Nov. 16, 2013
THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY!!!
Before the invention of electricity. A certain medieval minister announced he would be preaching next Sunday evening on “The Love of God.” As the shadows fell and the light ceased to come in through the church windows, the congregation gathered. In the darkness of the podium, the minister lighted a candle and carried it to the back wall where the picture of Christ on the cross hung. First of all, he illumined the crown of thorns, next, the two wounded hands and feet, then the marks of the spear wound. In the hush that fell on the congregation, he blew out the candle and left the podium. THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY (Author unknown).
My friends let’s close our eyes and focus on Jesus Christ as we follow him from the upper room where He laid aside His royal crown and robe as He placed Himself in the form of a humble servant, girded Himself, and perform a servant’s duty.
Then to the garden of Gethsemane. As His thoughts go back to “When in conflict with men who were inspired by the very spirit of Satan, He could say, “He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.” John 8:29.
But now He seemed to be shut out from the light of God’s sustaining presence. Now He was numbered with the transgressors. The guilt of fallen humanity He must bear. Upon Him who knew no sin must be laid the iniquity of us all.
So dreadful does sin appear to Him, so great is the weight of guilt which He must bear, that He is tempted to fear it will shut Him out forever from His Father’s love.” (E. G. White Desire of Ages) THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY.
But then the betrayal by one of His own Disciples for a mere 30 pieces of silver. The scrutiny before Annas who was the head of the officiating priestly family, and then we travel through the Court of Caiaphas the High Priest as he was asked
“I adjure Thee by the living God, that Thou tell us whether Thou be the Christ, the Son of God.” as He answered, “Thou hast said.” “Nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”
with that statement charges of blasphemy or claiming to be God were brought before him, as He is slap and spat upon and “brought as a lamb to the slaughter,” my friends THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY.
But He is then led through the roman halls of justice as the Jewish rabble rang out crucify Him Crucify him as He is scourged in the sight of the multitude, clothed in purple, and a crown of thorns, placed on His Head as the rabble taunt and salute Him, Hail, King of the Jews.
Oh what sorrow He felt, as Creator of the universe led “as a lamb to the slaughter,” THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY. But then down The Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on the way to Calvary to die not only for the sins of those who crucified Him, but the sins of all humanity.
“Suddenly the gloom lifted from the cross and in clear, trumpet like tones that seemed to resound throughout creation, Jesus cried, “It is finished.” “Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.” A light encircled the cross, and the face of the Savior shone with a glory like the sun. He then bowed His head upon His breast, and died. (E. G. White) THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY.
But My friends how far did those out stretched arms on the cross reach to rescue each of us today. How deep in sin had you gone when He pulled you to the shores of safety into His loving arms. how long had he pleaded with us through His Spirit before we heard His voice say.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt.11:28 My friends it has been 2,000 years since the crucifixion of Christ. Each of us are familiar with the path Jesus walked to save us.
Now it is our responsibility to go out and tell the world the good new of Christ soon return. And one day soon, as the saved witness our Savior enter the clouds to come take us home together. “ it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Is. 25:9 and as we wait in awe and adoration to be called up in the clouds with our Savior, THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY IN THIS WORLD.
So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY