Mortality Embraced – Final Words?

Sermons

cross1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.
Call me crazy but I think I’ve almost died a few times over the last month or so. I won’t go into details but I can tell you it occurred to me that ‘this’ might be ‘it’. LOL. Sounds insane, especially ending it with an LOL, but its really part of life, isn’t it? The constant awareness that this body is only a temporary shell, and that there is far more to come than what I am going through, even if I do perish from this world.

 

People mock Jesus, thinking Him to be the product of men… thinking Him to be a hoax and dismissing Him as a crutch… but they don’t know Jesus, for if they did they wouldn’t mock Him. Let me tell you, at the moments in life when you think this might be it, Jesus is more than anyone can possibly explain. His voice becomes more clear and His power more evident. His conviction more apparent.

If I go sometime soon, I think its important to leave the world with something more than ‘What would Jesus do?’… so I will say this… Learn to love, even your enemies. Let the Holy Spirit lead you through it all. When facing those particular personal enemies that make your blood boil over, let HIS Blood overflow through you.

Love, Love, Love. It sounds so cheesy, but its truly meaty.  It sounds so simple but it isn’t that hard. The key is to simply let go of ‘you’ and hang on to Him in you. Cling to Him in ALL things.  Don’t let ‘you’ become offended’. Don’t let ‘you’ become dominate. Don’t let ‘you’ become your own personal Jesus.

He is what He is, which is exactly what He was, which is exactly what He will always be. You’re not following Him when you do what He does and you’re happy to do it – you’re following Him when you do what He does even though your ‘flesh’ wants to do something entirely different. Obedience is different from common paths.

Before I die, all I would say is let Him be ALL ‘you’ can through you. YOU will NOT regret it.

PS. I am probably not dying anytime soon, but you never know. Don’t get creeped out if I wind up dead… be blessed by Yeshua the Messiah!

Philippians 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross!

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