Sermons of David Chadwell
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May we begin with this reading:
Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, Truly, truly, I
say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees
the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does
in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He
Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that
you will marvel. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,
even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. For not even the Father
judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor
the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not
honor the Father who sent Him. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word,
and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment,
but has passed out of death into life. Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is
coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and
those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He
gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to
execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for an
hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will
come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who
committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment. I can do nothing on My
own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not
seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
The giving of gifts is an art form in any society. For example, one must
understand the value of a gift before he understands the significance of the
gift. The significance of a gift is not determined by the receiver but by the
giver. Until the receiver appreciates the significance of a gift,
he/she is not in a position to appreciate the significance of the gift. If
the receiver thinks of the value of the gift only in selfish terms (considering
only what the gift means to him), he may miss the significance and value of the
Permit me to give two examples to illustrate the truth of the statement just
Years ago, by virtue of opportunity I did not create and circumstances I did not
produce, I helped complete a lengthy process that gave the church legal status
in another country. The students in the Bible training school in which I taught
wanted to celebrate that positive conclusion to a lengthy, uncertain process of
questionable outcome. A part of the celebration involved the students
laughingly, giddily, dressing me as a chief and presenting me with certain items
that looked interesting but rather common to me. A year later I learned by
accident the significance of the honor they showed me and the effort they made
to obtain permission to present me with what I regarded to be "common items."
Only then did I begin to realize the significance of what they did. My
appreciation of their gift was immediately transformed.
The second example comes from Luke 21:1-4. As Jesus watched the wealthy place
their gifts in the temple treasury to support the temple's work, he observed a
poor widow (the height of helplessness among the helpless) placing two small (we
likely would say tiny) copper coins in the same treasury for the same purposes.
Jesus stated, "She has given more than the wealthy gave." What a strange
statement! How much wood for the sacrifices would her two small coins buy? Jesus
explained, "The wealthy gave from their surplus. She gave all she had to live
on." One could not appreciate the significance of what she gave until he
understood what her gift meant to her.
The patience of God in producing our salvation is much more than good news--it
is incredible news!
Have you ever seen the patience of God in your salvation? Have you ever
considered how long God endured in order to give you opportunity to be
reconciled to God?
- From the moment sin began its rule over people (Genesis 3), God began His
redemption journey that would culminate in humans having the choice of
- In God's determined pursuit of our salvation, He endured much to give us the
choice to be reunited with Him, just as people were given the choice to rebel
- People chose to be rebellious.
- God labored to give us the choice to be righteous before Him.
- The patient God watched as a humanity that began in absolute goodness descended
into absolute evil.
- When God looked at all He made (including people), he was pleased!
Genesis 1:27-31, God created man in His own image,
in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God
blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the
earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of
the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth. Then God said,
Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of
all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food
for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to
every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green
plant for food," and it was so. God saw all
that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there
was morning, the sixth day.
- Then God watched as a humanity that was good and pleased Him descended into evil
through choices God did not make.
Genesis 6:5-6, Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the
earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was
grieved in His heart.
- Though only three chapters are involved, a lot of time passed.
- In this transition, there were people like Abel, Seth, Enoch, the people who
called on the Lord's name (Genesis 4:26), and the sons of God (Genesis 6:2).
- God watched as people made bad choices, and all people such as Seth, Enoch, and
the sons of God disappeared.
- He watched as people became so wicked that they did not have any good
intents--they were inwardly evil as well as evil acting.
- He watched until the human wickedness was so great that He was sorry that He
made human beings and was deeply grieved at what people had become.
- Yet, in all this He did not give up--rather He attempted to begin again.
- Yet, God's attempt to begin again met with failure because, again, a human
made a rebellious choice.
- Even though God's attempt to begin again was frustrated by human decisions to do
evil, God did not give up.
- He waited until a man like Abraham existed.
- Though Abraham was likely an idol worshipper before he met God, living in a
society that looked upon deity with idolatrous views (see Joshua 24:2), Abraham
was a man capable of enormous faith in God once God spoke to him.
- Abraham, in faith, did things most of us would not seriously consider doing.
- Though he was a very obedient man, he is forever known as the man capable of
great faith in God.
- As an act of faith, he lived as a nomad in a area where evil people coveted what
- As an act of faith, he was willing to sacrifice his son of promise to God Who
made the promise.
- The patient God waited until the man of faith became a nation.
- Have you ever thought about how long it takes a man without children
to become a
- The patient God waited until the family of Abraham became a mass of slaves in a
country that wanted them to be there as slaves, but not as a people.
- The patient God prepared them a leader, removed them (with major opposition)
from slavery, delivered them at the Red Sea, and led them to Sinai.
- Everything they were, and everything they would become, they owed to God.
- He rescued them from slavery.
- He gave them freedom.
- He made it possible for them to have a country of their own.
- He provided them the guidance they needed to allow them to become a people like
no other people in their time.
- Without the acts of God, they would not even exist--they literally owed God
- And all God wanted was a people who listened to Him, who lived in His ways, and
who were uniquely His people--what God wanted was the source of their blessings!
- The patient God proceeded toward His objective even when Israel was faithless in
its leadership or as a people or both.
- He worked with Israel through the period of the judges, even when Israel was
- He worked with Israel in the the period of the united kingdom even though 2 of the
3 kings abandoned Him, and all 3 made inexcusable mistakes.
- He worked with the 10 tribes who devoted themselves to idolatry until the
Assyrian captivity, giving them repeated opportunities to turn from their evil.
- He worked with Judah until, through, and after the Babylonian captivity.
- He worked with the returning remnant through the period between the Old and New
- In all these hundreds of years, Israel was faithless much more often than they
were faithful, but the patient God refused to give up until He achieved His
objective of creating opportunity for reconciliation.
- Finally, God could send His Messiah (Christ) with a realistic expectation that
someone would listen to him and make the choice to be reconciled to God.
- When he was born, the angels announced it:
And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord
shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to
them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which
will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born
for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will
find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. And suddenly there
appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and
saying, Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He
is pleased. (Luke 2:9-14).
- When Jesus was presented at the temple, Simeon said:
Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to
depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, A Light of revelation to
the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel (Luke 2:29-32).
- At 12 years of age, Jesus said of himself:
Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not
know that I had to be in My Fathers house? (Luke 2:49)
- When the man Jesus approached John the baptizer, John said of him:
Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of
the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, After me comes a Man who has a
higher rank than I, for He existed before me. I did not recognize Him, but so
that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water. John
testified saying, I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven,
and He remained upon Him. I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize
in water said to me, He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining
upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. I myself have seen,
and have testified that this is the Son of God (John 1:29-34).
- Years later Peter wrote these words regarding God's redemptive work in
But do not let this one fact escape your notice,
beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand
years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count
slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all
to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:8, 9).
Have you responded to God's patience by making your choice to be reconciled to
None of us begin to know what a great thing the patient God has done for us in
our salvation until we begin to understand what God endured to make our
sermon posted 21 August 2007
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