Never Forget by James Merritt

Never Forget
James Merritt
Matthew 26:17-20; 26-27
02-18-06

"NEVER FORGET"

INTRODUCTION

1. WHAT WOULD THE LAST TWENTY-FOUR HOURS OF JESUS CHRIST LOOK LIKE IF IT WERE SET IN A 21ST CENTURY CULTURE TO THE FORMAT OF THE POPULAR "24" TELEVISION SERIES? IN THE SERIES THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE IN OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS WE ARE GOING TO FIND OUT. I CAN ASSURE YOU THE INTRIGUE, THE MYSTERY, THE SUSPENSE, THE PLOT TWIST AND EVEN THE GREATEST SURPRISE ENDING IN HISTORY ARE ALL PACKED INTO THESE LAST 24 HOURS. SO BEGINNING TODAY THINK ABOUT THIS:
• HOW IT WOULD BE IF A MAN WAS SO RADICALLY DIFFERENT FROM EVERY OTHER PERSON WHO HAS EVER LIVED, THAT ONLY BEING GOD HIMSELF COULD EXPLAIN IT?
• IMAGINE THIS GOD-MAN GATHERED A FEW FOLLOWERS, LIVED AMONG US, CAUGHT FIRE WITH THE MASSES, AND BECAME THE MOST POPULAR, SOUGHT AFTER SPIRITUAL LEADER AND TEACHER OF THE DAY BUT WHOSE TEACHINGS THREATENED BOTH THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT AND THE SPIRITUAL AUTHORITIES, AND YOU WERE A WITNESS TO IT ALL.
• HOW WOULD THAT LOOK? HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND? WHAT DIFFERENCE COULD IT MAKE TO YOU, TO YOUR FAMILY, AND TO THE WORLD?

LET THE STORY BEGIN...[SHOW VIDEO]
THE GUY IN THE VIDEO SUMMED IT UP, "IF I LIVE TO BE A HUNDRED, I'LL NEVER FORGET THIS NIGHT." AS IT TURNS OUT, THIS WOULD BE A NIGHT TO REMEMBER.

2. AMAZINGLY, IT ALL BEGINS WITH A MEAL, BUT NOT JUST ANY MEAL - IT IS THE LAST MEAL OF A CONDEMNED MAN. HOW IS THIS FOR A LAST MEAL: TWENTY-FOUR TACOS, TWO CHEESEBURGERS, TWO WHOLE ONIONS, FIVE JALAPENO PEPPERS, SIX ENCHILADAS, SIX TOSTADAS, ONE QUART OF MILK AND ONE CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE. THAT IS WHAT DAVID CASTILLO, A CONVICTED MURDER, ATE THE NIGHT BEFORE HE WAS PUT TO DEATH WITH A LETHAL INJECTION.

3. THE UNITED STATES IS ONE OF THE FEW NATIONS THAT STILL UTILIZES CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AS A CRIME FIGHTING TOOL. EVEN THOUGH THE METHOD OF EXECUTION VARIES FROM STATE TO STATE, ONE RITUAL THAT REMAINS CONSTANT THROUGHOUT ALL THE THIRTY-EIGHT STATES, WHICH ...


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