September 27, 2009

Visualize Jesus: The most important thing is to visualize the most beautiful person you can think of….”Jesus”.

Sermon on love from Visualize Jesus Book:

Easter Sermon March-2008

Today is a great feast God’s promise fulfilled. It is fulfilled at Easter.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

First I will tell you about God’s Love. Secondly about God’s gift to us by sending Jesus to save us and sacrifice himself.

When you were a child and you went to the beach you built a sand castle. How proud you were of your creation, if you did not like it you tore it down and built another one until you were satisfied. Then you say Mom, Dad see what I built. When they give you their praise you feel proud. You become upset when someone steps on your castle, you feel hurt and can’t believe someone would do that.

So is God, he took the dirt and built His castle and that was us he built us in his image and he loved his creation. We cannot earn his love, he love us because we are his good works.

I do not know of anyone that created something and saw it was good and was not proud of their creation and love their work. When you were a child and drew a picture how happy were you when mom and dad hung it on the wall. When you make a poem it is never pleasing unless it is said and if people like it they will publish it in books. If you painted a chair and you chose the color and like your work, you keep looking at the chair over and over again. When you cook a meal your work is not accomplished until
you invite people to have dinner with you. How happy you are when they say it is delicious, sure your work was worth a while.

The most misunderstood chapter in the Bible, the book of creation in Genesis 1, has caused great controversy between science and religion. I assure you the very first chapter in the Bible is not about how God created the universe; it is about God’s love for His creation and assigning people to take care of it. So I will read Genesis 1 to shine some light:

Verse 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Verse 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” .. And God saw that the light was good (1).

Verse 9, 10 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place … God called the dry land Earth, and the waters …he called Seas. And God saw that it was good (2).

Verse 11,12 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, .. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds. And God saw that it was good (3).

Verse 16, 17 18 And God made the two great lights … to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, And God saw that it was good (4).

Verse 20, 21 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth … And God saw that it was good (5).

Verse 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”… And God made the animals of the earth according to their kinds .. And God saw that it was good (6).
Verse 26 – 31 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the … earth.”
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” .. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good (7).
Note: in the last declaration that “it was good” included the writer of Genesis 1. Meaning God and men saw it was very good. Seven times he saw it was good until He was satisfied the complete number 7.
Also remember God took 6 days to create the universe He took His time. He is God he could have just created the universe with one word but because He took time. When you take your time with your creation you become attached to it, and so He was careful about what he wanted that make it for sure that He loves His creation.
So just like us human who are created in God’s image, we love our creation when we see it is good just as God loves His creation.

We do not earn this love, it comes with the territory.

After man has fallen through Adam and Eve God has always sent someone to remind people to love creation and love His work. In all history of humanity tribes, countries, cities, nations, God has sent someone to tell people to love creation, unfortunately many
religions were developed saying we have the right answer. But the right answer it to love God and His creation.

And so God comes 2000 years ago by himself in Jesus Christ and tell us the same message only a little different: love each other, Love your neighbor as yourself, love your enemy. If you hate somebody you may hate what they have done but you should not hate the creation itself. If you do you are committing a sin against God.

I do not know why people don’t understand that Genesis is all about loving God and His creation.

If you love the creation, even if you don’t know about God, then by induction you love God because you love his work.

Only man can look at a sunset or beautiful mountains and think it is beautiful and be at peace. This is true because man is a creator and can appreciate creation. Animals don’t have this capability; man can praise God for his work. Have you thought about to praise God for his work when he give this peace?

Don’t forget to say thank you and praise God for His creation and given you peace. God will be pleased and will give you more peace.
Christ sacrificed himself “on behalf of all — and for all.” And sent His disciples, and therefore the Church, “into all the world to preach the gospel to the whole creation.” Mk 16:15. He is the Savior of the world.
So God make His promises because he is faithful with his love and sent His son Jesus to get us out of the rot.

We know He loves us so much that He had to rescue us; after all we are His creation, His work.

We know there will be a day when God will sit on his throne and say these are the people that loved me I will make them live forever, and these are the people that did not they go to the waist basket.
But God also knows we fell short and we need an advocate and defender on Judgment day, when we face God in this final judgment. We need His son Jesus for whoever believes in Him shall be saved.
God gave Jesus! He gave Him freely. He gave Him, not because He was obligated to do so, but because He wanted to do so, He wanted to reveal His infinite love.
Believing in Jesus is believing in Gods love when he proved his faithful love by leaving his throne and taking our flesh and lived with us with all our pitfalls. On the cross He suffered and died so that with his blood we can be saved.
You have to know when Christ left his throne. He left it on the cross because the Fathers whishes to have him suffer as a human being … God does not suffer and Christ was tempted but accepted the Father’s will at the garden of Gethsemane. And the cup that Christ did not want was exactly this loosing his throne temporarily and suffer as a human being. I do not know which one was harder for Christ to accept.
If you have power would you want to loose your power … even temporarily? I don’t think so most people would say no I like being on top… By Christ loosing His throne demonstrates the grace and Love God has for each of us.
“How much did God love? So much that He gave His only begotten Son. So much as St. Paul said Chapter 2 verse 7 that He emptied
Himself; He gave Himself. The amount of the love is indicated by the amount of the gift. That means no less than an infinite love. “Love without limit!
God’s faithful love was fulfilled today at Easter the great feast of reminder of Gods Love and Mercy.
Today’s gospel speaks of a profound and blessed mystery, a mystery which becomes more profound and more blessed as we, poor, miserable, sinful creatures of the dust, pause to consider this wonder.
This means not merely did our Lord Jesus Christ love the world. Our Lord Jesus Christ came and by His death and atonement changed the God’s being upset toward mankind’s arrogant behavior, disobedience and disrespect to His creation. Christ changed God’s anger into love on the cross. That is why God sent Jesus as our advocate for the judgment day.
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In the beginning of my homily I have clarified to you that the first chapter in the Bible is about God’s love for the universe and so is the last paragraph in the Bible which is about God’s reward for those who love him through Jesus Christ. Everything in between the first chapter and the last chapter of the Bible is about God’s love.

I will read to you the last paragraph:

Revelation 22 verse 12-16
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
In conclusion let us Love God and His Creation and praise him for His good works “Gods creation is Gods intention” Remember God took his time with his vision and was attached to his creation.

Lets us do what God asked us to do in Genesis I verse 28 where He asks us to take charge of the Earth and have authority but it must only come with love and respect for God and His Creation.

For He has given us the gift of a new life in Jesus Christ.
Glory to His Name! Amen
Christ is Risen

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