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True Greatness

Come, O blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you
Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon Topic Last Judgment

Sermon Week Christ The King (Thirty-Fourth Sunday) Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 25:34


From time-to-time God reveals himself in the lives of certain people in a very dramatic way -- a way that often changes the course of history. The conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus is probably the classic example of this Divine phenomenon. Paul had been a "Pharisee of Pharisees," trying harder, perhaps, than anyone else to earn God's love and favors. To Paul, this included persecuting the Christians -- having them arrested and imprisoned and even executed. Then some mysterious force began working within him. But Paul resisted ... and resisted. He could not understand what was happening to him -- and then, Wham! God revealed Himself to Paul in a blinding light that literally knocked him to the ground. Whereupon, Paul heard a voice saying, "Why do you persecute Me?" Paul replied, "Who are you, sir?" And the voice replied, "I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting" (Acts 9:4,5).

The story is told of the President of a small manufacturing company who was trying to establish a new Pension Plan. But the plan could not be implemented unless there was one hundred percent participation. It was a good plan, and all the employees signed up -- except one man. Many efforts were made to win him over but the man kept on resisting. Finally, the President of the company called the man into his office. "I hand you a copy of our proposed new Pension Plan," he said. Then he added, "And here is a pen. Sign up or you're fired." Whereupon the employee immediately picked up the pen and signed his name. The President of the company said, "I don't understand why you refused to sign up for the plan until now. What was your problem?" To which the man replied, "You're the first person who explained it to me clearly!"

It was on the road to Damascus that God "signed up" Paul for Christ, so to speak. God clearly explained to Paul, in that blinding light from the sky, that Jesus was truly the Messiah sent to redeem the world. Although he had been [...]

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