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Tim Hansel has lived in constant pain since his severe spinal injury. Just to give an idea of the kind of pain he has learned to deal with, let me quote a section of his book, You Gotta Keep Dancin’. He describes his attempt to return to an active life after a mountaineering accident left him with fractures of the vertebrae, crushed discs, and fragments of bone in his neck. He writes, “I kept on climbing, jogging, and playing tennis—until the day I discovered that my spine wasn’t quite as stable as the doctors had thought.” He describes playing tennis one day with a friend when they both heard a loud crack during Tim’s serve. His friend thought that Tim had broken his racket serving. “What had actually happened was that I had torn several ribs from my spine (but I aced the serve). After a week spent in traction, I came home wearing a body cast from my belt up … and the pain made a quantitative and qualitative leap.” (p. 35)
It is essential to understand the relationship between the cross and the sufferings of humanity. How then does the cross speak to us in times of pain and suffering? I want to give you two truths (there are many more!) on how the cross speaks to us in our suffering.
Do you know how to be miserable? It's easy. All you have to do is take what you know the Word of God clearly teaches and ignore it. Also, if we are not going to actually apply the Word of God, then what could be a bigger waste than studying it? The truth is the Word of God has absolutely no value to the person that is not intent on applying it. None of us will ever know it or apply it perfectly, but we can at least try to apply what we know. Eph 5:22-6:4; Rom 8:12-14; Gal 5:19-24; Matt 7:21-27; 2Peter 2:20-23; Rom 8:29; Jas 1:22-25
In 100 years, or less, every person in this room (including children) will be in either heaven or hell. Acts 24:15 “There shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.” John 5:29 “resurrection of life … resurrection of judgement.” Every soul is an eternal soul, that will eternally exist in resurrected body designed for untold delight and joy in the presence of God; or untold misery and suffering, also in the presence of God. Heaven and hell are incomprehensibly serious, and can only be neglected to the detriment of our own souls.
An exposition of Galatians 3:19-22 dealing with the purpose of the Law and its inferiority to God's Promise.
What are you doing (for Christmas) this year? Are you preparing for Christmas, or for the Savior of the world? If you’re already stressed by crowds in the shopping centers while you frantically look for just the perfect gift for every one of your family members and friends—if you feel it won’t be Christmas without a tree—if you have to send Christmas cards--if sadness over a family matter overshadows the joy of Christ’s birth, you can be sure you’re preparing for Christmas. On the other hand, if you smile when you hear the tinkle of the Salvation Army bell, and reach into your pocket to feed the kettle—if you spend as much money helping people in need as you do trying to please the folks on your gift list—if you spend as much time giving thanks to God as you do shopping and decorating … well, you’re smoothing the way so Jesus can beat a straight path to the door of your heart. And not just preparing a way for him to come to you. Those actions also level the playing field for people who need to know him—actions that make a way for them, through you, to walk the path that’ll take them to Jesus, and to changed lives, so they can see the salvation of God and be part of it. Prepare the way of the Lord!