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Summary: A sermon examining the fact that Jesus sees in us what others may not.

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What Jesus Sees In You

Mark 3:18

I want to talk to you today about a man that you probably know nothing about! In fact, I don’t know much about him myself. He is a part of a group more famous than the Beatles. But you may have never even heard his name. He did great things, but there is no record of them. He helped change many lives but I can’t tell you how. His name …Thaddeus, He was one of our Lord’s 12 Disciples.

We have all heard of Shadow Mountain, Bellevue, First Baptist Atlanta, Dallas, Woodstock, and others. We know names like Rogers, Stanley, Piper, Macarthur, Hunt and Jeremiah. But what about Bro. Smith at 2nd Baptist Littletown that has been faithfully Pastoring the same 40 people for 20 years? What about Bro. Johnson that went through Seminary and has been paying his student loans for years while Pastoring a congregation of 55 and working a full time job. Are brothers Smith & Johnson unsuccessful because they do not pastor a “large thriving church”. I submit to you that if they are where God has placed them, doing what God has called them to do then they are successful in God’s eyes.

Paul tells us in - Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

Understand this, you may be the owner of a multi-million dollar corporation and be unsuccessful in God’s eyes or you may be the janitor of that same company and be right where God wants you to be. Today churches measure success by how big our building is, how many people attend, how large the budget may be, and how many new members and baptisms they had the previous physical year. Society today is consumed with superficial measures of success. As we look to the Word of God we will find that God does not measure success the way that man does.

The world may look at you as a failure, as worthless or as a nobody. And you have heard it so much that you believe it! The enemy has whispered such negative comments in your ears for years. But if you are a child of God you are special! …you are GREATLY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED!

I want to take some time and look at Thaddeus’ life and see that Jesus sees you as somebody even when the world looks at you as a nobody! So, join me as we consider the thought “What Jesus Sees In You”. The first thing I would like to see is that:

I. PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW YOUR NAME, BUT JESUS DOES

The man we are talking about today had several names: He is called "Lebbaeus" in Matthew 10:3. He is called “Judas brother of James” in Luke 6:16. He is called “Judas, Not Iscariot” in John 14:22. He is called “Thaddeus” in Mark 3:18.

It is human nature to desire a measure of recognition. People go to great lengths to stand out from the crowd and to be unique and/or different. In England, Prince William is the heir apparent to the throne and I have often heard Price Harry simply referred to as the spare. Could you imagine having that said about you? He is second class, he is only a spare in case something tragic happens to the “chosen one”. How would you like to be simply known as “so and so’s little brother”? Obviously, no one would want to be confused with Judas Iscariot, but we still wouldn’t want to simply be referred to as “the other one”. That is basically the case for this man Thaddeus, he is called "Judas, not Iscariot!"

Throughout your Bible you will not hear Thaddeus preach a powerful sermon. You will not see him (specifically) healing some one who was sick. You will not read that he ever cast out a demon. But it is very possible, dare I say even probable that he did all of these things.

Why do I say that? Because of what is recorded in - Mark 6:7 And he {Jesus} called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; ………………12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Thaddeus may not have been a Peter, James, John or even an Andrew. He may not have penned a gospel or written an epistle. I submit to you that Jesus did not want him to be a Peter, James, John or Andrew. Jesus wanted Thaddeus to be just that …Thaddeus!

You may look at other preachers, teachers, singers, etc. and desire to be like them. You may long for the opportunities they have encountered. You may desire the talents that they have been given. You may envy the success that they have experienced. But you are not them! God has another path for you. It is a better path for you, simply because IT IS GOD’S PATH FOR YOU!!

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Dearl Hardy

commented on Jan 19, 2018

very encouraging message. Great job!

Kevin L. Jones

commented on Jan 24, 2018

Thank you very much.

Oddie Powell

commented on Jan 19, 2018

A very encouraging message. I praise God for moving you to share this.

Kevin L. Jones

commented on Jan 24, 2018

Thank you for your encouraging words!

James Crawford

commented on Jan 25, 2018

I enjoyed the message, but as usual I reference the Bible verses due to mistakes. I call you attention to "The man we are talking about today had several names: He is called "Lebbaeus" in Matthew 10:3. He is called “Judas brother of James” in Luke 6:16. He is called “Judas, Not Iscariot” in John 14:22. He is called “Thaddeus” in Mark 3:18.",verse Matt 10:3 refers to "Thaddeus" not "Lebbaeus", and verse Luke 6:6 says "Judas son of James" Various veersions of the Bible were referred to. (ASV, NKJV, CEB, etc).

Kevin L. Jones

commented on Jan 25, 2018

I used the KJV. Here are the direct references (copied and pasted from the KJV in Theophilos 3 Bible software) Matthew 10:3  Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Luke 6:16  And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.

James Crawford

commented on Jan 28, 2018

i do not disagree with that. What concerns me is the sentence in the first pargraph which says "He was chosen after the Crucifiction. Only Acts 1:26 mentions who was chosen after the Crucifiction and that was Matthias, not Thaddeus. In Matthew and in Mark Thaddeus was an original of the 12, before the Crucifiction. If that sentence was removed all would be well and true in relation to either man, or change Thaddaeus to Matthias. Blessings.

Kevin L. Jones

commented on Jan 28, 2018

I would gladly remove that sentence if I could find it. But I have read this sermon 3 times and I cannot find anything close to it. I referenced Thaddeus being one of the original 12 a couple of times in this message, but the error that you are referring to, I cannot find. Either way, I appreciate your kindness and pray that you have a blessed week.

Cynthia Lobo

commented on Jan 27, 2018

Thank you for this wonderful sermon. Your message helped me a lot.

Kevin L. Jones

commented on Jan 27, 2018

God bless you!

Steve Shepherd

commented on Feb 3, 2018

Great sermon, Kevin. Keep up the good work. The Lord be praised!

Kevin L. Jones

commented on Feb 4, 2018

Thank you Brother Steve, it is always good to hear from you!

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