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GLMX #188: Jesus Did Us a Solid

How Jesus Did Us a Solid

How Jesus Did Us a Solid

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Have you ever asked someone to do you a solid? Have you ever heard someone else use this phrase?

According to UrbanDictionary.com, the term “do me a solid” became popular in urban communities during the mid-1980s. It gained even more popularity after it was used in a Seinfeld episode in 1991 where Kramer says to Jerry, “Hey. Hey, would you do me a solid?” Jerry says, “Well, what kind of solid?” And Kramer says, “I need you to sit in the car for two minutes while it’s double-parked. I gotta pick up some birds.”

You might remember it from the film American Hustle, where Pete Musane (played by Jack Huston) tells Irving Rosenfeld (played by Christian Bale), “my boss knows you did him a real solid.”

The term was also used in the movie Juno, where the title character asks a man who is about to leave his wife and put the well-being of a child they promised to take care of at risk, to “do me a solid and just stay with Vanessa [his wife].”

More recently, Dennis Rodman used the term in a Twitter message to the president of North Korea, saying: “I’m calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him ‘Kim’, to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae [an imprisoned American missionary] loose.”

The phrase “do me a solid” means to do a favor for someone or to help out a friend.

We could say that many years ago, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, did us a solid by showing grace and favor to us when He died on the cross for our sins so that we can be forgiven and be able to go to Heaven with Him one day. Let me explain:

1. Jesus did us a solid by loving us even when we were yet sinners and didn’t love Him. Perhaps, as a child, you heard or sang the chorus, “Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so.” God the Father expressed His love for each and every one of us by sending Jesus Christ to Earth to live and die for our sins. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son…” First John 4:19 says, “We love him because he first loved us.” As Jesus carried out His ministry on earth — healing the sick, raising the dead, feeding the hungry, and preaching that the kingdom of God had come — many people rejected Him, hated Him, and wanted to get rid of Him. However, Jesus continued to love and serve them anyway. Even today, there are people who speak negatively of Jesus Christ and do not appreciate what He did for us. Some people simply try to ignore Him and His influence on the world. However, Jesus loves us anyway. To use a Biblical phrase, He loves us “with an everlasting love.” Jesus did us a solid.

2. Jesus did us a solid by dying for us and taking the punishment that we deserve. Jesus did not just come to earth to tell us how much He loves us. He came to earth to show us how much He loves us. The Bible says in Romans 5:8, “God commendeth (or shows) his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ died as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Without Jesus’ death on the cross — without the punishment for sin being poured out on the perfect Son of God — each of us would die and be punished forever in Hell because of our sins. The Bible says “the wages of sin is death.” If Jesus did not take our place and our punishment, we would be doomed to Hell forever. Jesus did us a solid.

3. Jesus did us a solid by making it possible for us to go to Heaven when we die. Even though Jesus died a cruel, painful death, that was not the end. Three days later, Jesus Christ rose from the dead demonstrating that He had defeated sin, the devil, death, and hell. In Revelation 1:18, Jesus Christ declared, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection gave each of us the opportunity to overcome sin, death, and hell as well. If we believe on Jesus Christ and the sacrificial work that He completed by His death on the cross and by His resurrection from the grave, we will be given salvation from sin, deliverance from the punishment of sin, and eternal life with God in Heaven. As the Bible says, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

My friend, Jesus Christ did us all a solid even when He didn’t have to. He made it easy for us to live a meaningful life on Earth where we can have a relationship with God as well as an abundant, joyous life in Heaven.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “How He Loves” by the David Crowder* Band

GLMX #187: Life on Death Row

Life on Death Row

Life on Death Row

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According to the latest statistics, there are over 3,000 people on death row in the United States. Can you imagine what it is like sitting on death row? Waking up every day in a cell knowing that each minute that passes puts you closer to the time when your life will be terminated by a lethal injection or an electric shock because of a crime that you committed? Can you imagine living every day with a countdown ticking in your mind?

You might say to yourself, ‘I’m glad I’m not on death row. I don’t want to do anything that would cause me to end up there.’ But did you know that, in a way, you are indeed already sitting on death row?

Yes, the day of your death has already been decided. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die.” Whether you want to accept it or not, your life — and the life of every person alive — is slowly winding down to a point of termination. You are effectively under a death sentence.

The reason we are placed under this death sentence is the same reason why men and women are placed on death row in the United States — SIN — evil, the bad things that we do. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “the wages of sin is death.” God’s Word states that death is the consequence of our lying, stealing, adultery, murder, rebelliousness, pride and a multitude of other transgressions.

For an inmate on death row, death may seem like the end. The only way a criminal can avoid his death sentence is if he is pardoned by the state’s governor or by the President of the United States.

Death does not have to be the end for you. You can be pardoned of your sins as well. Romans 3:23 goes on to say, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” You can receive a pardon for your sins and the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “And Can It Be?” (The Enfield Hymn Sessions)

GLMX #186: The Suddenness of Death

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This past week a terrible thing happened to a Malaysian Airlines flight that was supposed to land in Beijing at 6:30 am on Saturday morning — the airplane simply vanished. No signal, no distress call, no evidence of what took place. The plane simple disappeared. The flight, which was carrying 239 people from 13 different countries, stopped communicating with air traffic controllers in Malaysia and Vietnam. Although the worst is feared, no one knows for sure what happened to the plane.

The shock of this unexpected occurrence — which left dozens of family members who were waiting in Beijing for the plane’s arrival distraught, angry, and afraid — reminds us of the suddenness of life. One moment all can be going well, the next moment, tragedy strikes and our world is upended. We tend to trust technology, advancement, and progress, but a plane that simply vanishes shakes our belief in any certainty that we may have in this world. It reminds us of the Bible’s words, “What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

Such events cause us to soberly remember that our lives are fragile. We are not special. We are no better than the people who got on that flight — people with families, homes, dreams, aspirations, and careers. We, too, can be here one moment and gone the next. We can pass from life to eternity in an instant because of some unexpected, tragic event that is totally beyond our control. Such events remind us that we need to be ready for what comes after death — our eternal destination.

I hope and pray that all of those who boarded that ill-fated flight are in Heaven with God. We cannot know that for sure, but what we can know for sure today is whether or not you and I would go to Heaven if we happened to be killed in a sudden, shocking tragedy this week. Today, you have the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour so that you can know for sure that you are going to Heaven whether you die suddenly and unexpectedly or whether you die naturally after living a long life.

MUSICAL SELECTION: Jeremy Camp singing “There Will be a Day”

GLMX #185: The Day We All Get Along

Heaven

Heaven

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Everywhere we look today, we seem to find strife, disunity, and hatred between different individuals and groups of people. It seems as though these negative feelings are being acted upon more than ever. Young people randomly attacking other people in what has been called the “knockout” game; seemingly innocent young men being shot to death by someone who just happens to have a gun and a will to use it; husbands and wives who are supposed to love and protect are instead shooting and killing each other, their children, and themselves. Random, senseless violence seems to be par for the course of life. We often shake our heads in disbelief and wonder, why can’t people just get along? Why can’t we all live in harmony?

Well, over six thousand years ago, people were not getting along either. The Bible tells us in Genesis 6:11-12 that in the days of Noah, “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt: for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” All the way back to the beginning of history, humans were not getting along with each other.

The reason why we don’t get along with our fellow human beings is very simple: it is because of sin and selfishness. Unfortunately, because every human being has a sin nature, we will never be able to live on earth in a completely peaceful and harmonious manner.

However, did you know that there is a place where humans will live and get along with each other in peaceful harmony? Yes, Black people, White people, Latinos, Asians, Indians, Africans, Arabs, and people of every color and nationality will one day live in perfect peace together in Heaven. Notice this Bible verse from Revelation 7:9. John, the writer of the book says, “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” All of these people are in Heaven gathered around the throne of God. Later in this same chapter, John writes “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the, Lamb (Jesus Christ) which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”

You see, dear friend, in this place called Heaven, there will be no shootings, no violence, no hatred, no strife, and no discord. In Heaven, we will never have to wonder about why we all can’t get along because everyone will be getting along. Do you want to be a part of this Heavenly multitude of peace, tranquility, and harmony? Do you want to live in Heaven where people truly do get along with each other? Let me show you how.

GLMX #184: The Servant

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

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For example, baseball great George Herman Ruth is known as “Babe” Ruth. The NBA’s LeBron James is sometimes called “King James.” Jason Terry is known as “JET”, not only because those are his initials, but because of the airplane takeoff celebration routine he does after hitting a three-pointer on the basketball court. Jonathan Paul Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman trophy winner, is better known as “Johnny Football.” The boxer, Muhammad Ali, dubbed himself, “the greatest.”

Most people probably wouldn’t recognize the name Eldrick Tont Woods because the world’s number one golf player is known as “Tiger.” The same thing goes for basketball player, Earvin Johnson, who is known as “Magic.” “Air Jordan” is just one nickname that stuck to Michael Jordan, the man who is arguably the best basketball player of all time. And how can we forget “Linsanity” the nickname that describes not only the basketball player, Jeremy Lin, but the frenzied excitement that followed when Lin seemingly came out of nowhere to lead the New York Knicks in an amazing turn-around of their 2011-2012 NBA season.

So, what kind of nickname should be given to one of today’s superstar basketball players — Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder? Some fans have called him the “Slim Reaper” or just “KD”. But Kevin Durant says he wants to be known as “the Servant.” He recently told an interviewer, “I like to serve everybody — my teammates, ushers at the game, the fans. I know it’s kinda weird to make your own nickname, but I like that one better.”

As a follower of Jesus Christ, Kevin Durant may be taking his cues from his Lord and Savior, who said in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” In other words, even though He is God in the flesh who deserves worship and praise, Jesus Christ came to earth not to be served by others, but to serve. Jesus Christ served humanity by giving His life as “a ransom” — a payment or sacrifice — for us. Jesus Christ was the ultimate “servant.” He told His disciples in Luke 22:27, “I am among you as he that serveth.”

MUSICAL SELECTION: Jeremy Camp singing “Jesus Saves”