1. Hello, listening friends, and welcome to this last message in our series, “What Does Jesus Think?”
2. and, today, we are completing our study of the church of Laodicea.
3. We saw that Jesus is basically saying three things.
4. First, He alerts the people to their disastrous condition.
5. Secondly, He advises them to turn away from their disastrous condition;
6. and, thirdly, He awards them, if they renounce their disastrous condition.
7. First, He alerts the believers.
8. The truth is most of us have some blind spots;
9. and none of us can see our own blind spots without help.
10. Otherwise, they would not be called “blind spots.”
11. Someone has to point out our blind spots to us.
12. There are two possible reactions when somebody points out our blind spots to us.
13. There is a godly reaction and an ungodly reaction.
14. When the godly person is confronted by their blind spot,
15. he or she goes to the Lord and examines themselves before God;
16. but the ungodly, on the other hand, becomes angry with the very person who tries to help him;
17. and there is also a third group that is made up of people who do not react one way or the other.
18. It’s like the man who said, “I’m neither for nor against apathy.”
19. The resurrected Christ is telling the members of this church of the city of Laodicea,
20. “Your blind spot is that you are not realistic in your self-assessment.”
21. He is saying to them, “You are smug with your self-satisfaction.
22. You are resting on your worldly reputation.
23. You are placing your confidence in your material resources.
24. You are puffed up with your own worldly wealth.”
25. In other words, “You are blind to your true condition.”
26. You may be materially rich, but you are spiritually homeless and penniless.
27. You may be all dressed up in designer suits, but you are shamefully naked.
28. You may be able to boast about your eye salve,
29. but you are truly blind to what really matters.”
30. My listening friends, I want to tell you, all sins are infectious;
31. but pride is the most infectious and dangerous sin of all;
32. and Jesus had to speak bluntly to them, as if to say, “Wake up!
33. Face the facts.
34. You are a beggar in spite of your banks.
35. You are blind in spite of your eye powder.
36. You are naked in spite of your clothing manufacturing companies.”
37. Christ alerts them.
38. Secondly, He advises them.
39. In verse 18, He says, “I counsel you.”
40. Verse 18 is truly a remarkable verse.
41. The God who said, “Let there be light,” and there it was,
42. the God who clicked His fingers and the orbits and the galaxies began to revolve,
43. that same God says, “I counsel you.”
44. He could have said, “I order you.”
45. He could have said, “I demand of you.”
46. He could have said, “I command you...”
47. but, no. He said, “I advise you.”
49. Because God respects the freedom that He has given us.
50. I know that, when you pray for someone who is living in foolishness,
51. and his or her foolishness is hurting other people left and right,
52. our prayer is often, “God, stop them.”
53. and God says, “I am speaking to that person.”
54. We say, “God, stop them!”
55. and God says, “I am sending them various messages and messengers.”
56. We pray, “God, stop them.”
57. but God says, “I am counseling them.”
58. Listen to me very carefully, my listening friends.
59. God can terrify us, but He doesn’t.
60. God can order us, but He doesn’t.
61. He prefers first to counsel us.
62. He prefers first to call us.
63. He prefers first to guide us.
64. He prefers first to lead us.
65. Oh, to be sure, there is a tragic end and bad consequences when we persist in ignoring His counsel;
66. so what is He counseling these people to do?
67. To come and buy from Him true gold that will truly enrich them.
68. To come and buy from Him real clothes that will cover their shame and sin.
69. To come to Him and buy good eye drops that will open their spiritually blind eyes.
70. Some of you may have perked up your ears and asked, “Did Jesus say, ‘Come and buy?’
71. Is He saying that you can buy salvation?”
72. No, no, no, no.
73. In fact, this is the deal of all deals.
74. This is the bargain of all bargains of all times and in all places.
75. Jesus is saying, “Come and, in exchange of your sin and shame, I will give you forgiveness.
76. Come and, in exchange for your pride and arrogance, I will give you My righteousness.
77. Come and, in exchange of your misguided pride in your accomplishments, I will give you true peace and I will give you true peace and contentment that you will never lose.”
78. Only a foolish person would turn down this deal.
79. This exchange is not for equal sums; but, instead, you give Him trash and He gives you true riches.
80. In fact, the risen Christ is the One who is doing all the coming to you.
81. He is the One who is knocking on the door of your heart.
82. Although He is the Master of the house, He does not beat down the door of your heart.
83. He gently knocks and, then, He waits.
84. He knocks and, then, He waits some more;
85. and His final decision depends on your opening the door and inviting Him in to fellowship with you;
86. so, Jesus alerts them; then, He advises them; and, thirdly, He awards them.
87. “He who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne.”
88. My listening friend, does not this boggle your mind?
89. It does mine.
90. First, He says, “Give me your trash and I will give you gold in exchange.”
91. Then, He says, “If you accept this unbelievable exchange, then you will sit on My throne.”
92. This award exceeds all other promises that we have seen so far in this series of messages.
93. It is exceeding in glory and in honor and in authority.
94. Here’s what Jesus is saying.
95. “Let Me come into the chambers of your heart and I will let you into My Father’s throne room.
96. You invite Me to fellowship with you, not for breakfast or lunch, but for the main meal of every day”-
97. which means, the main foundation of your life-
98. “and I will have you fellowship with me and My Father forever.
99. You hand Me the authority over everything that is important in your life,
100. and I will give you authority to judge the universe with Me.”
101. What a deal!
102. My listening friends, please listen carefully, as I’m about to conclude.
103. Every one of these seven messages ends with the following words:
104. “He who has an ear, let him hear.”
105. What does that mean?
106. It means that you cannot be listening to us and thinking, “Wow, this message would have been a good message for so and so.”
107. You cannot say, “This message would have been great for my friend, or my brother, or my sister, or my boss...”
108. or, “I wish that so and so were able to hear this message.”
110. Jesus is saying that this is a message for you,
111. not only to hear, but to obey.
112. Jesus is saying that this message is meant for you.
113. Every admonition was meant for you.
114. Every promise was meant for you.
115. Every encouragement was meant for you.
116. “He who has an ear, let him hear.”
117. This refrain means that Jesus’ message to the seven churches are meant, not only for the members of those churches;
118. but, also, they are meant for everyone who reads and hears these words.
119. They are meant for you, my friend.
120. “He who has an ear, let him hear...”
121. and my prayer is that you have heard
122. and that you will respond to the words of Jesus.
123. Until next time, with a new series of messages, I wish you God’s richest blessing.