Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hymn #365

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A minister was completing a temperance sermon. With great emphasis he said, "If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river."

With even greater emphasis he said, "And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river."

And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he said, "And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river."

Sermon complete, he sat down.

The song leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, nearly laughing, "For our closing song, Let us sing Hymn #365, We Shall Gather at the River."

2 comments:

  1. Hi Tom,

    I came across your blog while out blogwandering. I see you like Tony bennett so you're obviously a man of some intelligence.
    May I ask your view on a question which I've been asking around this week?
    Do you believe Jesus suffered from sickness or illness? Did he suffer from cancer, headaches, depression, back pain and so on?
    We know he experienced hunger, joy, sadness and got tired etc. But what about sickness or illness?
    A good Catholic friend of mine (I'm not Catholic) and I agree Jesus was so much One with the Father, sickness had no hold on him. Cancer trying to attack him would have been cancelled out immediately.
    The only time Jesus experienced sickness was on the cross, where he conquered it for all times.
    Anyway - there's the question, if you have a moment, it'd be great to hear your views.

    Blessings from the UK

    James

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  2. "Do you believe Jesus suffered from sickness or illness?"

    There no real way to answer this question as we'll have to wait until we appear at the Pearly Gates to ask. I usually call those "Pearly Gate Questions." However, we do know that Jesus was like us in all things except sin. So, I would imagine that he did in fact get sick from time to time just like the rest of us do.

    You say, "Jesus was so much One with the Father, sickness had no hold on him." This, at least the way I read it, presumes that there is some connection between sickness and holiness. I am of the view that when I catch a cold, it is because I have been exposed to the cold virus and my body did not do a good job of fighting it off. I don't check and think that maybe I got the cold because I didn't make a good act of contrition. And, so, I would have to come to the conclusion that Jesus was just as susceptible to sickness as we are and would have perhaps suffered from various things from time to time - just like us.

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