Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

He'll Take You Through the Fire.

Daniel 3: 25 "He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."

The Maltese Cross has come to be known as the symbol of firefighters. The way its typically drawn now, its hard to tell its a cross, but it is. Ever wonder the history behind it? Well here it is.

In the 1500's, there was an order of knights, the Knights of St. John, on the Isle of Malta. Malta is an island nation located in the Mediterranean Sea.
The knights participated in the fight against a group of muslims called the Saracens to regain control of Jerusalem. The Saracens used a cruel weapon which involved throwing bottles filled with a highly flammable liquid into the ranks of the Crusaders, followed by flaming torches. Many of the Knights of St. John were burned alive, and others risked their own life to save their brothers from dying a painful, fiery death. Some, in putting out the flames of their brother, would themselves be engulfed and lose their own life.

These knights were much like today's brave firefighters, who willingly rush into the flames at their own peril to save another. That bravery was painfully displayed on 9/11 when 343 New York firefighters lost their lives running into burning buildings, while everyone else was running out. God Bless those brave knights.

In the book of Daniel, we see these Hebrew boys facing their own fiery trial. As they were thrown into the fiery furnace, perhaps there were some of their closest friends who stood by, wishing they could do something to help them, but all failed to summon the courage to risk it all to go in and save them...except one. There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. King Nebuchadnezzar looked in expecting to see the charred remains of those boys, but instead he saw 4 men loose, and one of them looked like the Son of God.

See just like those boys, we too have a friend that sees us in the burning building of our lives, our circumstances, our hurt, or our habits. And when no one else can or will come in and save us, JESUS WILL! In fact, He already has. One day Jesus rushed into a burning building while everyone was running out; Peter ran out, John ran out, everyone ran out. He dowsed the flames of sin that was consuming us, and took them on Himself, and He died on the cross. John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

So when you are facing the fiery furnaces in your life, and you will, know that Jesus will take you through the fire. Remember the Maltese cross and the Savior that died on it for you.

Try Jesus!

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