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I Must Be Lifted Up

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I Must Be Lifted Up

What event caused the most fear in your life?
Public speaking, birth of a child, loss of a job, divorce, orders to serve in the war, car accident, loss of someone close?
What was the hour, hours of the morning of 911 like for you?
Were you fearful? Angry? Did you want revenge? Justice for the dead? Did you ask yourself in the days following, why haven’t we fought back yet! What is holding us up?
I have this picture of Jesus coming into Jerusalem during the Triumphal Entry and the people shouting Hosanna, Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Waving their palm branches and yet Jesus isn’t doing what you and I would be doing.
That’s right, I’m the king, yeah baby, keep it coming, Whoop Whoop Dilly Dilly.
He is weeping. Why, on this day of real recognition is He weeping?
The people see victory, they can smell it in the air. The King is coming, the king is coming. It is our time, it is time to restore Israel!
Not unlike us after the 911 attack, pre war. The song writers were writing, new songs filled the air. People were at an all time high for patriotism, churches were full, kindness to one another was the order of the day.
What was your favorite 911 song?
Lee Greenwood sang his song “I’m Proud to be an American” for the 10,000,000 time in three weeks!
Toby Kieth, “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue”: As soon as we could see clearly through our big black eye,man we lit up your world like the fourth of July! When Uncle Sam puts your name at the top of his list and the statue of Liberty started shakin her fist, man it will feel like the whole wide world is reigning down on you, ah brought to you courtesy of the red white and blue!
: As soon as we could see clearly through our big black eye,man we lit up your world like the fourth of July! When Uncle Sam puts your name at the top of his list and the statue of Liberty started shakin her fist, Darryl Worley, have you forgotten
Darryl Worley, “Have you Forgotten”
My personal favorite: “Where were you when the world stopped turning” Alan Jackson
John Michael Montgomery: “Letters from Home”
There is anticipation, excitement, sorrow, grief, loss, and patriotism all rolled up. Jesus stands on this precipice. He looks over Jerusalem and people come to him. Last week disciples come to Him, whats in it for me! May I sit on your left, my brother on your right!
But in the back of it all, a war is about to break out. People are going to die. There is going to be a trail of blood. Defeat, disaster, ruin, chaos, torture, imprisonment and the like.
Jesus is the great commander, Jesus is the great warrior, Jesus is the great ruler, He is also the High Priest, and the Prophet of the people. They smell blood and victory, and they think the smell is Roman blood, but it isn’t! They think victory is coming over the greatest army ever assembled and it isn’t. They can’t wait to see how he does it. How he tells Pilate, Herod and Caesar who He really is and calls in a league of angels, raises dry bones from these very grounds and makes an army ready for war. Elijah will come, others will be resurrected from the dead, the best warriors ever, Joshua, Joab, his brother Abishai, and David himself.
Jesus quietly says to them, the blood you smell is my blood, the victory you think is coming isn’t about Romans its about principalities and powers you haven’t ever recognized. I am going to war today, but my tactics you don’t know and my enemy you don’t really know. When this ends, I will have sacrificed my body, and spilled my blood in defeat of the enemy of all mankind. I will have defeated Death!
1 Corinthians 15:55 NKJV
“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
O Death where is your victory, O Death where is your sting!
Isaiah 25:8 NKJV
He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.
John 12:27 NKJV
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.
Do you feel His heartache? Do you sense His sorrow?
The people want war! A human defeat for temporary glory.
Yes the cross is in front of Him, but His friends are behind Him about to throw a party and they don’t get it. He is about to single handedly take on the entire supernatural world by Himself, and bring salvation to all mankind both the living and the dead!
Verse 38: who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
There is a war coming! A great and mighty war! Christ is the victor! He has won the battle. He has secured our position in heaven should we chose to give up this life and serve Him!
Verse 26!
Today it is your choice. Serve the victor or the world. See the war through your own eyes or through the eyes of Christ!
Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Jesus Words:
John 13:34–35 NKJV
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
What is my cry today? Jesus is Lord of the living and the dead!
Jesus has swallowed up death and has given victory by faith in God the He would raise Him from the dead unto life; the first resurrected soul. That we take to heart the words of Jesus:
John 14:1–7 NKJV
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
Do you believe He is risen? repeat, repeat.
Close with 260 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
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