesn't take time to eat and his family finds out about it. You know what they said about Jesus? His family said, "He's out of his mind." That's what it says in Mark 3, he's out of his mind. The king James is even more graphic. He's beside himself.
Ever seen a person like they might be in a park and there's nobody there but they are talking to somebody? Some imaginary person, they're really talking to themselves beside themselves? He's nuts. He beside himself, he's loony. They did not believe. I hope this is an encouragement if you do have unsaved family members because you have found out that the hardest group in the world to witness too is your own family, right? You should also be encouraged to know that these four brothers didn't all stay unbelievers. They eventually believed.
In fact, they show up in Acts Chapter 1 Verse 14 in the upper room when they're all gathered together with the apostles. The mother of Jesus it says and his brothers. They are there. They have become believers. You want to know what it was that caused them to be converted, his resurrection--the resurrection when their older brother got up from the dead that's when they went "okay". Well, this is real and they believe in him.
In fact, did you know that Paul the apostle writes about that oldest of the younger brothers, James' conversion? 1 Corinthians 15, Paul writes "Christ was raised on the third day and appeared to Peter and then to the 12, after that he appeared to more than 500 at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep then he appeared to James." special appearance. "Hi James" "Oh-ooohh" James believed.
You know what happened to James? He became the pastor of the church in Jerusalem. Acts Chapter 15, James is the guy who's working with the eldership there. He's the pastor in the Jerusalem. You know what else James did? He wrote a book in the new testaments called "The Book of James". And fourth on the list, Judas is also Jude, he wrote the Book of Jude. Not Hey, Jude, Jude. you want to know what's even cooler? When they begun their books. You know how James begins his letter? He didn't say, "James, the younger brother Jesus." No name dropping. "James upon servant of Jesus Christ," that's conversion.
When the younger brother says I'm a slave of Jesus Christ, he's humble because he'd realize he had been unbeliever all those years and now he believed. So if you're family is not saved, please say my family isn't saved yet. Don't forget that word; throw that in because God has all sorts of ways of pulling that off. So His unwavering priority, His unbelieving family, the third thing in the lifting of this fog is His uncompromising chronology. Go with me to Verse 6, then Jesus said to them after they suggested he leave and go down to Judea. "My time has not yet come, your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you..." see they were part of system. They're unbelievers like everybody else. "The world cannot hate you, you're part of them. But it hates me because I tell up the truth. I testify that his works are evil. You go up to this feast, I am not yet going up to this feast for my time has not yet fully come." And when He had said these things to them, he remained in Galilee.
There's an over arching theme that everybody who reads the bible, the new testaments picks up on in Jesus' life. And that is He was always on a time table, always on a divine time table. If you have the idea that Jesus sort of gets up in the morning and go, "What will I do today?" I know I'll go to Capernaum. I've always wanted to check that place out. You got it wrong. Every second of His life was a timing issue, everything. He was on a divine time table. I want to show you that. Here's a sampling of verses that bear that out.
In John Chapter 7 Verse 30, they sought to take him but no one laid a hand on him because his hour had not yet come. John Chapter 8 Verse 20, "No one laid hands on him for his hour had not yet come." John Chapter 13 Verse 1, "Jesus knew that his hour had come that he should depart from the world. John Chapter 17, "Jesus prays, Father, the hour has come." Glorify your son that your son may glorify you. In the garden of Gethsemane when he was suffering, he praised, "Behold the hour is at hand and the son of men is being betrayed." And what hour exactly was Jesus referring too? His death--his whole life was moving toward the cross and it was all at the right time.
So when his brother said "Go show yourself, you know, make a public display of who you are." Jesus said it's not the right time. You know when the right time would be, six months from this point. Because six months from this point, the feast of tabernacles would be the next Passover and that's the Passover where Jesus publicly for the very first time in his ministry, publicly reveals himself to the nation, remember what happened? He crest the amount of Olives and he says to His disciples, "Hey, go to the next town and get me a donkey." And He wouldn't because He wanted a donkey ride. He was fulfilling Zechariah's prophecy; the Messiah will come in a donkey gentle.
And that's when the people started to publicly praising him, putting palm branches at his feet and saying "Hosanna to the son of David, blessed is you who comes in the name of the Lord." And within a few days, he would be killed because that was the right time. It's all at timing issue. Galatians Chapter 4 Verse 4 and 5, Paul said, "At the fullest of the time or exactly the right time, God sent forth His son, born of woman, born under the law to redeem those who are under law," it was just the right time. It's all about the right time.
In fact get this, Daniel the prophet hundred of years before predicted exactly when the Messiah would come. Did you know that? In Chapter 9 Verse 25, 26 right on there. The prophet says, "From the going forth of the commandment..." Listen to this one, "From going forth of the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Messiah, the Prince would be 483 years." What kind of a prophecy is that? That's exact time. Well, the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem is given by art excerpts, on March 14, 445 BC. Well, there's a guy who was the head of Scotland yard some years ago named Sir Robert Anderson and he did decided he was going to take that prophecy and break it apart.
So he calculated from March 14, 445 BC and he counted 483 years, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, 6, 7, 8--483 and then he did broke it down into days using the Babylonian 360-day calendar. And he came up with 173,880 days, so he starts at March 14, 445 BC, he goes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7--173,880, boom and he stops. And he goes now, what day would that be? And he found out the calendar year was April 6, 32 AD. He goes so. Let me tell you so. April 6, 32 AD just happened to be the day Jesus said to his disciples, "Go get me that donkey in the next town." And he sat on it on that very day exactly on time predicted by Daniel the prophet. And the prophet said, when he comes, he says, after that the Messiah will be cutoff, killed to the exact day.
Why am I belaboring this? Simply to say this, your life will go a whole lot better if you just recognize that your time and God's time maybe two different things. How many of you believe God's always on time? Show off hands. You believe God's always on time. How many of you believe or have ever wondered if God's on time? Okay, you're honest. That's honest. you're honest. We've all been in situation, God you are the perfect timing, why didn't do you something at that time? So we can be either like Jesus' brothers and say, well, you got to do this now or you can say, you know, what my brother is God. He knows the best time. And we can just leave our lives into the hands of God. Charles Bridget reminded us, there are no loose threads in the providence of God, no stitches are dropped, no events are left to chance, the great clock of the universe keeps good time and the whole machinery of providence moves with unerring punctuality.
Jesus is always right on time. I'm so glad. Of all that's going on in the world, of all that's going on at your house, of all that's going on my house, isn't it great to know that His always on time and His in control?
Here's the fourth and we'll close with this, his uncommitted assembly. Once he gets to Jerusalem, listen to this crowd, Verse 10. "When His brothers are gone up and he also went up to the feast not openly but as were in secret Kryptos as the Greek the word, that is not an open show or fun fare then the Jews sought him at the feast and said where is he? And there was much complaining, whispering, it could be translated. Among the people concerning him, some said his good, other said, no, in the contrary, he deceives the people. However, no ones spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.
There seems to be a few different people in this assembly once you get to Jerusalem. Number one, there's a group called the Jews. Now the Jews in Verse 11, the Jews sought him, reference that with Verse 1 again. It said the Jews sought to kill him. These are his enemies. So his brothers go up to the feast and they would naturally expect to find Jesus because in those days family is always traveled together in caravans So his brother show up and they recognize him and they go, where is he, because they want to kill him. And actually and literally, is where is that one? Where is that guy? They want to kill him. There are enemies.
But notice says the second group, some said well, his good, other said no, in contrary, he deceives the people. Both of these groups, all three of them were in the fog. He's good, no, he deceives the people. So what's the right answer? Was he a good man? Or he is a deceiver? What's the right answer? It's a trick question. I'll give that you right at the beginning. Who was right? Neither one--neither one. He wasn't a good man, you know why? Good man, don't say the things Jesus said. Good man, don't run around saying I'm God and if you don't believe with that, you'll die in your sins. Good men, don't do that. Only God does that.
Neither of them we're right; you know what the right answer is? It's the answer that Peter had in the previous chapter, Chapter 6 Verse 69, "We know and have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." It's the right answer. Yet today, you have groups of people that say, well, I think Jesus is sort of a forest, in fact, who really is ruin the world as fundamental religion like all these literalist that believe in Jesus Christ. Or they say, "Well, I think he was just a good man. He was just a good guy. He's a good example, somebody to look up to." CS Louise, in one of his classic moments, he wrote so lucidly he said. "Either this man was and is the son of the God or else He is a mad man or something worst. You can shut Him up for being a fool. You can spit at Him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God."
But let's not come up with any patronizing nonsense about him being a great human teacher. He's not left that open to us. He did not intend too. Ain't that the truth, do you find Jesus ever doing anything except dividing people? Because I don't think that I've come up to bring peace on earth. I've come to bring that peace but a sword to divide people. And then he said if you're not for me, you are against me--against me. Jesus is the son of God. Do you know him?
As the fog had been lifted from you're eyes, so you see him for what He is or maybe that fog has settling in a long time. And you kind of like it that way because the fog make things so pretty. It's also so very dangerous to try to navigate your life through the fog of unrealistic notions about Christ. Well, on that note, let's pray.
Our heavenly Father, there is not a page in the gospel of John that doesn't clear things up on the identity of Jesus Christ. Whatever notions the media would bring forth, whatever notions about him being just a good person or a deceiver or a number of other things, the fog is lifted in this gospel. Jesus talks about who he is over and over and over again. And over and over and over and over again, more and more people reject him but not all--not all. Some like Peter would say we know something. We know something. You're Christ. You're the son of God.
Many who have started like the brothers of Jesus who didn't believe in him came to the point where they say, now I'm just a bondservant. What a transformation. Well, we want to close saying to you that you're timing is perfect though we sometimes we'll chafed against that. And we just pray Lord that you would reenact your will for us in your perfect time--in your perfect time.
And then finally, we want to pray for those relatives of ours, we've been praying for, wrestling with over and prayer for years who don't know you yet. We pray Lord that we would be able to see the fruit of our prayers even the fruit of our labor as we see them come to Christ as we're loving with them and patient with them and reveal the truth. And I pray Lord that we will pour our lives into the life of another person.
But first we would be all that we should be before you and our order to reproduce something of quality and somebody else. Make us disciples of men and of women, in Jesus name, Amen.