Standing in your place
Apr 16, 2017
The Resurrection was required for eternal life
Apr 16, 2017
The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Man has traveled to the moon, 238856 miles. It is 8,000 miles through the Earth and 25,000 miles around it. It is 93 million miles to the Sun. The next closest star to the earth is 4.24 light years away, meaning light traveling a 186282 feet per second would take 4.24 years to reach Earth. The light we see from that star started its journey to earth 4.24 years ago and that is the closest star. “Vega” is 27 light years away and there are millions of stars millions of times further out in outer space. The light traveling from Vega to Earth started its journey in 1982, before many of you were born.
In Matthew 25:14-21 Jesus came to Earth from a “far country” in type, died on an old rugged cross and was resurrected, going back to heaven, the “far country” and will soon come again from that far country to take those of us who are saved on “The Longest Journey.” Please read Mk.12:1-11 The parable is a picture of God coming from a far country, planting a vineyard (Israel). He sends a “servant” representing the prophets of the Old Testament and John the Baptist of the New Testament and, v5 others. They were beaten etc. and v6 finally, “Having yet therefore one Son, His well-beloved, He sent Him also last unto them, saying, they will reverence my Son.” V7, But they killed Him. V10 shows us that Jesus is being spoken of ! Look at John 6:57-63 and notice vs62. Now look at John 20:1-17 and notice v17. If we only knew the depth of the truths I will mention today, those of us who are saved would fall down in worship and the lost would fall down in repentance and faith. Those who are saved but not living for Christ, would bath the altar in tears and leave living holy, consecrated, and dedicated lives!
The Longest Journey was taken by Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. Why would He leave the glories of heaven to come to a sin cursed world like this?
1. Love brought Jesus on the longest journey anyone has ever taken. Man will go to great length for those he loves, but only Jesus could take this journey for sinners. John 3:16; Rom. 5:1-8; 1 Jn.4:19
2. Loss brought Jesus on the longest journey to meet the greatest need man has ever had, the payment of the debt of sin, the highest price for the lowest sinners. 2 Cor. 5:18-21; Col. 1:20-22; Heb. 2:17 The longest journey was not just to the Earth, but to the Cross, the grave, to Hell and back to Heaven for you and me.
3. Life brought Jesus on the longest journey! Not His life, but our eternal life. Look again at Romans 5:6-8 and in John 14:19 Jesus said, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” Without Christ coming to the Earth on the longest journey, dying in our place, paying our sin debt and satisfying the just demand of God, we all would be hopelessly lost. Look at 2 Cor. 5:14-15
You and I will never be able to comprehend this, because “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” 1 Tim. 2:1-6 He sent His only begotton Son on the Longest Journey to become the way and the truth and the life. (John 14:6) When we believe on Jesus Christ, trusting Him alone for our salvation, we are promised by God that we will be taken on “The Longest Journey” and “forever be with the Lord.
Do you have the calm assurance that when you die or Jesus comes again you will take the Longest Journey to Heaven? You can know for sure.