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Holding the Reservation

Eternal Security False Hope Assurance

Source: Seinfeld Season 3, episode 11

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Contributed By: Jim Stephenson | Date Posted: 2020-09-13

Scripture: Jude 1:24 ; John 14:3

Author: Larry David
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ILLUSTRATION

Jerry: I made a reservation for a mid-size...

Rental Car Agent: Okay, ler' see here. I'm sorry, we have no midsize available at the moment.

Jerry: I don't understand. Do you have my reservation?

Rental Car Agent: We have your reservation, we just ran out of cars.

Jerry: But the reservation keeps the car here. That's why you have the reservation.

Rental Car Agent: I think I know why we have reservations.

Jerry: I don't think you do. You see, you know how to *take* the reservation, you just don't know how to *hold* the reservation. And that's really the most important part of the reservation: the holding. Anybody can just take them.

APPLICATION

Do you have a reservation in Heaven? Various world religions claim to provide reservations in Heaven for their adherents, but only God can hold them. That was precisely Jesus' promise when He said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.  If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am" (John 14:1-3, NLT). 

Think about it. What good is a religion that only takes reservations? But Jesus not only makes the reservation, He also holds it for us! 

Watch Out For Fake Rolexes

Apologetics False Hope False Teachers

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2020-04-07

Scripture: Matthew 7:15

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

Years ago, when I lived just outside of NYC, my wife and I received a lot of visitors. One of our favorite things to do was to take our guests into the city to see the sites. Usually, included in this tour was a trip to Chinatown. The food was great and our guests always enjoyed the unique gift shops we found there.

Without a doubt, the most popular gift item was always the ten-dollar Rolex watch. Virtually all of our guests went home with at least one. They looked real, so long as you didn’t look too closely. But you couldn’t rely on one to keep accurate time. Not even close. As far as watches go, they weren’t worth the ten dollars.

APPLICATION

These fake Rolexes (Fauxlexes) are big sellers for one reason: somewhere, other than in China Town, there are real Rolexes. If there weren’t real ones somewhere, there wouldn’t be a market for the fake ones. These knockoffs owed their very existence to the public’s desire for the original.

Jesus warned His followers that there would be no shortage of false prophets in the world. So, we shouldn’t be surprised that there are wolves in sheep’s clothing in the Church, and we certainly shouldn’t allow them to cause us to question the truth of the Gospel.

Charlatans exist because the real thing exists. Forgeries are never made of forgeries. They are not the truth, but they are proof of the truth.

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves" (Matthew 7:15). 

A Day In The Life Of A Pastor

Jesus, Savior Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-05-15

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

One of the essential responsibilities of the pastor is to visit the sick. Recently, I set out for the ICU to visit a man who was recovering from complications brought about by a heart attack. I arrived at the front desk only to be told by the nurse that he was upstairs for tests and wouldn't be down for a while, but that his daughter was in the room waiting for him to return. So I went in and introduced myself to her as the pastor of a church where her mother and father occasionally visit with friends.

She was thrilled to meet me and so appreciative that I would come to visit her dad. We hugged, then I assured her that there were a lot of people praying for her father. As we waited together we began to talk about the weather, grandchildren, how the Miami Heat were playing, etc. We were having a great time getting to know each other.

Finally, I asked her about a particular therapy I knew they had planned for her father. "My father isn't receiving that therapy," she said, tilting her head slightly and staring curiously at me.

"Oh, well...umm...," I fumbled, "I'm pretty sure that's what I was told."

Then she asked, "What was the last name of the man you came to visit today?"

Yikes! The receptionist had given me the room number of another man with the same first name as the man I was actually there to visit! Can you say AWKWARD! As I slinked out the door I profusely apologized for the misunderstanding.

APPLICATION

What is so interesting to me about this little mishap is the way it pointed out the significance of a shared relationship. We had connected over what we thought was a common relationship. Once that relationship was removed, the connection went with it.

Isn't that exactly what Jesus was warning us of when He said, "No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). Without a relationship with Jesus, we have no connection with the Father.

Mitchell Dillon, founder of Illustration Exchange

Heaven Series--Surprise #8: The People We Won’t Find In Heaven

Heaven Series Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: Matthew 7:13 ; Matthew 7:23

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Flat Tire Delayed 50 Miles

Works Salvation Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-22

Scripture: John 3:3 ; Matthew 7:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Holy Pens Guarantee Passing Grades

Deceived/Deception False Teachers False Hope

Contributed By: Matt Stowell | Date Posted: 2016-02-11

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:3 ; 1 John 4:1

Author: Lucy Sherriff / Illustration Exchange
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God Had Nothing To Do With It

Death False Hope Resurrection

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-06-13

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:36

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Don't Hold Your Breath

Superstition Fear False Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-29

Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:10 ; 1 Timothy 4:7

Author: Melanie Eversley, USA Today / Illustration Exchang
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Sliding Away

Condemnation Deceived/Deception False Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-08

Scripture: Matthew 7:22

Author: Dr. Bill Bright and Dr. James O. Davis
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Appearing Once More In A New and More Perfect Edition

False Hope Resurrection Faith

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-07

Scripture: John 8:24 ; Matthew 7:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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