ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
The life is in the blood Tuesday March 25th, 2003
Like most of you, I too have seen the graphic pictures of this war to liberate and bring freedom to the people of Iraq. I have seen the pictures of dead members of the US Military and the forces fighting with us. Men who shed their blood giving the ultimate sacrifice to free the people of Iraq.
But likewise I have also seen the pictures of hundreds upon hundreds of dead Iraqi troops who died to prevent the people of Iraq from being free. Men who died to protect and continue the evil and butcherous Hitler duplicating dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.
For a people of appreciate freedom, they have to shed their own national blood for it. To be free, one out of every seventeen men in the colonies shed his blood in our revolution from England over two hundred years ago. And even we, who have red stripes on our flag to remind of us the huge price we paid, in blood, for our freedom, tend to squander it, to ignore it, to surrender it, for reasons of political gain. With all the blood shed so that we as a nation could become a Republic, today, most have rebelled against the freedoms inherent in a Republic and have instead embraced the socialist communist leanings and principals of democracy. Even those politicians who run as and hold office as Republicans, are decidedly convinced that we are not a Republic but a democracy.
As we look back in history, not one people whose freedom was handed to them has had any respect for it or been willing to put up with any misery to keep it and protect it.
Jacob and his family entered Egypt around 1877 BC, for the first hundred years or so they lived well, first under the rule of Joseph and later under the memory of what Joseph had done for Egypt, but as time when on, there arose kings that did not know or remember Joseph. As these kings looked around they saw that the children of Israel out numbered them and therefore they were afraid that if they were attacked, the children of Israel would join in against them and they would loose Egypt. So, they, the Egyptian minority enslaved the majority, the Children of Israel.
Why didn't the children of Israel, the majority, fight for their freedom? Why did they allow themselves to be enslaved? Could it be because they had not shed any blood for their freedom, it was Joseph whose blood was shed, it was Joseph that fought for his freedom, fought to become a leader second only to Pharaoh in the Egyptian government. They shed no blood, Joseph gave them their freedom, their land, their substance.
430 years after entering Egypt, God sent Moses back to Egypt to lead the children of Israel to freedom. This time, instead of the children of Israel fighting for their freedom under Moses leadership, God would do the fighting and Moses would simply lead the children of Israel out of bondage and to freedom. Bear in mind, the children of Israel did no fighting, they shed none of their own blood in a battle to be free, God did all the fighting. And what happened? Within a week or so of their leaving Egypt, they were camped by the Red Sea, they looked behind them and saw Pharaoh and his army coming towards them. There was over 600,000 fighting age men in the camp of the children of Israel, yet, they did not fight, instead they cried to Moses:
And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.
And they said unto Moses, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, 'Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians?' For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness." (Exodus 14:10-12)
Why were the children of Israel not willing to fight for their freedom, especially now that they were free? Could it be that they had shed none of their own blood for their freedom? That was around 1447 BC, contrast that to Israel today. Today Israel is willing to fight to keep their freedom, could any of you contend anything differently? Why? Why are they willing to fight today? Could it be because between 1933 and 1954, the decedents of the children of Israel fought for their freedom, they paid a heavy price in blood for that freedom?
During World War l, we fought for and gave back to France their freedom, yes it was us, not the French that fought the Germans and freed France. Within thirty years, the French were back under the iron rule of the Germans, the pretty much surrendered without ever really firing a serious shot. So, we went back and fought for the Germans again, and once again we destroyed them and gave the French their freedom again. Now once again there is a war going on for freedom, are the French in it? Are the French on the front lines fighting to end world wide terrorism? Are the French willing to shed their blood for freedom? No. Why? Could it be because they had their freedom given to them? Could it be that they did not have to buy that freedom with their own blood?
Does this mean that we are wrong in going to Iraq and fighting so that the Iraqis can be free? No, I am in total agreement with this war, for it is both a war of liberation and a war to eliminate the threat to us by those who would supply terrorist with weapons, support, money, training and the expertise to attack us.
Do I think the Iraqi people will appreciate what we are doing for them? No. Do I think they will maintain their freedom after the first problem of freedom arises? No.
But, this I do know. There are men in Iran that are willing to fight to be free, once they have us on two of their borders, have us to help them fight for their freedom, not with troops, but with logistics and intelligence, they will fight. We saw how well and how many in Afghanistan were and are willing to bled for freedom. And the Iranian freedom fighters will do the same.
With the US Military in Iraq and Afghanistan, to make sure that those who fight for freedom in Iran are not attacked by the current government of Iran with biological and chemical weapons, to assure the freedom fighters that Syria, Egypt and other countries in the area that have a vested interest in preventing freedom, don't interfere. The Iranians will fight for and win their freedom and that makes what we are doing in Iraq well worth the price we are now paying.
Now, let us leave the cares of the world behind for a moment or two and relax and find comfort in the word of God.
Now when Jesus had ended all His sayings in the audience of the people, He entered into Capernaum. And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto Him the elders of the Jews, beseeching Him that He would come and heal his servant.
And when they came to Jesus, they besought Him instantly, saying, "That he (the Centurion) was worthy for whom He should do this: For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue."
Then Jesus went with them. And when He was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto Him, "Lord, trouble not Thyself: for I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto Thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, 'Go', and he goeth; and to another, 'Come', and he cometh; and to my servant, 'Do this', and he doeth it."
When Jesus heard these things, He marvelled at him, and turned Himself about, and said unto the people that followed Him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. And it came to pass the day after, that Jesus went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and much people.
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother.
And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, "That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited His people." And this report of Him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about. And the disciples of John showed him of all these things.
And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, "Art Thou He that should come? or look we for another?"
When the men were come unto Him, they said, "John Baptist hath sent us unto Thee, saying, 'Art Thou He that should come? or look we for another?'" And in that same hour Jesus cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind He gave sight.
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.
And when the messengers of John were departed, He began to speak unto the people concerning John,
What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. This is he, of whom it is written, BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER BEFORE THY FACE, WHICH SHALL PREPARE THY WAY BEFORE THEE (Isaiah 40:3).
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
And all the people that heard Him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. And the Lord said,
Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! 35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.
And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, "This Man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner." And Jesus answering said unto him,
Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, "Master, say on." There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Simon answered and said, "I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most". And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
And He turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet: but she hath washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest Me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And He said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, "Who is this that forgiveth sins also?"
And He said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (Luke 7: 1-50)
If you find peace in reading God's word, then one day you too will here "Thy faith hath saved thee" the Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with and bless you all. Amen.
Lord God Creator of all things, we, the people of the USA, give Thee thanks for giving us the second chance we do not deserve. We thank Thee Lord for our brave troops who are at this very instant freeing and liberating people through out the kingdom of satan. Amen. And Lord we beseech Thee that Thou would send to our men a Paul, to preach Your word to them before they go to free those held captive by the forces of evil left by Saul. Touch the Presidents heart Lord, lead him in a direction to send evangelist to our troops, give him the strength Lord to serve You, to use his office, that You have entrusted him with, as Commander in Chief to authorize and send solid evangelical Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian evangelist preachers to bring the Word of God to our troops, giving them both reason to fight and the Lord's plan of salvation.
Lord Jesus, it is in Thy Sacred and Holy Name I pray, Amen.
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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