Master of the Marred by Donald Cantrell

Master of the Marred
Donald Cantrell
Jeremiah 18:1-6

I - The Special Invitation (1 - 2)
II - The Superb Observation (3 - 4)
III - The Symbolic Illustration (5 - 6)

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Theme: God can remake those that have been marred

Introduction:

The Lost Image

Michael Angelo lingered before a rough block of marble so long that his companion remonstrated. In reply, Michael Angelo said, ‘There’s an angel in that block and I’m going to liberate him.’ Oh, what unbounding love would manifest itself in us towards the most unlovable-the most vile-if only we saw what they might become, and in our enthusiasm for souls we cried out, ‘There’s the image of Christ-marred, scarred, well-nigh obliterated-in that dear fellow, and I’m going to make that man con­scious of it.’-A. E. Richardson

2Co 3:18 KJV - But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

In our text we find that the potter was working with a piece of clay that had been deemed as marred, ‘‘corrupt, ruined, spoiled, something that would be considered unusable’’. I dare say many of us can relate to this illustration that God had shown Jeremiah.

God wants each of us to understand that he doesn’t make junk, God is not in the business of making seconds.

Ulysses S. Grant

The story of General Grant was one of a man that was greatly marred but experienced a mighty rebirth later in his life. He was born into a family of tanners and Grant thoroughly hated the business. He came from a Methodist family but unlike his siblings Grant was not forced to attend church and he adhered to this pattern throughout much of his life.

At the age of 17 Grant was nominated to go to the great West Point military academy. He was by no means a great student when it came to doing his homework, but was known for his expert horsemanship and his fearlessn ...


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