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Going To See Jesus (1 of 2)
Series: Master's Encouragers
It was Palm Sunday and, because of strep throat, the family's 5-year-old son had to stay home from church with a baby-sitter. When the family returned home carrying palm branches, he asked what they were for.
His mother gently explained. ''Well honey, people held them over Jesus' head as he walked by,''
They boy suddenly got upset, folded his arms and sat down in kitchen chair, ''Wouldn't you know it,'' he said, ''the one Sunday I don't go, He showed up!''
APPLY: What was that boy saying? He was saying that he was used to going to church. He loved going to church.
But when he went to church, he went expecting see Jesus.
There are a lot of people today who go to church, without expecting to see Jesus. They go to see their friends. They go because they like the good moral atmosphere it can give their family. They go to fulfill an obligation or out of habit. BUT there are many who don't go to see Jesus. And that can be a problem.
There's a clever country song out by Brad Paisley that goes this way:
They've read the scripture, they've passed the plate
And we're both praying he don't preach late
But he's getting ''amens,'' and that's just our luck
Yeah it's 86 degrees outside and he's just getting warmed up
Oh, you and me, we could be soakin' up that sun
Finding out just how fast your brother's boat'll run
I tell you that there ain't nothing that'll test your faith
Like a long sermon on a pretty Sunday.
Now, that's a catchy song and it has clever lyrics. I've even caught myself singing a little of it now and then (pause…) but I hate that song. What I hear this singer saying is that he has to be in church - but he doesn't really want to be there.
Why doesn't he want to be there? There's something else he'd rather be doing. He isn't in church to see Jesus. He's there to fulfill a moral obligation.
When people get that kind of an attitude in their h ...
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