JESUS AND ME IN PRISON
TEXT: II Cor. 5:1-21
As we enter into this lesson I want to speak to you this evening concerning companionship and friendship. Everybody enjoys companionship of some sort and everybody enjoys having a friend. We can associate companionship and friendship in labor, love, service, death, etc.
Webster’s/Strong’s concordance Definition of companion/friend:
One who keeps company with another; A partner; An associate; A person one knows well; One who shows personal kindness; A friend; is Friendly.
* Many of us have a friend or had a friend and for whatever reason you are not friends anymore.
* Many of us have a companion or had a companion and for whatever reason (Death /Divorce/Desertion) you are not together anymore?
In our life time we will experience the loss of a friend or companion. These are pretty profound thoughts they penetrate the inner feelings, they touch everyone here. Companionship and friendship are very important to us and to God. Companions and friends can be found among the lost, saved, the good, and the bad.
Let’s review some Scripture concerning companionship.
Phil 2:25 Paul says “I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, andfellowsoldier” (work/fight together)
EXAMPLE: Aaron & Hur worked together lifting up Moses’ hands
Rev 1:9 John says to the 7 churches “I am your brother, and companion in tribulation”
EXAMPLE: sticking together no matter what
Acts 19:29 Paul’s preaching angered the craftsmen “and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel” Especially de-me-tri-us the Silversmith (Verses 29-38)
EXAMPLE: traveling friends
Psa 119:63 The Psalmist says “I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts”.
EXAMPLE: Christian fellowship with those that fear and serve God. We should be companions & friends.
Mal. 2:14 says your wife is the companion of your youth
EXAMPLE: What a companion, good or bad
Pro 13:20 says “A companion of fools is destroyed”
EXAMPLE: Stay away from fools
Pro 28:7 says “A companion of riotous men shameth his father”
EXAMPLE: Wrong companions shame somebody
Let’s review some Scripture concerning Friendship.
James 2:23 says “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called theFriend of God”.
EXAMPLE: Friends believe friends, what a friend we have in Jesus
Mk. 5:19 Jesus says “Go home and tell your friends what great things the Lord hath done for thee”
EXAMPLE: Friends tell friends about good and great things that have happened to them
Pro. 18:24 says “A man that has friends must show himself friendly”
EXAMPLE: Friends are friendly to friends
John 15:13-15 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
EXAMPLE: He is the only friend that tells His friends everything His father told Him
There is a difference in this Friendship. We tell our friends in part, Jesus tells us all from His Father. The words friend (ship), companion (ship) inner-twine and are found over 100 times in the Bible. So with this Biblical foundation laid down concerning companions/friends, the title that God has laid on my heart for is Jesus & Me.
The title of the message is “Jesus and me in Prison”, there is no one else to consider at this time, forget your spouse, your parents, your children, your relatives, and your friends, just concentrate on the thought “Jesus and me.”
There are eight (8) points for the subject “Jesus & Me” found in II Cor. Chapter 5. The first point I want to cover is found in verse 1, “for we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens “MY HOUSE” There are three houses we need to consider tonight:
House #1, CHRISTIAN “It’s Jesus and me”
A) 1 Cor 6:19 (KJV) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
B) 1 Cor 3:16 (KJV) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
C) 1 Cor 3:17 (KJV) If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
(God can put a halt to our life & house at any given moment)
My BODY/YOUR BODY is a temple or house whose tenant owner is Jesus Christ, it is Jesus and me” He bought you and me, He is not a renter. When I was born-again, Jesus Christ came into my temple and He evicted Satan. I cannot evict Jesus and He cannot evict me. It is Jesus and me, today, tomorrow, and throughout eternity.
What relationship you have on earth with Jesus Christ is up to you. In Heaven it will be a pure and holy relationship that will never change. I would like to address the born-again person, whether you are young ,old, preacher, pew sitter, or the speaker who claims to be saved, those who say they have been washed in the blood of the Lamb.
You who are not born-again, Satan owns you whether you want to believe it or not. His eternal destination is Hell/Lake of Fire, and so is yours. (Rev. 20:10, 14)
A thought to ponder for the born-again Christian:
If you were to change your mind and decide not to want the companionship or friendship of someone you know, you can cancel that relationship, easy or hard you could do it. But if you were to decide, for whatever reason, not to want the companionship or friendship of Jesus Christ, that is too bad because you cannot, as much as you try, you cannot get rid of Jesus Christ out of your life if you’re born-again.
EXAMPLE: (a.) Heb. 13:5 (b.) Joshua1:5 (c.) Deut. 31:6, 8
CONSIDER THESE DISCUSSION POINTS:
Cursing, Dating, Stealing, Evil thoughts, TV, Books, Drinking, Gambling, Adultery, Fighting, Disobeying, Gossiping, Hating, Back biting, Bad jokes, Church games, Cheating, etc.
A THOUGHT TO PONDER CHRISTIAN
Jesus Christ is with you in all areas of your life, wherever you go, whatever you do, whatever you say.
If you go in the bedroom, He is there
If you go to sleep, He is there
If you go in the bathroom, He is there
If you go in the barroom, He is there
If you go in the motel room, He is there
If you go to school, He is there
When you turn on your music, He is there hearing it (Good or bad)
If you go into church, He is there (Whether you worship Him or not)
If you’re in prison and on death row, He is there
If you’re on your death bed, He is there
If you’re in the hospital sick, He is there
If you go out on a date, He is there (Whether you behave or not)
If you are doing drugs, He is there (even if you overdose)
If you are stealing, (whether it is a pencil, penny, or time) He is there
If you are gossiping (tongue) and destroying a church member, pastor, preacher, or deacon, He is there
If you commit adultery, (before, during, and after) He is there
If you violate your body, (any why shape or form) He is there
If you read the wrong material, He is there
If you are watching TV, good or bad, He is there
If you serve Him, He is there
If you do not serve Him, He is there
Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God the Son said in Hebrews 13:5 “…I will never leave you nor forsake you” He is always with you:
No matter where you go
No matter what you do
No matter what you say
A thought to ponder:
1. If I could see Jesus standing beside me, what things would I have not done?
2. If one of my parents could have stood beside me what would I have not done?
Can Jesus Christ roam throughout your house (the body) without being ashamed?
Your house consists of:
Your mind (Phil 2:50)
Your eyes (what do you look at or for)
Your hands (what do they hold or withhold?)
Your feet (Where do they go?)
Your thoughts (What do you think about? Phil. 4:8)
Is your Temple (house) a place of devotion and dedication to your friend Jesus Christ? Or, is your temple (house) a place of disaster and defeat? The Bible say’s in 1 Thess. 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. Do not lock Jesus in the closet so you can do as you please, let Him have the run of your house.
If you’re born-again your soul, which abides inside your temple (House) has been washed, sealed, and secured in the blood of the Lamb. Is the inside of the house which is controlled by you washed in dedication and devotion or is it dirty and filthy with unconfessed sin?
How are you handling the inside of your house? I John 1:9
Paul say’s in Rom 8:39 “nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Eternal security) It is JESUS AND ME, like it or not
House #2, “THE CHURCH” “It’s Jesus and Me”
Heb 10:25 (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Acts 11:26 (KJV) And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Eph. 5:23-24 Christ is the head of the church, and we are subject to Christ.
1) Whose Church is this? (Jesus’)
2) Who is at your side as you walk into Church? (Jesus)
3) What are you thinking about in Church? (Jesus or the world)
4) Are you prayed up for Church? (Are you grumpy?)
5) Are you busy looking and checking people out or are you in a worshiping mood?
6) Are you friendly to visitors and your Christian friends in Church?
7) Are you in Church to talk with others or to talk and hear from God?
If this is Christ’s Church and it is, act like Jesus Christ would act, because He is in you and with you. Remember the companionship/Friendship, its Jesus and Me that enters church.
HOUSE #3 “HEAVEN” “It’s Jesus and Me”
John 14:1 (KJV) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:2 (KJV) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3 (KJV) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14:4 (KJV) And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
1) Who built the heavenly house? (Jesus)
2) What is in this heavenly house? (Jesus)
3) Will there be any pain, sorrows, or tears there? (No)
4) Will the doors to that house be closed? (No)
5) Will I ever lose that house? (No)
A) My body (the first house) is a temple in which Jesus and I will depart when it dies.
B) My Church building (the second house) when it is empty, is without Jesus Christ.
C) My mansion in heaven (the third house) is never without Jesus Christ, it is built by Jesus Christ, it is occupied by Jesus Christ, for eternity, and in it will be JESUS AND ME