Summary: Christ sets us free to forgive, repent, engrave His Word on our hearts and endure.
Sept. 2 2001 CCC
Janet called last night at 7:30PM and said "Stan was in the hospital with chest pains," I asked if she wanted me to go to the hospital and she said “no, you probably better prepare a sermon.”
“DO YOU WANT TO BE FREE”
Our text today is:
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.
John 8:35 "And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.
John 8:36 "If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
If you guys think I mess up, the order of things up here listen to Ravi Zacharias story He decided to have the congregation sing_a round So he divided the congregation by sex, The women were to sing the first verse and the men sang the second.
So the women begin I am going home some day
Then the Men : Glad day, Glad day
I hope in spite of our care and concern for Stan, Janet and the girls that this is a glad day for you
Kevin Bacon says to Tom Cruise in the movie A Few Good Men “ I represent the government of the United States of America without passion or prejudice’
To me that is not much of a representative- Now It’s probably O.K. for an attorney maybe even required.
But as Christians if we represented Christ, without passion or prejudice then we would not show very much conviction for the LORD of lords and the King of kings. Would, we really be able to face suffering, persecution and death, if we were without conviction in our Christian lives?
We must have conviction and our convictions must be under girded by LOVE and the truth of Scriptures-.
So to represent Jesus Christ with passion at some point we had to change who we were. And to change who we are we have to change our heart; It means that we must break our hearts, rend our hearts is what the scriptures say.
When is the last time you asked God to break your heart?
Usually we don’t want our hearts broken because we have spent so much time and effort building them into who we are and we can become complacent with who we are and anyway when you break something it hurts and when you break your heart it hurts very deep and very bad.
But today if we can picture our hearts as a clay pots-I believe God wants us to smash them and throw them in the fire so that He can re-mold us.
I am convinced God gives us His word because it is the power of salvation, His Word is alive, sharper than a double edged sword.
And when we let His word break our hearts, than God will do some remodeling.
Oh you may be saying my heart is good enough- then I challenge you today to smash it, step on, break it to pieces- let God be the judge of our hearts- He already is anyway-if our hearts are really that good then He will put them back together just the way they were before we broke them.
Scripture dealing with broken hearts:
Open your bibles to the 51st Psalm
David wrote these words after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah. A prophet had to come to David and shown him what he had done wrong.
Nathan in 2 Sam 12 is sent by the LORD to David to point out what a terrible thing David had done. Nathan tells David this story. Two men in a town one rich the other poor, oh the rich man he had many sheep and cattle, but the poor man had one little ewe lamb he had bought and raised. ( Like my little Eutie). The poor man’s little lamb grew up with his children, it shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
But the rich man, took the poor mans little ewe lamb, slaughtered it and ate it.
Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, Nathan then said to David, "You are the man!David, you are the one who took Uriah’s little lamb, while he was fighting your war, you had sex with his wife and murdered her husband.
But, David allows his heart to be broken by Nathan’s words, that is why David is a man after God’s own heart- We also can be like David and be a people after God’s own heart, all we need to be is tender, broken hearted people. Oh, David’s heart must have been so tender at this point, he writes these words