Jesus Moments

Posted on 03/24/2019 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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IN HIS HANDS
Original Music and Lyrics by Obie Philpot
Edits and Additions by Benjamin R. Faust

He has the whole world in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands

So why should we worry
and why should we fear
When our Heavenly Daddy
is always so near
He is near
He's so near
He's right here!

He has my brothers and my sisters in His hands
He has my brothers and my sisters in His hands
He has my brothers and my sisters in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands

He has the little bitty baby in His hands
He has the widow and the orphan in His hands
He has the business man and beggar in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands

He has the rivers and the mountains in His hands
He has the oceans and the valleys in His hands
He has the seasons and the ages in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands


MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS
by Edward Mote

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
but wholly lean on Jesus' name

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand
all other ground is sinking sand

When darkness veils His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand
all other ground is sinking sand

When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Clothed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne!

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand
all other ground is sinking sand


REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS
by Anonymous
addition lyrics by Benjamin Faust

Rejoice in the Lord always
and again I say rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always
and again I say rejoice!

Rejoice, rejoice
and again I say rejoice!
Rejoice, rejoice
and again I say rejoice!

This is the day that the Lord has made
I will rejoice and be glad today
In His Presence is the fullness of His Joy complete
so I come and I lay my troubles and cares at the Master's feet

Not height, not depth, not the shadow of death
can ever separate me from how He Loves me with
His Joy that's overflowing as it's bubbling up
Rejoicing is the wine of God that's filling my cup


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Father God, thank You for bringing us to this moment. Help us to focus on You. Nurture us in Your way. Guide us in the Truth. I pray all this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

You may be seated.
Today, I am doing a fireside chat that I have titled Jesus Moments. I am calling it that because I want to talk about two stories in the Bible where Jesus had one on one conversations with two different people.

I know for me personally having a moment to speak with Jesus face to face sounds totally awesome! I mean, THE JESUS standing near me and speaking to me, and only me! WOW! There would be so much going on in my mind. I would be so excited, speechless, in awe, and the list goes on and on.

But for these two people I have selected, they saw Him as a fairly “normal” person for the most part. They were not “fangirling” or “freaking out.” They listened to Him and His words were powerful.

The first person is Nicodemus. The story is found in John chapter 3 verses 1-21. Let’s read it together.

1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born [a]again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man[b]who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoeverbelieves in Him should [c]not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
We see here that Nicodemus came to Jesus and asked Him certain questions. It was a moment in time for Nicodemus. Who knows what happened afterward for him, but I believe Nicodemus was closer to understand who Jesus really was. After all, he came to ask these questions. Things not everyone asked Jesus.

The second and last story is the woman at the well. Her story is in John chapter 4 verses 1-26, though the story continues after these verses.
Let’s begin with those verses first.
Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, forsalvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
The woman at the well is astounded that someone knew her life so well. This man she had never met knew everything about her. She listened in awe and then needed to tell someone, she ran back to her village and told everyone. She brought everyone back. They all listened to Jesus’ words. There was a really big “revival” that day. A whole village knew. Jesus. Messiah. Savior of the world. He had come and He had spoken to them.

What a powerful Jesus moment. What a powerful life-changing moment.
I talk about moments where I feel like I am sitting in a cafe with Jesus and we just talk. About anything. It is where I tell funny stories. It is where I tell sad stories. It is where I ask Him questions. It is where I listen to Him. It is where we sit in silence and we know it is okay. It is where I cry and Jesus doesn’t stop me. He doesn’t try to make it better. He let me cry because sometimes, sometimes crying can heal.

What kind of Jesus moments do you have? Can you remember some of them? Maybe you need to take a moment to think about them and then record them.

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May God Bless you this week.
May He walk with Him and talk with Him in the garden. Let this song says.