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John 2:13-25 (As built; Amite, #295)

  1. COMPOSURE… Composure…. as in keeping your composure….
  1. It’s the 1970’s … his name is Philip… Philip lives in Hayward California….He is an only child…. His parents were pretty good….his mom was the can do mom…. She could do it… she did do it… all day every day and twice on Sundays… His dad … well….he made his money in promotions…. Boxing… wrestling… and as a result of it they did ok…. Grammar school… he’ll tell you… Philip will tell you…. was pretty uneventful… no ups…. No downs… pretty good… now high school… now high school was a bit different… he said he went to at least FIVE different high schools…. He said because his dad… you know… he traveled so much… you know with all the promotions you know…..Boxing…. Wrestling…. But if you were to ask his dad... Philip’s dad will tell you… well the reason he went to four or five different high schools was because he got kicked out of four or five high schools… that’s why I needed to travel…. As a result of such… man you know the life is what it is… I gotta tell you by his fifth year… his fifth school… I mean…his senior year…. He becomes…. Philip becomes a great wrestler but an even better football player… so good….the University of Miami catches wind…. As a matter of fact… they are watching him… and they offer him a scholarship and the coach tells him…. I’m telling you now… more than ever before you need to keep your composure… because if you lose it on the field… things are gonna happen …. Your going to lose your scholarship… You’re going to be kicked out…. You gotta keep you composure… Now it’s the University of Miami… my brothers and sisters in Christ…. Man they don’t get three ways… three games into the season and when I tell you a fight breaks out in the game…. Like they have never seen…. It brought in…. it cleared the benches… it brought in coaches… it spilled into the stands… and low and behold… you know of course ESPN there and when they take that camera and they view the stands… man who do they see…. There is this one player from Miami… man.. he is going to town on the other team’s mascot… That would be Philip…man the next thing you know the coach…. You lost your composure I’m going to have to have you sit down….. Man… brothers and sisters in Christ… he leaves…. He graduates from Miami with a point seven…. Which means you don’t graduate Miami… brothers and sisters in Christ… and they ask him …. Man what did you do to get a point seven… he said…. Very little!!! He gets an opportunity to go play for the Canadian football league… the Calvary Stampeders…. Doug Flutie’s team….. he does well there but like anything else…. He gets hurt…. And then all of a sudden…. man well you got to make a living…. He goes back to his dad…. His dad tells him …. Look you’re not going to be much of a boxer…we gonna make you a wrestler…. So man they made him a wrestler and man I gotta tell you….his name was pretty popular… they changed it a lot… they used to call him Flex… then it was Flex Nirvana… they he was part of a tag team called the Nation of Demolition….and then that lasted for a while… but then you know what was good about him…. Was his ability to put on the dog…. Like for example… he would come up with sayings that everybody started laying…catching hold to….for example… before he would walk into the ring… he would tell his opponent… call him a Jombonni… I’m gonna layith the smackith down uponith…. And brothers and sisters in Christ…. Man the next think you know…. Man… his popularity began to soar… let me tell you…. you thought he was good in that…. Man let me tell you acting is where he now makes his pay….man…. all of a sudden he becomes the Scorpion King….and then the Mummy Returns…. He’s in Walking Tall…. He was in Hero….Tooth Fairy….matter of fact… brothers and sisters…. You can SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKING!!! Ok…. Great…. I been practicing that all week….just so you know that too…. Brothers and sisters in Christ….Man it’s all about…. Yea…. You know Philip….It’s Dewayne Philip Johnson…The Rock….ALL BECAUSE HE WAS TOLD TO KEEP HIS COMPOSURE….
  1. THAT IS EXACTLY THAT GOSPEL!!! My brothers and sisters in Christ…. Think for a second….. the Good Lord had now arrived on the scene of the Temple….. He has begun to run everybody out of the temple…. Oxen….sheep….camels….everybody…. even the pigeons….Now remember…What does He do…..He gets to the table of the money changers… He not only cleans off the top and throws the money to the floor….he overturns the table….and then all of a sudden when He gets to the table of were the DOVES ARE… He simple tells them to make sure you take these out of here because this is not a market place…. In other words… no matter HOW upset He was He kept His composure… because no matter how upset He was at the money changers… He is not going to hurt His own creation….the dove…. My brothers and sisters in Christ… if you’re a first century Jew… make sure you understand the setting…. EVERY YEAR…. You and I …. If we were a first century Jew….ONE MILLION of us would go to Jerusalem…. LOOK we can’t bring all our animals…. We don’t have the resources!!! They may not make the trip…..so …. You bring the MONEY there brothers and sisters in Christ…. To buy…to buy…to purchase a bull… or a sheep…. Or turtledoves…. Here’s the problem…. When the Good Lord who now has been coming for thirty years….inside the temple would be only the priest….outside….like were our parking lot is ….that would be the woman’s court….on the sides… where the roads are…. That would be the gentile court….that’s where the Good Lord is at…. He IS SO UPSET BECAUSE OF WHAT HE SEES….Because why…. You’re not selling your best animals…. You’re just selling your also rans…. You’re charging PREMIUM Price for it….THE MONEY THAT YOUR USING…. MAN…. YOU’RE CHARGING A TAX THAT SHOULDN’T BE APPLIED…. MORE IMPORTANTLY….They….the gentiles…. You and I…. we can’t even worship now…because there are too many things going on….brothers and sisters in Christ…. Make sure that you understand this… as a first century Jew….those three animals represent something very important to you and I…..remember back in the story…. The Good Lord makes the statement… the man wants to follow him and he says….Lord I’ll follow you but let me bury my dad…my dead….my dad who has passed…. He says…let the dead bury the dead…. He said… But if you put your hand to the plow you will never come back….brothers and sisters in Christ… he is talking about being an ox…. Once they start grinding….once they start plowing…they will always look down….they will NEVER come back. He was talking to the Pharisees and Sadducees …. You have become like oxen…You will put your head down and you will REFUSE to listen….maybe you’re like a sheep….man…. you are so out of it… you’ll just follow…. Man… you will go right off the edge of the cliff…. You will follow the oxen because you will put no time to study… but for my precious children…. The precious few… who are the turtledoves….who are the pigeons….who are the Holy Ghost!!! Each and every one of those I will protect you…so that you are with me for all eternity!! Those animals signify….even today… my brothers and sisters in Christ that’s why it’s important YOU AND I…. keep our COMPOSURE!!!
  1. GO BACK IN SCRIPTURE…. ANYWHERE IN SCRIPTURE….ALL HAS TO DO WITH KEEPING YOUR COMPOSURE!!! THERE ARE THOSE WHO CAN…..AND THOSE NOWHERE NEAR CLOSE!! My brothers and sisters in Christ….The Good Thief… you want to talk about a man keeping his composure….You talk about a man that has no reason to yell out….he is a MURDERER….A BUTCHERER…AND A ROBBER!! AND FOR FORTY YEARS HE RULED THE DESERT…. He made his dad look like a boy scout… and now his last seconds on the crucifixion before they come to break his legs….he finally gets it and says….man…. I might as well just stick together and call it like I see it…. Man…. Remember me someday! MAN HE IS SOO SORRY ….. HE IS JUST ASKING TO BE REMEMBERED!!! JUST HAVE A THOUGHT OF ME….JUST… JUST REMEMBER ME….HAVE A MEMORY OF ME!! And for all the composure he had….his partner in crime…boy… for the last few seconds if he could have just hung in there…but he loses his composure he begins to yell at the Christ…. And tells him….if you are God ….get me and you both down from here…. Man all he had was seconds left to keep his composure…. And he blew it!! Man…my brothers and sisters in Christ….Pilate…. my boy Pilate loses his composure….HE IS SO POLITICAL THAT HE WOULD RATHER CRUCIFY AN INNOCENT MAN so that he can get out of the arm pit of the world…. That he is willing to put up with all the guff….all the push back from the Jews….. all the Pharisees and Sadducees… HE WOULD RATHER JUST WASH HIS HANDS OF IT…. LOOSES COMPOSURE….KILL THIS MAN IN ORDER THAT HE CAN PROGRESS FURTHER!! You know the height of irony… the same people that he was arguing with about Christ… over whether he should be crucified are the same five or six gentlemen…. Five years later… that they will be arguing over the right of water… and who owns it… that he would take his own life….talk about losing your composure…. Everybody who judged Christ….lost their lives and probably their soul…..Herod….Judas…Herod Antipas… the one they brought to judge him…man and Pilate himself…
  1. So my brothers and sisters in Christ….for every one of those….Man…. I gotta tell you…there is one that gets it! YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT KEEP YOUR COMPOSURE!! MAN… YOU ARE 14 YEARS OLD… YOU ARE THE MOTHER OF OUR LORD….CAN YOU IMAGE!!! BY THE TIME HE IS TWELVE….YOU KNOW HE IS THE MESSIAH ….YOU KNOW YOU ARE THE MOTHER OF GOD!!... AN ANGEL HAS TOLD YOU THAT…. YOU HAVE WATCHED HIM…. YOU HAVE NURTURED HIM…. YOU HAVE DONE ALL YOU CAN FOR HIM….AND THEN YOU LOOSE HIM FOR THREE DAYS!!!! Think about what I just told you….. you lost the Messiah of the World for three days…. Do you see how long that is!!! Brothers and sisters in Christ…. When you or I lose our keys… we are angry within seconds!! BROTHERS AND SISTERS…. IF WE LOSE OUR PHONE….WE ARE ACTUALLY GETTING A PHONE TO CALL OUR PHONE TO FIND OUT WHERE OUR PHONE IS AT!!! AND THEN WE GET UPSET WHEN SOMEBODY COMES UP AND MAKES THE STATEMENT…. WELL… WHERE DID YOU LAST LEAVE IT!!! WELL …IF I KNEW WHERE I LEFT IT ….. I WOULDN’T HAVE LOST IT!! MAN…. MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHIRST…. WE GET SO UPSET BECAUSE WE LOSE OUR COMPOSURE!! You know you can say what you want about Peter… yea… he gives us plenty of ammunition…but the truth of the matter is when he is about to be crucified… you want to talk about a man who kept his COMPOSURE!!!…. MAN…. WE’RE GOING TO CRUCIFY YOU…. HOPING TO GET HIM UPSET….TO GET REVOLTING… TO WANT TO RUN AWAY!! And he said…. I have no problem with being crucified …. AS LONG…. As it is upside down out of respect for my Savior!! THAT IS KEEPING YOUR COMPOSURE WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE!!
  1. Well now here you and I sit… two thousand years later…. HOW GOOD ARE YOU AT KEEPING YOUR COMPOSURE!!... Just driving around town….are you good at keeping your composure when the person in front of you is on a nice Sunday stroll…. They been having their blinker on now for two miles…. Even though it’s Monday… they are on a Sunday stroll…. DO YOU DRIVE AROUND THEM AND GIVE THEM…. THE LOOK!!! Like the parking lot is over there… just pull over and stop!!!.... brothers and sisters in Christ…. Or worse do you give them signal that they are number 1!!! OR RESPOND IN KIND THEN THEY GIVE YOU THE SIGNAL THAT YOUR ARE NUMBER 1!!! Man do you lose your composure… brothers and sisters in Christ…. Cause the person in front of you is not driving the car…. Like… you… like you’ve taught them to…. Brothers and sisters in Christ…. Do you lose your composure when work calls you for the umpteenth time….as if nobody else has their cell number…. But they surely got your number….. WELL SIMON….THEY GOT YOURS BECAUSE THE GOOD LORD WANTS YOU TO HANDLE IT…AND BECAUSE YOU WILL HANDLE IT I’LL BE BLESSING YOU WITH GRACE!!! MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGE… IT WILL BUILD ON YOUR NATURE!!! My brothers and sisters in Christ…. When your family calls and it seems like you’re the only one in the family that can solve problems….Will you keep your composure…. BECAUSE BROTHERS AND SISTERS NO MATTER HOW UPSET… MAD… WE START TO SHRINK OUR VOCABULARY TO FOUR LETTER WORDS… WE START SPEWING THE VENOM…THEN WE BRING UP PAST HISTORY…. My brothers and sisters in Christ….when you lose your composure…. Do you not understand….NOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR THE SIN TWICE!!! You get upset and you spread the venom and you cause other people to sin….and then the next thing you know… you are gonna spew the venom whether you’re going to help or not… moreover…. brothers and sisters in Christ… you’re still going to have to solve the problem.. why haven’t you just keep your composure….you going to have to solve the problem anyway….. then you gotta go back and solve the other one you created by getting upset!!! ARE YOU GONG TO GET UPSET AT WORK WHEN THEY ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING!!! AND IT’S JUST ONE MORE THING AND THE DECIMAL POINT…. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THEY WILL NEVER PAY YOU ENOUGH!!! You get upset with God because the test didn’t come back the way you wanted it…. You didn’t get what you wanted in relationship…. On test scores…. In your family relationships….or the JOB… or the pay increase…. WILL YOU LOSE YOUR COMPOSURE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…SO MUCH SO THAT….MAN…. NO BODY CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOU!!! YOU GET SO MAD AND SO VENOMUS THAT MAN IT’S ALMOST LIKE CARNAGE….IT’S LIKE.. IT’S LIKE.. A DEATH SPIRAL AND NO BODY WANTS TO GET CLOSE TO YOU!!! BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…. DON’T YOU SEE… YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM ANYWAY!!! SO WHY DON’T YOU JUST MAN OR WOMAN UP TO IT…. DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO… SUCK IT UP…AND SOLVE THE PROBLEM… TAKE THE PHONE CALL AND SOLVE IT… BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT YOU DO…SIMON… when your family calls…. Suck it up and take the phone call and solve the problem… It’s going to be solved anyway and it’s going to happen on your watch…. Whether you want it or not…. Brothers and sisters in Christ… I’m telling you… more sins come out of our mouth because we have lost our composure…We’ve gotten so upset that it has destroyed the whole day…not to mention now we have two issues that we need to address….
  1. I leave you with the words of Bobby Hall, the great hockey player… they are about to play for the Stanley Cup and he pulls his team together and he says…. MAN, YOU BETTER KEEP YOUR COMPOSURE…. YOU BETTER MAKE SURE THAT YOUR KEEP IT AND MAKE SURE YOU DON’T BE FOOLISH….AND DON’T ACT OUT…. BECAUSE YOU CAN’T SCORE FROM THE PENALTY BOX AND IF YOU CAN’T SCORE…. WE CAN’T WIN!! So my brothers and sisters in Christ…. Keep your composure…
  1. AMEN…. IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT       

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