June 2017

     Monthly topical artices kindly supplied by a regular visiting               

speaker from Northampton: Stan Burditt.

 

  

 

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                                                      VIEW FROM THE PULPIT               June 2017

                                                                                                                                                    

A VOICE   It is almost twenty years since Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car crash in a tunnel in France. It was the 31st. August 1997 and her funeral at Westminster Abbey was on the 9th. September. During that period of time the Nation was in a state of shock and needed a spiritual voice to be heard that would guide people to have faith in God. It was not heard!

Expressions of grief were displayed by the million plus bouquets of flowers placed at the gates of Kensington Palace and Althorpe House, stacked over five feet high.

A clear spiritual message was not heard in the Abbey, but the voice of a pop singer instead.

 

The recent terrorist atrocities in London and Manchester have brought about the same state of shock to our Nation and the World.  If ever a voice was needed to direct the Nation back to God it is now. In the fifties and sixties the voice of Billy Graham brought the Gospel to the major cities in the U.K. and hundreds responded and were born again. At the same time pop groups presented an alternative way of life upon which the drug culture flourished. Before we were converted in 1957, my wife and I heard Billy Graham preach at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea F.C. We did not go to hear the preacher but to watch the football. What he said during the half time interval had no effect on us. Another voice would be used by God at a later date in an R.A.F. billet, this voice brought the truth of God to heart and mind and salvation of the soul was experienced.

 

There are three particular voices in the Bible that I want to bring to your attention. (1) The voice of John the Baptist, (2) The voice of the Son of God, (3) The voice of a multitude in Heaven. (1)Matthew ch. 3 begins “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight .” John the Baptist was the voice that Isaiah prophesied in ch.40 that Messiah would come and that there would be a voice heard to prepare the way for Him. John’s message warned of the brevity of life when he said “All flesh is as grass”, bringing people to think about God and Eternity. He preached at the Jordan that men and women should repent of their sin and prepare to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, who was at hand. John’s message carried a similar content to present day evangelist’s message, who preach that men and women should repent and believe the gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ will soon return to earth to establish His Kingdom, but before that He will return to the air to take the Church to Heaven. Therefore like  John, we say “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”The Lord is coming, are you ready my reader to meet Him? Have you repented of your sin?

 

(2) The Son of God said in John ch. 5:25,`“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” Jesus spoke in these verses of two different times and two different conditions of death. He said “The hour is coming, and now is”, indicating that people born in Adam are dead in trespasses and sin, and they are spiritually dead. The gospel is preached throughout the world and they that hear and believe are born again. The spiritually dead are quickened, made spiritually alive at that point of believing and receiving Christ into their life.

The second period of time has not yet arrived and this will involve all the physically dead who will be raised either to be with Christ or to be banished in Hell.

 

(3) The believers in Heaven are heard with one voice, Rev.19’1 says, “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God.” This is the real ‘alleluia chorus’, the word appears four times in six verses, prior to the Marriage of the Lamb to His bride which is the Church of God. Notice in the text that this is the voice of much people, singing as they have never sung before, singing in unity, singing with one voice. Can I ask you, will your voice be with that great company in Heaven?  God Bless.

 

 

Stan Burditt