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Discover the Book - Mar. 23, 2009

  • 2009 Mar 23
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David-Ending Well by Going to the House of the Lord Forever

David ended well because his whole life was built around heading towards his eternal home.

I would like to begin where every verse in the Bible ends—with Jesus Christ. God's Word ends with Jesus inviting us to join Him in Heaven. 

·         Revelation 22:20-21 He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 

His voice can be heard-from Creation, as He spoke all things into existence (Colossians 1)-to the end of Revelation, where He delivers back the Universe to God the Father (John 19)—because Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus is the subject and the theme of the Bible, just as He said in John 5:39.  

·         John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 

Whenever you read God's Word always remember that the writers of the Bible were listening to the Spirit of Christ that was in them. 

·         1 Peter 1:11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 

So from cover to cover Jesus is the Good Shepherd. 

·         John 10:11-14 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 

Jacob confessed that the Lord was his Shepherd and that was his only hope as he died. 

·         Genesis 48:15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,

David started as a boy singing about his Shepherd; he remembered that hope through all his hard days—and in the end he never took his eyes off from the home with Jesus he believed was his. So David followed his Shepherd through life and then as the night began to fall—he went home with Him to dwell in His House. 

·         Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me  All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. 

David began to follow Christ's voice early in life. Jesus said that His sheep recognize His voice. 

·         John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 

Though he was but a youth, David pictures life as a long walk behind a Good Shepherd heading to spend the night with the shepherd, in His house, safe and secure. Life is walking behind the Shepherd, the end of life is secured by the Shepherd, and eternity is spent with the Shepherd

As we turn to Hebrews 11 this evening, we need to be sure that our life is pointed in the right direction and that we are truly heading towards our home. This is so beautifully explained in Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:1-16 all speak of this, but for the sake of space we’ll start at vs. 13:

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. NKJV 

We have seen from David's life that the way to die was looking forward to Heaven—that is also the best way to live. 

How to Live: Looking Forward to Heaven

It is appointed … to die once, but after this the judgment. —Hebrews 9:27, emphasis added  

None of us knows the exact date of our appointment with Jesus Christ to take us home to heaven, but we do know that what lies ahead is far superior to anything we could ever envision. Even now Jesus is preparing a mansion for us so that we can be with Him (John 14:2). What will it be like there?  

Heaven will be a joyous and satisfying place! The joy of heaven’s inhabitants is pictured by the scenes of praise in the book of Revelation, the white-robed conquerors waving palm branches (Revelation 7:9), and the guests at a wedding supper (Revelation 19:1-9). This is buttressed by the imagery of some of Jesus’ parables where attaining heaven was compared to attending a banquet (Luke 14:15–24) or entering into the joy of one’s Master (Matthew 25:21, 23).  

From the perspective of life in this world, heaven is the object of human longing and the goal of human existence. The book of Hebrews employs the imagery of quest to express this reality: “These all died in faith, not having received what was promised. … For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland” (see Hebrews 11:13–14).  

In addition to being the goal of a quest, heaven is the reward for earthly toil, as in Paul’s picture of himself as having “finished the race” and looking forward to “the crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:7–8). We see this imagery again in Peter’s vision of “the chief Shepherd” conferring “the unfading crown of glory” on those who have served faithfully (1 Peter 5:4). There is also the glorious picture of believers having come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God” where thousands upon thousands of angels are in joyful assembly (Hebrews 12:22 NIV).  

Images of satisfaction emerge from the pictures in Revelation of saints being guided by a divine Shepherd to springs of living water (Revelation 7:17), and having access to “the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month” (see Revelation 22:2).  

Heaven is also portrayed as a rest after labor: those who die in the Lord rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them (see Revelation 14:13). Similarly, “there remains a sabbath rest for the people of God,” which believers strive to enter (see Hebrews 4:9–11). 

To hear or read this entire sermon including the following subjects:

JESUS IS THE SON OF DAVID 

WHAT DID JESUS SING AS HE FACED DEATH? 

DYING GRACEFULLY PSALM 116

WHAT TO LOOK FOR AS WE PREPARE TO GO HOME

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