Where is He?

John 7:11

 

I.        This question is most often asked when God doesn’t do what we expect Him to do.

A.     It is asked most often when things go wrong, and there is no peace.

1.       I have heard this question asked many times when a person is ill, or is in some sort of trouble.

2.       I have heard this question asked many times in a hospital when a loved one is gravely ill.

3.       Sometimes it is difficult to “feel” the presence of God when you have prayed and the situation hasn’t changed for the better.  Rest assured God sees, hears, and knows everything about your particular situation.

B.     Who asks this question?

1.       It is not odd that the people that ask this question the most often are those that are not really faithful in worshipping and serving God.

2.       These are the people who we might call half-hearted Christians.

C.     In the context of this passage it is the unbelievers who want to know where Jesus is.

1.       Verse 5 – The brothers of Jesus didn’t believe in Him, yet wanted him to go to the feast at Jerusalem and show everybody what wonderful works He could do.

2.       Verse 11 – the Jews sought for Jesus at the feast, but verse 1 states they were trying to kill Him.

a.       All the above are skeptics, and Jesus didn’t reveal Himself to them.

b.       Some people want Jesus around so they can attempt to destroy Him. 

c.       They wouldn’t get any peace or comfort if Jesus was present.

3.       You may be a true seeker of God in the middle of much adversary.

a.       If you will be still, and prayerfully seek God, He will come to you and bless you.

b.       There may be a storm all around you, but it will be peaceful where God is.

D.     Where is Jesus?

1.       Verse 14 – Jesus went into the temple and openly taught the people.

a.       Jesus will always be found teaching the truth.

b.       Even when there are people who oppose Him and fight Him, Jesus is still teaching the truth.

2.       Where is Jesus? He will always be found by seekers.

a.       Isaiah 55:6 – “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”

b.       Luke 19:1-10 – Zaccheaus sought for Jesus and found him and was saved eternally.

3.       Jesus is everywhere, especially where you are, if you are a true believer.

a.       Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

b.       Gen. 28:15 – God told Jacob he would never leave him, nor forsake him, and He didn’t.  “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.”

c.       Deut. 31:6 – Moses told Israel when they were ready to capture the promised land.  “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

d.       The God we serve is the same God that spoke to Abraham and Moses. He didn’t leave them, and He won’t leave us.

E.      Jesus is coming again to take all His children home.

1.       I Thess 4:13-18 – declares the rapture of the saints.

 

WHERE IS HE?

 

Where is He was the question

That the people ask that day

Where is He was the words

That the mob was heard to say.

 

Where is He, this Nazarene

About whom so much has been said

Where is He, this miracle worker

Who healed the sick and raised the dead.

 

Where is He ask the skeptic

These are the words that he said

Where is your wonderful Saviour

Is He living or is He dead.

 

Where is He asked the sinner

Quickened by God's irresistible grace

He will save you, only trust Him

For when He died He took your place.

 

Where is He asked the Christian

Tempted by old Satan's host

Oh brother don't be discouraged

For He is near when you need Him most.

 

Where is He you ask my friend

He is on His mediatorial throne

Interceding with the Father

Yes interceding for His own.

 

Where is He you ask my brother

He who died to save lost men

He has ascended back to the Father

But will soon come back again.

 

He will appear in the sky

And catch up all His own

Friend will you be one of them

Or will you be left here alone.

 

Composed by J.E. Abbott Nov 15th 1971 after hearing a sermon preached by Bro. Joe Shelnutt on the text WHERE IS HE (St. John 7-11)