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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What the Bible Says, Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Temple Baptist Church - 3-19-2017Habakkuk 3:17-19Introduction:¬ A.¬ Joy and happiness are two entirely different things.¬ ¬ Happiness is based upon happenings while joy is often despite circumstances.¬ Let me give you some Biblical examples.1.¬ God the Father's joy was found in the sacrifice of His only begotten Son!¬ Isaiah 53:10-11¬ ¬ Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put¬ him¬ to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see¬ his¬ seed, he shall prolong¬ his¬ days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. ¬ (11)¬ He shall see of the travail of his soul,¬ and¬ shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.¬ ¬ (I am sure that God was not happy watching sinners beat and crucify His Son.¬ The Father's joy was found in His love for sinners like you and me!¬ I will never fully understand that joy but I take joy in it.)2.¬ God the Son's joy was found in the shame and reproach of the cross!¬ ¬ Hebrews 12:2¬ Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher ofour¬ 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 am sure that Jesus was not happy with the shame and reproach that He endured.¬ I am sure that He was not happy that He became sin for us.¬ His joy was found in His love for the Church that He purchased.¬ I will never fully understand that joy but I do take joy in His Church.)3.¬ The Sinner's joy is found in the finished work of Calvary!¬ ¬ Galatians 6:14¬ But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.¬ ¬ (Because of the great load of sin that he bore.¬ I do not relish the thought that my Lord had to suffer so because of my wickedness but I am sure glad that He did.)4.¬ The Saint's joy is found in the soon appearing of the Lord, our Saviour!¬ ¬ Titus 2:13¬ Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;¬ ¬ (It does not make me happy that sinners will perish but it is with Great joy that I will be with Him for all of eternity.)B.¬ Too many Christians live lives or gloom and sorrow.¬ They recite Murphy's Law more than they quote the Bible.¬ When you ask, they can give you a list of everything bad that has ever happened to them.¬ Many times, you do not even have to ask!C.¬ Yes, sometimes the provision will be slim.¬ The crops will fail and there will be no ‚Äúherd I the stalls!‚ÄĚ¬ Joy should not depend upon what we have physically, but in what we have spiritually.D.¬ I want to look at several things¬ found in these verses that only the child of God can fully understand.1.¬ THE PARADOX OF THE SAINT'S JOY ‚Äď Habakkuk 3:17-18¬ ‚Äúalthough‚Ä¶yet‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ a.¬ A Joy that does not depend upon our circumstances.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ b.¬ A Joy that does not depend upon our surroundings.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ c.¬ A Joy that does not waver because He does not waver.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ d.¬ A Joy that does not change because He does not change.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ e.¬ A Joy despite life's ups and downs!f.¬ A Joy the world does not understand and, unfortunately, many of God's children do not seem to understand.2.¬ THE PROBLEM OF THE SAINT'S JOY ‚Äď Habakkuk 38¬ ‚Äúrejoice in the Lord‚ÄĚa.¬ Too many time, God's children try to find their joy in the things of this world -¬ Mark 8:34-35 And when he had called the peopleunto him¬ with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.b.¬ We are in Jesus Christ, therefore, we should find our life in Him - Colossians 3:3-4¬ For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ,¬ who is¬ our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.3.¬ THE PERSON OF THE SAINT'S JOY¬ - Habakkuk 3:18¬ ‚ÄúYet I will rejoice in the Lord‚ÄĚa.¬ The Bible says, in 1 Peter 1:8,¬ ‚ÄúWhom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see¬ him¬ not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 1)¬ Joy in someone we have never seen.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 2)¬ Joy based on our faith in God's Word.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ b.¬ The darling Son of God!¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ c.¬ Our wonderful Saviour!¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ d.¬ Our soon coming Lord and King!¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ e.¬ Our beloved Bridegroom!¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ f.¬ The Lover of my Soul!!!¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ g.¬ Life was miserable until I met Him and I am forever changed!4.¬ THE PLACE OF THE SAINT'S JOY ‚Äď ‚Äúmy SALVATION‚ÄĚa.¬ The Joy of being saved and knowing it! - Luke 10:20¬ Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.2 Timothy 1:9¬ Who hath saved us, and called¬ us¬ with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,Titus 3:5¬ Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;b.¬ The Joy of Christian fellowship! - 1 John 1:3¬ That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship¬ is¬ with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.¬ ¬ (What a thrill to know and love God's people!)c.¬ The Joy of faith! - 1 Peter 1:8¬ Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see¬ him¬ not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:¬ ¬ (Believing that God can do the impossible!)d.¬ The Joy of soul winning! - Psalms 126:5-6¬ They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves¬ with him.1 Thessalonians 2:19¬ For what¬ is¬ our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?¬ Are¬ not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?e.¬ The Joy of faithfulness! - Acts 20:22-24¬ And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: 23¬ Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. 24¬ But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.¬ ¬ (Many never know this joy because of their unfaithfulness!)Matthew 25:21¬ His lord said unto him, Well done,¬ thou¬ good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.f.¬ The Joy of hearing His Voice! - Revelation 1:10¬ I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,Revelation 1:12a¬ And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.¬ ¬ (He walks with me and talks with me.¬ He tells me I am His own!)g.¬ The Joy of His presence! - Hebrews 13:5¬ Let your¬ conversation¬ be¬ without covetousness;¬ and be¬ content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.Daniel 3:24-25¬ Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste,¬ and¬ spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.2 Timothy 4:17¬ Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and¬ thatall the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.Acts 27:23¬ For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,h.¬ The Joy of His appearing! - Colossians 3:4¬ When Christ,¬ who is¬ our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.i.¬ The Joy of seeing His face! - Job 33:26¬ He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-2-2017Romans 5:1-11Introduction:¬ A.¬ As Resurrection Sunday approaches this year,¬ our hearts and minds naturally turn back Calvary.¬ 1.¬ Where the love of God¬ met the need of sinful man.¬ 2.¬ Where the ultimate price¬ was paid for our redemption.¬ B.¬ Romans 5:8 is one¬ of the more notable and quotable verses expressing:1.¬ The love¬ of God the Father for sinful man.¬ ‚ÄúBut God commendeth his love toward us‚ÄĚ2.¬ The love¬ that compelled our Saviour to go to the cross. ¬ ‚ÄúChrist died for us.¬ 3.¬ The love¬ for sinners that goes beyond our comprehension.¬ ‚ÄúWhile we were yet sinners!‚ÄĚ4.¬ The love¬ of the saints for God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.¬ ‚ÄúAnd not only¬ so,¬ but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.‚ÄĚ¬ C.¬ One of the most blessed truths found in the Bible¬ is that of the love of God for sinners.¬ Romans 5:8 may well be one of the most noted and often quoted verses of scripture but is also one of the least comprehended.¬ 1.¬ When I see the world,¬ I see the sin and sorrow that permeates it.¬ My heart is saddened by what is taking place in the world and across this great nation this morning.¬ With the reject of spiritual light comes great spiritual darkness.2.¬ When God sees the world,¬ He sees sinners in need of the Saviour!¬ As we get closer to Christmas, our hearts should be joyful because of the gift of God given on that night some 2,000 years ago.D.¬ Though we can never¬ fully comprehend the love of Calvary, we experience it.Ephesians 3:17-19¬ That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,¬ (18)¬ May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;¬ (19)¬ ¬ And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.¬ ¬ (I have often referred to this words as knowing the unknowable!¬ Comprehending the incomprehensible!)1.¬ Calvary's Love is an All-Inclusive Love!¬ 1 John 2:2¬ And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only,¬ but also for the sins of the whole world.¬ a.¬ ¬ His love is from Pole to Pole.¬ ¬ His love is from the East to the West.¬ His love is from Wall to Wall.¬ The Love of God covers every man, every woman, every child, everywhere.¬ b.¬ There are none exempt¬ and there are none excluded!¬ There is not a race, color, or creed rejected!¬ His love is for the whole world!¬ I cannot understand it, but I believe it!2.¬ Calvary's Love is a Longsuffering Love!¬ Psalms 86:15¬ But thou, O Lord, art¬ a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.¬ a.¬ God's love is not only universal in its scope;¬ it is longsuffering in its forbearance.¬ God is compassionate, gracious, longsuffering, and merciful.¬ I did not deserve to receive it nor do I deserve to keep it.¬ b.¬ The Lord has been far better to me¬ than I deserve and I am eternally grateful for it.¬ I cannot understand it, but I have seen it!3.¬ Calvary's Love is a Personal Love ‚Äď 1 Timothy 1:15¬ ¬ This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that¬ Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.¬ a.¬ The wickedest man in the world¬ is a candidate for His great salvation.¬ It matters not what you have done; it matters not what you have thought; it matters not where you came from!¬ b.¬ His love goes to the deepest¬ in sin and despair.¬ I cannot understand it, but I have received it!4.¬ Calvary's Love is an All-Covering Love!¬ Romans 5:20¬ Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where¬ sin abounded, grace did much more abound:¬ a.¬ His wonderful love is far greater¬ than all our sin put together.¬ God's gracious love is always there and you cannot sin your salvation away.¬ b.¬ He will forgive 70 times 7¬ and never exhaust his love or forgiveness.¬ He has loved us with an everlasting love.¬ I cannot understand it, but I have experienced it!Conclusion:¬ ¬ On the night of our Lord's birth, the angel said,¬ ‚ÄúGood¬ tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people!‚ÄĚ¬ It is the Lord's desire that all people know and experience the love of God which the angel spoke of on that night.¬
Temple Baptist Church - 4-23-2017Hebrews 11:32-40Introduction:A.¬ Over the past few weeks,¬ we have seen the Cross of Christ.¬ A place called Calvary.¬ A suffering Saviour.¬ A wonderful redemption.B.¬ We have been at the Garden Tomb¬ very early in the morning on the first day of the following week.¬ We have seen an empty tomb and a risen Saviour.¬ C.¬ We have seen the Priesthood of Christ¬ as He applied the blood to the Mercy Seat and is now seated at the right hand of God as our Advocate, ever living to make intercession for the saints of God.D.¬ This morning,¬ I want to look at the result of the Gospel: Christ's death according to the Scriptures, His burial in a garden tomb, and His glorious bodily resurrection according to the Scriptures.E.¬ Hebrews, chapter 11,¬ has often been called the ‚ÄúHall of Faith.‚ÄĚ¬ 1.¬ The word ‚Äúfaith‚ÄĚ is found 24 times in 40 verses in chapter 11.¬ Most of these 24 uses are preceded by the words ‚Äúthrough‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúby.‚ÄĚ¬ God's people have always lived through and by their faith.¬ That is what makes them exceptional!¬ 2.¬ We do not have to see to believe.¬ We do not have to have everything our way to believe.¬ We endure, often not having seen the promise but persuaded of it and embrace it!¬ Hebrews 11:13¬ These all died in faith,¬ not having received¬ the promises, but¬ having seen¬ them afar off, and¬ were persuaded¬ of¬ them,¬ and¬ embraced them,¬ andconfessed¬ that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.3.¬ The faith life is one of tribulation, persecution, and perseverance!¬ The end result of the faith life of God's people, from the blood of Abel¬ (the first man to die did so because of persecution for his faith)¬ to the un-named multitude of those who have accepted Christ and died for their faith, is a ‚Äúbetter resurrection!‚ÄĚHebrews 11:32-40¬ And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and¬ of¬ Barak, and¬ of¬ Samson, and¬ of¬ Jephthae;¬ of¬ David also, and Samuel, and¬ ofthe prophets: ¬ (33)¬ Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, ¬ (34)¬ Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. ¬ (35)¬ Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance;¬ that they might obtain a better resurrection: ¬ (36)¬ And others had trial of¬ cruel¬ mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: ¬ (37)¬ They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; ¬ (38)¬ (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and¬ in¬ mountains, and¬ in¬ dens and caves of the earth. ¬ (39)¬ And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: ¬ (40)¬ ¬ God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.F.¬ One thing that the Bible¬ constantly affirms is that eternity awaits each of us!¬ God breathed into Adam the ‚Äúbreath of life.‚ÄĚ¬ He gave animals and plants life but the life that God gave Adam was eternal in nature.¬ 1.¬ The key word in the Book of Hebrews¬ is ‚Äúbetter,‚ÄĚ which is used 13 times in 13 chapters.¬ Paul is writing to the saved Jews and contrasts the Old Testament economy with the New Testament economy.¬ Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Testament and everything is better.¬ 2. ‚ÄúA better resurrection‚ÄĚ¬ indicates more than one resurrection and draws a stark contrast between them.John 5:28-29¬ ¬ Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, ¬ (29)¬ And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life¬ (saved); and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation¬ (unsaved).¬ 1.¬ The Power of the two Resurrections is the same.¬ ‚Äúall that are in the graves shall hear his voice.‚ÄĚa.¬ The Resurrection of Life,¬ which is better,¬ is the resurrection of the children of God: it is to die in hope.¬ ¬ 1 Thessalonians 4:16¬ ¬ For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:Job 14:15¬ Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.b.¬ The Resurrection of Damnation,¬ which is to be shunned, it the resurrection of the unsaved: it is to die without hope.¬ ¬ Daniel 12:2¬ And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,¬ some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.Revelation 20:11-12¬ And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. ¬ (12)¬ And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is¬ the book¬ of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.2.¬ The Period of the two Resurrections is different.¬ In John 5:28-29, not only is the theology right concerning the two resurrections, the order is also right!¬ a.¬ The resurrection of life¬ at the Rapture of the church and pre-tribulation.¬ ¬ 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18¬ For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are aliveand¬ remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. ¬ (16)¬ For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: ¬ (17)¬ Then we which are alive¬ and¬ remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. ¬ (18)¬ Wherefore comfort one another with these words.b.¬ The resurrection of damnation¬ 1,000 years later at the end of the Millennium and the beginning of eternity.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ Revelation 20:12-13¬ And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is¬ the book¬ of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. ¬ (13)¬ And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.2.¬ The People of the two Resurrections are different.¬ ‚Äúlife ‚Ä¶ damnation‚ÄĚa.¬ The Resurrection of Life¬ is for those who have placed their faith in the finished work of the gospel.¬ ¬ John 11:25-26¬ Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: ¬ (26)¬ And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?b.¬ The Resurrection of Damnation¬ is for those who have rejected Christ and the gospel.¬ ¬ 2 Thessalonians 2:12¬ ¬ That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.3.¬ The Purpose of the two Resurrections is different.¬ ‚Äúlife ‚Ä¶ damnation‚ÄĚa.¬ The Resurrection of Life¬ brings the blessedness of an eternity in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ.¬ ¬ John 14:3¬ And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.b.¬ The Resurrection of Damnation¬ is for punishment of sin and an eternity in hell without Christ.¬ ¬ Revelation 20:14-15¬ And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. ¬ (15)¬ And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.4.¬ The Product of the two Resurrections is different.a.¬ ¬ The Resurrection of Life¬ brings joy and peace to the children of God.¬ ¬ Jude 24¬ ¬ Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present¬ you¬ faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,5.¬ The Resurrection of Damnation¬ brings the horror and suffering of an eternal hell.¬ ¬ Matthew 13:50¬ And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.5.¬ The Permanence of the two Resurrections are the same.a.¬ The Resurrection of Life is eternal.¬ ¬ Psalms 23:6¬ Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.b.¬ The Resurrection of Damnation is eternal.¬ ¬ Revelation 14:10¬ The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:Conclusion:¬ Our resurrection is eternally better!
Temple Baptist Church - 4-9-2017Luke 23:26-49Introduction:¬ A.¬ Today we come to CALVARY:¬ ¬ This is the only instance where the word ‚ÄúCalvary‚ÄĚ is used.¬ It is of Latin derivative from the word ‚Äúcalvarium‚ÄĚ or a cranium or skull.¬ In Matthew 27:33, it is called Golgotha (Aramaic-The Place of the Skull).¬ CALVARY¬ - The place of curse and the place of blessing.¬ CALVARY¬ - The place of curse for Jesus and the place of blessing for us.CALVARY¬ - Where we see man at his worst and God at his best.CALVARY¬ - Where we see the awful depths of human sin and the tremendous heights of divine love.CALVARY¬ - Where every man must come if he expects to be saved.CALVARY¬ - Where all of our hopes are centered, both for this world and the world to come.CALVARY¬ - The most sacred place in all the world.CALVARY¬ - Where the Son of God died that the sons of men might live.CALVARY¬ - Where the rich, red, royal blood of the King was shed for sinful humanity.CALVARY¬ - Where all the sin of the world was laid on the One who had no sin.CALVARY¬ - Where men can come and bathe their troubled souls and find the peace that passeth all understanding.CALVARY¬ - Where all the rivers of prophecy come together in a sea of fulfillment.CALVARY¬ - Where the blood for our cleansing was drawn from Immanuel's royal veins.CALVARY¬ - Where sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.CALVARY¬ - Where all the Church of the living God is saved to sin no more.CALVARY¬ - About which in a nobler sweeter song we sing through the endless ages.CALVARY¬ - Where a dying Saviour invites all men to come and find the life that never ends.CALVARY¬ - Where a Saviour died and salvation was born.CALVARY¬ - Where deep darkness enveloped the earth that a divine light might fill it.CALVARY¬ - Where the Son of God was forsaken that we might never be forsaken.CALVARY¬ - Where by faith we received our sight and the burden of our heart rolled away.CALVARY¬ - Where we come with our sin and receive a Saviour's righteousness.CALVARY¬ - Where we come with our ruin and receive His perfection.CALVARY¬ - Where we come with our bitterness and receive his sweetness.CALVARY¬ - Where we come with our despair and receive His assurance.CALVARY¬ - Where we come with our darkness and receive His light.CALVARY¬ - Where we come with our sorrows and receive His joy.CALVARY¬ - Where we come with our hell and receive His heaven.CALVARY¬ - Where God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.CALVARY¬ - Where God commended His love toward us.CALVARY¬ - Where Christ Himself bore our sins in His own body.CALVARY¬ - Where He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, where the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and where by His stripes we are healed.CALVARY¬ - Where we hear the sweetest story ever told.CALVARY¬ - Where the gulf between God and man was bridged forever.CALVARY¬ - Where God loved as no one has ever loved.CALVARY¬ - Where Christ gave all that He had that we might have all of heaven.CALVARY¬ - Where Christ finished the redemptive work God sent Him to do.CALVARY¬ - Where our poor souls find salvation and satisfaction, happiness and heaven.CALVARY¬ ‚Äď A place of difference.CALVARY¬ - It reaches from the deepest hell to the highest heaven.CALVARY¬ - The heart, the nucleus, and the core of our faith.CALVARY¬ -¬ A signpost to every man. It points the way for man on the road of life and it spans the gulf when death comes and gives him a safe crossing.CALVARY¬ -¬ Where there is no place for my leftovers. Christ must come first. God must have my full-time service. I must give my best to Him.CALVARY¬ - A place of suffering, of shame, of rejection, and death.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ But now, it's a symbol of God's hatred of sin and His love for man.CALVARY¬ - Where echoes the cry, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!"B.¬ No wonder the songwriter said¬ "Now my ransomed soul can only sing of CALVARY.C.¬ It is the cross¬ makes the difference between:1.¬ ¬ light and darkness2.¬ ¬ good and evil3.¬ victory and defeat4.¬ success and failure5.¬ Christlikeness and self-centeredness6.¬ life and death7.¬ heaven and hell.D.¬ 1 Corinthians 1:18¬ says "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."1.¬ There at the cross¬ Jesus took my sin and my guilt and gave me forgiveness, cleansing, and justification. The burden and penalty of my sin rolled away.2.¬ There at the cross¬ He clarified my purpose in life: My life belongs to Him.¬ My time, my strength, my energy, my money, my all is His.¬ Every area of my life is branded by His mark of ownership‚ÄĒThe Cross of Christ.3.¬ There at the cross, my eternity was secured, my fears relieved, and my heart forever His.¬ My Lord, my life, my glory.4.¬ There at the cross, the object of our salvation's glory is to be found.¬ Salvation and victory over sin, death, and the devil.5.¬ There at the cross, we find the symbol of God's amazing grace and His great love wherewith He loved us.6.¬ There at the cross, we find the place where Jesus shed His precious blood that we might be redeemed.7.¬ There at the cross, our justification was effected.¬ It was that in which Paul would glory.8.¬ There at the cross, we find the world crucified unto the child of God.9.¬ There at the cross, we find the child of God crucified unto the world.1.¬ We Should Never Forget Where We Came From.¬ ¬ (While we were yet sinners!)1 Timothy 1:12-17¬ ¬ And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;¬ ¬ Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did¬ it¬ ignorantly in unbelief.¬ And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.¬ This¬ is¬ a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world¬ to save sinners; of whom I am chief.¬ Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.¬ Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God,¬ be¬ honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.1 Corinthians 15:9¬ For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.2.¬ We Should Never Forget What We Are.¬ ¬ (We are still nothing apart from the grace of God!)1 Corinthians 15:10¬ ¬ But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which¬ was bestowed¬ upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all:¬ yet not I, but the grace of God¬ which was with me.1 Timothy 1:15¬ This¬ is¬ a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom¬ I am chief.1 Corinthians 1:31¬ That, according as it is written, He that glorieth,¬ let him glory in the Lord.1 Corinthians 4:7¬ ¬ ¬ For who maketh thee to differ¬ from another?¬ and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receiveit, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received¬ it?Ephesians 3:8¬ Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;Galatians 6:14¬ But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.John 15:5¬ I am the vine, ye¬ are¬ the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.Romans 12:3¬ For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think¬ of himself¬ more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as3.¬ ¬ We Should Never Forget Who He Is.¬ (He is God!¬ He is sovereign!)Exodus 3:14¬ And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.¬ ¬ (‚ÄúI am what I am‚ÄĚ vs. ‚ÄúI AM THAT I AM‚ÄĚ)John 3:30¬ He must increase, but I¬ must¬ decrease.¬ ¬ (Said by the greatest man born of woman.)Psalms 72:19¬ And blessed¬ be¬ his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled¬ with¬ his glory; Amen, and Amen.1 Timothy 1:17¬ Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God,¬ be¬ honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.Jude 25¬ To the only wise God our Saviour,¬ be¬ glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.4.¬ We Should Never Forget What He has done.¬ (Were it not for the love of God, we would all be eternally lost without hope!)Ephesians 2:1-6¬ And you¬ hath he quickened,¬ who were dead¬ in trespasses and sins;¬ Wherein in time past¬ ye walked¬ according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:¬ ¬ Among whom also¬ we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind;¬ and were by nature¬ the children of wrath,¬ even as others.¬ ¬ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,¬ Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)¬ And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:Romans 11:36¬ For of him, and through him, and to him,¬ are¬ all things: to whom¬ be¬ glory for ever. Amen.Psalms 72:18¬ Blessed¬ be¬ the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.Philippians 3:8¬ Yea doubtless, and I count all things¬ but¬ loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them¬ but¬ dung, that I may win Christ.
Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples‚Ä¶."Stay here and watch with Me." ‚ÄĒMatthew 26:36, 38We can never fully comprehend Christ's agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, but at least we don't have to misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and man in one Person, coming face to face with sin. We cannot learn about Gethsemane through personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary represent‚Ä¶
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