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Luke 1:39-45; 12-23-2018 (As Built; Amite #333)

  1. Appreciate ... as in having an appreciation for someone or something…
  2. It’s a 1970s… His name is Edward… Edward lives in New York City the Big Apple… And if you were to ask Edward something about his family he’ll tell you… There are two things that are immutable… unchanging… It was my whole childhood was centered on the fact that my dad a devout Jew… My mom a devout Irish Catholic… Both of my parents were actors everything centered around that… As a result of such he decided maybe I can do acting but the truth of the matter is Edward wants to be a rockstar… he had a band in high school… And the band was called Capital Punishment… Yeah I can see you’ve heard of it… And then his favorite hit was Road Kill… Equally impressive… Yes I know… As a result of it man he realizes this isn’t going to work out… His dad says look I don’t know if you have the gene or if it’s hereditary but maybe you should try acting… Will send you the California you’ll go to USC… And for nine months or a year or semester however long your there man we’re all in… He last about nine months… He comes back he lives in New York City… Man he’s just trying to make ends meet … He waited tables… He worked at a taxi stand… He sold newspapers… He was so hungry he said one day… He entered a hotdog eating contest at Coney Island… He won… As a result of it… His dad finally comes to him… And says look… The problem is you need to find a job… And mom and I are going to get you in… We’re going to get you in some soap operas like Days of Our Lives and The Young and The Restless… Don’t ask me why I know these things brothers and sisters in Christ… I’m just repeating the story… As a result of it… He gets on a couple of them he does OK… And then he gets on a show called Full House… And then he gets on another one House of Blues… And then he gets on another one and it’s going OK… And man Saturday Night Live comes… Man his 15 minutes of fame… He’s on Saturday Night Live it’s doing better than he thought… His name in popularity is growing… And then all the sudden brothers and sisters in Christ they decided maybe your not that good of an actor per se… Why don’t you be a producer behind the scenes… We’ll even set you up on your first movie… The Cable Guy… It tanked… Man he is now depressed … he can’t get work … his dad comes to them and says son the problem is… You never showed an appreciation for the work that went on to become a good actor… You see his dad and you know his dad … he plays in the show Seinfield… He plays the dad of George Costanza… Big hint brothers and sisters in Christ… Big hint… Maybe not… But at the end of the day his dad said if you had a better appreciation… put more time in you’d probably do better … So they get with Alan Alda and he gets him in a movie called Tower Heist… I got a tell ya it does pretty well… Then he gets in another movie Something About Mary… Which is pretty funny… Unfortunately not many of you have seen it… Then he’s in another movie called Meet the Parents… then he’s in another called Meet the Fockers… (Make sure you heard that right I’m just going to say it I don’t want to push back on that issue)… Man brothers and sisters in Christ… Then he’s in The Night of the Museum… He was in Dodgeball… And you know him as Edward Ben Stiller… My brothers and sisters in Christ it’s all because he learned to appreciate …
  3. That is the whole point of the Gospel… This is why Elizabeth says … How can it be that the Mother of our Lord come to me… Remember where she’s at… Brothers and sisters in Christ God has traveled to her house… You and I have traveled to His… She is so appreciative that the mother of the Messiah has come to her house… That’s why she says it… Now remember… You and I are 1st Century Jews… We are going with her on this journey… We are going from the Sea of Gallilee all the way into southern Judea… Brothers and sisters in Christ… That’s it’s like you and I going from here to the West Bank… Seven days… Will be this journey… We’ll be on a pack mule… with a 14-year-old who’s with child who’s the Messiah and Joseph will lead us… My brothers and sisters in Christ that’s no small task… Now we got to make sure you understand… Brothers and sisters in Christ remember the setting… You and I are going to Elizabeth’s house… The people that are there… Zachariah… The high priest… That’s the dad of John the Baptist… Elizabeth the mom… John the Baptist in her womb… The good Lord is there with the Blessed Mother… You and I and Joseph… All of a sudden brothers and sisters in Christ you gotta make sure you understand something… You and I know old testament scripture… We understand scripture really well… so when Mary walks in and gives a greeting… And the Holy Spirit comes upon Elizabeth and the baby leaps in her womb… You and I immediately know what has just transpired… We go all the way back to king David… a thousand years… a foretelling of what is to come… What does he do… He hears the tabernacle which is that big gold box… You know the one Indiana Jones found… you got it… In it is the manna of heaven … the staff of Aaron … and the 10 Commandments… You touch the box… You die… Ousa touches the box… Ousa dead… It’s that simple… Brothers and sisters in Christ… When he hears that that tabernacle has come to Juda… Exact spot of where this house is… He sees it he steps back and begins to dance… And then makes the proclamation… How can it be at the Ark of the Covenant the Ark of the Lord… Come to me… The most identical words that Elizabeth says… So when you when I walk into the house… Mary offers her greeting… The baby dances in her womb… And she makes the same proclamation King David… You and I immediately know what just happened… The tabernacle is not the 10 Commandments… It’s the word it’s the Word made flesh in her womb… It’s not the manna of heaven… It’s the Bread of Life in her womb… It’s not the staff of Aaron… It’s a High Priest Himself… She’s the new tabernacle… She’s the Church… That’s why you and I can say Mother Church… Brothers and sisters in Christ… How well did you listen… Man brothers and sisters in Christ… I’m telling you everybody misses this when they read that scripture passage… Even or protestant brothers and sisters… Man we are not listening… We are not studying His Word… Remember… Elizabeth does not react until Mary makes the greeting… The Holy Spirit does not come upon her… The baby does not leap in her womb until she opens her mouth… Bam… The first intercession… Well before the Wedding of Cana… 30 years early… She interceded and brought the Holy Spirit upon Elizabeth… And the baby dances in her womb… Brothers and sisters in Christ that tells you why she is so respectful and says how can it be that the Mother of our Lord come to me…
  4. Now look… Listen to me… We live in a world today… Where I’ve been other faiths and I get it… They’re going to argue with you about the issue of baptism… John the Baptist was baptized in the womb… Listen to what I’m telling you… He recognizes the Messiah he dances… Elizabeth recognizes the Messiah… Because the Holy Spirit comes upon her… The one who doesn’t get the memo is the high priest himself Zachariah… Because he doesn’t respond… He’s still mute… If he did recognize Christ the mutings would’ve dropped… The muting doesn’t drop until he proclaims his name to be John because that’s what the name was supposed to be… Nine months later… My brothers and sisters in Christ go back to the book of Kings… Sampson baptized and overshadowed in the womb… My brothers and sisters in Christ ask yourself how does John the Baptist in the River Jordan… When everybody else has no idea that the Messiah has come… Except John the Baptist… Remember most people don’t know He’s God until the heavens opened up and a dove descends and you hear God the father say this is My Son Who I am well pleased… He recognizes God coming into the water… he says wait a minute… You’re supposed to baptize me… Not the other way around… He says but this is how it must be… see he already recognized Him… He’s already baptized in the womb… Nobody baptize John in the Jordan… Nowhere in Scripture is John being baptized… That’s the point… Don’t you see brothers and sisters in Christ… That’s how powerful that statement is… So when other people tell you… And they will quote the Acts of the Apostles… They will quote the second chapter… In particular in the Acts of the Apostles … Saying that you must repent and receive the Holy Spirit and be baptized… They read that that sentence and say until you’re old enough to repent you can’t get baptized… Read the next sentence my Lord my God… Stop proof texting… For you and your children will be baptized… My brothers and sisters in Christ in the book of Galatians… Saint Paul a Jew makes the statement that circumcision eight days after you were born will now be replaced with baptism… Removal of the sin… In the Acts of the Apostles in chapter 16 they are baptizing households and families including children… My brother sisters in Christ so whenever someone says the Acts of the Apostles repent you have to be able to repent… Just read the next sentence… I mean really… How complicated is it… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Understand where they’re going with this… Three times Elizabeth three times… And for a Jew for a Catholic… three is the most perfect number… Father Son and Holy Spirit… Three times she uses the word blessed… Blessed means touched by God… Blessed are you among women… All women… You’re telling me… That He allowed her to have original sin… So that the container the womb if you will… That He entered is contaminated… You can’t even touch a box… But yet you’re going to allow her to have original sin… My brothers and sisters… He’s God… Would He not make sure that His womb was pristine… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Blessed is the womb… blessed are you among women… And did you hear the last one… Blessed are you who believed in what God said to you… Remember on the Crucifixion… Everybody said Blessed is the womb that bore You… And the other one said blessed another thing… And He said no no blessed are those who believe in Me… He’s imitating the words of His mother… And saying that because she was the first believer… Because she was born without sin… She was blessed and she is full… of grace… Far greater than highly favored…
  5. My brothers and sisters in Christ go back in scripture… Outside of the Blessed Mother who would appreciate Christ or God more than anybody else… King David… Think about what he’s been through… He appreciates the gift of courage so much he fights Goliath… He appreciates music so much he plays the harp… He appreciates the Psalms so much and being able to write music… That he wrote the Book of Songs for you and I and we’re still reading it today… He appreciated so much the gift of leader ship… He became King David… Do you know when you go through the genealogy of Christ he’s the only one that has a title outside of Christ… He appreciated it… But I got a tell ya… Pride cometh before the fall… You know what’s the matter… He didn’t appreciate marriage… He has an affair with Bathsheba… Brothers and sisters in Christ he doesn’t appreciate the fact that thou shall not kill… Murder is the fifth commandment… And he sends her husband to the front lines so that he can be killed… He doesn’t appreciate what it means to bring children into the world the right way… His child dies within seven days… My brothers and sisters in Christ… You and I must learn to appreciate what we’ve been given… We need to appreciate what we sit in the world… We need to appreciate the country in which we live… We need to appreciate the fact that we can live an pray in such a beautiful place… We need to appreciate the fact brothers and sisters in Christ things that we have… Brothers and sisters in Christ think for a second… When you wake up in the morning are you complaining that you had to get up… What’s the alternative… YOU DON’T WAKE UP BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST… Why not be appreciative of the work… So you put food in your stomach and a roof over your head and clothes on your back… Kids are you appreciative to your parents who do put the roof over your head that help pay for the school that help get you up the road… That do what it takes that offer the sacrifice… Are you appreciative of it… Are you appreciative of the fact my brothers and sisters in Christ that you do have a job… And you do have a home… and that you do love one another… Do you appreciate your spouse… For all they do… And all they put up with for the last so many years… My brothers and sisters in Christ do you appreciate our Savior for what He has done… When you leave and go home at night before your head hits the pillow… Can you at least say thank you… Lord for my family for my spouse for being born in this country and not another… For being born with this family and not another… Thank You Lord for all the gifts that You’ve given me… So in case you and I return home the last words off our lips to His ears is Thank You… For all that You’ve done…
  6. My brothers and sisters in Christ I leave you with this … I think these words are absolutely true… I’ve learned that people will long forget what you have said… I think will long forget what you do for them… But they’ll rarely forget how you made them feel… Appreciation…
  7. Amen…

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