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The Ultimate Solution for a Collapsing Society

Chris Holland
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Chris Holland

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  • June 6, 2020
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Of all the events in the world that have been going on over the past weeks months years decades has it been bothering you and you wondered what will ever bring all of it to an end if you wondered what the real solution is have you wondered at certain points what even is there really to say God has a plan he has the ultimate solution for a society that is in full collapse the ultimate solution for a collapsing society is found in the Bible and today we'll spend a few moments looking at what God wants to do is trying to do and in fact has already done Let's pray together Heavenly Father we have been left wondering we have been left in wanting trying to understand trying to come up with a solution trying to come up with the right words the right plans the right actions but Lord you have the ultimate solution and I pray today that each of us would know understand accept and be transformed by that ultimate solution we pray this in Jesus' name amen on May the 30th 2020 Douglas Hurley and Robert bank in made history they were launched into orbit upon the space x. crew Dragon capsule. This was monumental because it was the 1st private company to send astronauts to the International Space Station it was the 1st crude launch from American soil in over 9 years the company's space x. exists and their mission is to provide a cost effective and increased reliability of space travel through a reuse a bowl launch system I am sure that you have seen like I have seen the Falcon rockets launching and then landing so they could be re use but I want to draw attention to the founder of Space x. Ilan Musk in a document entitled Mars and beyond the road to making humanitarian humanity multi planetary evil a mosque says this you want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great and that's what being a space faring civilization is all about it's about bullies being in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past and I can't think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars. Now please do not miss understand I love space exploration the 1st years of my life I spent wanting to be an astronaut I remember in my school days when a a cart the technology cart would be wheeled into our classroom and there we would watch the space shuttle launch I remember the tragic events of 1986 when the space of shuttle Challenger exploded so don't misunderstand anything of what I am saying I would love even still to fly on a rocket to space however however I want to illustrate a simple point you see Ylem Musk has a goal and the space exploration agencies have a goal of developing a civilization on the planet Mars and why is that rooted in that is the belief that this planet cannot handle much more the theists planet is on its way to extinction and by settling on the moon and then suddenly on Mars we will have a solution it is to a certain extent a bit of escapism. And I wonder aloud is a scape ism the real solutions to the problems that we are facing here on this earth is the solution to racism murder chaos and lawlessness simply to set up another society on the moon or on Mars I believe friends even if we did so and we were able to set up such civilizations then we would make the moon and Mars lawless uncivil planets you see the problem with that thinking is that the issue is more systemic then it would be solved by a simple move to another planet it is more deeply rooted it is deeply rooted in the human being the issues that we are facing today are more symptoms of that deeply rooted issue and my dear friends I want to take you on a journey not a journey to space but on a journey to ancient Jerusalem some 2000 years ago 2000 years ago we find in the Gospel of John something fascinating a dialogue of sorts of someone who was also looking for a solution a solution to the temporal problems of their society they were looking to a soup for a solution of a much more systemic problem if you have your Bibles with you out invites you to open them to John the 3rd chapter there in John Chapter 3 we find an all too familiar story. Of an individual seeking for something seeking for something more John Chapter 3 beginning in verse one there was a man of the fairest seas named Nick of Demas a ruler of the Jews this man came to Jesus by night and said to him Rabbi we know that you are a teacher come from God for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him what a fascinating in a fascinating development Nick could Demas Myka Demas is well attested to this name as well attested to in ancient civilizations in fact the name Myka Demas was a fairly common name in the 1st century it literally means conqueror of the people or victor over the people as we read about Nick a Demas we find that it could be mis was a wealthy well educated and powerful man he was wrote well respected by the people and a descendant of the patriarch Abraham but he was the fairest see he was a fairest see the fairest sees a political party in Palestine during New Testament times they were known for insisting that the law of God be observed as the scribes interpreted that law one of the distinctive features was that their commitment to observing the law was so intent that they would look to the scribes and live a pious disciplined life and then they became trained as experts in the law they believe that to observe all the laws of God they needed to observe all 613 laws that they had outlined. Many of the Farriss found that many of the Jews themselves were not careful about keeping those laws and so they actually felt that they needed to place limits upon their contact not only with Gentiles but they really needed to limit their contact with those Jews who were not keeping the law as intently as they were in fact they would not eat in the home of a non-ferrous see because they could not be sure that the food had been properly tie and kept ritually pure despite all of that the fairest sees and their scribes enjoyed a great deal of popularity among the people you see unlike the Sadducees who were mostly rich landowners and powerful priests many of the fair and Cs were simply ordinary people and even though other Jews couldn't be bothered with observing all the details of the law they respected the fair seas because the fairest seas made that effort the fairest seas while doing their best to keep God's laws while others were not looked down on others. As sinners but not only was Nick a Demas affair a c He was a part of the Sanhedrin I want you to remember this now because it will become very critical in what we discuss in just a few moments you see the Sanhedrin the Sanhedrin was the high in this highest ruling body of Judaism they were considered the court of justice among the Jewish people of the time it was comprised of 70 member 71 members we know by name from the New Testament several of the members of the Sanhedrin Joseph of Ehrmann Thea nikka Demas Anas this and Anna Nihilists. The high priest was always a member of the Sanhedrin and the Sanhedrin served as the Supreme Court of the laws of Judaism cynical Demas came as a fair a see he came as a member of the Sanhedrin and he wanted to check this man out this man who was more than a man we know that because Nick of Demas refers to him as Rabbi a term of honor that nicotine is be spilled upon Jesus Demas understood that Jesus was more than just an ordinary man but the Bible says that it could be Miss came at night and he most certainly came literally at night time but the syntax of that verb there or that that that word there night is that nikka Demas came in a night time ish sort of way Nikken Demas came under the cover of darkness because Nicky Demas was not yet ready to acknowledge that Jesus was the promise coming one in fact his questions insinuate the idea of Nick a Demas wanting to know Are you the promised one that is coming in he was expecting something what was nikka Demas expecting Myka Demas was expecting the Messiah and as we look at the Jewish expectations of the Messiah it started in the time of David the belief that the Messiah would be a political figure that would be in the world to Vic Line and save the nation from any other ruling powers it was the belief that the divine it climb would project into the future and last for an eternity you see the Jews were expecting the Sanhedrin the Farriss they were expecting a messiah figure that would deliver from the Roman rule and lead individuals. Into this dominion over all the urn you see the Jews the Sanhedrin the fairest seas they were looking for a human solution they were looking for a political figure they were looking for a hero to lead them out of the turmoil that they were now experiencing and so Jesus answers nikka Demas back as Nick a Demas emphasized this is the sign it's the miraculous signs of Jesus Jesus responds in verse 4 and onward excuse me verse 3 and onward Jesus answered and said to him most assuredly I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God This confused nakedness nicotine is said to him How can a man be born when he is old Kenny enter a 2nd time into his mother's womb and be born in Jesus answered Most assuredly I say to you unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit do not marvel that I said to you you must be born again the wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes so is everyone who is born of the Spirit Myka Demas you looking for a temporal King nikka Demas looking for a temporal answer Myka Demas looking for a political hero to save the Jews from their situation in Rome. Jesus flips the script on Myka Demas and he tells them the solution it could be a menace is not in deliverance from the Romes the solution is found in being born again a new birth a transformation if this is vitally confusing to Nick could be amiss and Nick and the Mrs wondering in his mind how is this possible what do you mean you need to be born again and then verse 9 of John 3 Mick and Amos answered and said to him How can these things be I started by calling you Rabbi Now you're talking crazy stuff let's just put the armies together and let's rush in and overthrow punch a spy led overthrow Herod and make our stand against Rome this is crazy stuff and then Jesus says these words beginning in verse 10 Jesus answered and said to him Are you the teacher of Israel and do not know these things most assuredly I say to you we speak what we know and testify what we have seen and you do not receive our witness if you have taught if I have told you earthly things and you do not believe how will you believe if I tell you have been the things no one has ascended to heaven but he who came down from heaven that is the son of man who is in heaven and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. Jesus says he's now drawing nicotine Mrs attention away he from political heroes from human solutions and he says there is a solution it could be missed but that solution is a have been born solution and it could be amiss if I tell you about earthly things and you don't even believe how can I tell you of heavenly solutions and have you believe and then he takes nicotine is this fair a see this member of the Sanhedrin and he draws his attention to the Old Testament and he refers to the bronze serpent the bronze serpent in verse 13 No one has ascended to heaven but he who came down from heaven that is the son of man who is in heaven and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness so must the Son of Man be lifted up he's now drawing new Kadima says attention Nikken Demas you think the Messiah is going to be this political figure that delivers you from Rome that leads you into a time of bliss and dominion over all the land I have news for you Nica Demas you need to look to none other than the pendant to the 1st 5 books of Moses those books that most certainly make could be missed you have memorized and you know by heart I'm taking you back to the Old Testament it could be a mess so you can see what the real solution the ultimate solution to the societal problems is he references Numbers Chapter 21 Numbers Chapter 21 there in Numbers Chapter 21 The children of Israel are on their journey. Their on their journey in the wilderness they begin complaining once again they begin being disobedient once again and in verse 4 of numbers 21 The Bible says this then they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea to go around the land of Edam and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way and the people spoke against God and against Moses why have you brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness for there is no food and no water and our soul loads this worthless bread let me pause there for a moment the children of Israel are now complaining about the miraculous giving of the manna morning by morning they don't have to toil for their food they go when they gather the food which God has miraculously provided I wonder my dear friends do we do we complain about the miraculous provisions that God makes in our own very lives but the Bible continues so the Lord sent to fire resurface among the people and they bit the people and many of the people of Israel died and as we analyze this Morse this verse more deeply and I don't have time to get into the details this morning but what we see is that the Lord lifting his protective hand from the people God had been provide a bed been providing protection from these fiery serpents throughout the time but then when the people say we really don't want your protection he lifts his hand of protection they begin being bit and people are dying verse 7 therefore the people came to Moses and said we have sinned for we have spoken against the Lord and against you prayed to the Lord that he take away the serpents from us so Moses prayed for the people then the Lord said to Moses make a fiery serpent. And set it on a pole and it shall be that everyone who is bitten when he looks at it shall live so Moses made a bronze serpent and put it on a pole and so it was if a serpent had bitten any one when he looked at the bronze serpent he live you see what do the people say as a result of being bit by the serpents the people have a fundamental understanding of what is going on what do they say they say we have sin at the very core of the problem of the complaining of the people was a sin problem it was a sin problem sin leads to death sin is painful right now and in this current age we have a difficulty understanding and grasping the depth of the reality of sin and that is that sin kills you see the manifestations of all that's happening in society is really a symptom it is a symptom of deeply rooted sin you see are relevant this are relativistic society accepts sin we've become doled to the reality of sin and in fact our society has even embraced sin celebrated hatred celebrated immorality celebrated the very breaking of God's law sin is devastating 1st John 34 tells us that that sin is the transgression of God's law. But there is a solution in the solution after the people come and they admit their sin they say we have sex and Moses and God gives Moses a plan and what is that plan to make a bronze serpent why a serpent the serpent is representative of sin it is representative and it looked forward to the time where Jesus where the Messiah would be made sin for us and Moses had very simple instructions for the people 2 words look and live that simple look and live and that word there look in the Hebrew is a very interesting word it doesn't mean to give a glance it actually means to study to examine to understand to consider to in spac it's you see it is all fine designated in the Old Testament as a looking that is leading to the saving understanding believing acceptance of the Word of God as delivered by the messengers of God You see to look in live is not just a mere glance it is not a fleeting moment it is actually to look to accept and be transformed by what you see you see is the children of Israel look at the bronze serpent It wasn't just a mirror looking oh wow that's a nice bronze serpent It was a looking and embracing the reality that sin kills and the penalty of sin is death and someone must pay that penalty and if we are not willing to look to the one who will lead to life who will pay the penalty for that sin we will pay for that sin ourselves. To live means to save to be revived to be preserved and that word 1st shows up in Genesis 27 look and live Genesis 27 The Breath of Life you see God is the source of life this is in direct contrast to the belief of the Ancient Near Eastern people where men sought to link themselves with forces of life they thought in terms of natural deities that somehow by magical resuscitations of myth accompanied by accompanied by the right offerings and right relationship and right standards that somehow someway they would be saved Moses says no dispense with all of that foolishness look and live look to the serpent look to that representation of the eventual Messiah Jesus and that will bring you live the difference between life and death at that time was very simple it involved looking intently looking at the representation of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we have continually become descent descents of desensitized to sin in the 21st century we do not see sin for what it really is we have lost sight of Jesus because we have lost sight of what sin is So What was Jesus' instruction he harkens back to numbers 21 and he says Nick a Demas learn from the story. Of the serpent that is to be lifted up and then he applies he applies that serpent to himself If I be lifted up John Chapter 3 if I be lifted up if I be lifted up naked the amiss if I be lifted up those who believe in me will not perish but have eternal life we're looking for the ultimate solution to society's fundamental problems the fundamental core issue is we have lost we have lost sight of the reality that sin is the transgression of God's law according to the King James Version of 1st John 3 Verse 4 and my dear friends we are seeing today what Jesus himself predicted so long ago this should not come as a surprise if we cast aside you see we've cast aside the Creator and in casting aside the creator we have lost the law of the Creator and his lead our society to spiral out of control Matthew chapter $24.00 and verse 12 Jesus predicted he predicted the exact times in which we are living Matthew chapter $24.00 and verse 12 and because lawlessness will abound the love of many will grow cold the word their lawlessness is literally a description of God's law there is a time where society will forfeit God's law and it will lead to a time of lovelessness the word Their love the love of many will grow cold is the Greek word now often times when a gop is described it is described as God's love toward man. That is a correct understanding of what kind of love love is but I've got a is used more often in human relationships than it is in the god human relationship what is a GAAP a love Ugh up in love is a selfless love it is a love that has no expectation of return and the the vivid imagery that Jesus uses in Matthew $2412.00 is that there is a time of which lawlessness will abound there will be a great dispensing of God's law the leaving of God's law which will then lead to a time of lovelessness and the imagery he paints is of an ember a call have you ever been at a camp fire Have you ever had a fire in your fireplace or woodstove and had that last few embers and you sat there and you watched as that ember was glowing red and glowing orange and it begin to lose its glow and it begin to become dark and dark and dark and. Until finally there is no longer glow and then just a puff of smoke ascends from it this is the imagery that Jesus uses there is a time in society where there will be a lack of love and a lack of law my dear friends we are seeing this happen before our very eyes today a 2nd Timothy Chapter 3 describes Also this time in which we are living 2nd Timothy Chapter 3 beginning in verse one the Apostle Paul describing these very times but know this that in the last days perilous times will come for money men will be lovers of themselves lovers of money boasters proud blasphemers disobedient to parents unthankful unholy unbelieving unforgiving slanderers without self-control brutal despisers of good traitors headstrong haughty lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power and from such people turn away friends we are living in a time where this type of reality is existing and the greatest challenge that we are facing amongst Christian people because Paul is writing this council to a church is these kinds of attitudes are actually prevalent among people who claim to be God's children we are living in these times these things are taking place for him in front of our very eyes. And the sad challenges is many of us are seeking for an answer from government many of us are seeking an answer from religious leaders and we are left wanting the reality is my dear friends the killing of George Floyd the killing of a mob our bury the killing of Briana Talor and other names that remain countless is rooted in the fundamental reality of sin and the need for God's ultimate solution sin is the root of these evil actions taken against these people and others it is sin Martin Luther King Jr on August the 28th 1963 spoke of these historic words let us not wallow in the valley of despair I say to you today my friends and so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow I still have a dream it is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves in the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi a state sweltering with the heat of injustice sweltering with the heat of oppression will be transformed into a no way Sis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my 4 little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character I have a dream today I have a dream that one day down in Alabama with its vicious racists with its governor having is the lips dripping with the words of into position and notification one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted and every hill and mountain shall be made low the rough places will be made plain and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together this is our hope and this is the faith that I go back to the south with and my dear friends I want to ask you this question How long will this be a dream how long will this be a thought and not a reality how long how long how long will we wait you see Martin Luther King Jr understood clearly the solution the ultimate solution is not rooted in a human fix Martin Luther King Jr had no hope that a political leader will solve that problem Martin Luther King Jr did not believe the solution at that time some 57 years ago was not rooted in some hero. The problem we face in the 21st century is the same problem we've been facing throughout human history and that is our eyes are fixated on some person or persons to fix the problem but when Martin Luther King Jr said these words and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh Souths shall see it together he was quoting directly from the Scriptures and fact he was quoting from Isaiah the 40th chapter and verse 5 Isaiah Chapter 40 and verse 5 and for our time together we will read verses 3 thru 5 What was he quoting beginning in verse 3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness prepare the way of the lower mix straight in the desert highway for our God every valley shall be exalted and average mountain in hell brought low the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together for the mouth of the Lord has spoken you see the verses that Martin Luther King Jr quoted were verses directly applied to the coming of the Messiah directly to John the Baptist as the one crying out in the wilderness and announcing the coming Messiah Martin Luther King Jr 57 years ago understood what the solution to the deep rooted problems of society was are and will be always and that is Jesus Christ who brings the ultimate solution to the sin problem Jesus himself said in John Chapter 12 and verse 32. Quoting back to his time with nicotine is in John Chapter 3 he says and I if I am lifted up from the earth will draw all peoples to mean you see Jesus was clear the ultimate solution to a collapsing society and for a collapsing society is to look to Him Jesus said in John 3 verses 13 and 15 because we can't miss this no one has ascended to the father but he who came down from heaven that is the son of man who is in heaven and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up I want you to take note the Son of Man came down so that he then could on your behalf be lifted up you see we've lost sight of the reality of what sin does and what sin is to me sin kilns and Jesus came down so he could be lifted up and sacrifice for your sins quoting from a little book quoting from a little book and titled that I may know him from page 256 it says this the plan of salvation is not appreciated as it should be it is not discerned or comprehended it is made altogether a cheap affair whereas to unite the human with the divine required and exertion of tens it was necessary. That a great condescension should be made on the part of God in behalf of fallen man who had transgressed the unchangeable law of Jehovah Christ by clothing his divinity with humanity elevates humanity in the sky all in the scale of moral value to an infinite worth but what a condescension on the part of God and on the part of his only begotten son who was equal with God All this had to be done because God's law had been transgressed Jesus came down because if Jesus did not come down he could not be lifted up and if Jesus was not lifted up then that means my dear friends when we go down to the grave we go down to the grave permanently but see Jesus came down so we might ascend that later when Jesus comes again Jesus came down and he died the death of the cross when he was lifted up that you and I may be lifted up in his glory and transformed by his grace Jesus needed to be lifted up very interesting the word in phraseology here it is the exact opposite of the biblical saying those who are lifted up will be brought low you see Jesus was the opposite Jesus was brought low so then he could be lifted up from another little book called to be like Jesus on page $371.00 it says these words the serpent in the wilderness was lifted up on a pole before the people that all who had been stung on to death by the fiery serpent might look upon this brazen serpent a symbol of Christ and be instantly heal but they must look in faith. Or it would be of no avail just so must men look upon the Son of Man as their Savior unto eternal life man had separated himself from God by sin Christ brought his divinity to earth veiled by humanity in order to rescue man from his last condition human nature is vital and man's character must be changed big or it can harmonize with the pure and holy in God's immortal Kingdom this transformation is the new birth it's simple my dear friends the ultimate solution to a collapsing Celeste cya t.v. is to look and live look and live but here's the question why would Jesus do this why would he do this for you why would he do this for me Jesus was brought low from the bliss and perfection of have been why I'm going to quickly go through a number of verses I would encourage you to write them down so you might study them more intently later 1st John chapter 3 in verse one notice what the Bible says Behold what manner of Love The Father has bestowed on us that we should be called the Children of God Why did God do this it's a simple word love God loves us and wants to make it more personal God loves you and God loves me and because of his love his son came down that he might be lifted up you see the very 1st question of the Bible in Genesis 39 after Adam and Eve sinned after Adam and Eve transgress the law of God after Adam and the. In disobedience to God part took of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil God didn't leave them to wallow in their sinfulness God came and asked the question where are you where are you and it is the question that God asks in every book of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation where are you it is not a question of your geographical location it is a question of your spiritual orientation because Adam's response was simple I was naked and afraid out of God's love he continued to come to the earth asking the question where are you and in the ultimate solution for a collapsing society God sent His only begotten Son the words only be gotten a very poor translation of the Greek word model going to us the one and only unique one Jesus who has always been and will always be divinity intertwined and wrapped in humanity out of love the father came and sent his son why. Romans 5 verses 20 and 21 says but where sin abounded Grace abounded much more so that as sin reigned in death even so Grace might rain through righteousness to return all life through Christ Jesus our Lord it is because my dear friends you were created you were created you were created to live forever with God and it doesn't matter what happened in your life whether you were conceived in an accident whether you were conceived through natural means whether you were conceived through means that were are less than desirable God created you and has a plan for you and that is that he wants to spend eternally eternity with you Romans 5 a But God demonstrates His own love toward us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us you see that's a GAAP in love God doesn't expect love in return from you God loves you he loves you where you are and he's going to keep loving you he's going to keep loving you because he wants you to be a part of his kingdom but he gives you the freedom of choice to choose whether you will accept that love or nons John 3 verses 18 to 21 He who believes in him is not condemn but he who does not believe in me but he who does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the old to be gotten Son of God and this is the condemnation that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil for everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed but he who does the truth comes to the light that his deeds may be clearly seen. That they have been done in God God desires that we would come out of the darkness of sin into the light of this healing and this is the problem you see this is the fundamental problem men love darkness because they want to be continually undisturbed in their evil but in the darkness there is no salvation but here's the even greater problem there are many of us who think we're really good oh I do good things you don't understand pastor I I volunteer at the soup kitchen you don't understand pastor I give food to the poor you don't understand I'm walking on the street I'm I'm I'm doing all these good things and that's going to make me good enough here's the problem the Bible doesn't agree with you Romans 323 says all have sinned and fall short of the group of God and go lation 322 is even more emphatic but the Scripture has confined all under sin that's you that's mean all of us have sinned we cannot be good enough because even in our goodness our goodness is often motivated by wrong action excuse me by wrong thinking but in even greater reality is one that many of us know and that is this the wages of sin is death that's our problem we don't understand sin we embraced sin we celebrate sin we make movies about sin but someone needed to pay a price for sin someone needed to pay the wage and the Bible says in John $313.00 to $15.00 he came down to be lifted up he came down to be lifted up we each of us rightly deserve to perish. Even if you've been brought up in a Christian home even if you've been brought up in a home where you've been protected and sheltered from all outside influences that would have impurity to it even the legality of the fairest seas where they would not even eat food that had not been tied properly that itself is still not good enough only Jesus and His sacrifice of being lifted up his penalty of being lifted up is good enough he came down that we might go up he died so we can live and make it very plain the prophet Isaiah rode in Isaiah 53 verses 3 through 6 he is despise speaking of the Messiah Jesus Christ he is despised and rejected by men a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and we hid as it were our faces from him he was despised and we did not esteem him surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows yet we esteemed him stricken and smitten by God an afflicted but he was wounded for our transgressions he was bruised for our a nick with Tes the chastisement of our peace was upon him and by His stripes we are healed all be like sheep have gone astray we have turned every one to his own way and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us. Listen to those words friends because these words describe the depth to which sin causes pain despise rejected sorrow grief Smit. Wounded bruise chastisement stripes and what has been our response to go was strange and look away Jesus says Look and live the Apostle Paul in the book of Hebrews said these words in Hebrews 121 in 2 I'm sure you know it well therefore we also since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with in durance the race that is set before us and there he gives it looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God looking on to Jesus look and live in the book Special testimonies Volume 2 on page 118 it says these words there is been a departure from God among us and the zealous work of repentance and return to our 1st love is essential for restoration to God and regeneration of the heart has not yet been done and 1st selected messages page 388 By be holding Christ you will become changed until you will hate your former Pride your former vanity and self esteem your self righteousness and unbelief you will cast these sins aside as a worthless burden and walk home will meet quickly trust fully before God you will practice love patience gentleness goodness mercy and every grace that dwells in the child of God and on page 387 the love of God has been waning in the church. And as a result the love of self has sprung up into new activity with the loss of love for God there has come loss of love for the brother and my dear friends if we want to be in endure if we want to be a individual that will live for Jesus Christ we must look and we must live Romans 515 is clear the free gift is not like the offense for of by one man's offense many died much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of one man Jesus Christ abounded to many my dear friends in the midst of sin as we as we see the reality of sin and we accept the life of Christ as we look and as we live Jesus grace will cover us you see by Once man sacked by one man sacrifice the grace of God His abounded to many look and live Romans 19 if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead you will be saved look and live look and live and like nicotine miss my dear friends nicotine is came to Jesus in a night time is sort of a way 1st he asked questions 2nd the 2nd time nicotine is appears in the scripture he's defending Jesus before the council saying he should get a fair trial and then somewhere in between then and the crucifixion nikka Demas exception Jesus Christ and then he honors Jesus Christ by going to get his body and when all of his disciples who had followed him for 3 and a half years were a hiding for fear of the Jews Nickleby mis publicly exposed his belief in the Messiah. Look and live Paul says in Romans 116 I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes for 1st the Jew and also for the crew for the Greek What is the ultimate solution for a collapsing society 2 simple words look and live look. And live and the question that I want to ask you as we draw to a conclusion what will you do will we simply embrace and watch the news and by be holding the news be changed and live in fear and more than live in fear be deceived that there is some alternative solution or will we look and live throughout history there have been many there have been many who have had to make this choice and one of the most famous possibly most notorious is pilot who came out and he presented Jesus and John 905 the Bible says then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe and pilot said to them Be hall the man in almost prophetic fashion he says look the man and then he gives them the choice and Matthew $2720.00 tells us the sad choice that the chief priests and scribes members of the Sanhedrin a group who function as the Court of Justice performed the greatest injustice ever recorded in human history. Matthew 27 verse 20 but the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for barabus and destroy Jesus then the governor answered and said to them which of the 2 do you want me to release and they said barabus and pilot said to them what shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ and they all said the lad him be crucified they had a choice a free choice and they chose a false Messiah they were tired of being under Roman authority and so they wanted someone to set them free and so they chose the someone who would deliver them in the style of Barabas And what do we know in history barabus was a murderer Satan is a murderer you see the true Messiah stood before them and pilot says Behold the man look and learn and they chose the false messiah they chose barabus they chose this figure who committed murder was part of insurrections and riots but Jesus said Look and live look and live you see Jesus Kingdom is not of this world Jesus Kingdom will not be defined by the kingdoms of this earth and fact Jesus Kingdom will crush the kingdoms of this earth look and live the chief priests and scribes stirred up the crowds against him these people knew the law they knew the Bible they had their own long. But here's the fundamental challenge they did not know the law giver and here's my question do we love the symbols of Christianity so much that we don't love the Christ of Christianity do we look to the cross and look right through the one hanging on the cross. This is what happened in the Old Testament you can read later 2nd Kings 18 they took the bronze serpent symbol of the Messianic sacrifice for sin and they began worshipping it do we worship the symbol or do we worship the reality look to Jesus the author and finisher look and live Jesus says and if I be lifted up I will draw all to me to me Look and live the ultimate solution for a collapsing society is to look and live will you look to Jesus or will you look elsewhere in a little book that is my favorite on the life of Christ outside of the Bible the desire of ages it says this it would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ we should take it point by point let the imagination grasp each scene especially the closing ones and as we thus dwell upon his great sacrifice for us our confidence in him will be more constant Our love will be quickened and we shall be more deeply imbued with his spirit if we would be saved at last we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross look and live I know it sounds too simple but that's the ultimate solution that Jesus offers look and live what we do today friend will you look where you live will you look and live. And look Jesus in His wonderful face and acknowledge that you're not good enough you're not smart enough but Jesus says he paid the price friends we we can't save ourselves from our sins there's no political leader that can save us from our sins there's no political group there is no hero there's one man his name is Jesus do you know him look and live God calls you today will you embrace him fully Will you make that decision today let's pray Heavenly Father we're sick and tired of. Coming up with solutions that are not your solution we're sick and tired of. Hearing about this person murdered and that person murdered are sick and tired of hearing about all of this Lord but we know that looking and living looking to you is not something that come from a legislative body but comes through the individual decision and so today each one of us make the individual decision to look and live May we experience the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ and through that cleansing blood which takes away all of our sins and all the sins of the world may we live in Him and through his power. Tell Jesus comes again. Please Lord give us your grace. That we might have that endure. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen. 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 version or you would like to listen to more sermon leave a visit w.w.w. dot audio Verse dot org.

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