Summary: This is the sixth sermon in a series about Jesus being The Great Nevertheless. He keeps wonderfully surprising us. Using the Lord’s "nevertheless" statement in the KJV we get a delightful glimpse of our awesome Savior.
• Illus. – A Navy cruiser was trying to secure to buoys near her flagship in a congested harbor. The admiral watched the cruiser make a good approach and signaled “GOOD”. Then things went wrong. The cruiser missed the buoys and got more and more tangled up. The admiral signaled – “add to my previous signal ‘GOD’”
• Is God an afterthought with you? Is He the last resort? When all else fails bring God into the picture.
• It is not only the heathen who do that but how about you my brother/sister?
• Can any of us say that God figures into everything we think and do? Are all your actions accomplished to bring the Lord glory?
• Does God take a backseat to other people and things in your life? I leave Him out too often, how about you?
• As long as things are going good – nice approach – on track – God doesn’t much come to mind. But just wait until I sail on by the buoy – I get tangled up in them – God, God where are you?
• I’m so glad God doesn’t treat me – us – like that.
• We’re no afterthought to Him. His every action has us in mind. He loves us even when we don’t love Him or our love has dimmed, been tarnished or become stagnant.
• As we’ve been studying the “nevertheless” statements of Jesus we’ve seen in the last two weeks that Jesus left the earth and will be coming back as judge. But what about today? Has He gone off and left us – unconcerned about us – only to come back one day to wipe us out in judgment? That’s where the truths of this letter [Revelation] are so important.
• Jesus is gone and will come back nevertheless He is here – He cares – He knows.
• Illus. – On day at the Knickerbocker club in New York a group of Mark Twain’s friends recalled it was his birthday, and decided to write a collective letter. they composed 7-8 pages of nonsense and since they did not know where mark was, addressed it: – “Mark Twain Lord Knows Where” – Several months elapsed when a postal addressed to them was received, bearing this message: “He Did, Mark Twain”
1. Jesus knows us
a. Who would you like to work on your computer – me or the one in charge of computers at Catawba College – Chad Lewis?
b. Who would you like to consult about adding an addition on to your house – me or a local contractor like Tony Donahue?
c. When it comes to an electrical problem would you ask me or an electrician like Steve Brown?
d. Who do you think knows more about you than anyone else? Could it possibly be the One who made and formed you in the womb of your mother to be a one-of-a-kind individual?
e. God knows the number of hairs on your head – for some of us that number is in flux all the time.
f. Illus. - Some years ago a German scientist counted the hairs on different heads. He found more hairs on heads with black hair than with red, on brown than black, and on blond than brown. Black-haired women have 110,000 hairs and blondes 140,000 hairs. The average woman loses up to 100 hairs a day.
g. He knows what you can and cannot do. He knows what makes you tick and what you really need.
h. Did it ever occur to you that nothing ever occurs to God?
i. Illus. – During a lull between the charges at the second Battle of Cold Harbor in June, 1864 officers saw the men sewing names on the sleeves of their coats. Why? Because they expected to die in the ensuing charge and they wanted someone to know who they were.
j. When all the world passes you by, when others don’t notice you, when there doesn’t seem to be anyone who knows the real you – Jesus knows!
k. Illus. – A burglar got into a home one night. Shining his flashlight on the floor in the dark, he heard a voice saying, “Jesus is watching you”. He looked around nervously, shook his head, and kept looking for valuables. He heard it again, “Jesus is watching you”. This time, he shone his light all over, and it rested on a parrot. he asked, “Did you say that?” The parrot admitted that he had, “I’m just trying to warn you, is all.” The burglar said, “Warn me, huh? Who are you? What’s your name?” “Moses” “Well, what kind of stupid people would name a parrot ‘Moses’?” The bird answered, “I don’t know; I guess the same folks who would name a Rottweiler ‘Jesus’”