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John 12:20-33 (As built; Amite, 3-18-2018  #297)

A. Introduce… Introduce… as to introduce someone…to yourself or to someone else.

B. It’s about the 1960’s…his name… his name is Pack… P-A-C-K…He’s born in Sacramento California…His mom is a physical trainer…like an instructor…a therapist…His dad is a forest ranger…works for the Department of Interior…loves the outdoors… Now Pack is an only child…and he’ll tell you…now grammar school…high school…ah…for the most part uneventful…He will also tell you he eventually went to college…He went to Clarks College…in Washington…And as a result of it…he was introduced…he was introduced…to the theatre…Guys and Dolls…he loved it…So much so…that he actually called home and told his dad…I have been introduced to acting…and I love it…He heard a pregnant pause on the other end…Well that’s good son…AND WHEN YOU GET HOME I’M GONNA INTRODUCE YOU TO WORK…cause your gonna starve to death…As a result of it…he said…well I’m just gonna give it a try…You know…I got to tell you…Guys and Dolls lead Pack to do what they call Judd in Defense…which was a movie…albeit brief…but it did ok…Then it opened up yet another door… where he played in the movie Gone to Texas…in where he played…he played one of the big hits…and the big stars at the time….And as a result of it…it kinda grew legs a little bit…and then he tried like a TV series…He did Hawaii 5-0…He did Justified... Pack did…Pack also did what they called the Felony Squad…He did a little bit on Gunsmoke…But then he finally found out his calling… His calling is really Westerns…And as a result…he goes in that line…so he goes back to L’Amour’s called The Sacketts…Louis L’Amour’s movie called The Sacketts…And then he did yet another one brothers and sisters in Christ called The Shadow Riders…And now man the world is starting to open up…He actually thought he could step out…and he does…He does a movie with Cher called the Mask…some of you may have seen the movie Road House…Some of you may know him as Virgil Earp…Wyatt Earps brother in Tombstone…Man brothers and sisters in Christ…I gotta tell you…Packs done a pretty good job…but you know what’s so great about him…It’s his voice…. He now introduces products for other people… Dodge Ram…Coors Light…I’m just saying Coors Light my brothers and sisters…I’m not promoting it…I’m just saying… Just so you know that…But man brothers and sisters in Christ…you know Pack…as Sam Pack Elliot… ALL BECAUSE SOMEBODY TOOK THE TIME TO INTRODUCE HIM TO HIS PASSION…THAT IS EXACTLY THAT GOSPEL…

C. My brothers and sisters in Christ…think about it…all of a sudden these Greeks come out of nowhere…They go to Philip and Andrew…and they say…we would like to meet Jesus…we would like to meet the Savior…the Great I Am…Now remember…if you’re a 1st Century Jew…go back in time and make sure you understand the setting…When the Greeks came…they were like Pagans…they would be like you and I…we’re Gentiles…And as a result of such…the reason they go to Andrew and to Philip is because they’re the only two Apostles with Greek names…Andreas was Andrews true name…Philippus is Philips real name...both Greek…both from Bethsaida…They would have known him…Now brothers and sisters in Christ…imagine…you have worked all your life to finally come to understand this guy the Messiah…You know somebody…They take you to see the Messiah…And the first words out of his mouth when you stand up in front of him is…Man my hour has now come…I don’t know how you would feel…but I’ve spent all of my life trying to find out if this is true… and then when I stand in front of him… you don’t introduce yourself …you just tell me that my  hour has now come…You have spent the last three years… from the Wedding of Cana to tell me my hour has not yet come… And then all of a sudden we show up…Your hours here…Your judgement …your death… Man brothers and sisters in Christ…that’s a call to Confession…that’s a call to Exocorism… Man what have I done…but brothers and sisters in Christ…if you’re a 1st Century Jew…you get it…because if you go all the way back to Zachary…and Isaiah… it says that the Lord’s hour will come…when Greeks and Pagans come to acknowledge Him…So if you’re a 1st Century Jew you now get it…and you know what’s even amazing…If you’re a 1st Century Jew…and you hear God the father speak…even though some might think it’s an angel…you know as a 1st Century Jew…you heard God the Father speak to Moses and Elijah… You heard God the Father come…You heard that He came and spoke to Jesus on Transfiguration…You heard at the very beginning at Baptism…And now you’ve heard for the final time…Everything in 3’s is important to a Jew…My brothers and sisters in Christ… well now 2000 years later throughout the history of mankind…all of our best players introduce themselves to Christ…but it takes effort…They introduce themselves to Christ by any means they can…because they know the importance of it…Veronica…back in the day if you are a woman… you have…you have no status…and yet your gonna stand in the middle of the Crucifixion holding a veil…hoping to wipe His face…knowing that your gonna get whatever is coming your way…a beating… maligned…whatever may come because just of your status…But your willing to do that… to be introduced to Christ…You know her name… Veronica means true icon…Do you know…still to this day…depending on the occasion…they actually have that veil…that will be sitting on the Altar of Pope Francis…My brothers and sisters in Christ…because she introduces herself to Christ…her name is now in the Book of Life…Say what you want about Simon of Cyrene…I get it…nobody wants to carry a cross …because back in the day you could be conscripted…In other words…the soldier could pull you out of line…and could say…Congratulations…your in the army now…and they can have you for at least thirty days or more so… My brothers and sisters in Christ…he is offering to carry a cross …not his…12 ft tall…8 ft wide…and he carries it for 1 mile…That what it took for him to be introduced to Christ…and because he does…his name is in the Book of Life…Arimathea gives up his tomb …Man you just don’t pick a tomb…it takes a lifetime to hew a tomb…to carve it out…to even have the money to purchase one…much less do something with it…

D. Brothers and sisters in Christ…well here you and I sit 2000 years later…how hard are you gonna work at introducing people to Jesus Christ …and look…make sure you understand something…I’m not condoning or condemning that people that come up and say …Do you know Jesus Christ and accept your Lord and Savior and our saved… or Are you saved…I’m not talking about that…I’m talking about being genuine…I am talking about brothers and sisters in Christ introducing people to Jesus Christ in a manner that is acceptable by your actions… When you see somebody that’s down and out…and there a friend of yours…will you sit with them and listen to what they say…but when you leave say…would you mind if I pray with you…not over you…would you mind if I pray with you…so that you could now come to meet Him…and how important He is in our life…Brothers and sisters in Christ…will you be willing to introduce somebody after an email that gets a little heated …or you just need to back up from it…say man I will make sure to take this to prayer…Will you bring prayer into it brothers and sisters in Christ… Will you introduce them to Jesus Christ…Brothers and sisters in Christ …when your getting heated with a family member..or it gets into an argument…or you’re at work…will you be a man or woman enough to introduce them to our Savior…Brothers and sisters in Christ…DON’T YOU SEE…. THAT’S THE PROBLEM…. NOBODY WANTS TO DO THAT…BECASUE... NO FATHER…I  mean we can do… You know what’s amazing…we can curse like a sailor…we can talk about whoever we want…whenever we want…and we can talk about this and the government and the president and whatever…BUT WHEN IT COMES TO JESUS CHRIST….THAT’S GOTTA STOP...I mean…come on now…But yet therein lies the problem…we have taken Him out of the boardroom, the conference room, the classroom…and now we wonder why our country is in such a way…Or why the world is in such it is…because you know …give Archbishop Chaput and he caught all kinds of grief…He’s the Archbishop of Philadelphia …he says you know the problem…is that we’ve worked so hard at making our private our religion our private life…that we’ve refused to bring it out in public…so the only peace in the world we have…is just within ourselves…There’s anarchy and chaos in our families…in our schools…in our cities…in our country…and around the world…Because if we had only taken it public…now the whole world would be worshipping in the manner of which our Savior asked …It’s because were not willing to introduce Him…Brothers and sisters in Christ…let me ask you…Will you introduce people to the Apostles’…will you bring them here so they can walk out their and meet the twelve…How many of us even knew the names of the twelve…My brothers and sisters in Christ…or what they gave up…so you and I would have life…that you and I could be part of Holy Mother Church…Will you introduce them to the Creed…so that when they get besieged by somebody of another faith…and they say…TELL ME….TELL ME WHAT YOU CATHOLICS BELIEVE...that you don’t stutter and stammer and figure out the host and skip the whole Mary thing…Will you give them the Apostles’ Creed…so that they can defend themselves…so that they now know what they believe…Are you willing to introduce people to that brothers and sisters in Christ…and take the hit that you are “a holy roller”…or that somehow or another they’ve just think you’ve lost it…You know what amazes me…brothers and sisters in Christ…people want to hire you…because your honest…and your hard working…and you have a faith…and your driven…and your willing to do more than it takes…boy everybody wants you…But they don’t want to want the person that made you that way…And they dang sure don’t want you to have to recognize Him in their office…In the work…in the boardroom… or the classroom…Well therein lies the problem…. My brothers and sisters in Christ…I’m asking you…to start introducing people to Jesus Christ…And that your actions…and that you will pray for them…And if you tell people you pray for them…man you better pony up and pray for them…Cause there ain’t nothing worse than somebody said your gonna pray for them…and then you just be hypocritical…and then it falls off the truck…Or you pray for yourself first…My brothers and sisters in Christ…on Judgement Day…its coming…you and I are gonna be judged…and at that very second…that very nanosecond…it’s all over…there is no more debate…you will not be mitigating…you will not be negotiating terms…you will not have an arbitrator on your behalf…it’s done…mom and dad will no longer stand in your way…every mistake is now your own…not somebody else’s…and your gonna be standing before a gate…and if you have not introduced somebody to Christ and His Church…Holy Mother Church…and the teachings of Holy Mother Church…and you do not recognize anybody behind that gate…MAN… NOTHING I CAN DO...you’re at the wrong gate…and it’s for all eternity…Welcome to Hell…My brothers and sisters in Christ…if you recognize somebody…then somebody must have introduced them to Christ…Somebody introduced you to Jesus Christ in His Church…that’s why you and I are here today…I have a mother that burned beads incessantly…INCESSANTLY THAT WOMAN BURNED BEADS… I’M TELLING YOU TO A POINT THAT I WOULD GET MAD…THAT SHE WAS PRAYING A ROSARY…MY GOD WOMAN…WHAT IS IT WITH THAT…IT’S A CIRCLE…YOU NEVER LEAVE…YOU’RE IN A ROUND ROOM LOOKING FOR A CORNER…STOP…FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WOMAN WHY DO YOU PRAY SO MUCH…FOR WHO DO YOU PRAY…YOU…now look…I say that cuz she’s not here to defend the other side of that equation...

E. My brothers and sisters in Christ…I’m begging you…INTRODUCE them to Jesus Christ…and Holy Mother Church…

F. AMEN…IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

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