The Shadow by James Merritt

The Shadow
James Merritt
Galatians 6:14

Introduction

1. The date was July 16, 1945. The place was Alamogordo, New Mexico. Something happened on that day that affects us to this day and most probably will affect the human race as long as this world exists. From that day until now the entire world lives under a nuclear shadow. It was on that day that the first atomic bomb was exploded. That one bomb, affects our foreign policy, affects our government spending, and affects the United States military unlike any other event or force in history. No matter where you go you cannot get out from under that shadow.

2. There is another shadow that this world lives under though it doesn't realize it. It is a shadow that every follower of Jesus Christ should willingly and joyfully live under. It is The Shadow of the Cross. From the time that Jesus Christ was born He lived in that shadow. The cross was never absent from His mind, never far from His soul, and never out of His heart. He spent three years with twelve men called ''disciples.'' The first time it is ever recorded that He sat down to teach them anything, what did He talk about? Mark 8:31 tells us -
''He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.'' (Mark 8:31, NIV)

3. On another occasion, when the disciples finally showed that they were getting who Jesus really was and Peter even called Him ''The Christ, the Son of the Living God'', the Jewish Messiah, the One they had been looking for, what was the very first thing Jesus said? ''Congratulations!'' ''Come on down and collect your prizes!'' No. Luke 9:22 tells us -
''And he said, ''The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.'' (Luke 9:22, NIV)
Every morning when Jesus woke up ...


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