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Sermon delivered March 20, 2004 by Pastor Paul Carlson

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church

McDonald, Tennessee

Biblical quotations are from the New King James Version, NKJV, unless otherwise noted. Divine pronouns and titles are capitalized.

A Fresh Deliverance

Collossians 1

Have you ever forgotten a person's name and then talked to them as if you knew their name? Perhaps you were thinking to yourself, "What is this person's name?"

Jane Addams, the famous social worker and founder of Hull-House, told this story on herself on which she met an old friend on a train one afternoon, and greeted her cordially, but simply couldn't remember her name. "The conversation is bound to give me a clue," she thought, but for a half-hour she got nowhere. Then the friend said, "My poor brother is working himself to death these days."

Miss Addams felt that her moment had come. "Ah yes, your dear brother," she exclaimed. "And what is he doing now?" Her friend glared coldly, "He is still President of the United States."

From time to time we really do need to reminded ourselves that our God is still the President of the Universe. And communion is all about remembering that. It commemorates the action of our wonderful Creator-Redeemer rescuing us from the power of Satan and from the darkness of deception. The Lord's Supper is a memorial of Christ's death. It is a way to keep fresh in our minds this wonderful deliverance. It tells us that God loves us with a love that is not turned off by our sins, our failures, our inadequacies, our insignificance. The cross of Christ tells us that all of our sins past, present, and future have met a God who is infinitely powerful, but also equally gracious.

Do we keep His deliverance fresh in our minds? Speaking about the Jewish Passover and the new Christian era, The Desire of Ages tells us: "The Passover was ordained as a commemoration of the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage. God had directed that, year by year, as the children should ask the meaning of this ordinance, the history should be repeated. Thus the wonderful deliverance was to be kept fresh in the minds of all. The ordinance of the Lord's Supper was given to commemorate the great deliverance wrought out as the result of the death of Christ. Till he shall come the second time in power and glory, this ordinance is to be celebrated. It is the means by which His great work for us is to be kept fresh in our minds." - The Desire of Ages by EG White, p. 652-653.

So, today, as we take part in the Ordinance of Humility and the Lord's Supper, remembering the events of the crucial important time of Jesus' last moments before He was crucified. Let us rediscover the meaning for us of the Lord's great and costly gift.

Let's open our Bibles to Galatians 1 as the apostle Paul give us the his interpretation of the meaning of Christ's death. Galatians 1: 3-5. Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Let us also turn to the book of Colossians. Colossians 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. How gracious! What peace come through these words. Colossians 1:19-20. For it pleased the Father that in [Christ] all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

May we never forget this wonderful deliverance, but keep it fresh in our minds. In fact, every day the cross can bring us fresh deliverance. Every day we can experience the meaning and the beauty of the One who said in John 12:32 KJV, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto me."

Hymn of Praise: #403,  Let Us Break Bread Together
Scripture:  Colossians 1:13,14
Hymn of Response: #343,  I Will Sing of My Redeemer



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