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Sermon Title: One Greater than Solomon
Text: Matthew 12:38-42: "Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, "saying, master, we would see a sign from you. "But he answered and said unto them, "an evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign;" and there shall no sign be given to it, "but the sign of the prophet Jonah: "For as Jonah was three days and three nights "in the whale's belly; "so shall the son of man be three days and three nights "in the heart of the earth. "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment "with this generation, and shall condemn it: "Because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; "and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here. "The queen of the south shall rise up in judgment "with this generation, and shall condemn it: "For she came from the uttermost parts of the earth "to hear the wisdom of Solomon; "and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here."
Illustration on Nuclear Bomb--Sinful Nature of Man: "For in much
wisdom is much grief." Einstein said that. You know that picture that we
see of Einstein so often taken by a photographer that he got from
Germany over here to help him escape the Nazis? Well, they were friends.
And Einstein never liked to have his picture taken, but he allowed this
man to take his picture. And as he was snapping the pictures he asked
Einstein, "If you had it to do over again "Would you write that letter
to President Roosevelt "suggesting the possibility of the development of
"the atomic bomb?" He said Einstein was very sad and very serious. And
said he detected a tear in his eye. And he said, "I've often thought
about that." And he said, "I don't think there's going to be any peace
in the world "as long as man is in the world." You see, the problem is
really not the atomic bomb. It's not going to go off by itself. Somebody
will push the button. Man's heart is the problem. And that's been the
problem ever since the days of Adam and eve. When Adam and eve rebelled
against god and sinned against god. Man is a sinner. He is a law
Illustration on Christian Living: She said psalm 149:5. And here's the verse that my mother said just as she was dying, "Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing upon their beds." And she was asleep in Christ.
Message on True Power--Hitler's power is vain: And power. Look at a Hitler or a Mussolini on our screens sometimes and all the power that they had and how they strutted across the face of Europe and the world. Jesus said, "all power is given unto me "in heaven and in earth." "I don't just have the power on the earth, "I have it in heaven given to me by my father." Paul said, "I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ "for it is the power of god unto salvation "to everyone that believes."
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