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Sermons from Leroy Community Chapel
Leroy Community Chapel
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Total Sermons: 44
Total Amens: 12
Looky-loo Christianity has been alive and well since the days of Christ himself. It actually comes quite easy. It’s like window-shopping; you can enjoy the view without it costing you anything. But following Jesus is a whole different thing … it’ll cost you something. In our text this morning, Jesus teaches us that He had to die so that Jews and Gentiles alike could enter into real life, eternal life. And our entering into that life means dying to our own. What? How does that work? Good question, because this morning I’m going to teach you how to destroy your life in three easy steps. I hope you’ll pay close attention …
Today we leave the intimate time of heart-felt worship at the feet of Jesus in Bethany and find ourselves thrust into the middle of a huge, loud throng of people. The crowd has heard of Jesus’ great accomplishments and is thrilled that he is actually coming to Jerusalem, defying the threats of the Pharisees for his arrest! They were thinking, “Surely this is our conquering king to deliver us from the hands of our Roman oppressors!” Because of Jesus’ climactic popularity, the Pharisees come to the conclusion that they can no longer wait to execute Jesus as they had once planned to do. They are afraid that they will lose their power and position, so they determine to kill Jesus as soon as they can ... “before it’s too late”. The Pharisees do not realize that it was always the Father’s plan that his Son would be THE Sacrificial Lamb at this Passover celebration. Events are unfolding exactly as the Father has willed them to.
Just as Aaron alone intentionally obeyed after experiencing God’s mercy and understanding the needs of his community, we are to follow his model and be messengers of reconciliation to our community today.
The champion Jesus, outraged by the effects of sin on the world and those He loves, now marches to the tomb to bring about an outrageous victory. His tears are far more than sentimental softness, and his action is more than a weak offer to help. At His command the stone is rolled away, at His command the dead man is brought to life, and at His command Lazarus is released into all the Father has for him. Have you really seen this man Jesus and the glory He reveals? Have you believed Him and His victorious power? Are you right now living in the freedom and purpose that your Heavenly Father has for you? Come to the tomb and see if we can’t change that!