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Sermons from Leroy Community Chapel
Leroy Community Chapel
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Total Sermons: 44
Total Amens: 12
Have you ever had a conversation in which you took a strong stand, only to realize later that you were wrong? Possibly you have relationships in your life that have been strained, or even severed by conflict, and only later have you been able to see your fault? Or worse yet, has there ever been a time in your life that your resolve toward a particular standard or objective was so complete that it blinded you from God’s leading in your life? If you’re like me, these questions are far too personal! Often times our pride, self-will, and down-right arrogance not only prevent us from being Christ’s light in a dark world, they keep us from even seeing his light… maybe until it’s too late. Such was the case with the Jewish elite of Jesus’ day. They were so committed to their self-righteous religiosity, that even the words of the Messiah himself did not shake their pride. 1. Pride inhibits our understand and reception of truth 2. Pride perpetuates our unbelief and worldliness 3. Pride ultimately separates us from the redeeming love of the Father.
Darkness to a sleeping people is welcomed. But in order for the light to be precious to us we have to recognize our need for it. The Pharisees were the ones that should have recognized Christ when He came into the world, but they rejected and even fought against Him. This morning we will look at three revelations’ of "The Light" and the wrong response we see in the lives of the Pharisees. 1. Jesus’ judgment is true because He knows where He comes from and where He is going. 2. Jesus’ Judgment is true because He does not judge alone 3. The Pharisees were in total darkness because of their spiritual blindness.
Perhaps one of the greatest misunderstanding people have about the Gospel involves the idea of sin and judgment. Friends, unless sin is judged, you cannot be set free! Sin is the great virus that has corrupted the human hard drive, and it earns us the wrath of God and eternal condemnation. But here’s where we must get it right – You and I are not the ones to cast judgment nor condemn sinners. In our text this morning, Jesus exposes the sinful heart that is quick to judge others and ignore your own sin. This is not Jesus’ heart, nor is it the heart of the Gospel. Sin is judged at the cross, not by humans, but by the Father through the Son … so all men can be free from condemnation.
Frustrated by Jesus coming in and wrecking their annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration and the power that Jesus’ words were having over some in the crowd … the Jewish leaders lash out. This was no Jesus revival, there was division over just who He was, but the Sanhedrin - the Jewish Council of muckety-mucks, despised Him anyway. They wanted His influence stopped, and as their arrest warrants proved unfruitful, they resorted to good old-fashioned mockery, arrogance, and condescension. Whenever your back is up against the wall you have two options: You can either humble yourself, evaluate your positions, listen and learn, OR go on the attack. Which do you do?