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Summary: When we place ourselves in the right place at the right time Jesus can do amazing things in our lives.

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THE JESUS MOMENT

MARK 15:21-32

April 9, 2003 is an important date to many people...what happened that day? The fall of Bagdad, and the Saddam Hussein Regime. The culmination of a carefully planned ground assault by the US and GB military. Yet for all its planning the day will probably be remembered for a spontaneous act, if you are like most American you saw a group of Iraqis aided by the American Military pulling down a statue of Saddam which stood boldly in a square in the midst of the city.

Actually there are probably more battles to be fought and a lot more political wrangling to be done but the moment that statue toppled has become symbolic moment, and perhaps a defining moment for a “free” Iraq.

What compelled a group of young Iraqis to attack the statue, what urged a group of soldiers to help...Opportunity. The opportunity came and they seized it, the media recorded in and the world looked on.

Our Scripture text today speaks of perhaps the most important moment in the history of the world...the death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus could have said no but he did not he seized the opportunity to become the sacrifice for the sins of the world. Listen to the Gospel of Mark as he gives his account of the suffering and death of Jesus.

I want to draw your attention today to a very small part of this story, to a seemingly insignificant person, but a person who also was faced with an opportunity. Simon of Cyrene he was given the opportunity to help Jesus, when nearly everyone else was hindering. From this brief glimpse of Simon on the pages of history we find an example of how to seize the opportunities we have for God. If you are going to seize an opportunity you first of all must understand that it is a matter of...

II. BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

A. Obedience puts us in the right place.

1. Simon was coming to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, all Jewish

People were commanded to participate in the Passover, it was a matter of obeying God’s command.

2. If you want opportunities to serve God learn to obey, this is

evidence that you love God, that you are willing, that you are

attentive to God

B. Desire to honor God puts us in the right place

1. Simon was from Cyrene that was a city in Northern Africa in

what is now Lybia. He made a journey to celebrate in Jerusalem

Jews could celebrate Passover anywhere something special about

Jerusalem, Temple, Holy City.

2. Desire moves us beyond simple obedience we seek and strive for Opportunity to honor God.

There is a system of navigational satellites that orbits the earth at about 10,900 miles. It is called the Global Positioning System, and anyone who possesses a special GPs receiver can receive information for navigational purposes .

When activated, your handheld receiver will calculate the satellites’ positions in orbit relative to your position on the ground and immediately tell you, within a few feet, exactly where you are on the face of the earth.

What technology has done for the physical world, God has done for the spiritual journey. GPs could just as easily stand for God’s Positioning System. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives acts as a constant spiritual navigational system. What should I do? How should I be? God’s Positioning System never fails to give us the correct direction and position.


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