THE GENEROSITY OF JESUS PART 2

Mar 16, 2021 | Gilbert’s Podcast

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  • THE GENEROSITY OF JESUS PART 2

    LOVE GIVES ALL

    • Jesus was a man with a loving heart. He loved both his friends and his enemies. He loved them at the beginning, and he loved them to the end.
    • The love which he lavished upon his disciples purified them and bound them to him with bonds which nothing could break. But his love went out also to those who hated him and screamed to bring about his death, “Father forgive them for they do no know what they do.” (Luke 23:34).
    • It is in such a prayer that the loving heart of Jesus is clearly revealed. He poured out his life with a generosity which reminded people of the generosity of God.
    • Having given time and strength and thought and sympathy and love, he finally gave up his life. More than this can no man give.
    • He gave his life consciously and deliberately. It was not snatched from him by accident or fate, but freely surrendered by a heart willing to pay the great price.
    • It was his conviction from the beginning that he came into the world to minister to men’s needs, and to give his life as a ransom for many. It was only by the giving of his life that he could soften men’s hearts and bring a lost world back to the Father’s house.

    LESSONS FROM NATURE

    • This, then, was the earthly career of Jesus – one continuous manifestation of generous and boundless love.
    • “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9), so said Jesus to those who were the nearest to him, and it is a saying which should be often in our thoughts.
    • In studying the character of Jesus, we get light not only upon the possibilities of man, but also upon the disposition and the will of God.
    • The God revealed by Jesus is the same God revealed by Nature. The God of nature has always been known as a generous God.
    • He is extravagant in all His doings. He is lavish in all his benefactions. He scatters good things with the bountiful munificence of a king.
    • He scatters the stars not in paltry thousands but in countless millions. He creates flowers not in numbers we can count, but in a profusion which confuses and confounds the imagination.
    • He always gives more than can be accepted.
    • He is a munificent, free-handed, bountiful and extravagant God!
    • In the realm of nature He is assuredly a lavish and bewilderingly bounteous God, and what He is in nature, He is likewise in the realm of the spirit. Jesus says, “Ask and you will receive” ( John 16:24).
    • Do not hesitate to do it. No matter who you are, you may do it. “For anyone who asks, receives” Luke 11:10). It is an eternal principle, deep-seated in creation and deep-rooted in the heart of God, that gifts rich and royal may be had for the asking.
    • It is the purpose of the Christian religion to bring us to a God who is willing to give us above what we are willing to ask or able to think.

    LOVE NEVER COUNTS

    • If you ask why Jesus was generous, the answer is that God is love.
    • Love never counts. When did a mother ever count the number of times she kissed her baby? And when did a friend ever catalogue the number of favors toward his friend?
    • Or when did a parent ever make a list of all the good things he gave his children? Love never counts.
    • Speaking to fathers, Jesus says: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone. Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11).
    • If you are ever tempted to question the generosity of the heart of God, look at Jesus! He knew as no other man has ever known how much more blessed it is to give than to receive.
    • He lived not to be ministered unto, but to minister; not to receive, but to give; not to save his life, but to pour it out for others.

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