The Four Things...
2 Peter 1:3
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
May the Lord Bless the reading of God’s Holy Word, please be seated.
I recently asked a question on my facebook page, “What are four things you believe you could not live without?”
For some it was really easy to answer, and for others, narrowing it down to just four things was more difficult that they anticipated.
Would you like to know some of their responses?
Almost all of them said their family, some said their friends more than I expected said God or Jesus. Some said land, money, work , music, their pets. Others said freedom, coffee, and one even said their imagination.
Now the question was, “Name four things you believe you could not live without?”
None of the things mentioned are actually needed to live…except God or Jesus…I know some of you are thinking, logically speaking we don’t need Jesus to live…well, I am here to tell you that you are wrong…dead wrong…and the pun is intended.
I wholeheartedly believe that we only need four things to live…and as I finished up my sermon last night, I did so with a head lamp because we were without power until about 8:30. So, we can mark electricity of that list…Grace and Molly might disagree, but we all survived…barely.
I know you are all dying to know what the four things that we cannot live without, so let’s begin…
The first is:
Now, if you take a moment and look around some of us will live longer than others…
But in all honesty, we are made in a way that our bodies physically need sustenance. Yes, there have been stories of people surviving for up to 76 days without food and living. Ghandi at the age of 73 went on a hunger strike that lasted 21 days.
Jesus himself fasted for 40 days.
Did you know that after six hours of no food your brain turns on it’s Hulk receptors. AKA you get angry. Three days without food your brain will start the process of breaking down your body’s own protein. Basically, your body starts eating itself. In 12 days, your immune system starts shutting down. Within three weeks there is a stronger possibility of death. Most of the time due to some kind of infection.
Similarly, food for the soul is just as important. As bread was a major staple in first century Jerusalem Christ often spoke about being the bread of life.
He said in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry.” But as Christ told satan in the desert in Matthew 4:2, “it is written, man does not live on bread along, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
The second thing we need to live is:
Like food we need water to survive. Some have lived for 8-10 days without water.
When I entered boot camp it was the end of March. And if you know anything about Parris Island, South Carolina, you know it can get rather hot. As we got into July we were drinking a minimum of 22 canteens of water. Needless to say, we were going to the bathroom a lot. Unfortunately, there were guys who would not drink all the water they were supposed and the results were not good. I won’t begin to explain to you all what happens when someone passes out from dehydration.
They say our bodies our made up of 80% water. Water is a very important part of our being and our world as a whole.
Like food, Christ used water to explain His importance to our lives.
Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” Jesus says in John 7:37-38, “if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink, who ever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
We have a deep need within our souls for God. King David in Psalm 42:2 said, “my soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”
Water isn’t just used as an analogy to hydrate our souls but to wash our souls clean. Jesus said in John 3:5, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and he Spirit.
Christ refreshes our souls thirst for life and without Him we would die of dehydration.
Ironically, the third thing that we cannot live without helps make up number two.
In Genesis 2:7 it says, “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being.” You see oxygen fills our lungs with life. The breath of life.
The average human may lose consciousness after 30-180 seconds of oxygen deprivation. At one minute, brain cells start dying. At three minutes, neurons suffer more extensive damage and brain damage begins. After five minutes, death is more imminent. Ten minutes without oxygen a coma and long lasting brain damage are inevitable.
The Ruach is a Hebrew word that means air in motion, it’s the same word for breath, which is a synonymous for life. Without the breath from God, there would be no life. Thus, with no oxygen, there is no life.
The Hebrew word Nephesh means an animated, breathing, conscious, and living being. In turn this tells us that man did not become a living soul until God breathed life into him.
Without the gift of oxygen, we wouldn’t even be here.
The fourth and final thing that we cannot live without is:
Scientists estimate that the human body contains about 4.7 to 5.5 liters of blood. That’s about 1.5 gallons of blood. It is also said that if you were to lose 30-40 % of your blood at one time you would most likely die.
The purpose of blood is to supply oxygen to cells and tissues, to provide essential nutrients to cells, such as amino acids, fatty acids, and glucose. It also removes waste materials, such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid. White blood cells help fight infection and foreign bodies. It is essential in providing us life.
Christ once again, shows us how important His blood is to us in Matthew 26:28, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
You see the purpose of Christ’s blood wasn’t to keep Him alive, but to keep us alive. It’s purpose was to give us eternal life.
It’s purpose is to sustain us. His blood is necessary for us live.
If you haven’t figure it out, we need Christ to live. Yes we need food, but Christ is the bread of life. Yes we need Water, but Christ refreshes us. Yes, we need oxygen, but Christ gave us the breath of life. Yes we need blood, but Christ shed his blood so we may have ever lasting life.
It’s great to have a car, a house or apartment of just a roof over our heads. It’s nice to have gaming systems, the coolest clothes, the hippest skateboards. It’s great to have electricity and friends and family members who love you. And we should certainly be thankful for all of these things.
But as we enter this this week of Thanksgiving, let’s really be thankful for what Christ has given us. Let’s be thankful for his body, the bread, the food that fills our soul. Let’s be thankful for the water, Christ’s refreshing love that washes away the old. Let’s be thankful for oxygen, the breathe of life, our soul that Christ gave us. And lastly and most importantly, let’s be thankful for the blood, the blood that Christ shed for us to wash away our sins so that we may live.
I’d like to close today by reading from John 11:25-26, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
And that is my question to you. Do you believe this?