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Surveying the Cross: The Power

Steven Grabiner

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You will be blessed and challenged each morning by Dr. Stephen Grabiner. Through the presentations he hopes to help you:
  • Redefine your priorities to be more in line with those displayed in the life of Jesus;
  • Recommit to a life of dedication to Christ and those whom you serve;

  • Refresh your spiritual life through contemplation of the cross. 

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Steven Grabiner

President, Outpost Centers International

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  • October 31, 2015
    7:30 AM
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And morning everyone. Have a good night's rest. Yes nice and early this morning. Glad to see each one of you here I am. Have you been enjoying the conference so far. Been blast as well and it's nice again specially the in a full setting as we were walking over the smarting I told my wife Well I think we should go walk on the beach instead of coming here and. She was like I don't think that would work you know somebody would miss our presence. But it's a blessing to be with you. Yesterday morning as we began looking at or surveying the cross. We spent time. Considering the offense. Of the cross. And just again. Brief summary we looked at how really offensive culturally offensive. This message of the cross was when it began to be proclaimed. Again if we think of trying to devise a message that would reach people. We wouldn't have come up with the idea of a crucified read emerge in the first century. Because it ran counter to everything. People thought that's why Paul tells us in first Corinthians one. You know this is foolishness this is an offense. It is a stumbling block. It's up sir. And yet as we look through the Gospels. We really find that they are simply crucifixion narratives. And if Kelly did so well last night bringing of peace. Piece by piece to the Gospel of Mark or one third of the Gospel of Mark is dedicated to the last week of Jesus' life. And all of the Gospels really are crucifixion narratives and to have something like that in that world. It's really astounding to me and the more we think about it the more we contemplate it. It's a tremendous testimony to the veracity to the truth of the message. Otherwise how would something so offensive. Gain traction in that society. The. It's the one who died on the cross that transforms. What really is a cultural offense and still is offense to our human nature. But transforms it to something that we glory it to something as we mentioned yesterday as well that for the Christian. The crossed if you to remove the cross that would be like blotting out the sun from the skies. Actually Apostles page two hundred nine. The cross brings us near to God and reconciles us to him. Again yesterday I mentioned that there were literally thousands of individuals Jewish people that had been crucified by the Roman authorities. But mention the rebellion. Just around the time of Christ birth. We're clearly understand when the truth of them was destroyed. Just piece of juicy fist tells us that they were running out of wood. There wasn't enough wood to make crosses. And there wasn't enough room to place the cross. Because all these individuals that had been captured. Rome was crucifying them. As a symbol of their sword. But it's interesting that as we go back in Jewish history. And you go back really in history the world but particularly in Jewish history and you see all these Jewish. Rebels or we wouldn't want to call them rabble. Freedom fighters maybe would be a better word. Trying to get their liberty. But they're being crucified. It's amazing that in all that history. There is no story of a Jewish Marger crucified. Except for one that he really wasn't a martyr he was a savior. But again the the cross was soul revulsive that there were no legends are stories that came up about this individual this. Hero who ended up being crucified because it was offensive. Except for one Jewish. Galilean from a little backwater town called Nazareth. Who whose life transformed the world. And his life need to transform ours as well today. And that's why this morning we want to survey the power of the cross. And here's a quotation that's blessed me it's from the eighteen eight Materials page eight forty three. And it says the preaching of Christ crucified. Has been strange relieving neglected by our people. Interesting thought there and then particularly. What follows. It is this neglected part of the mystery which will be found the great instrument in the conversion of souls and then leading to the high standard of holiness. Which every church needs in order to become a living church as a really wonderful thought that. Here we have this. We want people to be ready for the second coming and man you know we're living toward that great event in history. And so there needs to be this reformation there needs to be this revival. And if to be this transformation. Shirts members need to see their part in medical missionary work. Not just medical professionals. Church members need to see their their role in being engaged in ministry. My work with O.C.I. that's one of my privileges to go around the world and help encourage laypeople to get engaged ministry in the church that I volunteer as pastor for. And I'm gone almost half a year you can ask some of my church members. Yet it runs because lay people have caught the vision that God is calling them into service. What motivates that the preaching of Christ crucified. That's the great instrument in converting souls and bringing to this high standard of holiness. So why is it so strangely neglected. What is it about the cross What's the power of the cross. Well if we were to think about the death of Jesus. There are lots of different metaphor ZZ that we could use to discuss this great event. You know the cross. Perhaps we could look at it as a diamond. And if you turn the diamond different ways or prism in different ways. When light hits it like these beautifully bright white lights in the corners of the room. When light hits that it refracts. And you get to see a prism full of colors right. And so. We could approach the cross from different directions. Different angles. And we can see lots of different metaphors and here are some of them. We have been adopted. Right into the check into the family of God what a warm. You know relational picture of God's calling us as being orphans back into his presence. We have been really do meet again. Nice metaphor reconciled forgiven justified ransom. Renewed all these different word pictures that God given to us in the scriptures to help us understand more of a subject that we're really going to be studying throughout eternity. The problem with metaphors. Is that they all break down at a certain point. If you push a metaphor too far. If begins to lose its power so for example. That's just for example take the example the metaphor. Being ransom. Being ransom so there is obviously and a transaction there is a purchase in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus matings Mark Chapter ten. Jesus tells us that He the Son of Man has come to give his life as a a ransom for fermented and then and first time at the chapter two verse six. Paul says that Christ gave himself in due time as a ransom for all. So there is this exchange. Could be paid the ransom too. Well that's where the metaphor breaks down. If we begin to push the metaphor to the point. Welcome. So who did he pay the man's risen to ancient church. Writers church fathers they said that Christ paid the ransom to the devil. And so you know. Metaphor breaks down. If we push it too far. But metaphor still have tremendous power. Now. Just bear with me a little little bit. There's a book written by two men. Green and black I think the last ones last name is. And it's called Recovering the scandal of the cross and it sounds a great title but when you get into the book. Well before we do that let me and notice let me quote what they say here in relation to metaphors. We should not be tempted to confuse the various metaphors. With the actuality of the Atonement. On page sixty five. We must move beyond the temptation simply to read their words and metaphors. Into our contemporary world. Page on hundred eleven. And what do they say they realize that metaphors break down and. So for example there's a metaphor being freed from slavery. And that was very powerful in the first century but in our century at least in the United States. There's not too much of us. Too many of us in gauge. Or afraid of being slaves. Physically. But their point is this. And this is very really want to drive home the two metaphors that these individuals and many others have the most problem with are the metaphors that relate to Christ's cosmic victory. The other words they will say. You know this whole idea about defeating say Cannick powers that was good in the first century but for today. The metaphor doesn't work. The second area in which they. They have trouble is believing that Christ really was a substitute. And there had to be some kind of penalty. The legal metaphor. Those of the two metaphors that they really focus on the most interesting that those two metaphors to me are the greatest demonstration of where the power of the cross is that Christ victory really is a victory over our real adversary who is trying to destroy us. And his reconciling work. Really is to bring us back into harmony with God. So metaphors. Really important. And although their title Their book is recovering the scandal of the cross I think they try to avoid the scandal of the Cross and other words of this idea which is very common in New Testament studies today. Really echoes what Dr Kellogg was saying at the turn of the last century. You know that Constance kind of everywhere. And it's all oh right. And you know I'm just breathe in the Holy Spirit with every breath beautiful thoughts. But Sophos tree. So we need to be careful on one hand. Of pushing a metaphor too far on the other hand. We don't want to lose the truths of the metaphors. And those two in particular. Christ victory over. Opposing cosmic powers Satan and his hosts. And the truth of our need of reconciliation back to God. Are two pictures men are forced trues of the gospel. Points of the power of the Gospel that are being attacked today. In the secular world in this case me in the New Testament studies world. And even within Seven Day Adventists as well. So let's examine one of those this morning and we're going to examine the other one. Tomorrow morning. And I'd like to this morning look at the concept of reconciliation the Bible tells us very clearly that we have a problem. Romans five canon. Romans eight seven we are enemies of God. Enemies in our minds. Enemies in our actions. Anime's in the band of our nature. We are enemies. With God as I a fifty nine one three two it tells us of course that we are separated from God to say and makes this gulf as this impassable gulf a separation between us and God and as kolaches one twenty one tells us we are hostile. In our mind. With God. We mean to be reconciled. Not only to God. But frequently reconciled to one another have you know it was mentioned yesterday again how I think is Dr landless who's talking about how all of us need to be pulling together pulling together. Pulling together for the one great accomplishment of communicating the gospel. And you know it's amazing. Sorry. You know when you start talking to people. It probably happens in like little conversations often your mind starts going to another topic here and I started thinking about you know tensions and competition and. You know even in medical missionary work it's there. Who gets the credit for things. You know it really would be wonderful if we just all were hit Jesus gets the credit of the souls touch praise the Lord. Whatever label is on it that is fantastic. That would be a different topic. But we all need to pull together we need this reconciliation several months ago my wife heard a song by Michael Card the great philosopher poet who said that human Kias are older than the rain. And that really made a powerful impact in my mind human two years or older than the rain in other words. Broken Relationships this mean for reconciliation between us and God and with one another have pre-existed the falling of rain rain didn't happen until the flood human tears happened in the garden of the. And so this broken relationships between us and God between us and one another is a very old problem. I am grateful that God in Christ has solved that problem. And it's not simply a word picture to point us to or truth. It is a true. So if you have your Bibles turn with me to second Corinthians Chapter five second currency in five minutes. One of the dangers of being at a conference in which the title is cross training. You know that all the other speakers that speak before you or after you. Someone's going to touch your verse. Here and there. And so every presentation I'm like oh there they go. But fortunately there are still plenty of material in these passages. Second Corinthians Chapter five. Starting in verse eighteen. Now. All these things are from God who reconciled. US to him self through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation namely that God was in Christ reconciling the world. To him self. Not counting their chest passes against them. And he has committed to us. The word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ as though God. Were making an appeal. Through us. We beg you on behalf of Christ. Be reconciled to God. He made him who knew no sin. To be sittin on our behalf. So that we might be come. The right to sniff of God in him. What a tremendous passage. Let's look through this passage. Bit by bit. Chewing on it slowly. You know and let's kind of take this and so let's go back to the verse eighteen and as I said yesterday. The reason. The cross is transformed from simply being a societal offense to being the place where we glory is because of the identity of the one on the cross. It was the death of the one dying there who it was God incarnate that transformed the crawl. Because it reveals who God is Paul brings that out again here in first print six years me second Corinthians second currency in Chapter five in verse eighteen now all these things are from God who reconciled us to him self. Through Christ. First thing we see here is that when we look at the cross. We see God reveals we see the father's purpose in Christ. All these things are from God. We're well familiar with individual sometimes and. Perhaps we have this problem ourselves or we would pray to someone and you know we're really it's almost as if Christ is trying to persuade the father. To act in a loving manner toward us. That is a complete misrepresentation of the golfball you know. It tells us and. John Chapter sixteen twenty five twenty six. You know I've the father himself loves you. I don't have to persuade the father. So all these things are from God We see that this is God's purpose in Christ. Becomes very important for us because those individuals that want to undermine the substitutionary aspect of Christ's death and the legal framework. Sometimes that you know they make this huge separation and. I remember one preacher. Kind of mocking the this view of Christianity by saying. So here's the father and here's the son. Oh I love you baby. M. hits him with his you know wrath Oh I love you bam hits him with the riffraff as though the father in the Son are at odds in the cross. That's not the truth. All these things are from God. It is God's purpose in Christ. We see God. Acting in Christ as becomes clear in the passage. God's purpose is brought out in Christ and the other thing that I want to emphasize here. The tech says. All of this all these things are from God. How much is left over if all of that belongs to God. I meant nothing and you. Nothing if all of it belongs to God. Nothing is left over all of this is from God that means. You and I are not making a contribution in this arrangement. It's not as though. God's wanting to negotiate with us and we bring a part and he brings apart. All of this is God's doing in Christ. And so that becomes the next thought here. That Christ is the agent real or carefully at the passage. All these things are from God who reconciled us to him self. Through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation verse nineteen. Namely that God was in Christ reconciling the world. To him self. And notice the two ways Paul describes it through Christ as the agent. But God was also. Where in Christ now we can understand that different ways we can say that God in Christ. Still a little bit of a distance. Was reconciling the world. Or we could say no God in Christ was doing this. Christ is the agent. God the Father is revealed the Godhead is revealed in the crucifixion. It's a painting Sorry forgot the name of the. The painter the artist that did it but it's a it's a depiction of the crucifixion and. You see the cross as Christ on the cross and there's dark there's lightning bolts there and there's this dark crystal out surrounding the cross. Trying to represent the darkness that took place that Calvary. And clearly first look at the picture that's what you see you see Christ and then you see the darkness around it. But the more closely you look at the picture. You see that in the cloud. Enveloping the cross is the. The symbol the presence of God the Father. And that's really the truth that God was in Christ. God is there. The anguish that Christ. Felt at the cross in the second is a revelation of who God is of what God's been feeling from eternity. Janice Kelly brought out last night you know from eternity God's been feeling this anguish the separation. The cross simply manifests itself manifest that for us all this is from God. This is God's plan this is the plan from the Godhead. From the for eternity for many thing was created the Godhead is there and they're thinking. You know we really were going to create then. And I have no idea how God relates to time time is a little bit of a human construct for us that came about when everything was created but from God eternity past and been thinking you know there's going to be this Amen conference and there's going to be people there. And I want to spend eternity with them and how am I going to do that and the answer is the cross pen. Sorry that's amazing. Think about the all powerful. Omniscient continuing existence Creator that is the Godhead having all eternity to think of a way to save us. And they come up with the the Cross really you know. Offensive. Shame. But it's the place of the exchange it's a place where God manifest itself it's the place where God reconciles us to Himself and He does it. In Christ Christ is the agent in Christ. And through Christ and Christ. Is that lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Let's look back again to text. Pull out another piece here all of this is from God Christ is the agent God is working in Christ and through Christ. But let's look at the tenses the verb. And back in verse eighteen all these things are from God Who. What's the word. Reconciled. Tense. Past tense. US to him self through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation verse nineteen. Namely this is the ministry of reconciliation. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. Not counting their trespasses against them. And it's given to us the word of reconciliation. From God's point of view. The reconciliation is accomplished. It's finished. God has reconciled past tense. The world to Himself. Thinking about it this morning you know of course we have to often think of God a little bit like Santa Claus who's making a list and he's checking it twice and he wants to find out if we've been naughty or night. And I don't want to minimize at all the fact that there is a judgment in their records in heaven. Whatever that metaphor. Tries to convey to us. I'm sure there's not. Scrolls there. But there's some kind of records of should of course of our thoughts and our actions and everything no question. But if we think God just up there looking down and trying to sell you know. I see it. I thought you thought OK. That's directly contrary to the gospel of God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. Not counting their trespasses against I'm sorry first of all. Reconciliation is accomplished at God's side of the deal. All of this is God's doing. We are not entering into an arrangement where we can barter with God. You know. I'll do this if we can be reconciled. Or all do this to help the reconciliation process. We can accept the reconciliation we can rejoice in the root reconciliation. We can reject the rate reconciliation. But we cannot change. The reconciliation. That happened. Have to crawl. God within Christ reconciling the world. To him self. And he's given to us this word of reconciliation. It is finished. On God's side. As we think about the reconciliation. It's not as though. We're. Well you know it's like a husband and wife in a marriage relationship. It's always two sides right well not. Probably all the time. Sometimes is probably more the husband's part right here. So but in a marriage relationship you know it takes two sides there's this. OK I'm sorry all I said this and reconciliation takes place. That's not the way it is with us and God We ve we are the offending party. No no mistake about that we're the ones who have transgressed as law we're the ones who are rebels were the ones that are enemies in our mind and in our hearts and in our actions and in our desires. We are the offending party. But God is the one who is taking the initiative in bringing the reconciliation together. And then he wants us to respond to open our hearts to embrace the reconciliation not two parties coming together. One party doing the reconciling the other party if we have two parties. Responding in that reconciliation. But hasn't happened. Let's look a little further in the text. There are both negative and positive aspects of this reconciliation. Negative and positive aspects of it. What I mean by that. Well first of all let's go back to verse nineteen. Namely that God was in Christ reconciling the world to him selves the negative side is what. What is he not doing. Not counting their trespasses against them. Not counting their trespasses against them. And the Amplified Bible which is very popular with the Amplified Bible adds this. Not counting their trespasses against them. But canceling them. Kind of bringing in the idea from the book of kolache in chapter two where there's a to for kid I have debt which is against us which is contrary to US has been lifted up taken away. Raced And now to the cross. Not counting our trespasses. Again stuff. There's. What's our picture of God. What's our picture of Christ what's our picture of what's taking place in heaven. God looks down. You know yeah. Is our picture of God. I just love you so much I want to spend eternity with you. And I'm going to do everything I can to make that possible that's the whole purpose of the sanctuary. At the make me a sanctuary that I can dwell among them in God's great desire to be with us for eternity. And so how do I get rid of this offense how do I get rid of the sin. How do I get rid of the separation. How do I bring us together. But I do it at the cross. Not counting their trespasses against them. But canceling them. That's the negative side. If we could call it a negative side. But then there's a positive side a little later on in the text and in verse skipping our part here for a couple of verses going down to verse twenty one. He made him that is God made him Christ. Who knew no sin who had no experience with and had never never sinned in thought or action although we felt the temptation of sin. He knew no sin. To be sin. On our behalf. That's a positive side that the exchange that's the substitution. Neta for the people don't like the state that Christ was treated as we deserve. That we might be treated as he does or. He was condemned for the scenes in which he had no here. That we might be justified in their right to Smith and which we have no share desired age of twenty five. And there is that great exchange. That takes place. So when the negative side. God is not counting our trespasses against us. Somebody should say meant to that. Unless you know maybe medical missionaries really have no offenses that they're worried about. But I tell you the people you meet do. People are aching. With guilt and. And I'm sure you know much better than I do that that kind of a can that guilt and that. Remorse. Eats away at the life forces and brings illness and sickness. You all know that much better than I do. But to to bring a message you know God's not counting your sins against you because you raised you God loves you got of wants to be with you forever. Liberation what healing. And then there's this exchange substitution. In a legal framework. God Christ who knew no sin is made to be sin what does that mean you look at the cross that's what it means God. Somehow and Christ. In some kind of way have being having been together for eternity endure separation between the two of them. Which is in comprehensible to our human mind. How does the sinless one. Become counted as sin. I don't know. That's why we're going to study this for eternity. But then the other side of that you and I can be made the right kinds of God in him. What do we bring to this exchange. Nothing in my hand I bring simply to cross. I claim were empty repast were enemies were were fighting against God continually in our minds into heart interactions almost all the time even at an amen conference on Sabbath morning. And yet God is pulling us back to him self and lucky. He said. I've reconciled you've done everything I can I'm doing everything I can. Positive side in the negative side so let me share a couple of quotations This is from signs of the Times May Thirty eight hundred ninety five. Ellen White's writings are sings were laid on Christ punished in Christ. Puto way in Christ. That his right just missed might be imputed to us who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit laid on Christ punished in Christ put away. Christ. Several weeks ago I was down in Cuba. There's a gentleman. Henry stab somebody may have no know any who's been working an innkeeper for many years and he's been supporting Bible workers and trying to change train. Lay medical missionaries. You know to do simple treatments in different areas. And he had a kind of a convention it was the first time in Cuba. In a long time where a public building in Havana. Was. Rented to hold a meeting. And it was great there are quite a number of Bible workers there and pastors and on Sabbath there probably eight hundred thousand people there. And great opportunity to come together and share with the individuals there. By the way. Sorry. This is ANY an appeal from Henry to a man he would love to get a group from a meant. Come down there and do some medical outreach so who can eat. Henry stabs get in touch with them. And so while we were there I had a translator. Most my translator very good but then one morning. One afternoon. The seminary wanted to get one of their students an opportunity to translate. And so the student was translating for me. And at the end of his afternoon of the sermon. He came up and said oh I made eight mistakes I'm so sorry. And it's like why I think you made more than eight and he well I'm really sorry he says OK I forgive you and then. You know twenty minutes later you know I made a mistake I'm so sorry if I think a very bad. Half an hour later he no I made a bow stakes I'm so sorry. And so I told him this illustration that you probably heard before of the guy that driving his car and he hits his neighbor's dog. Kills and brings the dead dog to his neighbor's house and says I'm so sorry killed your dog and the neighbors like upset aren't the I understand you killed my dog. Let's bury it to take in the backyard they bury it. Next morning seven o'clock the neighbor. Rings at his other neighbours the neighbour who hit the dog rings at his neighbor's house. Seven o'clock and ever open the door and there's the guy again with the dead dog saying you know I'm really sorry I killed your dog. It's like OK let's bury it. So they know they bury it you know that evening five o'clock after work I'm really sorry I killed your dog. You get the point right. Christ has taken care of our guilt and sin. We need not go around wondering if we've been forgiven. Now it's true. We're going to say and that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about that fear an honest heart individuals who just cannot grasp that God is not counting their trespasses against them. As a quotation from E.J. Wagner of writing in the present truth United Kingdom. And he brings out the whole idea from second printing five that God is not counting not imputing our sins to us. And he says it is not the sins of their lives that can be in condemned man. Because those have been taken care of at the cross. But the fact that with the chance of getting rid of the sins they prefer to retain them. That's a really important point. It's not just our past sin. We have been forgiven. Christ is not counting our sin against us. But it's the fact that because we can get rid of them. We choose to hold on to them. Then he quotes John chapter three in verses seventeen. This is a condemnation that light is come into the world that men love darkness. Rather than light that another court Titian from Ellen White from the Pacific Union recorder Christianity is not a collection of rules and regulations. But a wonderful. Prescription and following which man of Kane's a healthy body and a sound mind. But how frequently have we made. Christianity a collection of rules and regulations. Rather than seeing it as a prescription. To bring us help. Too often we communicated as this this this and this. Christ gave His life for those who accept life through him. He says to the trembling sinner lean on me. I am the appropriate cheery ancient for your sins for kitschy a sion that is a big and a despised word today in New Testament studies pretty A should mean this is the where God brings humanity in going back together all that's what the Bible says it's what I don't want says I'm Christian or that. I am the propitiation I'm you tell me and I'm the sacrifice. I'm the substitute. I'm your means of reconciliation for your sin. I am your justifier your rights as snus. He who knew no sin was made sin for us that we might be made the right distance of God in him. Shall we not a veil ourselves of the power that he has placed in our hands. For the recovery of blessing. Last through to some BT. This is the prescription. Come to the cross believe God's not counting your sins against you believe that God is revealed in Christ at the crossed see the power of the cross for a transformed. Life. With his stripes. We are he'll go back to our text. Sankranti unchecked five. Kind of parts that I missed skipped they're pursuing back in verse nineteen. Namely that God was in Christ reconciling the world to him self not counting their trespasses against him. Praise God and he is committed to us. The word of reconciliation or zen light so beautifully just put it. He's committed to us this prescription of health. Verse twenty. Therefore we are and Bassett are is for Christ as though God. Were making an appeal. Through us. We beg you on behalf of Christ. Except the reconciliation. Be reconciled to God. We become agents of reconciliation. This is the prescription. Of medical missionaries to take the message of the gospel to bring it to sin sick individuals. People who are struggling and anxious and perplexed and tell them what God has done for them. And notice the path of the. The beauty with which Paul says this verse twenty. Were embassadors OK Well that's a nice privileged position to be in a bastard of the a representative. Representative of for Christ or on behalf of Christ. But not only that again in verse twenty. It's. When we speak with someone come into your office you meet somebody you're ministering to someone in some context. You are it's as though God his speech seen through you to that person as the. God was making an appeal. Through you. Be reconciled. In treating wonderfully compassionately drawing back. But a privilege to be an ambassador for Christ the medical missionary the a Christian to raise them to have an is Christian living at the end of time where every person we meet. We can see. You know I'm an ambassador. God's going to use me to speak to you. And here's the prescription. Got lots. Not counting your sins against you. He's made reconciliation. He's calling you back to himself. An amazing opportunity that we have our See if Louis. And one of his books. Makes a comment. He said you know there are no ordinary individuals in this world that every person we meet has a destiny and it goes on and he describes it in his wonderful way with words you know every person we meet you know wherever he is their person of destiny. They're either destined for eternal life with God or eternal separation. There are no ordinary people. Person McLean's or room in this hotel. Person that serves the person that cuts us off and why. There are no ordinary people. Everyone needs to hear this opportunity to say I want to be reconciled. And we are the agents where the physicians or the medical missionaries. Here's the prescription. Even to the person that irritates you the most. And I know that in each of our little societies and cultures. There is some kind of a strata that takes place. But we need to break that. And we need to realize that God is calling us to minister to everyone. There are no ordinary people. We are agents of reconciliation. Throughout that our time together. Dr landless did it the first day and then Kelly did it last night. People brought our attention to the fact that Jesus tells us to take up our cross and follow him. Back to land this referred to the Gospel of Luke. Last night. Kelly referred to the Gospel of Mark invite your turn with me to the Gospel of Matthew Matthew Chapter sixteen. Were agents of reconciliation. Were And Bassett hers. We need to know what our message is we need to know that Christianity is not just a list of rules and regulations. But it's a wonderful prescription for health. As we communicate this Matthew chapter six. So the parallel passage to what Kelly was sharing last night. But unfortunately. I'm fortunate I'm grateful rather that neither one of them. Emphasized when I want to this morning. First twenty four. Then Jesus said to his disciple. If anyone wishes to come after me. He must deny him self and is like a lamb was poured out. Luke as the word daily there. Deny himself and do what. What if he sent a little louder please. And little bit more volume. Thank you guys are really quiet. Take up this cross. Q What that means to the people that Jesus said that to. I mean you know we use that expression in lots of different ways. And that's the cross I have to bear. This that near thing take up your cross who picks up across. People that are going to get crucified naked shamed upfront. Nailed beaten. Flogged rebel. Slain take up your cross. Fire one of the disciples be like this what has gotten into Jesus. We minimize the roughness. The impact of that statement today. Pick up your cross means get ready to die brother get stripped of all your self-righteousness. All your pride all your arrogance all your position. Everything you're depending on all your successes all your titles all your knowledge. Take up your cross deny yourself get ready to die. If you want to be an ambassador. Be crucified. That any wonder that the preaching of the Cross a strangely neglected among such an offensive message. That's the message that you want to be an ambassador. Get ready to die. Think about in every aspect of your life what your home's like the. How you manage your money how you manage your time. Who you interact with how you look at people. Get ready to die. That's what Jesus say. Deny yourself. Pick up your cross. Every day every moment. And follow me. That's what Jesus is calling us to to the medical mission or to really have self be crucified to really understand. We bring nothing to this transaction with God except our knee. But again it's we read yesterday. To the soul that feels it's need. Nothing is withheld. The world is our mission taught field His me. The world is our field of missionary toil. We are to go forth to our labor surrounded with the atmosphere of guess seventy and how overy. I love that picture. Those in our sanitariums Well those in our lifestyle centers those in our hospitals. Those Internet dental offices those in their doctor's offices are to take advantage of the opportunities given to them to set the for the sick and suffering. The restarting efficacy the power the ability that there is in crisis for the salvation of soul and body. We are in this world. To lift the cross of Calvary. And as we lift this cross. We will find that it lets us. Twelve manuscript release page sixty one of the medical missionary. Course you do you hear the men conference. You can come in for a long time. Many of you some of your first time. You want to be engaged in lighting the world with God's glory of course we do. Who wouldn't be living at the end of a time wanted to be engaged with that let the cross. Learn what it means to die of self and to follow Christ. Understand the full complete demands that are called upon us as we yield ourselves to him. Also understand. The tremendous exchange that takes place. As God gave himself in the Person of Christ. To reconcile. US to him self treating Christ as we deserve that we could be treated as he does or through out the turn it. He willing to be reconciled. You're willing to lift the cross. That's God's call for us that's the secret to success full medical missionary work in all of its beauty. As we lift this cross. We will find it lets us. Let's pray together. Father in heaven. It's so hard for us here. To feel the power of those words in Corinthians. And in Matthew Mark and Luke. But we thank you for your spirit to make these words and the words in your scriptures in the words that we share to make them reality. In our lives. Thank you Father. That you're not counting our trespasses against Thank you that you've given us a ministry of reconciliation. Thank you that you have called us to go to a world that's hurting at an anguished and look for things for its fulfillment and be able to say to them. Would you be reconciled. Accept the reconciliation. Teach us Father. To learn how to lift this cross in Jesus name. In this media was brought to you by audio person a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio. And much more. If you would like to know more about audio first before you do you would like to listen to more sermon. Leave visit. W W W dot. Audio Verse dot org.

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