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A Stones Throw Away

February 13

"... for which of those works do ye stone ME?"  John 10:32






"From Adam to us, men have insisted on being both god and godless ... "












Here we find the third attempt of the Jews to stone JESUS (cf. John 5:18; 8:59); and the issue for these religionists was not what HE did, but WHO HE was.  "The Jews answered HIM, saying, for a good work we stone THEE not; but for blasphemy; and because that THOU, being a man, makest THYSELF GOD."  Twenty centuries have not altered sinful man's sentiment toward CHRIST.  The fallen have left no stone unturned in the futile effort to explain away GOD, and still to this day, they walk about with one in each hand.  The masses of creation are willing to acknowledge HIM as teacher, moral leader, miracle worker, even the founder of a great religious system, but not the FOUNDER of all that is.  "For by HIM were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by HIM, and for HIM: And HE is before all things, and by HIM all things consist."  Truth is, JESUS ruins the average regarding religion and the religious. Unwelcome competition is the real issue and will continue to be; and perhaps most astounding, even through the millennium when HE is again present and seated upon HIS rightful throne in Jerusalem.  From Adam to us, men have insisted on being both god and godless ... arrogantly denying the ONE WHO took to give.  "WHO, being in the form of GOD, thought it not robbery to be equal with GOD: But made HIMSELF of no reputation, and took upon HIM the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled HIMSELF, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." 

Whom do you reckon JESUS to be?  "When JESUS came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked HIS disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the SON OF MAN am?  And they said, some say that THOU art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  HE saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?"  Every human ever created will ultimately ascribe HIM as BEGOTTEN or blasphemer ... man or MAKER!  Those determined to ride the fence into eternity will discover too late that it takes a sharp left at death and concludes in the open range of Hell ... yea, even the hordes of religious with their hands still full of rocks.

Are you sincerely religious, yet void of a relationship with the living GOD, The LORD JESUS CHRIST?  Heaven is just a stone's throw away ... that is, if you'll toss it in the right direction.

"And whosoever shall fall on this STONE shall be broken: but on whomsoever IT shall fall, IT will grind him to powder." 

For Love of Country
Oliver Otis Howard
(Founder of Howard University; Civil War General)
"I go to the Scriptures daily for spiritual food, and have done so for thirty-five years.  GOD, as revealed to me in the crucified, the risen, and the ascended CHRIST, meets all my personal wants."

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