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One Hammer Three Nails

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Sermon shared by Todd Goodwin

September 2000
Summary: Every Christian should understand that everytime we sin we are in essence driving the nails into Jesusí hands and feet because when we sin we break the heart of God.
Audience: General adults
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Jesus had to go to the cross. It was those sins that nailed him to the cross.
As Believers, Christians, Lovers of Jesus, how often do we re-crucify Jesus to the cross by saying that we love and adore him? Our actions deny him and with each sin that we voluntarily & willingly commit we drive the nails deeper through his wrist and feet and into the cross.

This morning Iíd like to talk about One Hammer, and 3 Nails.

Scripture Text:

(Mat 10:32-33 NIV) "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. {33} But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

(Heb 6:6 KJV ) "they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame."

(Heb 6:6 NIV) "if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace."


I. THE HAMMER OF SELFISHNESS

A. THE SIN OF THE AGES

1. Selfishness is the root of all sin. It is the driving force behind every sin committed. It was the Hammer of selfishness that drove the nails into Jesus hands and feet. It is the Hammer that drives the nails into Jesus flesh every time we willingly commit sin.
2. It was the sin of selfishness is what started all this in the first place. Satan, at one time was called Lucifer, when he was the "head" angel in heaven, long before time as we know it began. It was because of selfishness that he fell.

(Isa 14:13-14 KJV) For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: {14} I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

3. The Pharisees in Jesusí time were consumed with selfishness. Jesus was a threat to their dreams, wishes, wants, and desires. And out of selfish and egotistical motives theyfalsely accused Jesus and held a mock trial to convict Jesus of something he did not do. His only crime was that he loved people too much.
4. Selfishness is what motives and drives us to commit the sins that we commit. I may call someone a curse name because they hurt my feelings, or said something that affected me in some way or another directly or indirectly. It rarely bothers us if everybody in school makes fun of the "school nerd". Why? Because they are not directly nor indirectly associated with us. But if it was our brother or sister that was the school nerd then that would be a different story.

B. THE HAMMER IN HAND.

1. Every time we willingly commit sin we take up the hammer of selfishness in our hand and wield itís force down on the nails that reverberates through the body of Jesus and inflicts more pain on his heart rather than on his hands and his feet.
2. Many times we are so busy with "our" life that we donít even
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