The Great Messiah (11 of 13) by Michael Romero
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The Great Messiah
The Elevation of Jesus Christ
Good morning, it is exciting to see the family of God gathered together around the worship of the Most High God. If you have not been with us throughout the last few weeks we have been working our way through the book of Hebrews. If you have been with us you probably noticed that chapters 8 and 9 came at the same issue from different angles and by now you might be getting weary but I want to encourage you to hang in there.
I'm told that the Reuben Donnelly Company of Chicago is the nation's largest printer of magazines. They have a huge machine that sends out notices to people whose subscriptions have expired. One day a tiny spring in the machine broke and a rancher in Powder Bluff, Colorado, received 9,734 notices that his subscription to National Geographic had expired. He rode the ten miles to the post office, sent his money, and wrote, "Send me the magazine. I give up!
That is how God brings many people to salvation. He hits them with the message so many times from different angles that they finally understand that He means business.
(-adapted from #426 of 1001 Humorous Illustrations for Public Speaking)
The author of Hebrews does not want to leave any doubt that Jesus Christ is superior to all of His creation and therefore possesses sufficient power to save all of His creation.
Today's text is about that power and hope. An illustration comes to mind that expresses our text fairly well this morning.
"A ...television commercial for a cleanser boasted that [their] product could remove stains with one application. "Why" - the commercial hinted -- "would anyone choose another product that required repeated washing and scrubbing when one time was enough with this detergent?""
– Today in the Word (June 2003)
This is the gist of our text this morning. Why would anyone want an Old Covenant with an ancient and imperfect system that re ...
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