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Jude - The Realist (8 of 12)
Series: The 12 Disciples
John 14:15-24; Luke 16:19-31
INTRO: If only God would listen to me! I could win the world for Jesus if God would only follow my evangelistic plan, it would go something like this:
1. First we would have Jesus come down physically to this planet and get rid of all the terrorists by a hand gesture and then have Jesus rule as king over the whole planet!
2. Second we would have Jesus multiply all the food resources in the world so that no one goes hungry.
3. We would broadcast on world-wide TV Jesus speaking with a single command and healing all the sick people so all the hospitals would empty out at once, no more sick people.
4. Jesus would give gold to everyone thus making everyone rich.
5. Every person would miraculously receive a brand new Cadillac.
6. Jesus would destroy every evil political system and dictator.
This was pretty much the plan the disciples had for Jesus (except the Cadillac & TV broadcast). Jude was the realist of the group. When Jesus talked about going away and leaving them and only revealing Himself to them and not the world Judas (not Iscariot) protested Jesus' plan, in essence saying:
''GET REAL JESUS, WHY ONLY TO US? WE ALREADY BELIEVE, HOW ABOUT ALL THOSE UNBELIEVERS? DO A GREAT MIRACLE FOR THEM SO THEY WILL BELIEVE! THIS IS NO PLAN TO BUILD YOUR KINGDOM, WE NEED TO SOMETHING DRAMATIC!''
Yet the Bible teaches that miracles alone are not sufficient to make followers of Jesus Christ, it takes something more than that!
PROP SENT: The Bible teaches that faith and obedience to God's Word are required to be a true follower of Jesus Christ. This is the greatest reality!
I. THE REAL PLAN! John 14:15-21
A. Cross 14:16-20
1. Jesus shares with all His disciples His plan for saving the world, it includes the cross and then leaving them behind while He goes back to heaven!
a. This was not their idea of saving the world, their ideas included some of t ...
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