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Synopsis of : I’ve Got a Strong Case of the Can’t Help Its
Sub title: Have You ?
Good and joyful day today to all brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or whatever is your favorite; we’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God.
Today’s slice comes from:
John 1:35-42 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). 40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone, or as I prefer “a rock.)
One of the great rejoicing anthems that draw closer to us out of African-American culture is the powerful spiritual
“Ain’t Got Time To Die.”
“Been so busy praising my Jesus,
Been so busy working for the Kingdom,
Been so busy serving my Master…
Ain’t got time to die.”
Such wonderful spiritual songs celebrate the joy and excitement of being a Christian, in gratitude for what he has done for us. The point is trying to drive home to us with great enthusiasm that when we become Christians, ;and commit our lives to Christ… we can’t sit still… we become so excited, so thrilled, so grateful for our new life in Christ that we can’t help but praise, serve and share Him with others.
This is precisely what happened to Andrew. He found the Messiah, and was so excited he couldn’t sit still. Gratefully, excitedly, he ran to share the good news with his brother Simon. In the first chapter of John’s Gospel:
“(Andrew) first found his brother, Simon and said to him: ‘We have found the Messiah’” This was the greatness of Andrew. He was the man who was always introducing others to Jesus. Three different times in the Bible Andrew is brings someone to meet Jesus. He brings his brother Simon Peter. He brings to Jesus the boy with the five loaves and two fish. And we find Andrew bringing to Jesus the enquiring Greeks who wanted to visit with Him. Andrew’s greatest joy was sharing the good news of Christ and bringing others into the presence of Christ.
He just had to share Christ with others. ( When is the last time you have ? )
A minister friend of mine tells about a woman in his church who is so excited to be a Christian. She has a shady past and had pretty much hit bottom when a friend reached out to her… and brought her to church.
The church members welcomed her warmly and loved her into the circle of their love and God’s love. She started going to church faithfully, joined a Sunday-School class, began studying the Bible daily, and praying regularly… and in the process was converted. She came to understand that even though she had done all those sordid things in her earlier life, that God still loved her, forgave her, accepted her, valued her, treasured her. She was absolutely bowled over by that “Amazing Grace” and she committed herself to Christ heart and soul and began a relationship with Him. Recently she said to her minister, “I’m so excited to be a Christian, that I’ve got a strong case of the “can’t help its.” And that is the title of today’s message… I’ve Got a Strong Case of the Can’t Help Its
But… with a sub title …. Have You ?
This is also true of Andrew. He, too, had a strong case of the “can’t help its.” He was so grateful, thrilled, excited about Christ that he just could not sit still. He could not keep Jesus to himself. It goes with being a Christian.
Let me show you what I mean, and I’m sure that you will think of others out of your own personal and spiritual life, but for now, let me share these three with you.
I. FIRST OF ALL, BECAUSE WE ARE CHRISTIANS, WE CAN’T HELP BUT BE GRATEFUL.
Andrew, along with the people of his time, was longing, hoping, praying for a Messiah. When he found the Messiah in Jesus, he was incredibly grateful. Christianity by definition is our grateful response to God for His gift to the world of Jesus Christ. Christianity is all about responsive gratitude. ( Have you ? )
A group of young students were asked by their school teacher to make a list of what they thought were the present-day Seven Wonders of the World. Although there were some disagreements, the following seven things received the most votes:
1. The Great Pyramids of Egypt
2. The Taj Mahal
3. The Grand Canyon
4. The Panama Canal
5. The Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student had not turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she were having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have – read your list and maybe we can help.” Hesitantly, shyly, the girl stood up and then read her paper out loud to the class. She said, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:
1. to be able to see
2. to be able to hear
3. to be able to touch
4. to be able to feel
5. to be able to taste
6. to be able to laugh
7. to be able to love.”
The room was so quiet when she finished that you could have heard a pin drop. Isn’t it amazing how we overlook and take for granted the gifts that God has given us? We become so captivated by man-made things that we sometimes forget the astounding generosity of God. The psalmist did not make that mistake. They resound with praise and gratitude to God. The 100th Psalm is a classic example. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness, come before His presence singing.
( Do you ? )
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