The Buffet Is Open

June 11, 2017

Went to Asian Buffet and I always get a kick out of the messages in the fortune cookies. One made no sense at all, but I could do a sermon on this one.

“Hungry is the man who finds salvation in a cookie.”

A physically starving man might be saved from death by a cookie or maybe more like a dozen. I might go this way.

Starving is the man who tries to find salvation in anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ.

Many are starving and dying while stuffing all sorts of things into their minds and souls. And if they reject the Bread of Life they will die in their sins. (John 6:35) There is only one way to be saved.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1Tim 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

That is the final answer. While I like buffets because I can choose what I want and how much, but there is no salvation buffet.

The world may spread a buffet before you and the items may look good and even be tasty, but the end of that is a spiritual form of Gastroptosis. You eat and eat, but there is no absorption of nutrients and because your stomach is malformed from the disease you may even feel full and look fat while losing weight. Yet, you are sickly. On a spiritual plane, you will ultimately die and lose your soul feeling content with yourself and even be at peace with the thought of dying. The symptoms are deceiving. You starve your soul to death, but feel fine.

There are cures for Gastroptosis. There is only one cure for the spiritual form of that. You must taste and see that the Lord is good and desire the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow until you can handle spiritual meat. (Psalm 34:8, 1 Peter 2:2, Heb 5:12-14)

Just as a chicken dies to gives us life as we take in his flesh or the milk of a cow is transformed in us so we must eat of His flesh and drink His blood by faith appropriating it in us. It is not transformed, but rather we are transformed and become of His flesh and blood.

Mat 26:26  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

One day we will sit at a banquet table with a buffet spread before us if come to Him now to receive life.

Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Will you be invited? You will if you come to Him for the forgiveness of your sins. Ask for forgiveness because He paid your debt on the Cross. He signed you pardon with His blood and you sign it with your faith in what He did for you. You cannot earn it. It is a gift. The Son of God did the work and His resurrection proved God the Father accepted the sacrifice. When you are saved, God the Holy Spirit will come into your life as a guide and teacher so you can grow into a mature child of God equipped with gifts to fulfill your role as a Warrior Prince/Princess in the Kingdom. His hand is outstretched to you. He bids you come and dine! You can ask for no greater invitation. Maranatha!

Dear God, I come to you as a sinner needing forgiveness. Your Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth born of a virgin to have a body so He could pay for the sins of men by His death on a cruel Cross. He rose on the third day and now sits at your right hand. I ask you to forgive my sins because I believe in what He did for mankind and me. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and teach me to walk as I should walk in this life that I glorify you and serve you as a son/daughter. Thank you for this free gift! Amen!!!


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