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Jericho Road - Part 2

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March 16, 2022 8:00 am

Jericho Road - Part 2

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Welcome to this edition of PowerPoint with giant grand belittling of the program will tell you that you can get a copy of Dr. Graham's evangelism under first, here's the message Jericho Road both questions, we see how we are to live and love on the road of life. Chapter 10 beginning at verse 25 and the whole.

The lawyer stood up to put into the test say teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life. He said the what is written in the law. How do you read every answer you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself. And he said to him you have responded or answered correctly do this and you will live, but he desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, and who is my neighbor, Jesus replied a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, he fell among robbers and stripped them and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Not by chance a priest was going down that road and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side but a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was and when he saw him, he had compassion.

He went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his animal and brought him to an inn and took care of in the next day he took out to the mayor.

I gave them to the innkeeper say take care of him and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back. Which of these do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers. He said the one who showed him mercy and Jesus said to him you go and do likewise. Lawyer mentioned that this passage is actually a religious lawyer, one who was trained in the theology of the Old Testament, one who knew the law of God very well. He was a professional religionist, a professional theologian and so he came to Christ with a question. Two questions actually one to initiate the conversation but note before we even began with the questions that this man asked that this law your came to put Jesus to the test, the person of Christ is always an issue in Christianity, which is Christ without Christ there is no Christianity because Christianity is not a dogma. It is not a religious confession. It is not a creed but rather Christianity is a person, the person of Jesus Christ. Satan is always attacking the identity of Christ, the person of Christ and hurling accusations and questions that Christ true today. There's always that? In their minds concerning the identity of Christ and always trying to uncover some hidden seduction of Jesus the Savior. So this man did not come with sincere questions.

God never never puts aside anyone who comes with a sincere question if you have doubts come with your doubts. A man came to Jesus one day and said, Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. If you have a sincere desire to know Christ and who Christ is and what Christ is calling us to do, then you can come to him just as you are and he will show you himself but here was a trained professional theologian came with an important question. It was a question that was often discussed among the religious types of that day and really of this day is the question what must I do to inherit eternal life now again he didn't want an answer.

He wanted to debate Jesus he wanted. Discussion of this theological truth. The course the answer to his question. What must I do to inherit eternal life. The answer is nothing you cannot do anything today eternal life because salvation is not rooted in the merit of man, but it is in the mercy of God's salvation is not a goal to be achieved is a gift to be received and there is nothing that we can do to gain the favor of God on the grace of God by our good works.

The law your had a follow-up. When Jesus said, okay, you go and live in the love of God in this relationship with God. Instead, well sir, I have a follow-up. Just who is my neighbor. Of course we would identify a neighbor is someone who is new to us right someone is dear to us next door or across the fence or down the street, or it could be someone who shares a cubicle with you at the office. A coworker someone who is a friend at school. Our neighbors are not simply people like us or who love us what our neighbor is anyone in need and we can somehow meet that need, and therefore we are to love people, regardless of where they live or how they behave, they may speak a different language. They may be of a different color or ethnicity. They may look differently. They may speak differently talk and act differently, but we are to love them and why are we the love people because God loves the because Jesus loves every person, and the Christian who is a true follower of Christ, the love of God is living in us. We have experienced a supernatural kind of love. How can your heart be headquarters for hay.

If you say that the spirit of the living Christ is living in you. We have been filled with the love of God and therefore we are to give this love and to demonstrate this love to anyone who has a me know. To illustrate this, Jesus is a master illustrator. He tells a story is a familiar story to many of us, but is the story of the good Samaritan. Jesus tells the story of the Jew, who was on the road to Jericho when he was robbed and beaten and left for dead and he speaks of religious leaders of priest and the Levite to see this man on the same road and walked by on the other side and then this certain Samaritan who would normally have spent on a man like this because you see Samaritans and Jews had no dealings with one another. The Jews despised the Samaritans. They consider them half breeds. They were racially and religiously so different from the Jewish people and not only did the Jews despised the Samaritans, but the Samaritans returned the favor. They despised you from cover to cover. The Bible is clear we are to care about broken wounded dying people. So watch what happens when this certain Samaritan on his way down the Jericho Road encounters this man. What kind of love did he give when it began because he had eyes to see, now the religious leaders.

They also solve the man but the Samaritan he saw him with different a different kind of focus.

He saw him any pause to look beyond the surface of the brokenness in the herd and the woundedness and to see this man's need but not only did he have eyes to see, but this love that is demonstrated because he had a heart to feel the Scripture says that when he saw this man. He had compassion upon. May God give us this kind of compassion. Scripture says that we are to walk in love, that we are to overcome evil with good. The Scripture says, always saying to show kindness and to do good to one another and to every body. People are crying out today for compassion for hope for healing for mercy for unconditional love. People are hurting their dreams have been broken. Their lives have been shattered their marriages and families fracture people all around us are on the side of the road just to experience the love of Jesus and how are they going to experience the love of Jesus, we, the body of Christ.

The people of God show them and give them that same love and compassion. There is no dichotomy between the saving Gospel of Christ which is the proclamation of the good news of the death of the burial of the resurrection of Christ. There is no dichotomy between that the saving Gospel of Christ and the social application and application of that gospel. In other words, the saving Gospel and social impact.

And when we are saved by the grace of God. It is our calling and our command of God to love the Lord God with all our heart and soul and strength and our neighbors as ourselves listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham in today's message Jericho Road, part two God-given calling to take the gospel to the world. That's why we put together a special bundle of resources to help you grow in your love of the gospel and share it with others. This evangelism bundle includes three Pastor Jack Graham's books help of Easter like stuck in God's promises for doubt filled days.

This evangelism bundle is our thanks for your gift today and thanks to a generous matching grant gift today will be doubled. So call now to request your evangelism bundle when you give: 800-7954 62 761-800-7954 627. You can also text the word PowerPoint to 59789 and don't forget to visit Jack where you can shop our E store. Give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.Margie now it's Québec. Today's message Jericho Road part saving Gospel social impact and when we are saved by the grace of God. It is our calling our command of God to love the Lord God with all our hearts. My soul is great and our neighbors as ourselves.

People are looking for someone to take time out to help them as a fellow traveler on the journey of life. How different would our lives be if we pray daily for give me your heart for people helping to feel deeply about hurting broken people, rather than judging. See the religious types that walked by, they know not judged in the Levite representing the law and I was essentially saying you got yourself into this.

You get yourself out of this. You shouldn't of been here the priest demonstrates that religion cannot say religion could do nothing to help this man and just because your religious type that doesn't make you a good neighbor. Some of the cruelest harshest things in history have been done in the name of religion, including the slave trade. So religion cannot say it cannot help religion judges the law condemn, but Christ brings compassion and so should we. Someone wrote Billy Graham a letter and in writing. She said she was really not religious and never went to church and then she added most of our relatives claim to be Christians, and yet none of them ever calls us or invites us over our census birthday cards, or even visited me when I was in the hospital.

One of them told my cousin that the reason they don't have anything to do with us is because we are Christians.

And if that's the way Christians act that I don't want to have anything to do with Billy Graham went on to say, I urged her to look to Christ for only he is perfect and he will never disappoint us with the letter sober me and I couldn't blame her for feeling the way that she did and why should she believe that Christ loves her if those who claim to be his followers don't love her. This Samaritan had compassion. He was brokenhearted and not only did he have eyes to see, not just looking right past the need, but he had a heart to feel and beyond that he had hands to reach out because the script Jesus tells us that he went to the man in ministry report on oil and wine antiseptics and and soothing medicines for this man in that he put them on his ambulances don't they talking down to a nearby in any minister to and then took care of him and paid the bill so I'll be back. I'll be back to check on the topic pick up the tablet. Anything that is left over. Often we see people who have great needs as an inconvenience or an interruption.

We're so busy, we have our own agenda when moving at breakneck speed and were running by thousand eight all around because were so caught up in ourselves and we don't want to be tied up or tie down will want to take risks. Think about it.

This man took a risk that this whole thing could've been a set up Jericho Road was noted for the robbers and the thieves that were all around, so maybe they were hiding and waiting for someone to come along and stop long enough for them to take their money and so this was at personal risk and great sacrifice. He did the best that he could.

He did all that he could because you see, love, compassion doesn't look for obstacles, but opportunity not excuses to get out of the way. But, reasons to get involved. There is nothing more important than serving Christ in this way there is no greater expression of your faith than to find people who need Jesus and need Christian love and support and to minister CS Lewis. He said this, we have the tendency to think, but not to act and to feel, but not to act. And if we go on thinking and feeling without acting. Someday we will Billy be unable to act is the psychological principle that impression without expression results in the fresh I don't know what it is. Perhaps it is that we are so no by the narcotics of our times. We watch television and we see all the means and maybe some kind of a psychological protection that we just turn away we start feeling we so often stop caring and I've been asking God to stretch my heart. I've been asking God to move me deeply for people that can't do anything for me but just someone that means the love of Jesus Christ. That's love. That's grace John Bunyan, the writer Pilgrim's progress.

He said you haven't lived the day until you've done something for someone who cannot pay you back so I don't have time. I got my own schedule I have my own problems to deal with. I can't take on the problems of somebody else listen to me if you start living this way in getting this way God will take care of you and your problem you meet your needs. And there's something about loving and living in this matter that fills our lives. In fact, you can't live an abundant life. If you're living for yourself. You start living for others, you start finding people and fulfilling the call of Christ upon our lives, then you will find love welling up in your heart from an email and she writes that a year ago next week or 10 week old son Sam was terrified of the medical city Dallas from Longview where we were visiting my father. We didn't know it at the time that he had a heart condition that would cause his heart rate to spike at 300 bpm. He had one of those episodes in Longview and that began a long eight days in the hospital. She continues by Tuesday of that week.

Sam is been moved to ICU. It was be constantly monitored. We been through two years of fertility treatments and miscarriages before we were blessed with him and we felt as though this life that we pray for for so long was slipping right are we would sit by his bed and cry and pray that he would make it through that night.

The nurse convinced us that it would be okay to take a break and go down to the cafeteria for dinner. We were terrified even leave but agree. When we returned.

There were two men from Princeton would waiting for us outside his room. We didn't know them and we've never been depressed of what I've actually never heard of the church, but these men took our hands, ask if they could pray with us and let us tell them our story.

They offered us food, shelter or anything we need to say I was shot was an understatement. I can believe these men were taking time out of their lives to comfort complete strangers amidst all the chaos they brought us a moment of peace, we were forced to stop and talk to God and asked for a miracle in each day more men came to see us. They listen while I cry and they hugged us they prayed with us and ask us if we needed anything and just when I thought that surely no one else would visit someone else would stop. It was really amazing. I'm writing you to let you know and all the other men that they do an incredible service that does make a huge difference in the lives of people who are at their most vulnerable. Listen to this. I will never ever forget the love you all showed our son is now a healthy happy 14 month old who just learned to walk. He is the light of our lives. And one day we will tell him about the special people that help us when he was so sick. That's the heart of Jesus Christ. That is the love and the compassion of our Savior and God has given us. Each one of us that special supernatural love. People are waiting to see Jesus in us, loving, encouraging blessing serving ministering touching feeling help and that's why Jesus told the store because your neighbor is anyone that you can help who has in the so just as Jesus told us many years ago.

Go and do likewise go and do what he is called to do little for people with open hearts and open give yourself away cease living for self and start living for Christ. What does the Scriptures tell us he is show you old man what what is required of you but to do justice, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. That's how to live on the Jericho Road. That's how to travel on the road of life.

Your life you listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham in today's message Jericho Road cartoon 3.2 billion people in our world still have no access to the kidneys. Jesus and we must do what ever it takes to reach the lost, with the hope of Christ. That's why we're excited to tell you about a matching grant that will double whatever you give today to help reach more people to PowerPoint your support will help broadcast the gospel into some of the most spiritually dark corners of the earth will say thanks for your gift by sending you three of Pastor Graham's books share the gospel right where you are. This evangelism bundle includes the help of Eastern life and God's promises for doubt filled days so call now to have your gift doubled by the max requester evangelism bundle: 800-795-4627 that's 1-800-795-4627.

You can also text the word PowerPoint to 59789 that's PowerPoint to 59789 and don't forget to visit Jack where you can shop our E store. Give a gift online for sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.Margie*what is your PowerPoint for today. Love is a gift of God is given to one of us as followers of Christ. Not only does he love you and me, but he's gifted us and enabled us with ability to love one another and what an important ability. That is, as believers in Jesus we are called to love people, no matter their background the color of the race. The religion why because God loves people and he called each one of us to love even as he has loved us. So how do you love people like God loves people well.

One way is to look for immediate and then meet maybe the person you sit next to work me some encouragement today or just a simple, how are you doing today and I don't mean a how are you doing today that is just small talk, but I mean really taking time to listen to the person and respond to them and deal with whatever they're going through, or maybe a server you had at the restaurant this week needed to know how much you value nor appreciated their service there so many opportunities to show kindness and love to people. God's love and I want to encourage you to ask God to open your eyes to see opportunities to show that love and to serve others around you today. Over and over. The Scripture we see how Jesus love those around how we empathize and felt for those who are hurting, or in need, and you know that's really how I want to live my life to as Jesus. I want to go about doing good today I want to encourage you to go out of your way to offer encouragement or comfort or strength or help to someone in need, just like Jesus does, and I know you're busy and I know you got a lot of your plate, but you never know that someone you help her encourage might just see the love of Jesus and come to know him wonderful salvation.

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