Jesus was a Youth and Knows Your Problems Exactly
Sermon in the Bible
By Robert J.
get bored listening to long dry sermons? Let me tell you about the shortest
sermon in the Bible—it’s only one sentence. It was preached by someone who has a
right to the pulpit at least once in her lifetime—the Virgin Mary. She preaches
to the frustrated servants who don’t know what to do about an emergency:
“Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it”! (John 2:5). Then, a period. She’s talking
about her Son, Jesus.
You can’t get bored with such a short
sermon, but you can get frustrated by it. It seems He’s always telling me to do
something that I feel I just can’t do. Those poor servants: He told them, “Fill
the water pots with water”—easy enough; then, “take them to the master of the
feast”—easy enough. But they must tell the boss, “Sir, here’s your wine you
asked for,” when they know very well it’s only water. Now that’s hard! Doing or
saying what your heart says isn’t so—is anything harder?
find the Good News here:
• It’s your heavenly
Father that is telling you to do
this or that.
• A true
Father never drives or “provokes” you to frustration (remember Paul’s counsel to
fathers, “provoke not your children …”?).
• He is telling
you what to do; now take the time to ask Him how to do it; He’ll
• Note that Mary did not say, “whatsoever your
friends tell you to do, do it,” or “what your teachers, counselors, or your
parents even, tell you.” They may be right and they may be wrong, but no one
understands you like your Heavenly Father. (Psalm 27:10 will help you
• Jesus was a youth, knows your problem exactly,
was tempted precisely like you are “in all things,” understands your selfish
fear, still likes you (loves you). Believe it.
• Listen to
Him at the age of 12. He tells His doubting, frustrated parents: “Don’t you know
I must be about My Father’s business?” In other words, “Whatsoever He saith unto
Me, I must do it!” He anticipated His own mother’s sermon!
• You feel helpless? At least you can look! Watch Him, listen to
Him in Gethsemane, on His cross. Identify with Him there. Your dead, lifeless
heart will experience a resurrection “with Him.”
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