All Babies Who Die Go To Heaven Any parent who has lost an infant to death would find comfort in this sermon. In this sermon, Pastor Streeter gives five biblical reason why he believes that all babies who die go to heaven. (931010)
II Peter 1:12-15; 3:1 Peter urges us, in his second epistle, to “have these things always in remembrance.” Pastor Streeter gives us a list of six important things to remember on Memorial Day and “always.” (010527)
In this sermon, Pastor Streeter preaches on the death and resurrection of Christ. Its necessity, its nature, and its nearness. (060402)
Why were there three crosses and not four, not two, not one? Pastor Streeter addresses this question in his sermon. Here he tells us of the cross of rejection, the cross of reception, and the cross of redemption. (060409)
Verse 11 “And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.”
The “gorgeous robe” was, no doubt, one of Herod’s own royal robes. The only thing Herod ever gave to Christ was given in mockery. This causes the reader to ask, “What have I given to Christ?” Have you given your best to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Most importantly, have you given Him your heart (that is, your faith, love, and devotion)?
Verses 17-18 “17And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
18Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
These two verses are the conclusion of the Parable of the Vineyard, a parable about how the Jewish people had failed God, had killed God’s Son, and had lost their favored position with God. Now we learn that Jesus is the cornerstone rejected (Psalm 118:22), but He is the Head and the Solid Rock upon which all of God’s work in this world is built. Some stumble over Christ, miss His plan and purpose altogether, and end up being judged by that same Solid Rock.
Verses 35-43 “35And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
38And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
39And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
40And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.”
Mark tells us that the blind man was Bartimaeus. He is a man who could not be silenced or stopped when he prayed. It is a lesson to us that we must not let anything or anyone stop us from calling out to God in prayer. Especially is this true of a sinner who wants to be forgiven. When God convicts and moves a sinner to come to Him, that sinner will be determined to come to Christ. When the Devil tries to stop him, he should cry out “so much the more.”
Verses 3-4 “3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.)”
The whole world was to be taxed. By “whole world” (v.1) is meant all of the countries and districts of the Roman Empire. Joseph’s ancestral town was Bethlehem, a small agricultural village about six miles from Jerusalem. The trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem was about eighty-five miles distance. We do not know what means of conveyance was employed to transport Mary to Bethlehem. Often it is assumed that Mary rode on a donkey, but that is being read into the Bible account since the Bible does not tell us that detail. She may have ridden in a cart pulled by a donkey, or in a wagon pulled by a horse. Or, as many have suspected, she may have ridden on a donkey. The important thing is that they did arrive at Bethlehem, because it was prophesied that the Christ would be born there (Micah 5:2). We see the providence of God in bringing Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem; for it is He who arranged the time of the birth, the taxing, and even the mode of transportation.
2Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
3It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
4That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.”
In addition to being a physician and an historian, Luke was a missionary, a companion of Paul in his missionary travels. This is confirmed by the fact that Luke uses the pronoun “we” in Acts 16:10 and 20:5-6. Luke wrote this Gospel in about 58 A.D., after Mark and Matthew had written their accounts of Jesus’ life. As a physician and as a Greek, Luke was interested in the physical condition of Jesus and presents Him as the Perfect Man, virgin born, sinless, the God-man.
Luke had a perfect understanding of all that he wrote because he received his understanding “from the very first,” which is to say that he received this understanding from God who is “the First and the Last,” and the One who is above all. He was inspired from on high, from heaven, from above. As a good historian Luke did do research, but his words, his information, and his understanding came from God above.
Luke was writing to Theophillus (One Who Loved God) that he might be absolutely certain of the true facts about Christ. When we receive words directly from God, as we do only in the Bible, then there is absolute certainty about what was said and done, and about what we should believe.
Verses 9-20 “9And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits:
10Their pillars were twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.
11And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits, their pillars were twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
12And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
13And for the east side eastward fifty cubits.
14The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
15And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
16All the hangings of the court round about were of fine twined linen.
17And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver.
18And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: and twenty cubits was the length, and the height in the breadth was five cubits, answerable to the hangings of the court.
19And their pillars were four, and their sockets of brass four; their hooks of silver, and the overlaying of their chapiters and their fillets of silver.
20And all the pins of the tabernacle, and of the court round about, were of brass.”
The court of the tabernacle was large enough for all who would come at one time. There is room enough in Christ for all who will come to Him. As the hymn says, “There is room at the cross for you. Though millions have come there is still room for one. Yes, there is room at the cross for you.” Jesus said, “Whosoever believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:26).