“The Fall of Man”
Ventura Jubilee Fellowship
Sometime ago I remember hearing a man pray, “O God, break our hearts over the things that broke Your heart for the world.”
Has your heart ever been broken over something or someone? What did you feel? What did you think? What did you do about the situation? As I reflected on this, I tried to imagine what God was feeling as He prepared to send His Son into our broken world.
What was Jesus thinking and feeling as He prepared to leave the wonders of heaven and come and take His place among us.
I think at least part of the answer that I am looking for is found in Luke 22:39-46. Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.
When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not
My will but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.
Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”
What a contrast! He is in agony of spirit, sweating drops of blood and His disciples are sleeping.
I can’t help but pray, “O God, break my heart over the things that break Your heart!” Am I sleeping while He is agonizing over the lost people of the world?
Folks – I believe that a major part of God’s plan is that
He wants you and me to be His trustees.
1. He has entrusted us with his truth. Jude 3
“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered/entrusted to the saints.”
Each of us is ordained of God to be a “Trustee of Truth” and a “Conveyer of Truth” to others.
2. I believe God has made us Trustees of this time and age. What will we do to reach the people who are alive right now – regardless of age? In Ephesians 5:17, the apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Do we understand the times we are living in and how to impact them with the good news about Jesus? We read that David served his own generation by the will of God. We read also that the men of Issachar had understanding of their times to know what Israel ought to do.
3. We are Trustees of the future.
Recently I was given a tour of our new Community Memorial Hospital. It is an incredible facility and will open in just a few months. Michael, who gave us the tour said, “In our planning, we kept in mind what it will be like fifty years from now.”
They took the future into consideration as they built to care for the needs of today. David, for several reasons, did not get to build the temple for the LORD
– But, he prepared for its construction, by saving up funds, materials, etc. for Solomon to use when he built it. Jubilee Fellowship is not only planning for today, but also for the future in every step we take.
In Isaiah 51:16, God said, “And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand that I may plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth and say to Zion, ‘You are My People.’”
4. I believe we are trustees of our country and community. Jesus reminded us that we are the salt of the earth. Matthew 5:13, 50. He also reminded us that we are the light of the world. Mathew 5:14-16,
He reminded the prophet Ezekiel that He was making him a watchman over Israel. Ezekiel 3:16-27, the watchman was to sound the alarm if he saw any danger approaching. He was to be awake and alert.
In verse 21, we read, “Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took the warning; also, you will have delivered your soul.”
Are we aware of the forces at work in our nation? Are we sounding the alarm to family and friends? Are you and I delivering our souls in behalf of our country and community?
5. The Lord has appointed us to be trustees for our brothers and sisters in the church.
In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul is teaching about spiritual gifts and they are given to each of us for the mutual benefits of all the members of the church. I think too of how many times the statement, “One another” appears in the New Testament.
“Love one another”;
“Pray for one another”;
“Serve one another”;
“Build one another up”;
“Encourage one another”;
“Forgive one another”.
Over fifty times that little statement appears describing how we are to care for one another.
6. I believe God has appointed us to be trustees for our children.
Are we, as parents, familiar with what our children are being taught in our public schools?
Are they being taught truth?
Are they being taught values that we can support?
Folks – our children spend more time with their teacher than they do with us as parents. We need to know what they are being taught.
I thank God for all the Christian teachers I have known across the years who taught in our public schools.
But, many of them told me it was getting harder and harder to teach in an environment that was becoming more and more hostile to what they believed and wanted to teach.
7. The Lord has made us trustees of evangelism to the world. In Matthew 28:9-20, our LORD said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world(age).” Amen.
In John 17, we have the high priestly prayer of our LORD.
In verses 1-5, He prays concerning Himself.
In verses 6-19, He prays for His disciples.
In verses 20-26, He prays for all believers.
Please note that in 17:17-18 as He prays for His disciples, He says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As you sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”
He has appointed us to be trustees of the gospel and to make disciples, who in turn will make disciples ….”
As someone has so well written —
“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
This is our trust individually and collectively. Let’s join hearts, hands and feet together and go forth to make Him known.