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Luke 3:15-16, 21-22; 1-13-2019 (As Built; Amite #336)
 
A. Timing… timing… As in perfect timing… 
B. It’s the 1900s… His name is Arthur… Arthur lives in London England… Arthur is a physician by trade… He is intellectually brilliant… The problem is he can’t make the jump between book knowledge and practical use… He’s got great book sense but he doesn’t have common sense… As a matter of fact… He get’s so mad at himself because he can’t do the correct diagnosis… Sometimes they would call him Dr. Angry sometimes people would call Dr. Failure… As a result of it… Arthur has decided … maybe it’s the wrong field… Maybe I need to be in another discipline… So it takes up Pulmonary Science… A lung specialist… He travels all the way across the world to do it… He gets there he doesn’t even last a week… He gets out of that Arthur decides he wants to be an Optometrist… He gets to Venice and when he gets there the teacher is speaking German… He doesn’t know German… He’s out… He’s decided he’s going to take up being an ice skater… This is how far Arthur has fallen… The next thing you know things are getting sideways he’s about to go broke his wife has had about all she can stand… She said look… I’m going back to England we are going to find the wealthiest part of England… We’re going to put up your shingle and let’s just hope for the best… Well man I got to tell you the rent is coming due there’s no patients coming in Arthur is getting a little sideways here… Next thing you know his wife is getting sideways… Next thing you know she said what is it that you just want to do Arthur… Because we’re going to crash here… He said well you know what I like to… it’s what I’ve always done… I love to write… And she says well give me some of the names of the books… he said well you know them… I wrote the book about The Valley of Fears… Then I wrote another one about the Violet… And then I wrote another one called Adventure… And then the Solo Cyclist… Of which y’all absolutely know none of these… And as a result of it… (Man I’m gonna tell you this is going to be a big loud thud… Because I don’t think y’all are going to get this one)… As a result of it man next thing you know… She said will look why don’t you write about…  the time is now… We’re out of time… Do it now… Write what you want to write about he said I love writing detective mysteries… And he writes books with his nemesis called Moriarty… Oh man this ain’t gonna be good… Man brothers and sisters in Christ he always is from England and he always had a pipe with him… Sherlock Holmes… (work with me here man!) … OK… This is Dr. Arthur Doyle… My brothers and sisters in Christ… But it’s all because of the timing of his wife… 
C. My brothers and sisters in Christ that… that’s the whole point of the gospel… The good Lord is waiting for the perfect time to come out… And who better than John the Baptist… Now I remember… For 30 years 29-30 years He’s probably in seclusion… Now He’s going public… You know what it’s amazing… You’re a first century Jew… How well did you listen to what’s going on… Did you understand that when He walked onto the water the only person that recognized Him… Before the heavens opened up… And before the Dove descends… is John the Baptist… He’s the one that says you remember the story that shouldn’t You be baptizing me and not I You… And He said no this is how it must be for now… The only reason why John knows it is because he was baptized in the womb… That’s why he leapt in the womb with Elizabeth when Mary walked in with the Christ child in her womb… Baptism in the womb… So much for baptizing people only when they recognize Christ or they can be repentful… Brothers and sisters in Christ… Make sure you read Galatians… And Ephesians… They did baptize children… The Jews circumcised children at eight days old… Peter will tell you baptism is the New circumcision… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Did you noticed what also happened… That the heavens opened up… Now remember the word in Greek is schismo… This is where you and I get schism… Matter-of-fact you remember the story at the crucifixion the good Lord tears the temple veil and it goes from top to bottom… He didn’t just tear it He ripped it apart… that’s the same thing they’re saying is what happened… That the heavens were opened up… And if you’re a Jew… And you all the sudden see the heavens opened up and a dove descends… and it’s over the water albeit the Jordan… You’re going to immediately go back to the very first Genesis… Because when He spoke things became into play… My brothers and sisters in Christ if you’re a first century Jew make sure you understand too… This is the second time that He is spoken of a Trinity… in the very beginning… You heard John say his gospel… In the beginning was the Word… and the Word was God… he was with God… And when you go back and read Genesis it says a spirit… A wind blew over the waters… So now you’ve got it now this is My Son… God the Son… God the Father was speaking… And now you’re seeing a Dove descend… do not make this mistake… The dove is not incarnate… The dove is being used so that you and I can delineate between them… Remember they are distinct… There is only one God but they are not separate… If I said fire you say Holy Spirit… If I say the Son or the Messiah… you would say Christ… If I’d say God the Father you know who we were speaking of… The dove is just so you and I can delineate and make distinctions… Brothers and sisters in Christ the timing was perfect… Because brothers and sisters in Christ because they were thinking John is the Messiah… And you know what he says… He understands them murmuring in their hearts… And he tells them I am not the One… This is the One… Brothers and sisters in Christ the timing is impeccable… Go back in scripture…
D. If there’s ever anybody that understands timing it’s Paul… Think about it… The guy that was Saul… For about a decade you are you’re the lead guy… You make all the money you’re the best student you probably could quote Hebrew scripture verbatim… You are the student of Gamal… You are the ranking Pharisee… power… prestige… You’re even given letters to pull Christians out and beat them and martyr them… And now all the sudden you’re on your way to Damascus to do just that… And you’re knocked off your horse… You know what most people don’t realize… First of all he was blinded for three days… And when the angel of the Lord appeared to one of the apostles and disciples and said you need to go cure him… You know what the first words out of the mouth of the apostle… MAN DO YOU KNOW WHO THAT GUY IS… As if God somehow or another fanned amnesia… HE SAID YOU KNOW MAN YOU KNOW WHO HE IS… DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE’S GONNA DO… I MAY NOT EVEN GET OUT OF THE ROOM… YOU’RE SURE YOU WANT THIS GUY… If we don’t have Paul we don’t have a Gentile nation… If we don’t have Paul we don’t have a Church… My brothers and sisters in Christ not only does he cure him… But you know what the people don’t realize Paul needed time… Almost 3 years… Before he got up and running to be the Paul you and I know… And then for the next 30 years he is the guy… Paul’s timing is impeccable… God’s timing is impeccable… Yes he did get on a boat about 5 or 4 of them sank … There’s no doubt he got bit by a Viper and I didn’t kill him… He was scourged… he was beaten… he was thrown in jail… And ultimately at the end of the day he was beheaded… But because of his perfect timing… Or being open to the good Lord‘s timing… Therein lies the point… 
E. Well here you and I sit 2000 years later… Brothers and sisters in Christ what are you doing with your time… But let me ask you… Let’s just be real candid about it do you spend more time on your cell phones then you and I spend in prayer… That’s a problem… That’s disorder… Do you spend more time texting then you spend in prayer… That’s even worse my brothers and sisters in Christ… Remember you and I came in on this day… You and I are going home on this day… It’s non negotiable… How are you and I spent our time is how we’re going to be held accountable… So why wouldn’t you and I spend more time because remember… On the day you and I pass… Remember please understand this… Mercy will only be used for us to help us up until the day of our death… And then there’s only judgment… So if your banking after your death He’s going to show you even more mercy… Then the entire life that I gave you… Then you’re going to fall short because that’s not judgment anymore… That means His judgment is flawed… You know what the good Lord said about His judgment… and about purgatory and hell… My mercy doesn’t want it but justice demands it… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Do you spend any time in adoration… Remember you and I are never neutral… We’re either walking towards Him or away from Him… in an email … a text message… a phone call… a conversation… how you drive about… how you do business… Brothers and sisters in Christ everything is either towards Him or away from Him… So it begs the question have you spent more time doing other things… do you reading the sports page then scripture… Watching the news than reading scripture… Or spiritual book… How much of your time is spent in prayer… This is the time for mercy… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Do you spend anymore time this year going to confession then last year… Will you spend more time at adoration… Look… Get four people together… each of yall take one weekend or do 15 minutes in adoration… Four people for four weeks… That’s once a month… You can’t give the Lord 15 minutes a month… My brothers and sisters in Christ therein lies the point… You and I the relationship that we must have with Him has to be Covenantal… Covenantal means that He is God and we are not… THE RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST CAN NOT… CAN NOT… CAN NOT BE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST… That means it’s this way that were on a level playing field… And we’re not… He is God and we are not… The first beatitude fear of the Lord… A child like preference for God… Poor in spirit… Once you recognize He is who He is and we are who we are… Then we realize we need more time in prayer… What I’m asking you to do is make more time for confession… What I’m asking you to do is make more time for prayer in the morning… In the evenings… before and after every meal… Look… if you did that that’s five more times a day… Multiply that by 365 brothers and sisters in Christ that’s over 1500 more prayers the year… How much more closer will you go to Him that away from Him… 
F. And I leave you with this… BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST… TIME IS FLYING BY… BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT… YOU’RE THE PILOT… YOU CONTROL THE TIME… 
G. Amen…
 

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