So like I said, this song and some of our young people, probably some of our young adults probably may or may not even remember that song.
It's been such a long time since it's been sung in the church. And I began to think about this.
These words about something good happening to me and I thought how would I respond today if I knew Jesus was passing by?
What would my reaction be?
How would I act if I say that, Hey, Church, Jesus is going to pass by?
You know, interesting words in this song is that Jesus is passing, by your way. He's coming, by my way.
I couldn't go where he was. I didn't know where he was at.
But he decided and made a choice that he was going to come to where I'm at today. Just being in the very presence of God. Just being in the very spirit of Jesus. Isn't that good? Doesn't it feel good?
I don't know what reason you came to church today may have been out of habit. It made me well, you know, Sunday, that's what we do. Between eleven and 12 o'clock, we go to church. Or if I came today with an expectancy. Did I come expecting Lord, if you're passing by, I want to receive something from you. Lord, if you're gonna be there, I'm going to show up to. I don't know the reason why or purpose it is. You came maybe you came to bless the name of Jesus. Maybe you have a praise in your heart that you can't contain, and you just got to lift up the wonderful name of Jesus. And thank God for his goodness, for his mercy, for everything that he's done for you. I don't know why you might have come to the House of the Lord today, but what if Jesus was passing our way today?
What if Jesus and his business, that he takes care of you and he holds all things that everything in the world, says what if in his business he said, you know what, I'm going to stop by this house today? Would that change the reason? Would that change your purpose? Would that change the way you acted in God's house today? Would it make you realize, would it wake you? Oh, man Jesus is gonna be there? Perhaps I need to pay attention. Oh, man, Jesus is gonna be there. I've been asking Jesus for this thing. I've been believing in God for this move. Now Jesus is actually going to be there.
Would it change how you acted if you knew that Jesus was passing by today? How would I respond?
And in Mark the tenth chapter in the forty-six verse.
Mark 10:46-52 (KJV)
46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Oh, hallelujah. If Jesus was coming by today, and I needed something from him, would I not be concerned about being prim and proper? Would I not be concerned about how I needed to act, or would I cry out? Jesus, now, son of David, have mercy upon me. Well, you're being too loud. Your being an offense. You're irritating us. You may not be here, Jesus, but you're irritating me. Sit down and be quiet.
Jesus, son. David, have mercy upon me. I want to get your attention. If you're passing by, Lord, I want you to see me.
Lord Jesus, Jesus, Lord, have mercy on me, Lord.
That's not how you're supposed to act, where supposed to just watch we're supposed to wait for Jesus and if he wants to stop and he wants to give a word or he wants to say something.
No, I'm sorry. To lift up my voice and cry out. How do you cry?
Crying out hurts it, raising up your voice that irritates so many people when you yell in the house of the Lord.
I don't care if I irritate you. I'm sorry. I need Jesus today. I need to be with the Master today. And then those that were gathered around said, all right, good for you.
Jesus is calling. What if you heard that voice today?
Come up. Come up to me. Hallelujah. Jesus. Come up to me.
Now notice something that takes place there.
What is the first thing that blind Bartimaeus does? He cast off his old garment.
Oh, hallelujah. You know, when we come to Jesus and Jesus ministers to us, we're no longer going to be the same.
We're no longer gonna be identified by that old garment. We're no longer gonna be blind. We're no longer gonna be wretched. We're no longer gonna be those things. We don't need to keep that old garment on anymore. We could cast it off because I'm going to Jesus. All things will be passed away and I will become new. I was blind, but now I can see my eyes have been opened and I could see the glory of the Lord and I could feel his presence and his spirit coming upon me today.
Hallelujah Jesus! I'll cast off that old garment, and I'll never be the same anymore. I'll cast off that old way of thinking. I'll cast off my path. I will not be the same.
I will not be who I used to be because Jesus called me and he asked me, what would you have of me?
How would you act if Jesus was passing by today?
I can't see him with my physical eyes. But there is a ruckus. There is a stirring. There is something taking place. Who is that? What's going on? Somebody said Jesus is passing by.
How would I react today? Would I be calm, cool and collected? Well, maybe the Lord would look at me today. Or maybe I need to, in all, with no discretion.
Cry out under Jesus today. Lord, see me, Lord, help me. Lord minister to me. Lord, make a change in me. What would you have?
What if Jesus asked you? What would you have of me?
Lord just blessed me.
Lord, for your goodness.
Lord for this or for that blind Bartimaeus was specific.
Jesus asked him, what would you have? They're so many things. My mind gets so convoluted, Lord, if you were to ask me, what would I have?
Well, I better ask for wisdom and I and I need to ask for discernment and I need to ask for these great and marvelous and wonderful things. What would you have of me? Can I get specific? What is the single most important thing that I need?
I want to see. Do you realize how his life completely changed at that point? He was no longer a beggar. Oh, what God does for us when he touches us.
He was no longer led around by the hand to go to and fro, to go anywhere. He can now feel confident in who he was. And hey, guess what? I could go and make a living. I could go and get a job. Now I can go and do these things now that I wasn't able to do because I was blind. The opportunities opened up the Bartimaeus are limitless when we could get specific. Lord, this is what I need, amen. How would I respond if Jesus was passing by?
John 4:1-9 (KJV)
1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.
4 And he must needs go through Samaria.
5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
You guys don't like us. You think you're better than us. You think you're more important than we are.
John 4:10-15 (KJV)
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
And he stopped and asked you a question, would you nonchalantly, Lord, you don't have no time for me. Lord, you don't love me. I'm not important to you. I'm a sinner.
I'm a wretch. I'm miserable to you. Remember you read on further in the story. This woman had five husbands, five husbands and the one that she currently was with wasn't on her own. I could see this woman as a woman full of bitterness. A woman that's kind of angry a little bit. A woman that's had a tough life.
Now there's a common denominator, right? Five husbands was common denominator. I'm not going to say what that is.
And here it is you're too important, Lord. I'm not important enough for you to stop and talk to me.
I'm not important for you. You could bless so-and-so. You can minister to these people. You can heal that one. I'm not important to you, Lord Jesus. I'm upset. I'm angry. I'm bitter.
But Jesus went specifically to her and asked, would you give me something to drink? He started a conversation with her.
And she started and opened up herself to him. Opened up under that Spirit. You know, what if Jesus stopped by and had a conversation with you and took time out today to minister to you?
I'm busy. Yes. I got to go to Galilee. I've got business, but I need to stop here for this one woman.
For this one person. For me. Jesus needed to stop for me because he wanted me.
He loved me.
He had mercy for me so much that he wanted me to have that longing, that thirst, that satisfaction. He wanted me to be satisfied.
He wanted me to be fulfilled. He wanted me to be ministered to. He wanted me to never thirst again. What if Jesus was coming by and asked that question?
But, Lord, I'm not good enough. I'm full of sin. You don't love me. I'm unimportant. I have no value. Certainly, these good brothers and good sisters are here. They are more righteous than I. But Jesus went to this woman and said, I will give you of living water that you will never thirst again.
How would I react if Jesus was passing by today?
Notice Jesus still ministered in both situations. Jesus still blessed in both situations. Am I going to be rambunctious and flamboyant and crying out to Jesus, or am I going to be downhearted?
Am I going to be upset? But yet still God can minister. He can draw me. Doesn't matter where I'm at today. Doesn't matter what I'm facing today. He can draw me with His Spirit and speak to my need.
Amen? That is a loving savior, amen? That is the Lord that we worship and we serve today.
Can I do, when Jesus asked her, and the woman said specifically, after the promises of Jesus, that I'll give you of the living water and shall spring up inside of you, which means it will be continuous, it'll be perpetual. It will always satisfy you.
And the woman specifically said, Give me this water that I may never thirst again. Could I ask Jesus today, even if I came to church a little on edge, a little bitter, a little angry, a little upset? Jesus, give me that water so I don't thirst anymore. All we have to do is ask if Jesus was saying, what would you have of me?
Well, you have to do his ask.
Luke 11:1-13 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
There's so many lessons that we could get here, you know.
One of the things that stands out to me is it wasn't based upon the relationship. It wasn't based upon the relationship that my friend would give me the lows. It was based upon the importunity. We know that importunity, put yourself in this situation. If somebody is banging on your door at midnight, you just fallen asleep and somebody is pounding on your door. You're gonna be a little irritated. You're gonna be a little upset. Your friendship is not going to mean a whole lot to you. Right? Give me three loaves. I'm not getting out of bed. I guess they wouldn't even be banging on the door to be texting you, right? I'd be texting me from my door. My phone would be binging off the hook. Get up and give me some bread.
We're all in bed now. Boys are too big. They don't sleep in the bed with us. Right. Kids are too big. But he keeps knocking and he keeps knocking. And it wasn't because they were friends. It was because I need to get this guy keep from banging on my door. Then I'm going to go and I'm going to give him what he asked for. Isn't that crazy?
In the previous scriptures, we read about a relationship that we have with Jesus. We have a relationship that's reflected in the previous prayer that Jesus asked us to pray, said, "Our father..".
The relationship between a father and a son who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Our relationship as a worshiper, we worship God and we lift him up and we magnify his wonderful name. Right?
Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thy will be done.
I am a servant and he is the master. I serve your will, Lord. Right? Thank you, Jesus. It doesn't matter our relationship. I don't have a relationship with Jesus.
I don't know who he is. I'm just sitting here. Come to this well to draw some water. And he passed by.
Look beyond all of my faults. Look beyond all of my anger and all my bitterness. Look beyond all of my shame. Look beyond all of my pain and saw my need and asked me.
I've heard of Jesus. I've heard of who he was. I've heard of his great miracles. He happens to be passing by. I don't see him. I don't know what he looks like, but I believe and I'm going to cry out. Jesus, son of David.
Have mercy upon me. And I'm going to ask. I'm going to specifically ask. Lord, this is what I want. I want three loaves. He did not ask, hey, give me something to eat. Give me something that I could serve. You got some potatoes if you got some vegetables.
I need three loaves specific. Lord, I need three loaves. Lord, I want a drink.
Lord, I want to see what is my specific need.
If Jesus is passing by today that I could say Jesus, I want this thing I ask in faith, believing, knowing that when I ask, I can receive it, not as a double-minded man. That waiver in all my ways.
I believe, Jesus, that you are passing by, and that you want to meet my need.
There are three types of prayer here, but I need to seek. When I think of seeking, I always think of that old story when you're missing something, right? When you're missing something. And what do you do?
Perfect example. Missing my keys. We've all missed our keys. Right?
Even if I put them in the same spot every day, I'm missing my keys sometimes.
I remember putting them in that spot every day. That's what I do. I walk in. I hang them on the hook.
That's where the keys go. Whenever I want my keys. That's where the keys are at.
Except for that one time, my memory remembers me putting it there because I did it three hundred times before. But that three hundred and first time I set it someplace else. And what happens when you're missing your keys? Right.
Oh, my gosh.
Where's my keys, huh? I'll go to my, what did I wear yesterday? Go to the dirty clothes.
Where's my keys? I'm sorry. Cand you get up? I don't know. Where's my keys, huh? Have you seen my keys? My keys, my keys, my keys. Maybe I locked them in the car. I'll run outside. I'll check the car. Look in the window. The door's locked. Where's my keys? Right. And it could be anything, right?
When's the last time you sought God like that?
Here I'm turning over everything and I'm ripping everything apart.
Maybe somehow I put it in my clean pair of pants and I put him in the drawer and I'm ripping open the door. My mind plays silly things on me. I put my keys in my clean pants that I haven't worn. I don't know why I did it. I probably did it. I start tearing clothes out of the drawer. Maybe I set it on the bottom of the drawer. Oh, my goodness. I start ripping everything apart. I'm downstairs and I've already looked.
I've already looked on the hook. But I go back when I walk by just in case, you know, I wasn't paying attention. I didn't know what I was doing.
I looked twice at the hook that I've already looked at two other times and touched. The keys are not on the hook.
Right. I'm the only guy. Right. Forget the keys.
How about I'm ripping the house apart? I'm freaked out. I don't know what's going on. I'm looking for something. And the whole time my glasses have been on my head.
Yeah, I've been looking for your glasses. And they were right here the whole time. Are you walking around with your cell phone in your hand and you can't find your cell phone anywhere? Am I the only one that does that? I look at the charger and oh. Then at that point when I'm seeking so hard to find something.
Now, Eva, have you seen my keys? Right. Now I need some help. We're beyond, I can't find them. Or have you seen the keys? What? What do you with the keys. What did you do with my phone? What do you do with my glasses? Have you seen them?
And then all of a sudden it gets to that point. Right. You guys are with me, right? It gets to that point. Now it's panic.
My heart is. Oh, my gosh. I'm not gonna make it to work on time because I was late. It happens to be the third time I was late this week. I was gonna miss this important meeting. The boss gonna fire me right there on the spot, all because I can't find my keys. I'm gonna lose my job. We can't buy we can't buy food. We're gonna starve to death. We're going to lose the house. All these things. All because I can't find my keys. I mean, my mind takes off. Am I the only one?
I'm sorry, but you gotta stop what you are doing and we have got to find these keys. We are gonna be homeless on the street in a matter of days.
When is the last time that I sought God like that?
When I seek, I find I found my phone, he was in my hand. My glasses are right here on my head and my keys. Well, right where I left them, but I became so cumbered about that, I couldn't focus myself.
When is the last time if Jesus was passing by, could I seek him like that today? Oh, Lord Jesus. If you ask me what I want, could I be specific? I want my keys. I want my phone. I want my glasses. I want to never thirst again. I want to see. Lord, we make fun of the keys, the glasses, the phone. But, Lord, where's my joy? Lord, I've lost my joy.
I'm supposed to have the joy of the Holy Ghost. The joy of the Lord is supposed to be my strength. I've lost my joy. When's the last time you sought for the joy?
Lord, I lost my peace? I'm agitated. I'm angry. I'm frustrated. When's the last time Jesus, you're asking, there are all these great, wonderful things I should be asking you. But, Lord, really, really, get down to it. I need some peace.
I'm going to turn everything up upside down Lord today, because I need some peace. I need some comfort. I'm panicked. I'm stressed. I'm full of anxiety. Lord, I feel alone. I feel unimportant. I need your love. Lord, I need to know that. I just need to know you love me. Can I seek for those things today?
Yes. All these great and marvelous and wonderful gifts and blessings and things I want to be a part of. But truly what's important is I need to see and I need to never thirst again. And I need to feel your love and I need to have your peace. Can I specifically ask God?
Am I knocking on the door? When I knock on somebody's door? I expect the door to be open.
I expect there to be a response. I expect there to be something happen. I'm even that guy who will knock on your door continually.
I don't like using the doorbell. Don't ask me why. I don't like using the doorbell. If I come to your house, I'm usually going to knock on your door.
I'm expecting you to be home and I'm expecting you to answer your door.
Even if I come on announced you couldn't possibly be doing anything more important than having me come over as a visitor.
I'm going to knock on your door. This is how it goes when I knock.
Then I'll hit the real doorbell.
Now, I'm going to knock again, if you haven't answered it and then I go through this process in my mind where I think maybe they're not at home. Take a step back now they're home.
Maybe they're in the back yard. Maybe they're in the laundry room. Maybe they're indisposed or better knock a little harder. I will knock a little harder and a little louder.
And I'm also that guy, just confessing it to you. I'm also that guy. If you have glass in your door, I'm peeking in the glass. I'm gonna see if you're in there.
If you've got a window by the door, I'm gonna see if you're in there, because a door to me when it's open represents an opportunity.
If I'm knocking on the door and the Lord is on the other side of the door, when he opens that door, he is opening up an opportunity to me for blessings, for goodness, for something good, for something wonderful, for something that I did not expect, something marvelous. He wants to commune with me. He's inviting me in. I am tired of being shut out, Lord.
I'm tired of feeling like I'm always on the outside and I'm going to bang on this door, Lord, till you open it.
And let me in. Let me in, Jesus. I'm going to knock on that door, and I'm going to believe.
The Lord is not saying that he is like this individual who is not our friend.
He's saying, how much more I being your heavenly Father, will bless you. And minister, to you. I will give when you ask in faith, I will give when you seek and hope. One night when you knock and look for an opportunity. I will give it to you more than even, a father that would give his children.
It's a necessity for us to have God's spirit, so much so as a child that needs food. What I give you up a stone which serves no purpose other than to hold down some weight, right? Would he give us that if I was hungry? If your child came to you and wanted a piece of bread, would you say, here's this rock?
Would you say, sorry, son, that's gonna spoil your dinner? No. Let's get some bread, let me give you some bread. Or if I ask for a fish if bread is the bare necessity for me to be able to survive, but Lord, I have a little bit more hunger than I want. More than bread. Can I have a fish? Can I have more than just the minimum? Can I have a fish?
Would He say here's a snake?
Here's a serpent. Here's something that's gonna do you harm. Here's something that's gonna poison you. Here's something that's gonna destroy you.
Would he give me something that's gonna destroy me? Would God, my heavenly Father, give me something that's gonna hurt me? No. Lord, this is a delicacy. This is something even special. This is something more special than bread and more special than a fish and more special than that. Can I have an egg?
You know, just a hard-boiled egg. Mmm, little salt and pepper. Right? However, you like your eggs, over easy. A little cheese. Can I have an egg?
Would he instead give me a scorpion? Something that's gonna bite me. Something that's gonna poison me. Something that's going to destroy me. Would you give me something to nourish me? To strengthen me? To meet my desire?
If bread sustains me. Lord, can I have a fish? Can I have an egg? Because it's a delicacy. It meets my desire to have an egg.
How much more would Jesus give me those things?
How much more is His Spirit? More precious than bread, more precious than fish, and more precious than an egg?
If Jesus was passing by today, would he give us a stone or a serpent or a scorpion? Or would he freely give His Spirit and freely give us that living water today? Because he loves us because he is good. And when I can't go to where Jesus is, he comes to me.
He knocks on the door.
I don't have the strength. I don't have the courage. I don't have whatever it is necessary to knock on the door to ask and the him. Jesus comes, he says in the Book of Revelation. Behold, I come to your door and I stand there and knock. And if you will open up the door to me, I will come into you. And I was sup with you.
If Jesus is coming by today, maybe he's knocking on my door.
Maybe he's knocking on my door as we're standing in the house of the Lord.
The singers and musicians prepare to come up.
I want to read. The last stanza for this song.
It says, my friend if you are listening now humbly to me. Yes, this is the moment that you can be free. This very same Jesus is right here today. Release your faith and touch him. Then believe me when I say something good is going to happen to you, happen to you this very day. Something good is going to happen to you.
Jesus of Nazareth is passing, by your way. With every head bowed and I closed.
I thank you for your attention today.