Jesus Sermon Illustrations

Jesus Sermon Illustrations

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Who It Was They "Pierced"

Dr. A. J. Gordon relates the comments of the Hebrew Christian scholar, Rabinowitz, on the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. "Do you know what questioning and controversies the Jews have kept up over Zechariah 12:10, `They shall look upon me whom they have pierced'? They will not admit that it is Jehovah whom they have pierced. Hence the dispute about the `whom.' But this word `whom' is in the original simply the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, aleph and tar. Do you wonder that I was filled with awe and astonishment when I opened to Revelation 1:7, 8, and there read, 'Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him'; and then read on and heard the glorified Lord saying, 'I am Alpha and Omega.' The Lord Jesus seemed to say to me, `Do you doubt who it is "whom" you pierced? I am the Aleph and Tav of Zechariah 12:10, the Alpha and Omega, Jehovah the Almighty.'" The One who was "pierced" is in both passages Alpha and Omega or Aleph and Tav.—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

The Shamrock Heckler

A street preacher in London was preaching to a crowd that had gathered around him. It was at the time of the Shamrock races, and everyone was talking of the event. A ruffian on the edge of the crowd thought he would have a little fun, so he called in, "Mr. Preacher! What do you know about the Shamrock?" The preacher never paused, but went right on. A second time the disturber called in, "I say, Mr. Preacher, what do you know about the Shamrock?" Still the preacher paid no heed, but preached right on. Finally the third time, not to be silenced, the ruffian called again, "Mr. Preacher! I'm asking you what you know about the Shamrock!" This time the preacher paused. The crowd became very still. Pointing upward with one hand, he said, so clearly and distinctly that everyone could hear him, "On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other rocks are—sham rocks!"—Young People's Delight.

Text and Sermon

In the World War a chaplain was ready to preach to a regiment just back from the front trenches. As they drew up in the field under the open sky which was the church for that day, rain began to fall on the weary men. The chaplain stepped forward to preach. "My text," he began, "is: 'What think ye of Christ?"' He paused. "My sermon," he continued, "is: `What think ye of Christ?' The parade is dismissed."—Henry and Tertius Van Dyke, in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Channing Wasn't Sure

Many years ago at an assemblage of ministers, the late Drs. Mason and Channing were present. The latter was strongly suspected—rather more than suspected—of Unitarian tendencies, and some degree of confident challenging had already taken place. "Dr. C.," said Dr. M. to him, "may I ask how long you have been in the ministry?" "Eleven years," was the reply. "May I ask you once again, sir, what are your views of the Lord Jesus Christ?" There was a little hesitation and flush, and the reply, "I have pondered the subject deeply, but have not exactly made up my mind." Lifting up both hands in holy amazement, and with deep emotion, Dr. M. ejaculated: "What! eleven years a preacher of the Gospel, and not to know what to think of Jesus Christ!"—Sunday School Times.

Our Need of a Mediator

I remember vividly an experience with Mr. Moody, that brought rich blessing to me, and many others, when I was but a lad, 11 years old. Moody was visiting my father. He had left his satchel and umbrella at the home of the elder Mr. McCormick, and he asked me if I would walk over and get them for him. I was more than glad to go. On the way home, while carrying the satchel on the end of the umbrella (and I had the umbrella poised over my shoulder) I stumbled and broke the umbrella! I was greatly disturbed by the accident, and felt so guilty I knew not what to do. I was afraid. Finally I thought, "I will tell mother; she can tell father, and father can tell Mr. Moody." Crushed with the burden, I hurried home and told mother. She, of course, was sympathetic, and told father; and father broke the news to Mr. Moody. "So you broke my umbrella," said Mr. Moody (rather sternly, I thought); "come here a minute." Fearfully I went to him. He said, "When you broke my umbrella, you became frightened and ashamed, didn't you? Then you thought. if I tell mother or father, they can go between me and Mr. Moody and straighten things up. Now that your father has straightened things up, you can come to me. Now, my lad, that is the way it is with all of us; we are sinners—afraid of God. But God has provided a Mediator—Someone to go between us and Him—and it is Jesus. You must come to God through Jesus. He died for us, and is the Way to God. I am glad this happened; I am going to tell my audiences about this, and turn them to Christ, our Mediator!" And he did.Gospel Herald.

Can We Believe in the Virgin Birth?

A Christian Jew and a non-Christian Jew were conversing about the Virgin Birth. "If I should tell you that a child had been born in this city without a father, would you believe it?" said the non-Christian. "Yes," replied the Christian, "if he should live as Jesus lived."—Anon.

A Chinese Christian Explains

A Chinese Christian was explaining to those around him that "Jesus is the invisible God, and God is the visible Jesus." This was a unique way of saying, "He that bath seen me bath seen the Father," and "I and the Father are one." God is unseeable, unhearable, unknowable, and untouchable, except in Christ.Sunday School Times.

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.—Apostles' Creed

We believe that Jesus Christ according to His divine nature is the only begotten Son of God, begotten from eternity, not made, nor created (for then He would be a creature), but co-essential and co-eternal with the Father.—Belgic Confession

I believe in . . . one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all the worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.—Nicene Creed

In his life Christ is an example showing us how to live; in his death he is a sacrifice satisfying for our sins; in his resurrection, a conqueror; in his ascension, a king; in his intercession, a high priest.—Luther

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