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The Miracle Working Apple Seed

Mystery Miracles Innocence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-21

Scripture: Matthew 18:3

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

I peeled an apple for my 2-year-old grandson. As he was eating it, a seed became visible. He pointed to it and said, "bug!" So I explained that it was really a seed and that if he planted it in the ground it would grow into a huge tree and the tree would grow more apples with more seeds in them.

As I attempted to explain this to him, I realized how this had to sound so incredible, even magical, to him. He hadn't lived long enough to see these things and to learn to take them for granted, like the rest of us. In his innocent state, hearing about the power of an apple seed for the first time sounded like the stuff of fairytales. 

APPLICATION

Sadly, the awe and wonder of childhood fades with age as we learn to take the miracles of life for granted.  

How much wiser we would all be if we could just go back and see the world again for the first time.  If we could see the world through the eyes of a child.

Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3).

God Was Silent

Jesus' Suffering Innocence God's Love

Source: Innocence Project and THE APPLAUSE OF HEAVEN by Max Lucado

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

Scripture: Matthew 27:46

Author: Illustration Exchange / Max Lucado
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ILLUSTRATION

The annals of history are full of instances of the miscarriage of justice. Innocents wrongly accused, and worse yet, wrongly punished. It's because of the commonness of such occasions that the Innocence Project was first founded. From its webpage we read, "The Innocence Project is a nation litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice."

The men and women who belong to the project are go getters, tenacious, unrelenting in the efforts the right wrongs, clear names, and tip the scales of justice back in favor of the innocent.

If the innocence project had existed when Jesus received His farce of a trial they might have jumped all over the case. Surely a DNA test would prove conclusively that Jesus was in fact the very Son of God--sinless!

Yet God, the very Author of Justice, was there and did nothing. To have intervened would have been to have thwarted His own plan for our redemption and salvation.

APPLICATION

Author Max Lucado, in his book THE APPLAUSE OF HEAVEN, has this to say:

It wasn't right that spikes pierced the hands that formed the earth. And it wasn't right that the Son of God was forced to hear the silence of God. It wasn't right, but it happened. For while Jesus was on the cross, God sat on his hands. He turned his back. He ignored the screams of the innocent. He sat in silence while the sins of the world were placed upon his Son. And he did nothing while a cry a million times bloodier than John's echoed in the black sky: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Was it right? No.

Was it fair? No.

Was it love? Yes.

"About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' " (Matthew 27:46).

Max Lucado is one of the most beloved American authors and speakers of this generation. Most of his books have appeared on one or more best seller lists, including those published by the "New York Times," "USA Today," "Publishers Weekly," and the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA).

Show Me My Faults

Sin Accountability Innocence

Contributed By: Doug Sexton | Date Posted: 2011-10-20

Scripture: Psalms 19:12

Author: Doug Sexton
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ILLUSTRATION

I have refereed soccer for 25 years. As a referee, I am there to be a non-biased authority and to enforce the rules. After all these years, it still amazes me how often players give me that incredulous look, as if to say (sometimes they do verbalize it) "Who me? No way! I didn't do that!" In their mind, they are always completely innocent.

APPLICATION

In the game of life the goal is to obey and to please God. To accomplish this, we all need a non-biased authority, someone whom we allow to speak truth into our lives. Otherwise, we will think we're innocent when we're not. We must have an atitude that says "show me my faults so I can rectify them!" Spend time in the "Rule Book" and then ask the ultimate non-biased authority to hold you accountable to His rules. Only then will you be innocent.

"Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer" (Psalm 19:12-14). 

Protecting Your Identity

Identity Justification (Positional) Eternal Security

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-07-14

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; John 10:10

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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Evil Is "Make-Believe"

Evil Sin Nature Naive

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-09-09

Scripture: Mark 7:21

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Town That Banned Death

Death Sin Nature Victory

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-25

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:54

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Heaven Series--Surprise #5: You Won’t Be Bored In Heaven!

Heaven Series Sin Nature Unbelief

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

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12 ; Jeremiah 17:9

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Heaven Series--Surprise #10: The Perfect Ending!

Heaven Series Millennial Kingdom Sin Nature

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

Scripture: Genesis 1:31 ; Revelation 20:9

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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What's A Moon Tree?

New Birth Sin Nature Holy Spirit (Walking In)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-03

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Woman Faces Court For Parking Two Seconds Too Early

God's Judgment Law (of God) Justification (Positional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-21

Scripture: Galatians 2:16 ; Romans 3:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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