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KEEP GOING (Captioned)

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Let us rise for the reading of this morning's Sermon Text, recorded for us in Luke's Gospel where we read from Chapter 13 beginning with Verse 31: AT THAT TIME SOME PHARISEES CAME TO JESUS AND SAID TO HIM, "LEAVE THIS PLACE AND GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. HEROD WANTS TO KILL YOU." HE REPLIED, 'GO TELL THAT FOX, 'I WILL DRIVE OUT DEMONS AND HEAL PEOPLE TODAY AND TOMORROW, AND ON THE THIRD DAY I WILL REACH MY GOAL.' IN ANY CASE, I MUST KEEP GOING TODAY AND TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY -- FOR SURELY NO PROPHET CAN DIE OUTSIDE JERUSALEM! "O JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM, YOU WHO KILL THE PROPHETS AND STONE THOSE SENT TO YOU, HOW OFTEN I HAVE LONGED TO GATHER YOUR CHILDREN TOGETHER, AS A HEN GATHERS HER CHICKS UNDER HER WINGS, BUT YOU WERE NOT WILLING! LOOK, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT TO YOU DESOLATE. I TELL YOU, YOU WILL NOT SEE ME AGAIN UNTIL YOU SAY, 'BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.'" This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray. Glorious and gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our only source of hope and comfort. Amen. Sermon: Luke 13:31-35. (Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1978 by the New York International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.) Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: It always seems as if the Olympics provide for us interesting stories. Conflict, and drama. But as those games come together, every time they're there, those old rivalries between countries arise, people want to do their best and we always have those touching stories. Stories of someone orphaned in the streets of Brazil and adopted out and now competing in the Olympics. The past week we've heard stories though that haven't always been connected with those Olympics. Death, before they even started. Parents, dying. And yet, the Olympics went on. Life continued. The rest of the Jordan team walked in, in the opening ceremonies, and continued. A girl, strapped on her skates, and did what she had prepared to do. People go down hills took one tip of a ski, and they're out. But they get up, and they keep going. They KEEP GOING because of what is so important to them. That competition, and it may not be a gold medal. It may be the fact that they are just there, competing, with the goal of finishing. And finishing is what is ... what is important. It's exactly what our Savior was talking about when those Pharisees came up to Him. Those Pharisees who were not happy about what He was teaching, were not happy with what He was saying to people. For they were realizing here was someone who was proclaiming that God was the One who was going to forgive their sins. That God was the One who was going to fulfill the Law through the Messiah. That the Savior HAD come. That God had sent to the world the One who was going to redeem them. But the Pharisees didn't believe that. The Pharisees had a religion of Law. A religion of the world. A religion of the self. And they didn't like what Jesus had to say. And they went to Him with all of their strength and all of their power and they told Him: You need to go. You need to get out of here. And then they throw in the little added thing: Herod wants to kill You. And Jesus responds to them very directly ... that He's going to keep on going. He is the One who is there to do work. He's gonna do miracles today and He's gonna do them tomorrow. He is going to heal the sick today. He is going to heal the sick tomorrow. He is going to proclaim the ministry of God today, tomorrow, and the next day all the way unto the bitter end. When He reminds us that He will come back to Jerusalem, to die. To die at their very hands by a plot that they concocted with one of His best friends to betray Him. By rallying up a crowd emotional at that time to cry out for Jesus' crucifixion. But that didn't stop our Lord and Savior for He knew what He had to do. He knew that He was the One who would accomplish God's salvation. He knew that He would be the One who would bear the weight of humanity's sin. That he would take that curse of sin and condemnation upon Himself, and bear it so that the creatures that they had created could return and be with God through faith. That those who trusted in what Jesus Christ did how He lived that perfect life and died that all-sacrificing death, was for them ... and for their eternal good. Jesus looked in the face of those Pharisees and said: You know, you're not gonna see Me again. You're not gonna see Me again until you hear those people cry: Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord. A reminder to us of Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday amid the shouts of people with glories and hosannahs that they raised in praise. And those same voices raising: Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Jesus knew the work that He had to do. And He ... kept going. In the face of tremendous opposition. In the face of a horrendous death. And He did that because that's what the Father asked of Him, wanted of Him, to bring salvation to ALL people. To end that bitter death, that agonizing death would come the glorious resurrection to life. That eternal life would be His, that He would be raised from the dead, by the power and strength of God and that would be the legacy that He would leave to those who believed in Him. Who trusted in Him. And that is you and me. We, together, face those same difficulties that Christ faced. It is nothing new. It is exactly what Paul said to the Church of Philippi. He said: Realize there are a lot of people who live contrary to the Word of God. There are a lot of people in this world who live outside of faith. Who are focused on all the things of this earth. They are focused on the pleasures of this time. They are not thinking of the goal. They are not thinking of the end. So they're gonna get what they get here and they're gonna be happy with it and they are going to be different than you and me. Their goal is different. Their objectives are different. And they are going to stand in opposition to us. But that doesn't stop us from standing firm in what we know is ours. It does not stop us from believing that our sins have been washed away in the blood of the Lamb who sacrificed Himself. It does not stop the fact that heaven is our eternal Home. That the Lord is with us and the Lord fights for us and the Lord defends us in the face of any evil that comes into our lives. And the Lord does not spare us from death. He doesn't spare us from death, so that we don't live in this corrupted state forever. But He puts an end to our life here, to bring us to glory with Him. And that's why we keep going. That's why we keep going each and every day with the strength of Christ. With the strength of Christ we realize that there are going to be attacks on our faith. We realize that we ourselves some days just become tired. We fall asleep like the disciples did when Jesus asked them to pray. We doubt ourselves. We doubt our own strength. We doubt whether this is going to be doing us any good. And yet we come back to Christ Who kept going ... today and the next day, and the day after that because of what was His goal. And what is our goal? Eternal life with God ... in the glory of His presence. Being with all of the saints from all eternity. There worshiping and praising His name. In those days when we fight against ourselves, we come back to the Word. That focuses us back on the goal and what Christ has done. That we are no different than the church of any other age. Because the church, throughout history, has been persecuted by those who are not members of it. And we're going to have that same persecution in our very lives. But that shouldn't stop us from speaking. It shouldn't stop us from doing what we know God desires of us. Think of the Prophet Jeremiah who proclaimed desolation to the City of Jerusalem. And it angered the people who heard it. It angered the prophets, it angered the priests, it angered them so much that they grabbed Him in the house of the Lord to put Him to death. And what did He say to them? I have spoken to you the Word of God. Know that. Know that this message has come from God Himself. Repent and turn back to God and you have Me in your hands. Do whatever you want with Me. Kill Me. It's not going to change the message of God. It is not going to do ANYTHING to change what God has said. What faith that is and what an example to you and to me every time we want to back down from speaking out. Every time we wanna just go along with what everyone else is doing when we KNOW it isn't right. Because we're afraid of what's going to happen to us. We're afraid of a little ridicule. We're afraid of some mockery. That is NOT going to change the message of Christ. That is NOT going to STOP the Word from being proclaimed in its truth and in its purity. And if someone kills me for THAT very reason, I'm going Home to my Savior. They can't harm me because I'm held in the Lord's hands and eternal life is mine through faith in Christ. And isn't that our strength? Isn't that the confidence that we have living in this world! That I believe in Jesus Christ and I am God's now and forever. And it is that faith that I proclaim to the world. It is that faith that I show to my spouse, to my children, to my neighbors, to my co-workers. It is the Word of God that I proclaim in every action that I do, every word that I speak ... because I'm going to keep going. I'm going to keep going today, and tomorrow and the next day until I reach my goal. And I'm not settling for anything less than the eternal life with Jesus in heaven, because I KNOW that is mine. My faith HOLDS to what God has promised and what God has given to me and delivered to me through His Son, Jesus Christ. So I keep going ... today, tomorrow, and the next day, until I stop breathing and living in this world and I am living with Christ forever. So I encourage you to look to your Savior, to see what He did to focus yourselves on the goal of your faith and to keep going. Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding, keep your hearts and your minds, and especially your lives in the one truth faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Duration: 16 minutes and 24 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 65
Posted by: hischild on Mar 4, 2010

Based on Luke 31:13-35, this captioned message reminds us we don't face difficulties alone. Remembering the faithful promises of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we are encouraged to persevere in His strength until He calls us Home. To contact Pastor Dave: www.ziontorrance.info

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