Chirst Sermon Illustrations

Chirst Sermon Illustrations

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Those who overcame through the blood of the Lamb loved not their own lives unto the death. They gladly surrendered their lives in testimony to Christ. Call the long roll of those who in all ages loved not their own lives unto the death, and ask them where they got the power to live such noble lives and die such vicarious deaths, and the answer is always the same, "We overcame through the blood of the Lamb. The Cross was our motive, the Cross inspired us, the Cross strengthened us, the Cross constrained us." I call them from their graves—the apostolic martyrs, Peter, Paul; the martyrs of the Neronian persecution; the martyrs of Domitian; the martyrs of the Colosseum; the martyrs of the Reformation; the missionaries whose blood blends with the soil of China, India, Japan, Africa, and the islands of the sea; and all those who have lived beautiful, Christlike, sacrificial lives amid darkness and sin, woe and hate. I bid them arise from their graves. Yes, I invoke the whole blood-besprinkled throng, those who have been redeemed out of every kindred and tribe and nation; and when I ask them to tell us the secret of their life and death and victory, always it is the same: The Cross! The Lamb of God! Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!

I ask them whence their victory came:
They, with united breath,
Ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
Their triumph to his death.
Isaac Watts

On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles there was a great procession from the Temple through the streets of Jerusalem to the pool of Siloam. It was led by the temple band, with the white-robed priests marching in front. It passed through Jerusalem, out at the Water Gate, and down the hill of Zion to the pool of Siloam, where each of the priests filled his golden vessel with water. When the procession returned to the Temple, the priests gathered around the altar of sacrifice, where each one emptied his vessel of water on the side of the altar. As they did so, the Levitic choir chanted the words of Isaiah 12:3: "With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."

Seven and a half centuries after Isaiah wrote those words, Jesus stood near the Temple watching the procession and listening to the music of the trumpets and the chanting of the Levites on the last great day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
Lifting up his voice, he cried out, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink." (John 7:37.)                               

So today Christ, watching us as we seek worldly satisfaction, as we attempt to fill our vessels and quench our thirst at the broken cisterns of this world, cries out, as he did on that last day of the Feast at Jerusalem, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink."

High up on the cliffs overlooking a noble river, like the Orontes or the Rhine or the Hudson, you will see some great outjutting rock. From century to century the rock has remained the same, while the river beneath it has changed with every moment of its flow. So the stream of time and of history, ever changing, flows past the changeless Christ, the Rock of Ages.

Attitude to Christ

'What think ye of Christ?' is the test
To try both your state and your scheme.
You cannot be right in the rest
Unless you think rightly of Him.

As Jesus appears in your view,
As He is beloved or not—
So God is disposed toward you
And mercy or wrath is your lot.

Some take Him a creature to be,
A man, or an angel at most;
But they have not feelings like me,
Nor know themselves helpless and lost.

So guilty, so helpless am I,
I durst not confide in His blood,
Nor on His protection rely
Unless I were sure He is God.

Some call Him a Savior in word
But mix their own works with His plan,
And hope He His help will afford
When they have done all that they can.

If doings prove rather too light,
(A little, they own, they may fail)
They purpose to make up full weight
By casting His name in the scale.

Some style Him 'the Pearl of great price'
And say, 'He's the Fountain of joys,'
Yet feed upon folly and vice
And cleave to the world and its toys.

Like Judas, the Savior they kiss
And, while they salute Him, betray.
Of what will profession like this
Avail in His terrible day?

If asked what of Jesus I think,
Though still my best thoughts are but poor,
I say, 'He's my meat and my drink,
My life and my strength and my store.

My Shepherd, my trust and my Friend,
My Savior from sin and from thrall,
My hope from beginning to end,
My Portion, my Lord and my all.'—John Newton

(Matt. 22. 42; 27. 22; John 1. 12; Song of Songs 5. 16)

Historical Christ

It has been said that History is His story, and His story is History. Outside the Bible there are several secular writers who make mention of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Tacitus—in Book XV, Ch. 44—writing in A.D. 114, tells us that the founder of the Christian religion, Jesus Christ, was put to death by Pontius Pilate in the reign of the Roman Emperor, Tiberius.

Pliny the Younger wrote a letter to the Emperor Trajan on the subject of Christ and Christians (Book X-96).

Josephus, the Jewish historian, writing A.D. 90, has a short biographical note on Jesus Who is called Christ in his `Antiquities'—Book XVIII, Ch. III, Section 3.

The Babylonian Talmud makes mention of Jesus Christ. (Luke 1. 1)

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