The Jews had this tradition during engagement that the
bridegrooms family would go to the brides family. They would be set in front
of the congregation and the two of them would drink from the same cup, first the man and
then the bride to be, as a sign of the engagement.
The Lord Jesus spoke to the Jews of that which they understood
clearly because they were familiar with it. In the Garden of Gethsemane He sweated drops
of blood and prayed, "Father take this cup from Me yet not My will but Thy will be
done". So by drinking out of this cup the two of them were brought together as the
sign of engagement. Thereafter they would go home, and the future bridegroom would start
to build his house where they would live together. He built it till he had finished the
(Its amazing that people, even school children, think of
marriage while they dont have a cent to their name.)
So he would first finish his house and even when the house is
finished he still would not go to fetch his bride but would wait on his father to tell him
to go and fetch his bride.
So the Lord Jesus in drinking of that cup was identifying Himself
with us. He is thrice Holy, yet He got engaged to us. It was difficult. Remember
youre a liar, was immoral, do abominable things before God, yet He had to identify
Himself with you and me. No wonder it made Him sweat!
Youre at school or just out of school and visit your
girlfriend or boyfriend, and even touch each other. Even if youre not exposed here
on earth it will only bring a double curse on your life. You would be better off to sin in
the world than at Gods place. How can you expect Gods blessing while you
deliberately go against what God commands you? You can only expect Gods curse.
Joseph Stalin, who had been the leader of Russia, and killed
millions of people and especially Christians. When he was on his death-bed, whenever
someone came in to visit him, he simply pointed upwards and thats how he died. He
must have met up with hell even before he actually got there.
A certain only daughter of wealthy parents was spoilt and also
lived in her extravagant way. She was also very cheeky. One day a preacher met her and
asked her if she had made her life right with God. She answered that she hadnt done
it, and she also didnt want to do it yet, for in three days it would be her
21st. The preacher told her not to postpone to make her life right with God, but to do it
right away. She wasnt interested. Immediately thereafter she became terribly sick
and on her birthday she was in bed with a very high fever. She called for the preacher and
told him that she knew that she was going to die. She asked him to take her funeral and
write the following on her coffin, "Drie dae te laat vir Jesus" ("Three
days too late for Jesus"). She asked him to cover the coffin until the coffin is
lowered and then remove the covering and read it out for everyone to hear. When he did it,
the family present were shocked to think that it was this girl who was so full of herself
who was saying this.
The Bible says, "seek God while He may be found. Call upon
Him while He is near" (Is 55:6).
A certain minister was very gifted, but when we got converted he
went against us and even wrote a book against us. But he didnt live long after that.
His daugher was present at his deathbed. She came to the mission and shared with me what
it was like; how his eyes spoke as if crying for help (for he couldnt speak anymore)
but she couldnt help him.
When death comes, you cannot fool around anymore. Even your cheek
will stop. You can play the fool with a man, but dont try it with God.
The Bible doesnt teach us to delay repentance but only speak
of one thing, "today is the day of salvation. Today when you hear His voice
dont harden your heart" (Hebrews 3:15).
So our Bridegroom has gone to prepare a place. He doesnt
know the day His Father will tell Him to fetch His bride. Will He find you ready when His
Father tells Him to fetch His bride? The Bible says He will come as a thief in the night.
You do not know when a thief will come and so you dont know when He would come. You
must be prepared at all times.
What is Gods Kingdom? In Greek its the word Basileia.
A certain country had a king. The people wanted to pass a certain
law which the king didnt approve of. So they dethroned him, passed the law, and made
him king again. And he accepted it! One would think that he would have been man enough to
say that he wont be their king under such circumstances.
Well, God is not like this and you cannot treat Him in this way.
He is not someone of whom you can say, "You are our King, but allow us to do our own
thing and then you can be King again." You can make a fool of your husband and he
could even accept it but God wont.
Seek first Gods Kingdom. In the Greek when it says seek,
its like there are many things before you and you have to choose between them, which
is the most important. Maybe before you is your father, mother, brother, sister, maybe
even a boyfriend, girlfriend or the things of the world. Now God says you must choose
between His Kingdom and one of these things. Also to seek means to seek and to find. In
other words you seek till you find it. If you havent found it yet you havent
sought aright and you must seek still more until you find it. If you say youve
sought it but didnt find it, then youre a liar. You havent sought as you
ought. You must seek till you find it and then make it your own.
Seek Him and make Him God of your life that He makes the law in
your life. He will even rule your feelings and emotions, that God is Lord even over them.
That God will rule over everything. Not that He becomes your servant but that He becomes
Lord over everything in your life.
Jesus said, "why do you call Me Lord Lord but do not do what
I tell you?" (Luke 6:46).
Seek Gods will and when youve found it, cling to it
and dont let anything or anyone rob you of it. Seek to be ruled by God, Him alone.
That He is the first and makes the laws in your life. That He becomes the lawgiver in your
life. Is that the life that you live?
Also seek His righteousness, that which is right in Gods
So seek first Gods Kingdom and His righteousness. And seek
it till you find it and cling to it.
Do you live this life daily, where you dont live for
yourself and do your own thing but do Gods will?
We find Gods laws in His Kingdom when we read Matthew 5 and
6. He says, "love your enemies" and "bless the one that curses you",
and "if someone does evil to you, you do good to him". If youre in
Gods Kingdom thats what you will be like. He says "blessed are the pure
in heart for they shall see God". Go and read this sermon our Lord held and where He
taught us how we should live to be of His Kingdom. He said "blessed are the poor in
spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven". What does it mean? It doesnt mean
that you should be empty in your spiritual life, that you have nothing. Remember the rich
man that had such a bountiful harvest and decided to extend his barns to live a relaxed
life. But God came to him and called him a fool for being rich in the things of this world
but not rich towards God (Luke 12:13-21). Being poor in spirit means to have a humble
spirit, then you will be something in the Kingdom of God.
What do you hunger and thirst for, that you long for more than
anything else? What is it that is first in your life? The day will come that it will
become evident for all to see what youve chosen.
In Gods Kingdom He says that if you look at a woman with
lust in your eyes youve already committed adultery with her in your heart. In His
Kingdom theres no room for evil thoughts. He also commands us to love our enemies.
Theres no place for a grudge in Gods Kingdom, where you harbour a grudge
against someone for mistreating you.
Is it evident in your life that Jesus is more important to you
than anything else? In Gods Kingdom you will go where God goes. He will lead you and
you will know His will. You wont have to go and ask for someone elses opinion
because you will know Gods will for you. If you come and ask me what Gods will
is for your life, I will tell you that you should go and ask God for His will for you and
then you do what He told you.
At Kingscliffe there was someone who went against the Gospel. He
had six sons. Then he went and took another wife. I spoke to him about the Gospel, but his
response was terrible; it was evident that he was full of the devil. But then a miracle
happened; after awhile he repented. He came to me and told me that he had two wives. His
first wife he married because his parents wanted the marriage, and he had six sons with
her. After awhile he thought to himself that he didnt want to spend his whole life
with this woman that was arranged for him and he married a second wife whom he loved. He
neglected his first wife and six sons. Even his sons hated him for it. So he asked for
advice what he should do now that he had given his life to the Lord. I answered that He
should ask God what to do, since he was now Gods child. I asked him awhile later
what God told him. He said that firstly God pointed out to him that he sinned in
neglecting his first wife and sons, and that the sons eventually had to take care of his
first wife. He had to go to her and ask for forgiveness. God had shown him that he had to
live right, as a testimony to everyone that its clear that he repented. And when he
sends money that he had earned then he would send it to the first, older wife, and she
should then divide the money between the two of them. And even his time he should divide
evenly between the two of them. I answered him that if thats what God had told him
then he should do exactly that. The whole area where he was from was amazed saying is such
a thing possible, that you end up loving the one you didnt love at all and that
youre fair to each one. Many others found the Lord through the testimony of this
man. Not long after that the second wife fell ill and died. At that time she had two small
children. He then went to his first wife and asked her if she would be willing to look
after the two children of his second wife and she gladly agreed. Even the sons accepted
them and treated them as their sisters. Theres nothing like doing Gods will,
where you say, not my will but Thy will be done.
As we returned with the aeroplane from Virginia there was a
blanket of clouds so that we could not discern the terrain. All that the pilot had was his
instruments and he had to stick to his instruments and they brought us safely to our
destination. We have Gods instruments, the Bible, and if you stick to it, it will
bring you safely to your heavenly destination.