Summary: A sermon on Psalm 72:6; talking about Jesus Christ and rain falling on mown grass.
Sermon for 10/7/2007
Mike Miller- My son and I love to do things together. While he was home from college this summer, we had loads of fun teaming up to work on various projects around the house. For example, we would mow the grass together. This activity consisted of my son riding around the yard on our lawn tractor in the blazing sun, while I sat under an umbrella pointing out the spots that he missed as I sipped ice-cold Mountain Dew. After the mowing was finished, we would do the trimming. I found this took more skill than mowing because it was surprisingly hard to point out the spots that he missed with the weed-whacker while I was licking Fudgesicle drippings off the front of my shirt. Yes, it was quite a fun summer that I shared with my son, right up until the day he moved out.
A. Today is World Communion Sunday. This observance encourages all churches to partake of communion on this day.
B. In Psalm 72 we see a description of the King of the people of Israel. Now this is attributed to Solomon. One scholar of the Bible said that David may have given this as his dying prayer and his son Solomon was there and recorded this prayer for generations to come. We don’t know. What we do know is that this description of the King of Israel goes far beyond anything that Solomon or any of the other Kings of Israel or Judah ever did. We must attribute this Psalm to the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Read Psalm 72:5-8.
C. Just think that on this day from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth people are remembering Jesus Christ’s death through the bread and the juice. Jesus Christ’s kingdom extends from sea to sea and to the end of the land, over the whole globe.
D. Now in the midst of these descriptions of the Messiah Jesus Christ, is this interesting vs. 6. This is particularly telling considering the condition of the ground now. Above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall. 13 inches below normal rain fall this year. Went by Lake Norman, many docks are not useable. Extreme drought conditions here in Southeast!
E. We want the rain to come down.
F. He shall come down- KJV. How far he came down! Came from divine glory to earth and lived as a man and then died on a cross.
Thesis: Let’s talk about Jesus Christ and rain falling on mown grass
I. Rain is a free gift of God.
A. (Mat 5:45 NIV) that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
B. It is free and cheap. (1 Pet 1:18 NIV) For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,(1 Pet 1:19 NIV) but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
C. Christ with his blessings is God’s free gift to a dry and perishing world. (Psa 63:1 NIV) O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
D. We be thankful. (2 Cor 9:15 NIV) Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
II. Nothing can stop the falling of the rain.
A. Nothing can stop the rain of the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ! (John 1:16 NIV) From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
B. When Jesus Christ convicts, nothing can stop this. One can respond in a negative fashion but nothing can stop conviction. (John 16:8 NIV) When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
C. May this rain fall upon more sinners. (Rom 5:8 NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
D. Tony Campolo recalls a deeply moving incident that happened in a Christian junior high camp where he served. One of the campers, a boy with spastic paralysis, was the object of heartless ridicule. When he would ask a question, the boys would deliberately answer in a halting, mimicking way. One night his cabin group chose him to lead the devotions before the entire camp. It was one more effort to have some "fun" at his expense. Unashamedly the spastic boy stood up, and in his strained, slurred manner -- each word coming with enormous effort -- he said simple, "Jesus loves me -- and I love Jesus!" That was all. Conviction fell upon those junior-highers. Many began to cry. Revival gripped the camp. Years afterward, Campolo still meets men in the ministry who came to Christ because of that testimony.