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Finding Our Fixed Point

Word of God Jesus Christ Truth

Source: NPR

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Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: Proverbs 14:12 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Allen Snapp
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ILLUSTRATION

Studies have shown that if you blindfold a man and ask him to walk in a straight line, he will start out well but will soon begin to turn one way or another, looping around in ever tightening circles. It is a phenomenon that has been demonstrated over and over again: without a fixed reference point we cannot keep a straight line.

The strange thing is that it feels like we're walking in a straight line. But we begin to loop and curve erratically – without ever knowing it. We need a fixed point to walk a straight line.

Robert Kulwich, for NPR, observes, "Without a corrective, our insides take over and there's something inside us that won't stay straight."

[Studies of this phenomenon appear in Chris McManus' book, Right Hand, Left Hand, The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures (Phoenix, 2002).]

APPLICATION

God’s word is that fixed point for our souls. Its truths are fixed – “forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (Ps. 119:89). Thus, it gives us a safe and accurate reference point for our lives.

A person who rejects God’s word as the source of truth may feel like they’re on the right road – they’re going straight – but inevitably they go astray. The Bible says there is a way that seems right to a man (think they’re going straight) but the end thereof is death (Proverbs 14:12). 

Amazingly, Jesus didn’t point people to the fixed point, he claimed to be the fixed point. Jesus didn’t say “I know the truth” or “I can point you to the truth”, he said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6)– He is the sun by which we navigate our lives, the star by which we guide our path. He is our fixed point. 

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2, BSB). 

80-Foot-Tall Hot Air Jesus Will Rise On Easter

Easter Evangelism Jesus Christ

Source: “80-Foot-Tall Jesus Hot Air Balloon to Lift Off This Easter Season” by MICHAEL GRYBOSKI, posted CHRISTIAN POST, 3/5/15.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-06

Scripture: Acts 4:33

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The CHRISTIAN POST reports that Geoff Turner, owner and chief pilot for Sky Sail Balloons of Asheville, NY, is planning on launching an 80’ tall hot air balloon emblazoned with an image of Jesus (as portrayed in the famous painting “The Risen Christ by the Sea”). The balloon is made from more than 2,000 square yards of fabric, has a volume of 105,000 cubic feet, and is as large as three averaged sized houses. It will be called “Risen!” and will fly over the skies of western New York state during the Easter season.

“The thought came to him,” reports the POST, “what better, more warm-hearted friendly way might people be introduced to Christ and the Good News, than with a Hot Air Balloon featuring this iconic artwork?”

*Click the link to source above to view a picture of the balloon.

APPLICATION

Mr. Turner is clearly thinking outside the box in his efforts to share the message of Easter with as many as possible. The balloon, as it “rises” in the sky, will be a vivid object lesson of Jesus rising from the dead.

How will you “raise” the banner of Jesus this season for all the world to see?

“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all” (Acts 4:33).

The Missing Piece

Jesus Christ Failure Dependence on God

Source: The Telegraph Newspaper, UK, "Pensioner's Seven Year Jigsaw Baattle Ends With One Piece Missing," By Andrew Hough, 17 May 2010

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-20

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The headline in Britain’s TELEGRAPH newspaper read, “Pensioner's seven year jigsaw battle ends with one piece missing.”  Eighty-six year old pensioner (retiree) Jack Harris started the puzzle just after Christmas of ’02.  He then spent the next 7 ½ years working on the 5 foot tall puzzle.  Sadly, reports the TELEGRAPH, “He was dismayed to find that he had only 4999 pieces with one tiny hole in the middle.”

"He was just so disappointed when he found one bit was missing.  It's sad really because now it will never be completed, " said Harris’ daughter.

APPLICATION

What a shame it would be to work so hard at something only to find out at the very end that all your hard work never had any hope of completion.  Imagine discovering, too late, that there had been a missing piece, all along. That  will be the jolting experience of all those who go through life without Jesus Christ!  

As the Scriptures say, "I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced" (1 Peter 2:6).  

Build A Life

Wisdom Opportunity Jesus Christ

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-08-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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There Is Power In Jesus' Name

Jesus Christ Confrontation Guilt

Contributed By: Allan Ward | Date Posted: 2013-08-07

Scripture: Acts 4:7

Author: Daily Blessing, Volume 13, Number 2 (Apr-Jun 1971)
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Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Guidance Followership Jesus Christ

Contributed By: Lynda Sysko | Date Posted: 2013-04-16

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2

Author: Lynda Sysko
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Who Is Jesus to YOU?

Jesus Christ Experiencing God God's Provision

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-08-09

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:8

Author: unknown
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You Mean the Titanic Was Real?

Ignorance Witness Jesus Christ

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-04-15

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:24

Author: Melissa Knowles, Yahoo News
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GOP Secret Service Names Revealed

Names Jesus Christ Jesus' Preeminence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-20

Scripture: John 1:1 ; John 1:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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I Think I'm Supposed To Say "Jesus"

Guidance Jesus Christ Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-10

Author: Tim Hansel
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