EVERYONE WILL SEE HIM

“And in the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God, the Powerful One, and coming on clouds in the sky.” MARK 14:62

Someday, according to Christ, he will set us free. He will come back. In the blink of an eye, as fast as the lightning flashes from the east to the west, he will come back. And everyone will see him—you will, I will. Bodies will push back the dirt and break the surface of the sea. The earth will tremble, the sky will roar, and those who do not know him will shudder. But in that hour you will not fear, because you know him.

from WHEN CHRIST COMES

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The Quick and the Dead

“And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.” (Acts 10:42)

This is the climax of the first Christian sermon to the Gentiles delivered by Peter in the house of the Roman centurion, Cornelius. Peter emphasized the truth that Jesus was not just the promised Messiah of Israel, but that “he is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36), and that it is He alone who will judge the “quick and dead.”

This striking phrase occurs only three times in the Bible, each time denoting that Christ is Judge of all men. Paul wrote to Timothy as follows: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word” (2 Timothy 4:1-2). Peter wrote concerning the gross Gentile sins from which his readers had been delivered: “|They| shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead” (1 Peter 4:5).

The term “quick” is the same as “living.” When Christ returns, “the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16), and then all believers, including those still alive in the flesh at His coming, “must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10). This will be the judgment of the “quick.” All the saved are alive in Christ at “the resurrection of life.”

But He must also judge the dead–that is, those who are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1) at “the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:29), “For the Father . . . hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22). “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God . . . and they were judged every man according to their works. . . . This is the second death” (Revelation 20:12-14). HMM

Blessed are the peacemakers – children of God

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9

This is the seventh of the beatitudes: and seven was the number of perfection among the Hebrews. It may be that the Saviour placed the peacemaker the seventh upon the list because he most nearly approaches the perfect man in Christ Jesus. He who would have perfect blessedness, so far as it can be enjoyed on earth, must attain to this seventh benediction, and become a peacemaker. There is a significance also in the position of the text.

The verse which precedes it speaks of the blessedness of “the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” It is well to understand that we are to be “first pure, then peaceable.” Our peaceableness is never to be a compact with sin, or toleration of evil. We must set our faces like flints against everything which is contrary to God and His holiness: purity being in our souls a settled matter, we can go on to peaceableness. Not less does the verse that follows seem to have been put there on purpose.

However peaceable we may be in this world, yet we shall be misrepresented and misunderstood: and no marvel, for even the Prince of Peace, by His very peacefulness, brought fire upon the earth. He Himself, though He loved mankind, and did no ill, was “despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Lest, therefore, the peaceable in heart should be surprised when they meet with enemies, it is added in the following verse, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Thus, the peacemakers are not only pronounced to be blessed, but they are compassed about with blessings. Lord, give us grace to climb to this seventh beatitude! Purify our minds that we may be “first pure, then peaceable,” and fortify our souls, that our peaceableness may not lead us into cowardice and despair, when for Thy sake we are persecuted.

Remember the poor

“Remember the poor.” Galatians 2:10

Why does God allow so many of His children to be poor? He could make them all rich if He pleased; He could lay bags of gold at their doors; He could send them a large annual income; or He could scatter round their houses abundance of provisions, as once he made the quails lie in heaps round the camp of Israel, and rained bread out of heaven to feed them. There is no necessity that they should be poor, except that He sees it to be best.

“The cattle upon a thousand hills are His”—He could supply them; He could make the richest, the greatest, and the mightiest bring all their power and riches to the feet of His children, for the hearts of all men are in His control. But He does not choose to do so; He allows them to suffer want, He allows them to pine in penury and obscurity. Why is this?

There are many reasons: one is, to give us, who are favoured with enough, an opportunity of showing our love to Jesus. We show our love to Christ when we sing of Him and when we pray to Him; but if there were no sons of need in the world we should lose the sweet privilege of evidencing our love, by ministering in alms-giving to His poorer brethren; He has ordained that thus we should prove that our love standeth not in word only, but in deed and in truth.

If we truly love Christ, we shall care for those who are loved by Him. Those who are dear to Him will be dear to us. Let us then look upon it not as a duty but as a privilege to relieve the poor of the Lord’s flock—remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Surely this assurance is sweet enough, and this motive strong enough to lead us to help others with a willing hand and a loving heart—recollecting that all we do for His people is graciously accepted by Christ as done to Himself.

I’ll stay where You’ve put me

“Be thou there till I bring thee word.” (Matt. 2:13.)

“I’ll stay where You’ve put me; I will, dear Lord,
Though I wanted so badly to go;
I was eager to march with the ‘rank and file,’
Yes, I wanted to lead them, You know.
I planned to keep step to the music loud,
To cheer when the banner unfurled,
To stand in the midst of the fight straight and proud,
But I’ll stay where You’ve put me.

“I’ll stay where You’ve put me; I’ll work, dear Lord,
Though the field be narrow and small,
And the ground be fallow, and the stones lie thick,
And there seems to be no life at all.
The field is Thine own, only give me the seed,
I’ll sow it with never a fear;
I’ll till the dry soil while I wait for the rain,
And rejoice when the green blades appear;
I’ll work where You’ve put me.

“I’ll stay where You’ve put me; I will, dear Lord;
I’ll bear the day’s burden and heat,
Always trusting Thee fully; when even has come
I’ll lay heavy sheaves at Thy feet.
And then, when my earth work is ended and done,
In the light of eternity’s glow,
Life’s record all closed, I surely shall find
It was better to stay than to go;
I’ll stay where You’ve put me.”

“Oh restless heart, that beat against your prison bars of circumstances, yearning for a wider
sphere of usefulness, leave God to order all your days. Patience and trust, in the dullness of the
routine of life, will be the best preparation for a courageous bearing of the tug and strain of the
larger opportunity which God may some time send you.”

It’s All About The Blood

Hebrews 9:12-14, 22

Dr. Paul Brand’s career in medicine traces back to one dreary night at Connaught Hospital in East London.
– Hospital orderlies wheeled a beautiful young woman into his ward.
– She’d lost a lot of blood in an accident.

Blood drained from her skin, leaving her an unearthly pale color — her oxygen-starved brain had shut down into an unconscious mode.

The hospital staff lurched into their controlled-panic response to any patient near death.
– A nurse dashed for a blood transfusion bottle while a doctor fumbled with the apparatus to get the transfusion going.
– They couldn’t detect any pulse on her cold, limp wrist.

She looked like a wax museum exhibit or a marble statue in a cathedral.
– Her lips were pale — only a few freckles stood out against her pallor.
– She didn’t seem to be breathing, having long before passed through the desperate phase of heaving breathing.

Paul Brand knew she was dead.

The nurse arrived with a bottle of blood, which she buckled into a high metal stand as the doctor punctured the woman’s vein with a large needle.
– They mounted the bottle high and were using an extra-long tube so the increase in pressure would push the blood into her body faster.

The staff told Paul to watch over the emptying bottle as they hurried off for more blood.

Nothing in his memory could compare to the excitement of what happened next.
– He nervously held her wrist, suddenly he felt the faintest throb of a pulse.
– He thought it might be his own pulse.

Paul searched again — it was there, barely perceptible.

The next bottle of blood arrived and was quickly connected.
– A spot of pink appeared on her cheek, and spread into a beautiful flush.
– Her lips darkened pink, then red, and her eyelids fluttered — and at last opened. – She squinted at first, and then looked directly at Paul.
To his surprise, she asked for water.

– Dr Paul Brand was so amazed he became a missionary doctor and served for years in India and Louisiana.

It’s a beautiful thing to receive life from another person.

A transfusion is a close image of what Jesus does for us.

BLOOD: That mysterious red fluid that flows in every one of us. – LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD.

A blood transfusion is actually transference of life.

Jehovah’s Witnesses think the soul is in the blood.
– Not the soul, but the life.

Blood supplies the body cells with food, oxygen, and sustains bodily functions.
– Blood also fights disease that enters the body and assists in getting rid of waste products.

Blood circulates through the body twice every minute.

As the heart pumps blood through the network of arteries, capillaries, and veins, every cell in the body is continually supplied and cleansed.
– No part of the flesh can live without being in contact with this throbbing stream of life.

Most adults have 5 to 7 quarts of blood made up of plasma, corpuscles and platelets.
Every cubic millimeter of blood — speck the size of a pinhead — has approximately 5,500,000 living cells.
– Cells live 110 -120 days.
– The body makes about 2,000,000 new cells every second to replace cells which have died.

Good whole blood is in demand.
– Every time there’s a cataclysmic event the call goes out for blood.
– Men sell blood for money at plasma center downtown.

Scientists still haven’t unlocked the secret of what gives life to blood — only God knows this information.

One thing’s clear — blood is the essential ingredient of life. — WITHOUT BLOOD WE DIE!

When man sinned he learned firsthand “the wages of sin is death.”

Three kinds of death:
Spiritual death (dead in trespasses and sins……….)
Physical death
Eternal death

Death means separation.
– Man became spiritually dead (separated from God)
– That’s why most non-Christians don’t understand spiritual truths.

God created a Plan so man might be forgiven of his rebellious sin and restored to fellowship with God, but it involved the giving of life — the shedding of blood –Hebrews 9:22

In Egypt, when the Death Angel passed over the houses, there had to be blood on the door posts for protection…………
– Sacrifices — shedding of innocent blood for forgiveness of sin.
– DAY OF ATONEMENT — BLOOD ON THE MERCY SEAT.

LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD! – Life had to be poured out because of wages of sin.– Romans 6:23
– Millions of innocent animals died to atone for man’s sin!
– But this didn’t solve the problem. — Hebrews 9:12-14

Animal blood sacrifice for sin was only temporary…….
– It had to be repeated again and again……… …..

The substitute shedding of blood didn’t bring fellowship between God and man on a permanent basis as God desired and man needed.

Somehow, a blood sacrifice must be made that would satisfy Eternal Justice once and for all.
– Innocent, sinless blood must be shed for man’s sin.
– A perfect human life must be poured out in death and sacrifice.

Man couldn’t provide that sacrifice — BUT GOD COULD!
– God could become man and shed His own perfect sinless Blood once and for all time for all men.

THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED! — John 3:16
– An ugly, hideous instrument of torture, shame, and death, THE CROSS, became an altar before God on which He poured out His Life in sacrifice and Love for us.

There was no other way! — There’d be no other sacrifice required.
We need only accept what was done for us and we’ll have Eternal Life!

It became our choice whether we want to accept the payment for sin that’s been provided or pay for our own sins in Eternal Death (HELL!)

If I invited you to an expensive restaurant and you knew you couldn’t afford to pay your bill and I offered to pay for you — you’d be silly not to let me!

God’s done that in the payment for you sins….
– How foolish not to accept His Love and Sacrifice gratefully.

WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS.

Blood is so important to the body.
– The heart is the center of the blood circulatory system — it becomes the epitome of life.

The term is used this way hundreds, times in the Bible to show the total personality of man.
– Matthew 15:19 Joel 2:13′- Romans 10:10 ‘ Ezekiel 11;19

Dr. Christian Barnard — showing the old heart to his patient.
– Patient said, “I’m glad I don’t have that old heart anymore!”

The truth is we’re no better than our heart — whether we’re talking body or soul.
– Where the heart’s weak and the blood diseased, life’s in danger.

But where the heart’s strong and the blood’s pure, life’s full of health and joy.

Jesus said, — Matthew 18:3
Saturday night’s bath time for little Toby.
– It’s a big production — both of his parents are involved.
– Mommy draws the bath water and makes sure it’s the right temperature — Daddy brings the little guy and sets him in the tub.

While Mama scrubs him, Daddy holds him to make sure he doesn’t flop over (a job which gets easier by the week!).
How much of the work does Toby do? — None!
– His primary concern is to kick his little legs as much as possible to see how big a splash he can make, and how wet he can get his mommy.

But he doesn’t do any of the cleaning!

It occurred to me that we as adults ought to take this to heart when we think of Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:3.

Those who enter the kingdom of Heaven aren’t the ones who got themselves all cleaned up.
– It’s those who – with no ability of their own to do anything – relied on the work of God to do the cleaning.

In the Old Testament, after his sin with Bathsheba, David didn’t say, “Let me get myself cleaned up,God. ”

– Instead, acknowledging his inability cleanse his own sin, he said, “Wash me, and I shall be
whiter than snow.”– Psalm 51:7.
“Do for me what I cannot do for myself”

It’s part of the beauty of the Christian faith, that we’re not a fellowship of people who made ourselves clean enough for God; we’re helpless children who relied on God to do the cleaning.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking, ‘T can do it myself, “or “I did it myself”
– Remember the humility with which you came to God, helpless, and unable to clean yourself.

The moment we forget about the Cross, and the cleansing Power of the Blood of Christ, the moment we stop coming back to that Cross with gratitude and humility, that’s the moment we cease to be “like little children, “and let pride take over.
– When pride takes over, judgment of others is quick to follow.

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the Blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.
Oh! Precious is the flow That makes me white as snow,’
No other fount I know, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.

“THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE.”
– I WANT LIFE!

In his book “Written in Blood,” Robert Coleman told the story of a little boy whose sister needed a blood transfusion.
– The doctor explained she had the same disease the boy had recovered from 2 years earlier.
– Her only chance for recovery was a transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the disease.

Since the two children had the same rare blood type, the boy was the ideal donor.
– “Would you give your blood to Mary?”-the doctor asked.

Johnny hesitated. His lower lip started to tremble. Then he smiled and said, “Sure, for my sister.”

Soon the two children were wheeled into the hospital room – Mary, pale and thin; Johnny, robust and healthy. Neither spoke, but when their eyes met, Johnny grinned.

As the nurse inserted the needle into his arm, Johnny smile faded. He watched the blood flow through the tube.

With the ordeal almost over, his voice, slightly shaky, broke the silence. “Doctor, when do I die?”

Only then did the doctor realize why Johnny had hesitated, why his lip had trembled when he’d agreed to donate his blood.
– He’d thought giving his blood to his sister meant giving up his life.
– In that brief moment, he’d made his great decision.

Johnny, fortunately, didn’t have to die to save his sister. Each of us, however, has a condition more serious than Mary’s, and it required Jesus to give not just His Blood but His Life.

Tell of Indian village across the border in Mexico.
– Old man got saved in his 80’s.
– Moved next to the Church — when his eyesight goes, he wants his wife to run a rope from His house to the Church so he can still go hear those “Wonderful Words of Life.” – Hebrews 9:14

Can you hear it dripping?
Dripping crimson, splashing color into a livid world?
Dripping warmth over a frigid social system?
Dripping life into the walking corpses of the 21sst century’s aching vacuum?
Steadily it falls from the massive wooden beams of the cross;
Two hundred decades have not arrested its incessant flow;
Tyrants and wars have not plugged the supply;
Steadily it drips in a divine rhythm of redemption.
Stop the Niagara if you must!
But you will never stop the drops of eternal love;
They will flow while one heart yet knows how to hate.