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The Last Song That Jesus Sung – J.P. Mays

Camp Meeting Thursday Night 10/27/22 – Brother J.P. Mays

Amen. Thank you, Brother Dale. Thank you, Pastor Eric. We’re so glad to be here tonight and we love this church and we are thankful. I hope y’all are not mad at us, but we enjoy having brothers Sam and Delma there. So we love that and we appreciate that and you letting us borrow them. Amen. If you have your Bibles tonight, let’s go into Mark chapter number 14 and back. When Brother Dale asked me to come and preach here, Brother Eric, I was like, Lord, what do you want me to preach tonight? And the Lord put this message on my heart and I want to try to be mindful of the Lord this evening and peaceful. The Lord, I believe, would have me today is not maybe an unusual message for revival, but I feel this is the way the Lord wants us to go tonight. And there been some wonderful singing this evening. The choirs have been great and thank you for hosting Marinate tonight and we’re so thankful to be here. And Stacey singing about heaven tears that never staying, the streets of that city. We’ve had some days filled with tears down here, haven’t we had some heartaches and sorrows. But over there in that city that’s not made with hands, won’t be no more tears on that street. As we come to Mark, chapter number 14. Of course, we know we’re familiar with the scripture here. The Lord Jesus, this last night that he would spend with his disciples before going to the Cross of Calvary. He’s in the upper room here in the last Passover. It’s going to be the last of the Passovers, but it’s going to be the first of the Lord’s communion. The Lord’s table here as he’s instituting this. And let’s read beginning in verse number 22. Now, I tell my people this all the time. I need you to be skillful tonight and use two fingers, okay? So we’ll have one here. And Mark, we’ll go to the Book of Psalms here just in a minute. But in Mark chapter 14 and verse 22, the Bible says, and as they did, he, Jesus took the bread and blessed and break it and gave it to them. Every time Jesus had a piece of bread, he blessed it, break it, distributed it, gave it to them, and he said, Take, eat, this is my body. And he took the cup. And when he had given thanks, he gave it to them and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, this is my blood of the New Testament, the blood that we sang about tonight, which is shed for many, for verily I say unto you, I will drink no more the fruit of the vine until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. Now, here’s the unusual part of the message tonight. I want you to look at verse number 26. The Bible says, and when they had sung a hymn. They went out into the Mount of Olives. Heavenly Father, you help us tonight. Oh, God. Just cleansed me. And Lord, help me to preach the word of God. Lord, what a responsibility. And Lord, it scares us to death, Lord, to be able to Lord, to be in a place like this in, Lord, to be entrusted by another pastor, Lord, in his pulpit, Father, to preach the word of God. So, Lord, you help us tonight. Bless these dear people. Bless sue tonight, lord. Help her to feel better. And Father, I pray that, Lord, that you’ll just do the preaching tonight in Jesus name. Amen. In the Bible, it’s interesting singing. We’ve talked about singing tonight and we sang many marvelous sins. I like the way we start out the choir singing tonight and sing those songs about heaven and about the Lord, those beautiful things that we as Christians can rejoice and sing about. But, you know, there’s some days it’s easier to sing and other days isn’t it? There’s some days it seems like we’re on the mountain. The song’s in our heart, it’s on our mouth and our lips. But, boy, have you ever been to the day, Brother Dale? It’s just hard to see. It’s interesting to study singing in the Bible. The first mention of singing is mentioned in the book of Exodus. It’s mentioned and it’s always connected. It’s interesting too, of how many times singing in the Bible is connected with redemption. And so the children of Israel, they come through the Red Sea. God delivered them, god brought them out by the blood of the Lamb that day. And that Pascal Lamb was a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. And on the other side of the Red Sea, they sang out the Bible said in Exodus chapter 15, in verse number one, the first song in the Bible. And that’s interesting. You follow all the singing throughout the Bible. We find singing in good times and singing in bad times, calling Silas in a prison at night, singing at their chain and they’re bound. They don’t know what their future holds, but they know who holds their future. And they rested in that fact. And no doubt they probably didn’t feel like singing, but they did it anyway. We go all the way to the Book of Revelation and we find in Revelation 59 a congregation, a crowd gathered out of every tongue and every kindred and every tribe, and they’re singing, glory to the one who redeemed him by his blood. But then in Revelation chapter 15, we see them singing the song of Moses. Well, what’s the song of Moses? Well, what do they sing when they come across the Red Sea? Amen. And then they sang the song of the Lamb praising the one, the Lord Jesus Christ, who forever died and paid for our sins. And it’s all because of Him. We can sit here tonight, but as we come here to the night just right before the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. The reason he came to this earth to hang between heaven and earth, to be the one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, just hours before the cross. And no doubt Jesus knows what’s about to happen. The disciples are not really not aware at this point. Jesus has told them, and they’re like good Baptist, they don’t listen very good. Amen. But Jesus knew what was on the edge. Jesus knew what was looming forward and in the suffering and in the sorrow that Jesus knew the agony the Bible said that he would be in that night. Jesus sang a song that very evening. The Bible said they sung a hymn and they went out. Now, we know, according to tradition, and this has been passed down to us, what I’ve studied, what I understand about this, that that night at the Passover, there were songs that were sung at the temple as they would slay the Pascal lambs at evening, on the 14th day of Nissan, as the lambs were brought to the tabernacle and they were slaying at sunset. They’ve been inspected and examined for the last four days, as according to the Old Testament. And now they begin to sing some psalms later that night, not only at the temple but at the table, they begin to sing some of these songs. Well, what songs were they singing? We understand that they were singing the Hallelujah Psalms or the Hallelujah Psalms, psalms 113 through Psalms 118. If I understand the customs of the day correctly, I believe they would pass the cup around about seven times and they would sing these hymns, and they would sing these psalms. And as you studied that night before the Lord died, I would encourage you to go back and read those psalms in connection with this passage of scripture. But what was the last song? This is what I’m going to preach about the last hymn that Jesus sang. I want you to take your Bibles tonight and go back to Psalm 118. Now, we can’t look at all of them tonight. I want to try to get through this one. You pray for me tonight. I studied this a while back and it was amazing to me. I began to be interested in what was the last song that Jesus sung before he went to the cross. Now, perhaps many other Passover, many other occasions Jesus sang it. I don’t find it in the Bible. I know he probably did. I don’t know where it was. But in connection, the Bible makes and I don’t believe the Holy Spirit puts words in the Bible by accident. I believe it’s all divinely inspired of God. I believe that every word is from God. And the Bible said the Holy Spirit wanted us to know that they sang a hymn that night before Jesus going to the garden of Gethsemane. So let’s look at it in Psalm 118 tonight and I want us to look at it in that light. Jesus, you know, I don’t know what you’re going through tonight. I don’t know what I’m going through. And I know a little bit what Brother Dale is going through. And some of you here and tonight in your families and in your life troubles and trials. But can I tell you the night that Jesus, before he died on the cross, the Saul, or the agony, the suffering that was on the eve of that Jesus sang a song. And I want us to sing tonight to the Lord. But let us look at this psalm. It’s very amazing. And when you see this tonight, I believe you’ll see some things maybe you’ve not seen before and you might be ahead of me and you already seen these, but it’s a blessing to me tonight in Psalm 118 and verse number one, the Bible says, and it begins here. Here’s the beginning of this psalm, this hem, this Hallelujah psalm, that would have been the last one that they sang before Jesus went to get him. And he will give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good. God’s good on the good days, on the bad days, on the in between days, we fail Him, but he never fails. I have to be reminded of that every day. For he is good because why he’s mercy and door forever, he cannot change. It cannot cease. We change from day to day, but he never does. Let Israel now say that his mercy endure forever. Let the house of Erin now say that his mercy endure forever. But I like verse number four. I’m not a part of Israel, I’m not in the house of air, but I’m glad. Verse number four. Let them now that fear of the Lord. Yes, sir. Say that his mercy endures forever. Endures forever. Do you know tonight that God’s been better to all of us than we deserve? That we all should have our background burning in hell tonight, myself included? But God’s mercy endures to all generations, the Bible says. And so Jesus begins to sing the refrain, begins to sing the verses of this hymn as he passes the cup around. Now notice there’s a lot of prophetic significance here about this psalm. And we know the background, the sorrow, the suffering that Jesus knows is coming. The psalm itself is Psalm 118. But notice the significance of the psalm. Now notice this, and this applies directly to the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s messianic, it’s prophetic. Look in verse number five. I called upon the Lord into stress. The Lord answered me and he set me in a large place. So let’s look at this tonight in light of what’s getting ready to happen, the Lord Jesus reminding ourselves that Jesus sang this right before going to the cross. The Lord is on my side. Yes, sir. And I will not fear what man can do unto me. And boy, I don’t know about you, but man rises up. Man tries to intimidate us today. I’ve been in meetings already today trying to be intimidated for taking a stand for the word of God. But listen, I’m not going to be afraid of what man can do to me because if God be for us, who can be against? The Lord is on my side. And as Jesus would climb the hill to Calvary, they would all forsake him. But he said the Lord God the Father is on my side. Him and the Lord would go up that hill of Calvary like Abraham and Isaac. They went alone together at that hill to be the sacrifice. And he said the Lord is on my side. I will not fear what man can do unto me. The Lord taketh my part with them to help me. Aren’t you glad for people that God sends in your life to help you? Therefore shall I see my desire for them to hate me? It’s better to trust in the Lord then to put confidence in man. I like that. It’s better to trust in the Lord then to put confidence in man. It’s better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. The Lord Jesus, this very night, as he’s singing this psalm, the very one of his own twelve that was close to him is getting ready to betray him. The rest of them are going to forsake him and run out. Peter is going to make a bold statement. He’s going to go out and deny the Lord. The Jewish legal counsel system is going to fail the Lord Jesus Christ. The Roman government system is going to fail the Lord Jesus Christ. But I’m here to tell you that night as Jesus looked on the eve of the cross, he wasn’t looking to man, he wasn’t looking to the disciples. He wasn’t looking for some prince or wrong to deliver him or the Jewish legal system or the sanhedrin council. The Bible said that he had committed himself to him that judges things righteously. His hope was in the Lord. So I don’t know what you’re going through tonight, but maybe in your song tonight you can get and I can get and I’m going to tell you what I tell my church all the time. Would you all just let me preach to myself tonight? I want to preach to me tonight. I want God to speak to me tonight. I don’t know what you’re going through. I know what I’m going through. I don’t know what you’re going through, brother Dale. I can try to relate what you’re going through, but I’m not in your shoes brother. But I want to tell you this. Our confidence and our hope is not in the situation. It’s not in man, but it’s in God the Father. So notice this. The Lord Jesus, on the night of his crucifixion, he wasn’t trusting in man, he came to do the will of the Father. Verse number ten. Notice what he says all nations can pass me about, but in the name of the Lord, when I destroy them, they can pass me about. Yeah, they can pass me about, but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They can pass me about like these and they are quenched as the fire of thorns. For in the name of the Lord I will destroy. Theme the Bible says here that thou hast thrust sore at me, that I may fall. But the Bible says but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song. Notice that and has become my salvation. So we see here a picture of Godotha as Jesus goes to the cross. The Bible says in Psalm chapter 22 that many bulls evasion, they can pass around the Lord Jesus Christ. The nation of Rome was there, the Greek people there. The Gentile people were there upon his name. The title is on the Cross was written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin that all the world could see. They mocked Him and they ridiculed him. His own people turned against them. They were there at the cross, all the hordes of hell, every demon that Satan can get a hold of, of that night and that day as Jesus went to the cross, he had them on the battlefield. He had them at Calvary. He was trying to stop Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. But I’m glad to tell you tonight that when Satan has a plan, God has a greater plan. And the mob came to litch Jesus in the garden. The mob came to kill him in the garden. But Jesus said, whom seek ye? And they said Jesus of Nazareth. And he said, I am. And they fell down like dead me and Amen. And I’m glad that he was still in control. But they compassed him about, the mob, the cheering crowd. They set away with him, crucifying him, all the swarms of hell. Can you imagine? Like bees, man. Here, not too long ago I was out mowing the yard and I got in a huge yellowjacket smith. I didn’t get stung. Amen. But man, I’d never seen one that big. Swarms of them. The ground was covered in about a 40 foot circle. You couldn’t even see the ground. I never seen that many. So being the lazy man that I am and not wanting to go back and mow it later, I just went in high gear and tried to go around them all the time. I could get the grass done, amen. And I went out and burned them out later. But there were swarms of those bees. But the Bible says that they swarmed around Jesus like bees with their stingers lashing out and looking. Verse Number 13 the Bible said, thou hast thrust me sore that I might fall. I believe that’s speaking of Satan. Satan through everything he could. You go back all the way to the promise that God made to Eve in Genesis 315. That and God made to Satan that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent. All through the Old Testament, satan’s trying to stop the seed line. Satan’s trying to step it out. Satan’s trying to keep Jesus from calvary. When Jesus came to the earth, he tried to have all the babies killed. He tried to tie him out in the things of the world from going to carrying his cross. He tries that night in the garden to bring them all against him. But it was God’s divine will and playing that Jesus go to the cross of Calvary. So Satan through everything, and he brought the heel of the Lord Jesus Christ. But I’m glad there was a second part to that prophecy that his heel would bruise his head. Amen. And he said, but the Lord help me. He said, The Lord is my strength and the song has become my salvation. So I don’t know what you’re going through tonight, but I know what Jesus was going through right here in some part, what the Bible shows us. I can’t put myself in Jesus shoes. I don’t feel his pain, but I know what the Bible says. Yes, sir. He said, the Lord is my strength. Whatever you’re going through tonight, God’s your strength, god’s your song tonight, it’s because of Him we sing. And it’s hard in the circumstances, it’s hard in the situations, it’s hard in the troubles and the adversities of life that seem to swarm around us to sing. But God wants to hear a sing. I’m still trying to learn some of that, Brother Dale. And God has become my salvation. Notice verse 15 the voice of rejoicing and the salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous. Now notice here in the next two verses three times this statement the right hand of the Lord doth valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted. The right hand of the Lord doth valiantly. So three times where we see the right hand of the Lord. Well, what does the Scripture tell us? Who is seated at the right hand of the Lord? I’m glad calvary wasn’t the end. I’m glad the cross wasn’t the end. I’m glad beyond the cross there’s a tomb that’s empty. I’m glad that three days later death had no hold on the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m glad to report to you today. Tonight in heaven, Jesus Christ stands at the right hand of the Father. He seated there making intercession for us. The Bible said to being in the brightness of his glory and the expressed image of his person upholding all things by the word of his power. When he had by Himself purged our sins, he didn’t need any help. He sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high, looking unto jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. I love Philippians, chapter number two. I don’t have time to preach that tonight. I’m running out of time this evening. But if you look at that in those verses five Fou eight, it talks about humiliation of the Lord Jesus Christ and that he humbled himself out of the glory of heaven to become a man. That was a huge step of humiliation for the Lord Jesus, for the God of heaven, the creator of the universe, to become a man. But Jesus went a step farther from that. He humbled himself and took the form of a servant. He said, I’ve come not to minister to be minister to, but to minister and give my life and ransom forbidding. But he humbled himself one more time. He said he was obedient to death, even the death of a cross. He went beyond the humility of a slave. He died the death of a criminal. And though he was innocent so that you and I could be saved. But I’m glad the story doesn’t end there. Philippians two nine says wherefore God have highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name. Amen. If you go back, you have time. Go back and read Matthew, chapter 27. There’s seven things that they did. That Rome and the crowd there, they did the Roman soldiers to humiliate the Lord Jesus Christ. They spit upon him, put the crown of thorns. You could go through all those seven things, then go to Revelations 19 and God has exalted him. And God restored that everything that man did to the Lord Jesus. They put a crown of thorns God gave him. On his head were many crowns. They smote him with the reef. And the Bible said, out of his mouth goes that sword. And you go study that. That’s not the message tonight. But what I’m trying to tell you is that Jesus tonight sits at the right hand of God. Whatever you’re going through, wherever you’re at, whatever the situation, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he’s seated at the right hand of the Father. He’s been exalted, received back into the glory. Now understand this. We go to verse number 17. Understand what Jesus is singing this night. Prior to the disciples are like you and I are ignorant of what’s getting ready to happen. Though Jesus has told them they don’t understand the full gravity of the situation. But the Lord Jesus knows, and this is the last song that he sings. Look at verse 17. I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord. He knew that death was a part of salvation. He knew that he had to go to that cross, but he knew it wasn’t going to last. Amen. The Lord hath chasing me soar, but he’s not given me over unto death. And so in these verses we see the Gospel. We see Jesus was singing a Gospel song before the disciples knew what the Gospel was, before they understood about the death bearing resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. They were singing about it this night that Jesus died on the cross. And he said, the Lord is chasing me. Soar the Bible said he was wounded for my transgressions, he was bruised for my iniquity. The chastisement of my sin was appointed, and with his stripes we are healed. I’m glad that he suffered from me. I don’t deserve it. I’m a well deserving sinner. I don’t deserve the goodness of God, but I’m glad that he loved me anyway. And the Lord of chasing him soar, chasing me sore. But if not given me over unto death, David said, for thou would not leave my soul in he, neither would I suffer the Holy One to see corruption. Jesus said, I’m he that was alive and dead and alive every morning have the keys of hell and death. He said, I’m not going to remain dead. Amen. Aren’t you glad? Today you can go to the tomb of Mohammed and he’s there. You can go to Buddhist tomb and he’s there. But there’s a tomb in Jerusalem that’s empty. Amen. That they may claim there might be a body there, but he’s in heaven. Amen. Over 500 witnesses seen him at one time. But isn’t it amazing that Jesus sang this song when they even going to the cross now, like verse 19 and 20, knowing that Jesus was going to die, be buried and raised again the third day, we see the Gospel in these messages open to me the gates of righteousness, and I will go into them and I will praise the Lord. Notice in verse number 20. It’s singular to this gate of the Lord, and to which what the righteous shall enter. There’s one gate, there’s one way. Jesus said, I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved. He shall go in and out and find pasture. I like what David said. He pinned down. Over in Psalms chapter number 24, the Bible says, oh, let me find my place here. Lift up your heads, O ye gaze, and be ye. Lift up your everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty. The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and lift them up everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of Hosts. He is the King of glory. And Jesus was going to go through that door of death. And the Bible said that while he was in the grave, that he led captivity captive and gave gifts to men. He descended the lower parts of the earth. He freed them from that paradise. He freed them from Abraham’s bosom. He made them heaven ready and brought them into Heaven. I’m glad to tell you today that those of us to die, to be absent from the bodies, to be present with the Lord, he’s opened the gate. He’s opened the door. He’s the only one. Verse 21. I’m moving on here. I’m always fishing for the deal. I will praise thee, for thou hast heard me and art become my salvation. You know, sometimes it seems like God doesn’t hear or God doesn’t care. Maybe you’re not tempted like that. But the devil, boy, after the devil speaks to you so many times, it’s hard to get that out of your head, isn’t it, boy? He’s a real adversary tonight, I’m telling you. And if you’re trying to do anything for God, he’s standing in your way. I promise you that tonight. Now, if you’ve got everything on cruise control, then there’s something wrong. Amen. Verse 22. This great prophetic passage jesus sung this the stone which the builders refused has become the headstone of the corner. He’s the foundation. No other foundation can any man lay then that is lay, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the Lord’s doing and it’s marvelous in her eyes. I’d like to spend a lot of time here, but I can’t tonight. But this brother down verse 24 is really when I began to say this caught my attention. We’ve quoted, we’ve sung this verse ever since we’ve been at Mount Jackson, back when I had hair. Amen and all those times back gone by. But remember the context. Jesus is singing this tonight. Remember the prophetic context. This is a messianic song. The night that Jesus goes to the cross. Now remember, the Jewish evening begins the Jewish day begins at 06:00. In the evening prior we were already being tomorrow. And that night around the table, it was that day. It was the day as Jesus passed the cup, as he would go to the garden to see me. It was the day that he would die on the cross. He would be taken down by sunset of the next day and placed in the tomb. And this is what Jesus saying. This is the day which the Lord hath made absolutely. And we will rejoice and be glad in it way back in eternity past, before God ever brought the world into existence. Yes. We go back to Genesis, chapter number 22. As Abraham climbs Mount Mariah. That dreaded mountain is a picture of God the Father and God the Son. And what we go through there and how that entitled picture will represent what God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ would later do on that same mountain range. But let’s go back. The Bible says in Genesis 22 as Abraham was on his way and the Bible said that he saw the place. Of far off he looked and he saw that. And no doubt for the last three days, abraham will say, maybe in his heart, maybe it was like me and You, Lord. Are you sure about this? I’m going. Maybe it’s hard to take this step. You’re asking me to do something hard. I don’t understand it. But he saw that place afar off. That’s when Abraham saw that place, that same mountain range, that same place that Jesus would die on the cross. But go back with me to the beginning of creation, on day two, when God calls the dry land to come up out of the ground, out of the sea. Yes, sir. That hill, Mariah, began to come out out of nothing. And I believe that God the Father, he saw the place afar off. And this was the day. This was the time. This was the place that mankind the only day, the only time, the only place that mankind could be redeemed. And Jesus said, this is the day. The day that I came for, the day that I came to redeem. Follow mankind. This is the day which the Lord hath made. And we will rejoice and be glad in it. So on the hardest days you’re going through, we may not be able to rejoice in that day. But we can look back to Calvary and we can rejoice that there’s a God in heaven that loved us enough to come to this earth to become flesh and die on the cross. And this is the day that the Lord hath made. We’re rejoice and be glad in us. Move on. I’m finished. Save now. I beseech thee, o Lord. O Lord, I beseech thee. Send thou prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Jesus said, Another will come in his own name. Him you’ll receive. But he came from heaven. No matter ascended into heaven. But Jesus said, I’m coming from heaven, and you rejected me. Came into his own, his own, received him not and we bless you out of the house of the Lord. Look at verse 27. God is the Lord which showed us life. The Bible said, the people that sat in darkness have seen a great light. Jesus is the light of the world. In Him was life, and the light was the light of men. But the darkness comprehended it not. Didn’t it? Now notice this? Isn’t it’s amazing? The night that Jesus goes to the cross, he said, Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar. And later that day, Jesus will be bound to the altar of cavalry with three rusty nails. But I’m glad that’s not the end. Thou art my God and I will praise thee. And thou art my God. I will exalt thee. Now the psalm. And this hand began with the mercy of God. And Calvary wasn’t the end. Amen. There’s an empty tomb and this song ends. It begins with the mercy of God and it ends with the mercy of God. There’s some suffering in between. There’s some hard times in between. There’s some things that Jesus had to go through in between. But he said, oh, give thanks to the Lord for he is good for his mercy and door forever. Don’t know what you’re going through today. It began to be good when you got saved. Amen. From here till the time we get to heaven, there’s going to be some trials. Job said, a man that’s born a woman is full of SARS all the days of his life. But there’s common glory in the end. Amen. And take courage and take encouragement. In the song that Jesus sang, he knew what was coming. You and I don’t have we don’t even know that. If we know what was coming tomorrow would probably scare us to death with it. But let us walk by faith and let us seen to the one who redeemed us. Heavenly Father, we thank you for the message. Thank you for this blessed opportunity of this dear church. Lord, we pray that you’re blessed the man of God. Lord, has he come and preached to us. Now God use him in Jesus name. Amen.

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