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Luke 3:10-18; 12-16-2018 (As Built; Amite #332)

 

  1. Past… the past… As in… stop living in the past…
  2. It’s the early 1900s… His name is Murry… Murry Spangler… He lives in Canton, Ohio… He works at the Caldwel building… The Caldwel building just so you know… it is the place to shop in Canton… It’s got everything… It’s got toys… it’s got office stuff… it’s got clothing… it’s got stuff for cars… it’s got stuff for your house… it’s got furniture… it is the place to shop in Canton, Ohio… Yes… an argument could be made it’s the only place to shop that’s true… But it’s 10,000 square feet… 1900s… Now Murray’s job… From 10 PM at night to 6 AM in the morning is to clean the building… Him and his crew… Now think about it… That’s a pretty massive undertaking in such a short amount of time… I mean imagine 10,000 square feet… Just the floors … not to mention the walls or the lights… the displays and stuff in the windows and the mannequins… this that and the other… I mean that’s a lot to do… And over time you notice that Murry started to catch a cough… A hack… A wheeze… You know how it is… You start catch a little bit of this and a little bit of that… Next thing you know somebody yells out you got tuberculosis and man now he’s petrified… He is so worried that his health is declining and it is… The crew got together and said look… Murry you’re kind of the go to guy of our crew we got this job because of you… Why don’t you just sit and rest easy and we’ll break up your job… we’ll do it that way and you’re good to go… Well man he sitting there in the window and he’s kind of just watching them do their thing… He’s looking out he notices a street sweeper goes by and comes back … just watching it for a little bit… Man… Boss man comes in and there’s Murray sitting down… He loses it… All on Murray… then he loses it all on his crew… How long has this been going on I mean he’s just sitting on the side and y’all are doing the work this is not what I paid for… He said I tell you how this is gonna work… if Murry doesn’t jump up and help I’m not only going to let Murry go I’ll let the rest of you go… And as a result of it… man they are panic stricken… they can’t believe they just heard that… They been pretty steadfast the whole time… Next thing you know the boss leaves… Man they don’t know what to do… Murry still struggling with his health… He said look… That’s the past …granite it just happened a few seconds ago… But remember this that’s the past it’s where you and I go in the future … He said I think I got it… He said I know what I have to do… He said I just thought about this idea after I was watching that street sweeper… He said I’m gonna get a little motor I’m going to get it off of the sewing machine… I’m going to get a soapbox… I’m going to get a broomstick I’m going to get a pillow case and I’m gonna get some fan blades off the air-conditioner out back… And man… We’re going to be able to clean this faster quicker than you can ever imagine… Man my brothers and sisters in Christ… When I tell you they could jump on it… His health got better just because he stopped living in the past… Next thing you know… Man Mr. Hoover comes in… And then he buys it… You know… Brothers and sisters in Christ… this is a miracle that 90% of y’all know now what I’m talking about that I’m talking about a vacuum cleaner… That’s a miracle… I got a tell you…
  3. My brothers and sisters in Christ but therein lies the point… Because Murry doesn’t live in the past… The invention comes in and you and I still use it to this day… That is exactly the whole point of the gospel… That is what’s going on… That’s why John the Baptist is talking … Did you notice… There are three groups of people that were specific… There were tax collectors… Soldiers… And then there were those that had a little bit more means than the rest… I.e. to coast or maybe more food… Now brothers and sisters in Christ… You’re a 1st century Jew… Let’s make sure we understand what’s going on… They are at the River Jordan… OK my brother sisters in Christ… He is just proclaimed that the Pharisees and the Sadducees are vipers who have come back… He’s already given Herod the what for… And now all the sudden everybody is walking away and people start to worry about their past… That is why my brothers and sisters in Christ the tax collectors come up… As a tax collector you and I would’ve been a Jew… Which means… The Jews don’t like us because were collecting taxes from them… The Romans don’t like us because were Jew but we are collecting there money… And the way it would work… If you were unethical you would charge different amounts for different people… You would keep the overages… And as a result of it he said that’s not how it should be… Collect your fee and remint it… And then the soldiers come up because they’re worried about their past… But I gotta tell ya I understand where there at… Because they’re saying well what should we do… And he said look… There’s nothing wrong with being a soldier but you can’t just accuse somebody because you can… You can’t just conscript somebody in the army because you want to… Because remember that’s what is the rule… If a man’s walking along side the road and they want you in the army … You could be conscripted from a day up to several weeks… That’s the law… That’s why Simon of Cyrene gets conscripted… My brother sisters in Christ… He’s telling them… Man be happy with your wage… Now if your soldier you’re probably going to be paid in salt for the most part that was the deal… Why… Because you needed to be able to preserve your food… You needed to be able to use it as a medium of exchange… Giving a solider money who is constantly going into battle… What’s the point… Here’s the miracle part of it… My brothers and sisters in Christ the next time you see a painting of the Last Supper with all the apostles get on one side … look and see who knocked over the table salt… It’s Judas… And he’s telling and that’s why the Good Lord says… are you worth your salt… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Because as a soldier you would have been paid in it… and if you purchased a slave you would’ve asked… Are they worth their salt … So he’s saying… Don’t go in just because you got the power you’re going to rob them while you’re at it… That’s not what it’s about… You got to stay in the day… And remember… John the Baptist is even telling on himself… He said I can’t even loosen the thong on His sandals… If you and I lived in the day… Do you understand what he saying… If you and I lived in the day a slave would be responsible to his master for undoing the sandals and washing his feet… He saying he can’t even touch the sandal… He’s even not that of a slave… My brothers and sisters in Christ… He saying stop living in the past… Whether you’re a soldier or tax collector or you have means… He says if you have an extra coat then you need to give it to somebody… Now remember there is a secondary saying there… When he saying don’t be duplicitous… Don’t be one way here and one way somewhere else… don’t be one way at work… Another way at home… He’s saying you need to be true to who you are… My brothers and sisters in Christ… There was a duel etch to that sword… You may have the means but make sure you treat everyone at home like you do at work… And everybody at work like you do at home… Be true to who God made you… More over… Stop living in the past… It is just that… This is why he is baptizing them… It is not the forgiveness of sins… The Holy Spirit will come and do that… It’s for a repentant heart… That you recognize where you sit… To get the past off your backs…
  4. Brothers and sisters in Christ… Think about it in scripture… Go back just think for a minute… In scripture if there is one guy plagued with living in the past… So much so that he is going to live in it if that’s always going to do… Man that’s pharaoh… Think about what he’s done… He wants to dominate and control every aspect of a person’s life… Albeit in an Israelite… As a Jew… He wants so bad even though that the plague came… Even though that the water turned to blood… That he had pestilence…… And flies… And famine… The boy lost his son… And he still won’t let them go… Because he wants to live like he used to live… He wants it in the past… And you know what’s amazing… He loses his whole kingdom at the Red Sea… Because he simply refuses to move on into the future… That having slaves is not the answer… You know what’s amazing… For everyone guy that just refuses to get out of the past… There’s another that will not be held prisoner by it… But… Man… That’s Kephas… That’s Petros… That’s Peter… Brothers and sisters in Christ if the Good Lord turned to you and I… And said Satan get behind me… Man my brothers and sisters in Christ… He didn’t say hey you’re a bad person or you should stop saying that or you’re imprudent… He called you His nemesis… So therefore my brothers and sisters in Christ… His ability to get past it… To not let it wear him down… He fails at walking on water but he still moves on… He gives Peter a hard time and he’s got to deny Him three times… You know they said that Peter cried so much as a result of that denial… 33 years later in the year 66 when he’s crucified upside down… They said if you look at his cheeks you would see chrise marks from where the tears fell… If Peter lives in the past… We have no boulder of which to build our Church… We have no Apostolic Church… We have no Church… Because Peter refuses to live in the past… You and I have a new beginning…
  5. My brothers and sisters in Christ… Here are you and I sit… 2000 years later… How much of today is wrapped up in yesterday… How much of today do you spend worried about what you did… Would’ve could’ve should’ve… done in your past… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Do you understand what I’m saying… You and I live in the past … brothers and sisters in Christ… Do you ever ask yourself why the windshield of your car is so big and the rearview mirror is so small… So you don’t drive looking through the review mirror… Do you drive your car’s driving backwards… Hitting everything in your past… Brothers and sisters in Christ don’t you see … The Church is giving you a wonderful blessing… Go to Confession… Why do you keep couching it… so that you can cut the past loose and let it go… Brothers and sisters in Christ don’t you see… It is scriptural… How many times do I hear people say well I go directly to God… He never said it… Nowhere in Scripture did our Savior ever say go to Me… He didn’t baptize anybody and He didn’t hear a Confession… All things come through Christ… That’s a given… But He did say He did say… in John… Go out and heal them and forgive them of their sins… He did say in Hebrews 5… I will choose priest among men for the forgiveness of sins… No one is to take it upon themselves… He did say James you must confess your sins to another… He did say Saint Paul in Corinthian’s… He did say the Sacrament of Reconciliation has been given to us… Go to a priest and cut it loose… Why do you insist on hanging onto it… My brothers and sisters in Christ how many times do I hear you say to me… Well father the only reason I don’t go is I’m committing the same sins over and over again… YOU WANT NEW ONES… Stop… Just stop doing it… You keep coming… Well father it’s not my fault can’t be mine I didn’t do it… Brothers and sisters in Christ go to confession… Cut it loose… I don’t care if you go behind the screen… I don’t care if you change your voice… I don’t care if you wear a Mr. Magoo mask… That’s going to be hard because I’m sitting in front of you because I don’t have a screen… Just go… I don’t care if you priest shop… Cut it loose and let it go… The Church is so wonderful… And Her blessings through Her Son… Do you know that they give us the Sacrament for the past… Confession… They give you a Sacrament for living in the day… Give us this day our daily bread… And then guess what… They give you one for tomorrow… The Sacrament of the sick… In other words to get rid of all anxiety and worry… Not just physical ailments but spiritual… My brothers and sisters in Christ those that affect your soul… Those that feel tormented or feel a little depressed or a little down… But how many of us… will stay after Mass after every Mass on the weekends and Annoint… or you just cut your losses and leave because moneys time and time is money… And Mother Church has given us three great gifts… Brothers and sisters in Christ the evil one is a liar and he’s a cheat… And he hates you… And he hates your very essence… And your children and everyone that goes with it … why… Because you’ve been made in His image… So he’s going to bring up the past… And he’s gonna haunt you with it… And he’s gonna beat you with it… Until you regress to a point of going to confession and allow the Good Lord to fight on the level that He can remove that hurt from you… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Stop living in the past… It has no strings on you it never did… It’s all it’s all a lie… And I’m asking you to go to Confession and cut it loose… To receive the Sacrament to stay in the day… To spend that extra few minutes to stay after Mass and let me Annoint you…
  6. My brothers and sisters in Christ I leave you with this… And Mr. Warren is a guy that said this and he is so true… YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO THE PAST BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE HELD PRISONER BY IT…
  7. Amen

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