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John 1:29-34 (1-15-17; Amite # 245)

“DOUBT”
…The year is about 1800, and all he cared about was his wife Mary, his son Thomas…actually, he cared about his wife Mary, their son Thomas… and their new farm. Several acres in Washington County… This had been a dream of his for many years…. A family & A farm….they had been there for a while…and everything seemed to be going fine! They it seemed, for no apparent reason, the Indians just south of him were at odds with him… so much so… they came and kidnapped him… and beat him severely… told him to leave… Immediately! He returned home… beaten up pretty bad…taking his wife Mary and his son Thomas… and they left. After several months he had decided that … hey, wait a minute… I am not leaving my land… I paid for it… it is ours… so they returned. For several months everything went fine… then that proverbial day… while he was cutting wood, Mary in the cabin and Thomas playing… an Indian was watching him…every time he would chop the wood…the Indian would move one step closer…again he would chop… the Indian would move one step closer… soon enough he was close enough to take aim… and that he did… he raised his gun and fired… he hit Abraham Lincoln in the back… Abraham Lincoln had died as a result of that gunshot…hmmmmm… yes, brothers and sisters Abraham Lincoln was killed by an Indian from behind… DO YOU DOUBT… I thought that the Pres Abraham Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre…. Hmmmm… has DOUBT CREEPED IN…. IT MAY HAVE… Brother and Sisters… this Abraham Lincoln was the presidents…grandfather… his son Thomas gave birth to our President who married a … Mary and had a son too named Thomas!!
THE GOSPEL IS ABOUT… DOUBTS!!! Think for a second… TWICE, NOT ONCE… BUT TWICE… John the Baptist says… ‘I did not know him’…. He is making it clear… that even though I may have grown up only 6 months ahead of him… and he was the ‘cousin’ of Christ…. the last time I ‘saw’ him, I was in the womb, and so was HE!!! I ‘danced’ for joy…. Being baptized in the womb!!! Go to Luke’s gospel, John the Baptist tells us…that he has been in the wilderness ( in greek can also mean desert) until the manifestation (the baptism itself of Christ/dove descending)… so anyone who has DOUBTS about Christ… or think because of nepotism …. That I am trying to pull a fast one… HAVE NO DOUBT… HE IS THE MESSIAH!!! ‘He came before me, yet I am older… he ranks ahead of me… I’m just a reed blowing in the wind’!
My friends in Christ…make sure you understand this about the Gospel… its FOUNDATIONAL…. One, the jews are looking for the MESSIAH!!! The problem… is most are looking for the wrong ‘type’ …for example, some are looking for a warrior/army type to overthrown Rome and her legions… some are looking for a political guy to come and take over politically… some are looking for a zealot… whose zeal is so great, he would do whatever it takes to take over… but there are some, a few… and maybe even fewer today… .that are looking for a new ‘Moses’!! Like Moses said in the book of Deut, a ‘person like me’!!! And when HE comes he will bring 4 things with HIM, a new exodus…deliverance from the slavery of the Roman Empire… new temple (in three days I will rebuild the temple)… a new food/covenant source… not mana, nor a lamb… ‘MY flesh is true food, MY blood is true drink’…. And a new promise land… Heaven! ( if I am in you and you are in ME, you will have Eternal Life) … MAKE NO DOUBT ABOUT IT… YOU AND I ARE IN ‘THE CHURCH’, THE RIGHT PATH….
So when John speaks of the Lamb of God, as a jew you and I would immediately jump to the exodus 12… the removal of slavery… when John says, a Lamb who will take away the sins of the world… you and I and the Jews would immediately remember the Great Prophet Isaiah… where he states in chapter 53, the suffering servant, that a lamb will be lead to slaughter… take on the sins of the world!!!

THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE…if there is one thing that has plagued mankind… it is … DOUBT!!!… Martha and Mary… ‘Lord had you been here our brother, Lazarus would not have died’…. The Apostles lock the door behind them… they do so, because they have no ‘doubt’ that HE has died… Longinus the centurion on Golgotha makes the statement, ‘truly, this was the son of God’…. he must had his doubts beforehand!
Well, it has been 2000 years…are we still plagued with DOUBT!!! Why do you and I, DOUBT… SO MUCH!! … lets see… do we doubt that God hears our prayers… that he will respond… will he do so in a timely manner… and if HE takes too long… do we DOUBT HIS EXISTENCE???? Do you look around the world… and ask ourselves, if HE exist why all the mayhem… well, lets see… we run HIM out of the classroom, the boardroom, the courtroom and now we wonder, where is HE???? Yet, HE never … NEVER LEAVES US…. HE never left Judas either… but you and I ….like Judas have free will!!! Will you continue to pray… when you are SOOOO tired of asking and not seeing results, or not getting what we want, we want it… DOUBT sneaks in… and we just throw up our hands… we …………………………quit. You think you have problems now…that you have hit rock bottom… stop praying and you will find out you were not even close to bottom!!! You may be the only one praying for your parents, your children, your spouse…boyfriend, girlfriend… whomever… you stop and nobody is praying!!!
Remember, only 3 people can put DOUBT into your head… you, Christ and the evil one… DOUBT cant come from Christ, HE EXIST… it shouldn’t come from us… its from the evil one!!! To cause unrest!!! And if its from him…and it is… then he must exist.. and if he exist… the ONE who has come to throw him into HELL must exist…………too. So the fact you doubt…should tell you… that HE MUST EXIST!!!
My brothers and Sisters… HE IS EITHER THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, OR the greatest liar that has ever walked the earth!!! Nobody dies for a prophet… the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf, hear, the dead rise… HE IS … I AM!!!! Make no mistake about it…. HE IS ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING, HE IS EVERYWHERE… HE IS!!!! Make NO DOUBT about it… HE hears your request… AND HE ANSWERS ALL PRAYERS……but be honest, sometime the answer is NO! One time a lady comes to him asking to cure her husband… he is crippled because of a fight…He does so! The man is cured… a year later coming thru the same town… the same lady approaches Jesus again, this time her husband is hurt again…and she needs him cured…the Lord ask her, if I cure him, he will not make heaven…if you leave him as is, he will be with me until the end of time…you tell me, which do you choose for him…she asked that he be left a crippled. The Good Lord answers all prayers, in his time, in his manner… and in his way… MAKE NO DOUBT ABOUT IT…SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND, KNOCK AND IT WILL BE OPEN, ASK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE….
I LEAVE YOU WITH this… ‘DOUBT kills more dreams, than failure ever will’!!! …hence, DOUBT kills more prayers, than failure of prayer ever will….

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