Greetings! In today’s class, we shall continue our study on, The White Stone.
The White Stone
May I tell you, friends, there is something in every human heart that longs to mean something special to somebody. And here is where you can have it. There is no limit. You have no idea what you mean to Jesus, and He is going to tell you about it Himself.
Wouldn’t it be a shame to miss it, friends? Wouldn’t it be a shame to miss it – to hear from Jesus, Himself, what you mean to Him? Not merely because of what you would miss, but think what it would mean for Him to miss telling you what you mean to Him. If there is somebody that means something special to you, don’t you like to tell them? Why, of course. Jesus wants to tell you. He tells us something here, but oh, as this says:
“Truth we cannot know now because of finite limitations, we shall know hereafter” Adventist Home, page 547. Let’s be sure to be there and make Him happy. What do you say, friends? That was in the second chapter of Revelation. Let’s go to the third chapter. We were looking at this 20th verse in an earlier lesson, but now I want to look at the 21st verse. But we will read the 20th verse with it, because they belong together.
Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” Revelation 3:20, 21.
Here is another promise to the overcomer. Jesus is not only going to give you and me a white stone with that special name in it (that nobody else knows or understands; just a personal name between Jesus and us) – He is going to, wonder of wonders, invite us (you, me) to sit where with Him? In His throne. Now, I want to tell you something, friends. The more I have looked at this, the more I have come to understand that the important thing both to me and to Him is not the throne. It is to be with Him. If Jesus is on the throne, I would like to be on the throne so I can be with Him. And if Jesus is on the throne, He would like me to be there on the throne, so I can be with Him. Do you see? But the important thing, I repeat, is not sitting on the throne.
You remember when Christ was here, as He drew near to the end of His ministry, one day James and John came to Him and what did they ask? “Oh,” they said, “will You do something for us?” Just like children, they said, “Will you give us anything we ask?”
Jesus said, “Now, what is it you want.” “Oh,” they said, “we want to sit right next to you in your kingdom, one on your right hand and one on the left.” Jesus said, “You don’t know what you are asking. Are you able to drink of the cup that I drink of and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said, “Yes we are. We are able.”
Jesus said, “You will drink of My cup, and you will be baptized with My baptism, but to decide who is going to sit on My right hand and on My left is with My Father.” You see, one of those young men that asked that question is the one that many, many years later wrote down these words we are studying today. He learned the lesson. He got the point.
Even in that early day when James and John asked for that special favor, Christ knew that underneath the obvious selfishness was a longing to be with Him, and He appreciated it. And I want to tell you something, young men and women, and older ones too: If, at times, you are discouraged with your own selfishness, remember that Jesus looks deep down; He knows you want to be with Him, and He appreciates that. He looks deeper than other human beings can.
You know, sometimes even when we are trying to testify or to sing or to speak for God, somebody may say in their hearts or they may even tell us, “It looks to me like you are just trying to show off, just trying to get attention, or this or that.” Or our own hearts may condemn us. Dear ones, I want to tell you: Anything we do for God, the way we are at present, is marred with our humanity. It is weak and inefficient. It is incomplete. And thank God, Jesus is in the business of adding the incense of His merits all the while.
You remember in the ancient sanctuary, as the people prayed and as the priest interceded, the incense ascended. And oh, I am so glad that Christ is in the business of making my prayers acceptable. He makes them smell sweet. He perfumes them. Aren’t you glad for that, friends? So don’t be afraid to talk to God or to talk about Him. Bring to God what you have, the best you have. And He will make up the deficiency. He understands what human beings may not understand. He loves you. He loves to have you with Him.
And He took James and John, in spite of their strange and obviously selfish request, and got them ready for the place where they can not only sit next to Him like they asked, but they are going to sit right in the throne with Him. Isn’t that wonderful?
Oh, how it must have thrilled John’s heart, out there on rocky Patmos, to get the answer of how he was to be so close to His Lord. He had pressed close to Him, you remember, in those journeys through Galilee and Judea. He had leaned on His breast at supper time, right next to Him. Friends, press close to Jesus. He wants you. He loves you.
I’ve found a friend; oh such a friend! He loved me ere I knew Him; He drew me with the cords of love, And thus He bound me to Him. And ’round my heart still closely twine Those ties which naught can sever, For I am His, and He is mine, Forever and forever.
What Stands Out To You?
What stands out to you from today’s lesson, that can help you in entering into a C.I.P. with Jesus? Please let us know, in the comment section, below! God bless!
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* This study has been adapted from classes taken by Elder W.D. Frazee.
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