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Description: Do you hide feelings of anger, lust, distrust, pride or jealousy in your heart and think no one knows?
Sermon Transcript by Rev. Ernest O’Neill
This last week, we in London all went to August Bank Holiday. It’s a special holiday in England and
it was last weekend and so we all went on different little picnics and that kind of thing and some
of us went to what is known as a Roman Palace in town northeast of London. And it is amazing, they
dug up this palace that the Roman army originally established in Britain and dug it up from several
layers down, and they now have it all exposed and you were able to see mosaic floors that were laid
there as the Romans originally put them down. And the amazing thing was they were put down in 75
A.D. That’s about 45 years after Jesus died, and certainly during Paul’s lifetime.
You could see the mosaic floors exactly as they were laid down. It’s interesting as a sidelight, one
of the descriptive panels says that the mosaic of this floor is not really very good. It’s kind of
second rate compared with the other one across the way in another room and my wife said, “You know,
I bet that guy thought “Oh, nobody will ever see this”, and all of us are looking at it now. Maybe
we say that in our own lives and don’t realize that it will all be seen eventually. But, that
certainly gives you a sense, doesn’t it? Nineteen hundred years ago is not so long, really. Isn’t
It really telescopes time when we can look at mosaic floors, little pieces of mosaic, put into
cement and they’re exactly as they were 1900 years ago. You can see how close that time is to us and
that in a sense loved ones, time is very deceptive. You and I think of 1900 years ago, as centuries
ago. It’s really true that it’s not so very long ago and just about 1,953 years ago, a man stood up
in an upper room and said, “This is My body” and He broke the bread, “which is given for you” and
then He took wine and He held it up to them and said, “this is the new covenant in My blood which is
shed for you”. And then He died, you remember on the Cross and came back from being dead, came back
from being dead and appeared among His followers at different times, over a period of 30 or 40 days.
This is what He explained to them. “You can see that all I said was true. I am not an ordinary man
as you yourselves began to realize. I am the Son of the Creator of the world and My death on that
Cross was not just a physical death there. That death of Mine, took place even before the beginning
of the world. My Father who made you,” and now of course, His words come right down to us in this
room, “My Father who made you, each one of you, made you as free agents so that you can do what you
want, but in His great infinite wisdom, He foresaw what you would do and He foresaw the kinds of
people you would become and He knew you would mess things up as you have messed them up in different
ways, He knew that.”
So loved ones, Jesus says that your Creator is not caught off balance about the things in your own
life at the moment that you know are wrong. You know things that make your own life miserable, that
make everybody else’s life miserable. You find yourself criticizing people, and you don’t want to
criticize them. You know that’s wrong and it makes life depressing for you because you’re always
seeing the bad things in everybody. Or the way you get anxious, anxious, anxious and worry, worry,
worry and it gets a grip on your heart and knots in your stomach and you don’t know how to get out
of it. You know it’s wrong and you know it’s bad, but you can’t change it even though you’ve tried.
Jesus says, “Your Creator knew you would live in such a way that you would become like that, and
because He dwells in timelessness above time, He put you all into me.” Jesus says, “And when I died
on Calvary in your history books, but way before even the beginning of the world, you were destroyed
and all those things in you that are wrong were destroyed with Me and when I was raised from the
dead, you were raised up and made new.” And that is reality, that’s what He said.
That’s reality. The things in your life at present are the result of you believing a lie and they’re
very real but they’re not reality. Reality is that you have been remade in Jesus. Jesus says, “If
you’ll just believe that this morning, My spirit will flood into you and make that reality real in
your life this morning.”
Now loved ones, I just like to say three things that are appropriate to that, if that’s true. Don’t
cover your sins this morning. You only need to cover them if nothing has been done about them, or if
you don’t want to rid of them. But don’t cover them. It’s covering your sins that makes life
miserable and actually can bring sickness to you. That’s why the bible says, “Confess your sins to
one another that you may be healed.” Don’t cover your sins.
You know the way you get used to rationalizing things and covering them over and saying they’re not
so bad. Don’t cover them. God can only cover with Jesus’ blood what you uncover. So, uncover things
between you and God this morning and indeed if they’re sins that have affected other people, uncover
them with the other people, apologize to the other people, make the thing right, show God that in
every way Lord, what You’ve done to me in Jesus that’s what I want, that’s what I accept into my own
So don’t cover your sins, uncover them this morning, confess them to God. Some of us have been
amazed at how many of us live in misery year after year after year, because we cover up something
that we’re ashamed of that we did years and years ago and we’re still trying to cover it instead of
be open about it. Really loved ones, we just need to uncover those things and see, “Look I am a
miserable creature that’s why I was crucified with Christ and Lord, I accept that. I just want to be
open and honest about this thing,” otherwise do you see what you do, you end up trying to establish
your own righteousness.
You know you try to pretend, “Oh well, I am not really so bad,” no, just say, “Lord, I uncover
everything that You have covered with Jesus blood,” and then stop doing them. You can’t plead the
blood of Jesus and shed the blood of Jesus at the same time. Do you see that? I mean if you keep on
doing the thing that’s wrong, you’re actually crucifying Jesus afresh and you can’t plead His blood
and shed His blood at the same time.
So, stop doing it in your life, whatever the cost. Whatever the cost, stop, just stop it now, and
then lastly, give your life to Him. He has given His life up for you, give your life to Him, give it
to Him, say, “Lord, I have been looking out from myself and my job. I’ve been looking out from
myself and my career. I’ve been looking out from myself and my future. Lord Jesus, I am going to
give my life to You. You gave up everything for me, here is my life. Anyway, my life has already
gone, it was crucified in You. Lord this thing that I have is nothing. It’s an imitation of what You
wanted it to be.
So, Lord Jesus, I give my life to You for You to live over again inside me”, and loved ones, if you
do that, this communion service will mean that the spirit of Jesus will come into your heart and
you’ll certainly sense that you’re reconciled to God. But the wonder is, you’ll begin to have your
heart cleansed by the Holy Spirit and you’ll begin to be new and different in your own life. So you
know, that can be yours. All I am saying is believe reality and behave according to it this morning
as we take communion.
So, during the time that the bread and wine are going around, I would suggest that we uncover our
sins and that we resolve to stop them, so that we stop shedding Jesus’ blood and then that we
deliberately give our lives into His hands for Him to prosper or destroy. That’s it, for Him to
prosper or to destroy. What’s killing most of us is, we have a grip on our lives that we won’t let
go of. It wears you out. Just let it go and leave it to Him. You’ll begin to see a life that flows
instead of one that judders along. All right, let us pray.
Dear father, we want that change badly. We have fiddled and we have tinkered and we have tried to
improve and Lord we know it is all to no avail. It seems that every part of us has to be changed. It
does seem indeed that the only way to do anything with us is to destroy us and make us all over
again and be born again. No, Lord we come to You now to do those things, to uncover these things
that are deep within us that we’ve maybe done for years or that we did years ago.
Lord, we would uncover them now for You to see. Lord, You already can see them, so all we’re doing
is being honest with You. Lord we would be honest with You because we know that will enable You to
give us Your spirit. So Lord, we would be honest and then we would stop these things. Lord we would
make this the last day for them. Father, we don’t care how often we have to make that decision, we
would make it firmly today. This is the last day that we will do those things and Lord, we will not
make provision for these things in our lives.
We will finish with them now, this very day. And then Lord, we would give You our lives. Lord Jesus,
You gave Your own life up at 33 for us. Lord, we give You our lives, here they are Lord Jesus. If
You can live Your life over again in this world and make some change in it through our bodies, then
Lord here, will You take these and we will be Yours and do what You ask from this day forward.