By Dennis Huebshman
For anyone who reads any message I give, and thinks they are going to get deep philosophical messages full of hidden meanings or with studies of the composition of earth’s layers and how they got there – ain’t gonna find it here.
Before giving any message, either verbal or written, I go to the Father and ask Him to provide me with the proper vocabulary and material that ALL who see or hear them are able to understand their meanings. I have started some messages and before finishing them, get a strong feeling that it isn’t what He wants, and it doesn’t get published. Why bother if the words are meant to try and show how “edu-ma-cated” I supposedly am, and the message of Salvation is lost. I prefer simple but true.
The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were somewhat similar to the “left” in our country today in that they overlooked what He was actually saying while trying to trip Him up. I mention the “left” and should add the word “radical” because no matter how much good our current President is doing and has done, they go for “hidden agendas” that mostly don’t even exist. Yes, he’s human and does make mistakes, however, he comes right out and says what he is going to do, and they act as if they never heard of such a thing. They are used to politicians being in office, not business people. Where were all the protests and threats in the previous administration when it was one of the most controversial yet? Is all this totally unexpected? Jesus and Paul and others prophesied all this would take place in the last days. All the “protestors” who are trying to subvert our country with all their rhetoric will have to face reality one day. By the way, the “left” isn’t held to just one political party. Some are members of the President’s own party.
Moving on, if anyone would go through all of Jesus’ parables and sermons, there is nothing really complicated or full of hidden meanings in them. He purposely used parables so the “masses” would better understand what the Kingdom of Heaven was all about, and what was expected from them to get there. Man is the one who always adds or takes away from the true message, trying to “tweak” it to suit his needs and in the process makes it more complex than it really is. Rituals, ceremonies and incantations were something Jesus never intended.
Anyone who ever really listened to a Billy Graham message, knew without a doubt everything he was saying. He did not go for “dollar” words when a “dime” word would do. Even as a pre-teen in the 1950’s I would listen to his messages on the radio and could understand exactly the meanings of his messages. This has followed me, and is one reason I try to keep whatever I receive from the Father to pass on easy enough so that no one is left behind. There are several other ministers I really enjoy hearing because they follow this same principle. However, there are some that when I hear their name I change the channel.
One of the best messages Jesus provided is the entire chapter of John 17. This is what I call the real “Lord’s Prayer”. He asks the Father to glorify Him and was referring to His soon death that He knew He was facing. He was saying He was ready to complete what He had come to the earth to do.
He next prayed for His disciples and their welfare for the time after He would be gone. He asked for extra protection against the evil one because He knew satan would go after them with a vengeance. Satan has tried to bring down anything and everything that proclaims Jesus as Lord and Savior right to this very day.
After this, Jesus prayed for believers who accepted Him through the testimony of His disciples, and also for all who would come to believe in Him. That included you and me and ALL who come to Him after us right up to the very end.
We are in some troubling times and satan is working overtime. He doesn’t have to look far for followers because there are many that have turned away from anything that has to do with the Savior. Jesus knew this would happen and plainly spoke of this in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and spacious that leads to destruction and there are many who enter through it. (14) But the gate is narrow, and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few that find it.”
The difficulty mentioned is getting negative responses from the world around us, and there are those who would rather please the world than the Savior. Those who truly accept Jesus will face persecution from the masses who don’t accept Him. False prophets are putting out “the word”, but it’s just not God’s word. It’s as the Pharisees were in Jesus’ day that had taken what God had given them and changed it to suit what they felt He really meant to say. In the movie, “Oh God” many years ago, George Burns played the role of God and made a statement about a mega-church preacher that has stuck in my mind even now. He said, “He gives the word, but not My word and I wish He would shut up!” God is not a confused “old man” and will not be mocked. Anyone who gives false information faces the punishments given in Revelation 22:18-19.
I am not saying that in-depth Bible study is a waste of time. For some this is truly a satisfying experience. But overall, the plain message that says Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6) needs to be understood above all else. ALL who call on the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13), and ALL who confess Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead will be saved. (Romans 10:9) Once we have been forgiven by Jesus and the Holy Spirit resides in us, we have a continued path for forgiveness of any new sin as given in 1 John 1:8-10.
Ask Him to be your Savior and to forgive you and He will do so. Don’t get all caught up in ceremony with vain repetitions. Talk to Him as if He were your best Friend, because He really is. He’s waiting for you to call out to Him, and is ready for YOU!