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Summary: Considering the Choices God has made for us out of His great Love.

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HE CHOSE THE NAILS - I Peter 1:3-5

Feb. 25, 2001

Preached by Brent W. Zastrow, Saybrook Christian Church - Saybrook, Il.

I remember reading about a guy who stopped in the grocery store on the way

home from work to pick up a couple of items for his wife. He wandered around aimlessly

for a while searching out the needed groceries. As is often the case in the grocery store,

he kept passing this same shopper in almost every aisle. It was another father trying to

shop with a totally uncooperative three year old boy in the cart.

The first time they passed, the three year old was asking over and over for a candy bar.

Our observer couldn’t hear the entire conversation. He just heard Dad say, “Now, Billy,

this won’t take long.” As they passed in the next aisle, the three year old’s pleas had

increased several octaves. Now Dad was quietly saying, “Billy, just calm down. We will

be done in a minute.”

When they passed near the dairy case, the kid was screaming uncontrollably. Dad was still

keeping his cool. In a very low voice he was saying, “Billy, settle down. We are almost

out of here.” The Dad and his son reached the check out counter just ahead of our

observer. He still gave no evidence of loosing control. The boy was screaming and

kicking. Dad was very calming saying over and over, “Billy, we will be in the car in just a

minute and then everything will be OK.”

The bystander was impressed beyond words. After paying for his groceries, he

hurried to catch up with this amazing example of patience and self-control just in time to

hear him say again, “Billy, we’re done. It’s going to be OK.” He tapped the patient father

on the shoulder and said, “Sir, I couldn’t help but watch how you handled little Billy. You

were amazing.”

Dad replied, “You don’t get it, do you?” I’m Billy!”

Life is about choices isn’t it. Mark Twain said, “I have discovered that people are

about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” I believe he is right. And you are here

today in a frame of mind that you have chosen. O, we suffer through trials and problems

caused outside of our control, that’s true enough, but how we react to them, how they

affect us, that is a matter of our own choice.

Today I want to begin a series of sermons that points us toward Ressurrection

Sunday. This series is about some choices Jesus made. The choice to obey his Father’s

will completely, the choice to go to the cross and be our perfect sacrifice and also the

choice to experience all the things that led up to the cross -- the beatings, the ridicule, the

betrayal, the refusal of the drink of wine on the cross and even the nails. He chose the

nails.

I hope that these sermons will give us an even greater appreciation for what our

Lord has done for us. I hope it will help humble us knowing that someone has loved us

that much. Most of all I hope it will deepen our commitment and trust in Him.

Have you ever thought about all the choices the Heavenly Father has made for

you? Creating us and then giving us a free will, though he knew we would use it to


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