Today, I was reading an article titled the “10 Most Influential Jews in History.” The article states that, “The Jewish people have a long and colorful history. They are the source of some of the greatest thinking in history, both religious and scientific.” According to the article, the 10 most influential Jews are:
#10 – David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of the modern Jewish state of Israel.
#9 – Niels Bohr, the Nobel-prize winning physicist who made great contributions to the understanding of atomic structure and quantum mechanics.
#8 – Gustav Mahler, one of the most important late-romantic composers and conductors.
#7 – Baruch de Spinoza, a 17th-century philosopher who laid the groundwork for the 18th century Enlightenment.
#6 – Sigmund Freud, the psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology.
#5 – Maimonides, the preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher whose ideas also influenced the non-Jewish world.
#4 – Albert Einstein, the Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist, best known for his theory of relativity.
#3 – Abraham, the father of the world’s three great religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, and the founding patriarch of Israel, God’s chosen people.
#2 – Moses, the Hebrew religious leader, lawgiver, prophet, and military leader, who led the Hebrews out of Egypt and wrote the Torah.
#1 – Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who founded the Christian faith which revolutionized the then-known world shaped Europe and much of the world as a consequence.
Today, I want you to hear from the most important Jew in all of history, Jesus Christ.
TEXT: Matthew 24:45-51
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Keeping the House Till the Lord Comes, Part 6
Robert Moffatt said, “We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one short hour before the sunset in which to win them.”
Every believer alive today is a keeper, a steward, of those resources that the Lord has entrusted to their care and of the people whom the Lord has placed under their influence. In our last message, we saw how the Lord is seeking faithful and wise servants. He asked the question, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant?” Who will consistently carry out his or her duties pertaining to the Lord’s house? Let’s say, today, that you are a faithful and wise servant whom the Lord can depend on. Jesus says, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”
Jesus’ return will be sudden — even to believers. When He returns to rapture those saints who are living, He will be taking note of those He finds “so doing” — that is, those who are praying, reading the Bible, telling others about Jesus, and living in a Christ-like manner — those who are doing what they have been commanded to do as believers. Now, of course, many Christians have died before the rapture. But death, in itself, is similar to the Rapture in that, as soon as we breathe our last here on earth, we are with the Lord in Heaven. Death, for many, comes suddenly. It comes when they have no reason to expect it. When Death comes knocking at your door, what will you be doing? The instant before you go to meet your Maker, will you be found “so doing”? We all have an incentive to be “so doing” — whether we meet the Lord in the air through the Rapture or whether we meet the Lord through the doorway of Death.
What happens to those who are found “so doing”? Jesus declares that they are “blessed.” The Greek word translated as “blessed” means: “happy, fortunate, or well off.” Beyond being blessed, Jesus says, “Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.” In the New Heaven and the New Earth, every faithful saint will be rewarded with responsibility over some aspect of the remade world. William Hendricksen writes in his commentary, ‘Jesus Himself at His glorious coming shall bestow upon all His faithful ones a high degree of glory and honor. Christ’s promise also implies the assignment of certain specific tasks in the life hereafter, each task a matter of pure delight and satisfaction, and each in harmony with the individuality of the person for whom it is marked out.’
Our work as believers on earth comes with a measure of pain, suffering, difficulty, and imperfection. However, if we are faithful down here, and found “so doing” when the Lord comes, He will reward us in that perfect world with work that is a pleasure to carry out.
Ira Sankey, the great songleader who accompanied D.L. Moody during many of his revival meetings, wrote:
Rejoice! Rejoice! our King is coming!
And the time will not be long,
Until we hail the radiant dawning,
And lift up the glad new song.
With joy we wait our King’s returning
From His heavenly mansions fair;
And with ten thousand saints appearing
We shall meet Him in the air.
Oh, may we never weary, watching,
Never lay our armor down
Until He come, and with rejoicing
Give to each the promised crown.
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.