'Now there was Leaning on Jesus' Bosom, one of His Disciples whom Jesus Loved"......
ref/John 13:23.

Here, I am relating to the occasion when Jesus revealed his betrayer (Judas) to St John as the disciples fellowshipped with Him at the table..........ref/John 13:20-26.
In order to get the ‘revelation’ of the knowledge of the Christ by the Spirit-Holy Ghost we must soak ourselves-our lives (bread) in the wine-doctrine of the Christ (Word of God) .. being permeated and saturated in it, this speaks of our love for Jesus. And isn’t this what Judas should have done, he should have preferred obedience rather than self-gain .. THE MONEY! .. 30 pieces of silver. Knowledge puffs up .. we only have to speak to a few University or Bible College students, graduates and professors to find that out. But Revelation-Knowledge begets humility... ref/St. Job, St. Paul.

We have so many out there in today’s churches that have been ‘Men-tored’ and not God-tored. There communication and relationship skills with humans are sterling but they have nothing with God-Jesus the Christ whatsoever.... they are basically Babelised People. Full on churches of the Second Command, people-pleaser with family first attitudes not Jesus first, as preeminent ........ click

It’s time for the Churches and their leaders to ‘Lean on the Christ’ (look to the author and finisher) and cease operating, looking and judging with their eyes and through hear say, this only breeds misconceptions, false opinions, injustice, ignorance and Pharisee-pride ... for faith is the evidence of things not seen ... ref/Revelation 3:22 ..... click

We will always get the revelation, the realisation and the real story on the situation at hand when we .. lean on (ask of) Jesus. And not acknowledge our own understanding of things but much rather Him -The Christ and his way of thinking and doing things ... His Doctrine.

Many people today ‘Google’ someone’s name to endeavour to get the character of someone but only ever end up with ‘hear say’ .. hot gossip and bits and pieces of ‘he said, they said’. Whatever happened to prayer, holy ghost and the bonafide words of the individuals mouth in question, for out of the heart the mouth speaks. Things become as easy and as pleasant as dipping bread in wine when we inquire of the Lord Jesus. His burden is light and his yoke is easy.... glory halleluyah!... by my spirit says the Lord even follow Me

To lean on Jesus is symbolic of ...

LOVING ......... Him first and foremost, as preeminent, this is the start of moving the heart of God. This is why he set the ‘first command as the first’ and the only great one, for he wants to bless us as we fulfill it .. ref/Matthew 22:37,38.

EXPECTING .... Him to support and answer you fully in all situations in his time and way. Expect but always ... respect it will be in his time and way... ref/1 Thessalonians 5:24.

ACCEPTING .... All that comes with being the Christ’s disciple, whether that be good or bad, life or death, loss, gain or shame, power or poverty. To accept all, is to love him with all your heart, soul, strength and mind .. ref/Romans 8:28.

NUTURING .... Our love for him, our expectancy of him and acceptance of the walk with him .. through Faith-Obedience in the established Word by paraclete power... ref/Matthew 7:13,14.

I doubt very much whether a man or a woman would receive any substancial enlightenment, revelation or any real revelation of God’s knowledge at all if the above 4 .. the first love, expectation, acceptance and nurturing were not operating in that ones life.

That one would only really be partaking of and dishing up the religions of men and women if anything. I seriously doubt whether anyone could really be saved to the uttermost without the above ‘Four Attitudes Operating ‘ in one’s life that I have mentioned here today ........ ref/Hebrews 6:1-12.

However, to put these four attitudes into action will take real biblical faith and will be painful and taxing to the Adamic (degenerated) Man unto ‘death’ but the outcome and outworking will be glorious even to being presented to the Christ as perfect in Him ... ref/Colossians 1:28.

And again, as Crucian Rutherford, says, "If we take up the cross handsomely, we shall find it just such a burden as wings are to a bird."

Yes, those who wait on-serve, wait for and with the Lord will soar like falcons, receive revelation and will not grow weary as the religious ones do with their dead religious dogma.
Let us ‘lean on - take faith in’ our great Lord .. he can handle it and so can we ‘in’ Him .. cursed is the man and woman who trust/leans on the flesh/man-woman, whose heart has not Jesus as number one/preeminent. If Jesus is not ‘number one’ in your life you will carry a heavy weight all by yourself to the judgement stand.

The truth is ... we have no real idea of anything or any idea of reality without Jesus, we are all just stabbing in the dark aimlessly, people of useless conduct and our ways are but death and destruction.
Although they ‘seem’ so right, and may even appear to be so but never’ look’ and always ‘lean’ on Him for all your answers, for he/Jesus is the author and the finisher, beginning and the end, the Omni-All powerful One. ‘Seems’ means ‘apparent’ but not in reality ... ref/1 Corinthians 1:26-31 .. selah.

No one at the table with Jesus and his disciples had any idea of what the ‘Dipped Bread Revelation’ was, save one ... John the beloved. Jesus is omniscient and the rewarder of those who seek him diligently. There was no doubt a love-thing happening between Jesus and John the beloved, yes, brother John had put the Number One (Jesus) Number One.

And look at the Book of Revelation which was given by the Christ to be penned by the very same disciple .. John the Beloved, surely there is great gain in loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, strength and mind . Godliness with contentment is great gain says St Paul ... ref/1 Timothy 6:6 .. click

And boy, he was ‘expecting’ to know also and he did find-out, he asked and he was given, and he sought and found and he knock on the bosom/door and the door that was closed opened to him and he got the revelation of the ‘dipped bread’... realising who was the traitor. When Jesus reveals to us ‘who’s who’ in the religious zoo’s it can be rather shocking and a little surprising too.

Without revelation of the knowledge of the Christ we amount to nothing more than Nicodemus’s scratching our heads in our pious robes of religion with life membership cards at the Sanhedrin Club, who spend their lives learning Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and the religions of the world while they themselves call Jesus the ‘Unknown (and unknowable) God’.... what is truth?........ click

Numbers are the usual inquiry and deciding factor whether a person fellowships in a particular Local Church these days and of course talent quests and certificates are also viable crowd drawers with the various Women’s Clubs. The old ‘how many go and who will be there’ syndrome, carnal, faithless and unfaithful to the core ..... click

Are you interested in what ‘Jesus’ is doing and are you inquiring of him, are you watching, keeping a close eye on the scriptures and praying, talking with Jesus because if you are he will show you great and mighty things that you never thought you could know.

But let me relieve you from the religious chains of the world and say this .. “his explanations and revelations are simply too ‘demanding, taxing on the social and sin life’ for the churched and the worldlings, so offensive that the Adamic pride of men and women would never accept or think in such a manner within their lofty hearts” .... ref/Proverbs 3:5-6 ...

Take King Solomon for example and all of his riches and glory .. Jesus said that they were not to be compared with ‘one’ of his wild flowers ... see, told you it was simple but simply too much for the Degenerated Adamic Mind ... only the transformed mind can receive, embrace and relish in such oracles and walk in them ... glory halleluyah!

Learning to lean on Jesus
Pastor: Paul Sheehan

24th February 2012 ..... CLICK

Postscript ... This article was first preached at the ‘JTCM-Mission Local Church’ in Brisbane at the 10 am Sunday morning Service ..... 19.2.2012 ........... click

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”

What a fellowship, what a joy divine
Leaning on the everlasting arms
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way
Leaning on the everlasting arms
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Elisha A. Hoffman - 1887