The Last Enemy to Fall

Our text today is from 1st Corinthians 15:26. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

the last enemy to fallHe’s going down!

This verse is one of those verses that’s hard to imagine. Praise God for verses like this one.

Death. We all have to experience it. We all have to see it and we all have to endure it. It is as some would say a part of life. It is hard to imagine a society without it, and yet there is coming a day where death will be no more.  He’s going down!

Our text gives comfort and hope for a better future. For those who have suffered a loss of a loved one it gives courage to us. Keep on going, for one day if we and our loved ones are saved, we will see our loved ones again and we will never say good-by to them again because death is going down.

Death will finally be a thing of the past. What a wonderful thought. No more funerals or funeral homes. No more cemeteries. No more standing bedside helplessly only to watch our loved ones pass away.  No more good-byes and no more dying from disease or old age. I can’t wait.  He’s going down!

Our Lord Jesus Christ defeated death when he died on an old rugged cross and was buried. Three days later (Praise the Lord!) he came up form the dead on his own power. Death couldn’t keep him down.

Those that get saved are placed in Jesus and because he lives we can live too. He died and we will die but we won’t stay dead and we won’t stay down. One day we will come up from the dead just like he did. Death will never happen to us again for the scripture says that death will be swallowed up in victory thru Jesus Christ our Lord.  He’s going down!

Our text is one promise alone which should be enough for those who are not saved to get saved. Who doesn’t want death to pass away?

May God hasten the day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes back to destroy our enemies including the last enemy to fall—death.

He’s going down!

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Faithful Workers

Our text for today will come from 2nd Kings 12:15.  Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully.

faithful workersOur text is about the temple of the Lord in the Old Testament. Because of all the evil and selfishness of the people, over time the temple had gotten in bad shape and needed repairs. When king Jehoash takes over he tries to do the right thing so he wants to do some ‘house cleaning’ literally. He knows the temple of the Lord is in bad need of repairs so he starts to take up a collection so that the temple can be repaired. Jehoida the priest is ordered to take care of the problem. They start a building fund. He takes a box and a hole is bored in the top of it. He then leaves it at the door of the temple for contributors to put their money in. After they get enough money, the money is then delivered to the repairmen and they don’t even ask them for a receipt for the work because they knew the men, their honesty, and their faithfulness.

What a great testimony of these men.

To illustrate this faithfulness I used this picture of the dog that is waiting for his master.  We need to be working and watching for the Lord to come back.

Can the Lord count on you to do his work faithfully or do you need someone to go behind you to check to see if you are doing it right and doing it honestly and faithfully?

May God help you to be a faithful and honest worker. After all, you are serving His Majesty the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Pardon Me

Our text is from Psalm 25:11.                                                                                                     For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

pardon meAt times we all mess up.   We do or say something that may be offensive or hurtful to someone else.  So many times we do things (just like little kids) without thinking about the repercussions and the after effects.   Then some of these things can never be mended or taken back.

The same is true with us offending the Lord.  The Bible says that we are all sinners and not just sinners but exceeding sinners.  That is we all come short of God’s glory and standards.  We all at times have hurt the Lord or offended Him and just as the Psalmist says, “pardon my iniquity” we too need to tell the Lord to pardon us because we are weak, frail, and but dust.  We, like the Psalmist need to admit to God that we are sinners and our sins are great.

Whenever you get to thinking how good you are, try to think about how good God’s Son is and then you will not think so highly of yourself.

You then will realize that you need to tell God, FOR THY NAME’S SAKE,

PARDON ME!

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Laboring for the Wind

Our text is from Ecclesiastes 2:11.

  Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

working-manOur text discusses our labor from the standpoint of another man.  If you look at the work that many perform, after it is all said and done, what does it accomplish?  I mean, 50 years from now what difference will it make?  This is what king Solomon is talking about.  Many times our life is filled with useless and meaningless pursuits.  So what if we work double time everytime it is offered.  Just what are you working for?  I’ve never heard anyone say at his or her deathbed, “I wish I had worked more hours.” It is fine to work and we are supposed to work.  That is a problem with our society now.  People not wanting to work for a living.  It’s just laziness on their part.  It is good not to be lazy, however, if our life is filled with countless hours on working for our self it doesn’t mean much.  What difference will it make?  What have you added to someone’s life or how have you benefited someone besides yourself?

In this line of thought, what have you done for the Lord?  Our lives are short and likened to a shadow and a vapor according to the Bible.  The sayin goes something like this.

Only one life will soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

On the other side of death, will you have something everlasting to show for the work you did while alive on earth, or will the Lord just have to chalk it up as another life laboring for the wind?

Do something for God now and don’t waste all your time on the here and now.  The here and now is short but eternity is a long time.

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I’m a Nobody

Our text today is from John 6:9. There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?  

Jesus-give-them-to-eatOf all 4 gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, this is the only miracle that is recorded in all four gospels.  While you are wondering about that let us look at our text.  We see a crowd of people that have been with Christ now, a good while to hear the word of God.  The evening is drawing nigh and it is time to eat.  A crowd of 5000 people isn’t a small crowd.  It’s not like you can run down to Walmart and pick up a few groceries to feed them and even if the food were available, it would be very costly and who has money to feed 5000 people.  A tough situation to be in.  One of the disciples, Andrew, bring to Christ a lad with 2 fishes and 5 small loaves of bread.  He tells Christ what he has, but then expresses his lack of faith by saying to the effect, “what good is this little bit?”  Have you ever said something to that effect?  I have.

You know the rest of the story.  The Lord Jesus Christ blesses the food and feeds the 5000+ people but what I would like to direct your attention to is the lad. We don’t know his name or where he is from.  We don’t know his age or who is parents were. We really know very little about him other than the fact that Jesus took his small lunch, suitable for a small lad, and was able to feed 1000s with it.  He didn’t have much but Jesus used what he had to be a blessing to folks.

The lad didn’t have much but Jesus doesn’t require much to be a blessing to others. I mean after all, He took nothing and made the universe.

This brings up a question.

What do you have that Jesus can use to be a blessing to others perhaps even 1000s?  You say, “I don’t have much.”  Neither did the lad.  You say, “I’m a nobody,”  so was the lad.  You see, that’s the whole point of not knowing anything about the lad.  It’s not this great and tremendous man with a flashy name as some kind of pop star that is world famous.  It was just a lad. 

Jesus is the miracle worker here not the lad.  Jesus took a nobody and his lunch and fed 1000s.

This is why this story is in all 4 gospels.  Jesus is the somebody that takes a nobody and uses them for His glory.  He does this through all 4 gospels.

God is able to use a nobody for his purposes.

I’m happy to be a nobody for Jesus.  What about you?

One last thought. …………. I wonder if the lad volunteered his lunch to Jesus?

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If Looks Could Kill

Our text will come from Luke 22:61. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Here is probably one of Simon Peters’ most heart rending, heart breaking, and solemn moments.  He has just denied the Lord and now he is watching the Lord as the Romans take him to be judged and condemned.  Peter is outside warming himself by a fire.  As the Lord is being led by the mob Jesus turns and looks at Peter, a look that Peter no doubt never forgot.

If looks could kill!

As a figure of speech, I’m sure that when our Lord turned and looked at Peter it killed his soul.  Don’t you know he had a rough nights’ sleep?  Don’t you know he did some tossing and turning?

The Bible states that after the unforgettable look of Jesus, Peter went out and wept bitterly as most of us would.

If the Lord turned and looked at you, how would you feel?  Would you feel shame and regret or would you feel confident that you are right with God?

If the Lord were to turn and look at you, would you be found living and serving Jesus or would you have a long night of weeping?

 

 

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