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It's your choice (Joshua 24:15, Matthew 27:15-26, Luke 23:33, Luke 23:38-43, Joshua 24:15, Romans 6:3-6, Romans 6:12-14, Romans 6:16)

Jack Graham, 04/09/2017
Part of the Various Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

"IT'S YOUR CHOICE"

Sunday (AM), April 9, 2017

COWBOY WISDOM: "Never give the devil a ride. He will always want the reins." Unknown

Joshua 24:15---lt's your choice!

Matthew 27:15-26---Pontus Pilate's choice!!

Luke 23:33, 38-43---The two thieves made a choice!

Quote: "Jesus, Himself, did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross. He waited until one of them turned to Him." Deitrich Bonhoeffer

Joshua 24:15, "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve."

Romans 6:3-6, 12-14 "walk in newness of life"

Romans 6:16, "You belong to the power which you choose to obey, whether you choose sin whose reward is death, or God, obedience to whom means the reward of righteousness (eternal life)." (Phillips)

CLOSING:

We live in an evil world, a world that is increasingly becoming immoral, a world absence of HOPE, a world destined for eternal death. There is only one antidote for what ails the world, His name is Jesus Christ. "Do you know him today, do not turn him away." He longs to be your Lord and Savior.

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Joshua 24:15

15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (ESV)

Matthew 27:15-26

15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. (ESV)

Luke 23:33

33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. (ESV)

Luke 23:38-43

38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (ESV)

Joshua 24:15

15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (ESV)

Romans 6:3-6

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (ESV)

Romans 6:12-14

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (ESV)

Romans 6:16

16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? (ESV)

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