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The Last Piece of the Puzzle

Dennis Priebe

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  • June 2, 2012
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you know what life is really like for those who eliminated on their thinking and then stopped to think about their future I want you to hear from an individual of philosopher at Oxford and a member of the British Parliament he was a well-known author by his own admission life was great but one little problem in the middle of it all I was overwhelmed almost literally so by a sense of mortality realization hit me like a demolition crane that I was inevitably going to die death my death the literal destruction of me was totally inevitable and had been from the very instant of my conception nothing that I could ever do now or at any other time to make any difference to that nor could ever have done so at any moment of my life in the eyes of eternity a human lifespan is barely a Flickr death will be upon us before we know where we are and what's weird that it will be forever not getting anything I do mean or matter to me when I'm gone down into complete nothing for the rest of eternity what can it matter to anyone else either when they too are eternally nothing to avoid is the permanent than the destination of all of us all value and all significance are merely pretended for the purpose of carrying on our little human games like children dressing up he wrote very eloquently about his struggle with meaninglessness the realization of a matter what they did or what success he had in his life whether he wrote great books or became foreign Secretary whether he married or not whether he failed at everything he did or was very successful nothing he said would make this this brings me or anyone else when all of us were nothing as everyone was going to be including everyone are not yet born that it could therefore make no difference when I die and what it made no difference if I had never been born that I was in any event going to be for all eternity what I would've been if I had never been born that there was no meaning in any event no point in any event and that in the end everything was nothing different all this is a book called confessions of a philosopher he wrote that after all these years of seeking IMS baffled now by the larger metaphysical questions of my existence as I was when I was a child indeed more so because my understanding of the depths and difficulties of the questions themselves is now so much greater you know most people try to ignore this reality by just not thinking about that without God this is the only reality there is this is a unless you can answer the problem of death you have no answer to the problem of line death ruins everything it is the great neutralizer the great destroyer Cliff Goldstein foldable stories of last year in front of students at a secular college in California I spoke about the existence of God I said you know when I was about the age of most of you and not believing in God when something convicted me every now and then that maybe God did exist I always push the notion out of my mind why because something told me that if indeed God did exist then considering how I was living I was in deep trouble the move should instantly thousands of consciences in the same started grinding against themselves it was almost as if the temperature in the room rose from the friction behind always suddenly uncomfortable faces no every now and then conscience seems to come alive doesn't it and we are forced to think even just for a moment just for a moment and eighty is wrote I want atheism to be true and it made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers it isn't just that I don't believe in God then naturally hope that I'm right in my belief it is that I hold that there is no God I don't want there to be a God I don't want the universe to be like that and I say what an amazingly honest submission strata he said automatically comes with some moral problems if God exists there is a transcendent moral power to them I will probably have to give an answer to some time and that is a thought some people don't want to have even if they don't have a conscious knowledge of God the thought that they're not living right and you know the real reason the real reason evolution is so popular is because it offers a temporary escape from a nagging conscience maybe there's some rational reason for what I'm doing all wrote about this would you take your Bible and turn your turn with me to Romans chapter one begin reading with verse twenty four the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things are made even his eternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse because that when they knew God they glorified him not as God neither were thankful but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened professing themselves to be wise they became fools are you thankful today that you don't have to write or speak what we have just read are you thankful that we have a reasonable and logical solution to the horrible thought that life is meaningless there's something better judge of the eighth chapter of the book of Romans verse one there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death I am covered by the righteousness of Jesus the only righteousness sufficient to take away my guilt we note only conscience when it simmers inside us we know that feeling and that guilt should drive us to him to the foot of the cross default or are crucified God and claim his grace is our only hope today I want to spend a little time reflecting on the one who gives us hope when things seem hopeless in this world who provides a way out from meaninglessness we can only marvel at what we know about our faith our Creator the most exalted being in this universe the one greater than the universe became the lowest of the low all thy designers that in that so that no sinners he denied that there was equal with God the one who is God the one it was the highest and most exalted in all creation became a curse for us in order that we would not have to be experienced that church 's turn with me to the profound passage Philippians chapter two beginning with verse six who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of man and being found in fashion as a man he humbled himself and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross Ellen White writes in desire of ages page twenty five in Christ we become more closely united to God that we never fall and taking our nature the Savior is bound himself to humanity by a type that is never to be broken through the eternal ages he is linked with us God has adopted human nature in the person of his son had us carry the same into the highest heaven it is the Son of Man who shares the throne of the universe not only did the Lord take upon him our humanity but he will retain that humanity forever humanity in the person of Christ will share the throne of the universe that's the amazing thing numerous times while he was here in the flesh Jesus or for or so as the son of man a reference to the humanity that he had adopted for the rest of eternity he had to become human he had to take upon himself our humanity if he was going to be our substitute and are example turn with me to another passage expressing this very well Hebrews chapter two Hebrews chapter two will begin reading with verse fourteen for as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood he also himself likewise took part of the same that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death it is the devil and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage temporarily he took not on him the nature of angels but he took on him the seed of Abraham wherefore in all things it behooves them to be made like unto his brethren that he might be a merciful and faithful high Priest in things pertaining to God to make reconciliation for the sins of the people for in that he himself suffered being tempted he is able to succor them that are tempted not only did Jesus take upon himself human nature he means that nature to be our merciful and faithful high priest to understand what we're going through the humanity of Christ is the bottom to which he has linked himself with us a link that he kept long after his work on earth was ended for the work he's doing right now is our high priest in the heavenly sanctuary turn with me to another text first Timothy chapter two him first Timothy chapter two and verse five for there is one God and one mediator between God and men the man Christ Jesus the man Christ Jesus Jesus although still in line with things that humanity that he first took upon himself when he was born into this world this humanity will never leave him the power of the Bible gives us some powerful reasons to believe that Christ is forever to retain his human nature the nature they took with them to heaven after his work was done in these words of Ellen White and become even more powerful writing and great controversy page six seventy four about the end of sin one reminder alone remains our Redeemer will ever bear the marks of his crucifixion on his wounded had upon his side 's hands and feet are the only traces of the cruel work that sin is wrong and the tokens of his humiliation artist 's highest honor through the eternal ages the wounds of Calvary will show forth his praise and declare his power now let us look back just a little bit to the time of his incarnation what does his humanity really mean for us today we struggle with our emotions we struggle with failure with discouragement we struggle with strongholds to our lower nature but Jesus doesn't really understand how much like me was the list take a quick trip through some Bible text now Matthew chapter three times are you Mark chapter three Mark chapter three beginning with verse one when he entered again into the synagogue and there was a man there which had a withered hand and they watched him whether he would heal them on the Sabbath day that they might accuse him an assessment of the man which had the withered hand stand for and he said unto them is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days or to do evil to save life or to kill but they held their peace and when he looked round about all on then with anger being grieved for the hardness of their hearts he said under the man stretch forth line hand and he stretched it out in his hand was restored whole as the other and the varices went forth and straightway took counsel with the Rhodians against him how they might destroy him to see Jesus emotions right there now this is not temper is not a state that this is legitimate anger that he has for their blindness this is green did you notice green for their willful blindness and their murderous hatred here was a man with suffering and all they had in mind was to kill the wanted video turned to another text this one is in Matthew Matthew chapter twenty six Matthew twenty six verse thirty seven in Gethsemane he took with him Peter and the two sons of seventy and began to be sorrowful and very happy then set the under them my soul is exceeding sorrowful him that Terry here and watch with me again you see the emotions of Jesus Ellen White says in the old volumes of spiritual prophecy volume three page ninety four the disciples had frequently seen in the press frequently seen in the press started John thirteen John thirteen verse twenty one in that Last Supper experience when Jesus had us said he was troubled in spirit and testified and said verily verily I say to you that one of you shall betray me troubled in spirit this emotion was exactly the same as the disciples member when they saw Jesus walking on the water they were troubled in spirit this is what Karen felt when the wise men brought him news of the newborn came he was trouble in spirit the word means anxiety for uncertainty or care so what did we just read right here Jesus had that emotion that fear remember that Jesus did not know the future except that what the father had chosen to reveal to him Jean-Pierre the future as well not to share with you some one sentence statements from Boston's modern inspired window into the truths of his work and I'll give you the references first and then the statement in heaven places page one fifty five he had all the strength of the passion of humanity that's a remarkable statement all the strength of action of humanity signs of the Times April nine eighteen ninety six he blessed children that were possessed of passions like his own and you want your children and other children in the passions that were born into them passions like his own selected messages volume one page ninety five the son of God wrestled with the very same fears apparently overwhelming temptations that assail man your temptation seems there is an overwhelming at times ministry of healing page seventy one he knows by experience what are the weaknesses of humanity and where lies the strength of our temptations are those temptations strong in your heart today he knows my experience what you are going through the in our high calling fifty seven to fifty nine and Ellen White was writing a letter to her AG -year-old nephew she said Jesus once stored in age just where you now stand she is acquainted with your temptations this mind like yours could be harassed and perplexed you have not had difficulty that did not press with equal weight upon him his feelings could be hurt with neglect with indifference of professed friends as easily as yours I think those are some remarkable statements Jesus knows our situation he has been there done that and turned back to the text we read earlier Hebrews chapter four one more time him Hebrews four verse fifteen this is another text we were neighbors to for we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need when we realize how fully Jesus was like us how well he knows our struggles therefore we can come boldly to his throne knowing that he understands we don't have to fear or even have someone else proceed us he's there he really understands our struggles will after thirty three years of this experience that I just been describing Christ comes of the most difficult moment of his entire eternal existence will read about in the book of Matthew Matthew chapter twenty six Matthew twenty six and will reverse forty six rise let us be going behold he is at hand that doesn't betray me go back now because of this is that this is the that the experience which is just going into the unknown future look at verse forty two he went away again the second time and prayed all my father if this cup may not pass away from the drink is thy will be done what is he talking about what is the cup that he is fearful go back to verse thirty nine he went a little farther and fell on his face embracing oh my father if it be possible let this cup pass from me nevertheless not as I will but as I went what is happening here Ellen White says in signs of the times on August fourteen eighteen seventy nine dollars rent his soul in regard to his oneness with his father 's and my really one with my father and my really and under his direction this is the son of God Son of Man questioning if he will ever see his father 's face again his anxiety is uncertainty is real because he is going through the experience of the second death is behind the quality of the second in which all hope is gone our Savior shows that even eternal death over life without us Ellen White says in testimonies volume two page two fourteen some have limited views of the atonement they think that Christ suffered only a small portion of the penalty of the law of God they suppose that while the wrath of God was felt by his dear son he had through all his painful sufferings the evidence of his father 's love and acceptance that the portals of the tomb before him were illuminated with bright hope and that he had the abiding evidence of his future glory here is a great mistake the ultimate fate of the loss is the second death and the horror arises from the all-consuming resident wrote a realization that they are about to cease to exist forever their suffering includes agonizing unrelenting thoughts of how there sends a will this place there consumed within one tolerant intolerable feelings of unrelenting desolation knowing that they are lost forever and can do nothing to stop their destruction there is no one who can come to their aid the carrying out of the sense they know they are going to die forever and ceased to exist alone forever this unimaginable experience that's going to happen is the price paid for our salvation desire of ages seven fifty three the Savior could not see through the portals of the two old is not present to them is coming forth from the grave copper or tell him of the father 's acceptance of the sacrifice he feared that Stan was so offensive to goblet their separation was to be eternal Christ felt the anguish that the center will feel when mercy shall no longer playing for the guilty race the father 's wrath upon him as the center substitute that make was that made the custody drank so better and broke the heart of the son of God the withdrawal of the divine countenance from the Savior in this hour of supreme anguish pierced his heart with a sorrow that can never be fully understood by Matt so great was this agony that is physical pain was hardly felt our Savior was choosing the staff even eternal death over life without us Christ loved us enough to die for Emperor if that's what it would take to save the human race this is the company was afraid to drink and he asked his father take away from would be able to endure it there's another aspect that is not really fully appreciate where was the father during the six areas where was the father in manuscript releases volume twelve page four oh seven in the darkest hour when Christ was enduring the greatest suffering that Satan could bring the torture his humanity his father hidden from him his face of love comfort and pity in this trial his heart broke sure no start afternoon hours the following letter but because of the covenant they had made in eternity past the father must hide his presence during Jesus 's suffering he must not reach out to Jesus for the salvation of the human race is dependent on his control the father 's control at that moment he must exert infinite godly restraint to control his infinite godly desire to help his frightened suffering and dying son he must Jesus must have no awareness of his father 's presence of the eternal bond of love letters always been between the because Jesus was dying the death of the sinner with no whole and no hell the divine love of the father for you and me restrained his overwhelming impulse to reach out and hold Jesus in his arms and assured him that he was with Jesus at that time his greatest hour of need that God couldn't be would for a good we were involved in loss to obtain the infinite heart of the father must've endured watching his beloved innocent son fear that he had been abandoned and left alone for all eternity how the father withheld his divine embrace I think we the study of the redeemed for all eternity how we held back we sometime as the atonement is the suffering of the Godhead all three of the father and son and Holy Spirit were purchasing of our redemption there was only one time and all eternity when there was a sundering of the Godhead only once was the everlasting bond between them broken only once was a internal trio forced to experience the tall one was one of the trio forced to experience the total abandonment of separation from the others the separation that literally broke the heart of the son of God prisoners and enjoy the Romans didn't kill him that is what killed manuscript ninety three nineteen eighty eighteen ninety nine it was necessary for the awful darkness to gather about his soul because of the withdrawal of a father 's love and favor for he was standing in the center 's place and this darkness ever see every center must experience the heart of God he earned with greatest sorrow when his son the guiltless was suffering the penalty of sin this sundering of the divine powers will never again occur throughout the eternal ages and remember throughout all this experience Jesus had choices to make he did not save himself when even when he feared that he would never see his father 's face again he knew he could call out in the let the civil rights parish in every angel in heaven would come to his rescue remember this is not our Creator there was never a time when he didn't exist Jesus came down from the cross and save himself the human race would be lost and of course as he hung on the cross there was Satan hurtling at him all these discouraging thoughts such as there are so few will take advantage of your sacrifice is not worth all the suffering they don't care you're wasting away your life for people don't love you they are thankful race of evil holy bull N Harrison whom come down from the cross and save yourself the emotional pain the son of God endured from the sense of his father Sproul and the filthiness and shame on the sins of the world having been laid on his shoulders family anguish of a soul in the absence of mercy and being unable to assess his father 's presence always broke the heart of the son of God very simply he chose death over life without us he didn't want to be gone if we could be with God chose not to exist forever if that's what it would take so we could live forever to see why the trial the cross was the greatest victory this is partly universe has ever seen or ever will see Jesus 's death was eventually enough faith through the darkest hours of the cross Jesus had to rely on his previous knowledge of his heavenly father 's mercy because he didn't feel it that it is this that sustained him during those dark hours of God 's disapproval and separation desire of ages seven fifty six amid the all darkness apparently forsaken of God Christ that drained the last dregs in the cup of human woe in those dreadful hours he had relied upon the evidence of his father 's acceptance heretofore given him he was acquainted with the character of his father he understood his justice is mercy in his great love by faith he rested in him limited ever been his joy to obey and as an submission he committed himself to God the sense of the loss of his father 's favor was withdrawn by faith Christ was Victor by faith Christ was Victor one less aspect needs to be considered turn with me to the book of Revelation chapter fifteen the first two Revelation chapter fifteen verse two and I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire and then there got the victory over the beast over his image and over his market over the number of his name stand on the sea of glass having the harps of God and they sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb now let's say the song of Moses and the lantern back to the book of Exodus Exodus chapter thirty two Exodus thirty two and verse ten speaking to Moses now therefore let me alone that my wrath may wax hot against them and that I may consume them and I will make of the great nation God is threatening to destroy Israel and start over with Moses in his own words Moses pleads with God not to get it even nations and expands a chance to misrepresent God 's character of love and mercy Georgia versus thirty one and Moses returned up to the Lord instead oldest people of sin the great sin of made them gods of gold yet now if thou wilt forgive their sin and if not blot me I pray the out of iBook which thou hast written Moses us is asking for an internal death if not characters this credited at his plan is room Moses and Christ share one thing in common eternal death for both of them this preferable to the failure of God 's plan of redemption to eternal death the song of Moses on the lab means that for the last generation the remnant that is important is not their eternal life not there hope of heaven but the vindication of God 's name in the success of the plan of redemption you see how this changes everything in our religious experience no longer is our focus on being forgiven so we can have the assurance of personal salvation our reason for existence from being Seventh-day Adventist is the complete dog 's plan of redemption to vindicate his name and character by disproving Satan 's last accusation against God 's plan that sinners with fallen majors cannot wait on one hundred percent of the time the gospel doesn't have that kind of power he says in our motivation for resisting temptation and overcoming sin is not our whole or heaven or our fear of hell we are not making daily decisions and asking questions about what is right or wrong because of our desire to be saying our motivation for being dots rather than heeding God 's commandments is to be the last piece in the grade picture puzzle of God 's plan of redemption to be the final argument in the courtroom drama that is going on for six thousand years proving that Satan is lying in his way doesn't work our decisions but what is right and wrong both individually and corporately as the church are not based on what is allowable because of God 's mercy and the hardness of our hearts will prove God right in saying wrong no longer will we ask what we can do and still be say our only desire will be to vindicate God 's name we will abandon forever looking for the minimum necessary to be say we now want to know and do what ever will honor God you know after the close probation were to have some of the same fear and anxiety that Jesus had during those dark hours but it is not about our own salvation we will fear that we are misrepresenting God in some way to come to the point when we would rather be blotted out of God 's book of life and go into eternal nonexistence that the tarnish the name of God in any way then we will be learning the song of Moses and the life song which no other generation that has ever lived on planet Earth have ever or will ever learn the song of a hundred forty four thousand who follow the lab exclusively with no more forays into Satan 's land either knowingly or unknowingly so my only fervent hope and wish today is that this generation here and now will learn that song and complete God 's salvation possible the last piece in the puzzle with no more loose sands for pieces that don't fit everything will fit perfectly and Jesus can come in and sentence rule on planetary made as timely now our closing hymn is one of the great hymns of the early advent church it was written by Uriah Smith for brother be faithful let's sing this one from the depths of our hearts number six hundred two father we are so grateful so grateful for the promises we have read him Jesus came to our level to understand us in our weakness and our fears and our trials that he is our faithful high priest understanding what were going through that he was actually willing to go into nothingness for all eternity for our salvation so we put I pray that we will return that heartfelt love in which nothing matters but to tell the truth about your name father and to vindicate your cause and to prove that Satan 's lie in our lives by our words and in our commitment I pray this in Jesus name amen

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