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The Lens of Legalism (8 of 34)
Series: Jesus, the One and Only
ILLUSTRATION: The story is told of two mischievous grandkids who spent the weekend at their grandparents home. They noticed that every evening about the same time grandpa laid down for his evening nap. One particular evening the two boys went into the kitchen and found their grandmother's Limburger cheese and brought it and rubbed it all over their grandfather's handlebar mustache. In a few minutes granddad woke up…. And sniffed. "This room stinks he said". Then he went into the kitchen and said, "This Kitchen stinks". Thinking some fresh air might do him some good he went outside and declared, "The whole world stinks".
That's a good description of someone looking at life through the lens of legalism.
ILLUSTRATION: When I got saved I was so happy, until I met a few Christians that made it so difficult.
It's like the guy that used to come on the Johnny Carson show who spinned plates.
• One told me to read my bible every day.
• Read your bible through in a year
• Pray every day
• Do you have a prayer list? Missionaries, Family, the President
• Memorize scripture - meditate on scripture
• Go to conferences - Bill Gothard, promise keepers, men's fellowship
• Read books
• Men's Bible Studies
• Listen to Christian music
All I'm saying is that when I read about the heroes of scripture they didn't seem bound to a list.
The same thing happened to the guy in our text this morning.
John 5:1-17 (NASB95)
1 After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered,
Now, this mixed multitude is representative of every one of us prior to Christ.
• Some were sick -
• Some were blind -
• Some were lame -
• Some were withere ...
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