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THE YEAR OF THE TOWEL – The Towel That Brings Hope to the Broken

Luke 4:14-30 (pg. 718) January 17, 2016

Introduction:

The other day I was watching a TV show called, “The World’s Most Dangerous Jobs.” Here’s a little of what I saw:

SHOW VIDEO CLIP OF “The World’s Most Dangerous Jobs”

The Alaskan Monarch was trapped in an ice field. The captain and first mate are swept overboard...They are getting beaten and crushed in the ice flow and freezing to death. I found myself moving toward the TV and screaming “get them out of there!”

The coast guard helicopter did an amazing job....sending down a basket and rescuing the 1st mate and the captain.

Later in an interview from his hospital bed the captain said, “We broke our rudder...and with no rudder we had no control of the ship.”

“We couldn’t control where the ship went so we were driven into the ice pack and it broke us apart.”

A ship without a rudder is useless. It will be driven by the wind and waves and eventually be torn apart.

When Jesus picked up the towel in John 13 to wash His disciples feet, He was asking His crew to put their hands on the same rudder that had directed His life...and now would direct His death...after the resurrection He would only have a short time with them before ascending back to heaven....He was leaving the ship in their control.

[“My children I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now; where I am going you cannot come.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:33-35)]

The mission of the church is its rudder...It guides and gives direction, even in the winds and storms...so from the very beginning of His ministry, His rudder was firmly in the water and controlled by God’s Spirit.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He anointed me.”

Our mission statement here at Gardenside Christian Church is “Passionately Preparing All People for an Eternity with Christ.”

I love the passionate part...because what You’re passionate about always directs your life.

I. OUR PASSION ALWAYS INFLUENCES WHAT WE PURSUE

True isn’t it? I’ve seen people camp out for 4 days in the cold for basketball or football tickets. I’ve seen people get up at 4:30 am on the Friday after Thanksgiving so they could get a TV for 200 bucks.

Passion is loving something on steroids. You’ll fight for it...sacrifice for it...even die for what you’re really really passionate about.

Passion makes you step out of a landing craft on D day in Normandy. Passion makes you run into a burning building to save your children. Passion directs you to sell everything you have to start a new business or win the girl you love.

Passion isn’t liking something...it’s much much bigger.


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