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Being The Hands of Christ (39 of 49)
Series: Romans - God's Glorious Gospel
• There is a story told about this picture on the screen. During World War II when the Nazis were bombing London, there was an Anglican Church that had a statue of Jesus on their lawn with his arms outstretched. The caption below the statue read, "Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden." As the bombs fell, the Anglican Church was destroyed and the statue was blown up. When the members started to rebuild the church and replace the statue, they discovered the arms and hands were so pulverized from the bombing they could not be salvaged. They could have chosen to manufacture new hands and arms for the statue, but they chose not to.
• Today, the statue of Jesus Christ stands outside the London church with no arms, and the caption has been changed to read, "Christ has no hands but your hands. And Christ has no arms but our arms." We are the body of Christ, and if the body of Christ is going to move, it is going to be by our feet. If the body of Christ is going to hug, it is going to be by our arms. If the body of Christ is going to speak, it is going to be through our mouth. We are the body of Christ.
• A few weeks ago, Bro. Johnny (unknowingly) began our service with one of my favorite songs. The song says "You're the Only Jesus some will ever see. You're the only words of life, some will ever read. So let them see in you, the one in who is all they'll ever need. You're the only Jesus, some will ever see." Would you think about this statement this morning and, along with me, ask yourself this question, "If I am the only Jesus some will ever see, are the getting a clear picture? Will they know what Jesus looks like? Would they desire to have Jesus in their lives because of what they see in me?" Considering the eternal implications, these are weighty questions which literally beg for our attention. The question is, "how can we do this?" Mo ...
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