CHRIST OUR HELPER

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CHRIST OUR HELPER (A Sermon)[1]

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Hallelujah.

Dear friends, we just celebrated the resurrection of Christ a week ago. Easter is an event that assures us of the victory we have in Christ; victory over death, victory over sin, victory over Satan, victory in all things. Our victory is in the name of the Lord. Our theme for the second quarter of the year is Victory in Christ. I once taught in school called Ushindi in Arua, the school’s motto is Victory in Christ. I love it. As I start my middle adulthood, I have realised that I have no victory elsewhere than in Christ. As such I have named my son Ushindi because I know my Victory is in Christ.

In our reading of 1 John 1:1-2:1, the apostle John writes that Jesus Christ is our helper. It is out of this that today I am preaching about the fact that Christ is our Helper. John’s letter focuses on Christ being our helper when we are being tempted to sin. That as Christians, we ought not to sin but when we happen to sin, we should remember that we have a friend, an advocate, the man Jesus who is our helper who pleads to God on our behalf. John writes;

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (I John 2:1-2).

The letter to the Hebrews does put this well in other words; “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). A one, Joseph B. Wirthlin writes; “The Lord Jesus Christ is our partner, helper and advocate.”

We have Christ Jesus with us, he is our advocate, our Helper. We shouldn’t struggle in sin because he is ever present to help us.

Christ is our helper not only when we are being tempted, he is actually our helper in all things at all times. As Hebrews 13:8 declares that Christ is same yesterday, today and forever, He shall forever be our Helper. There are two psalms that I like reading most; Psalm 121 and Psalm 124.

Psalm 121, a song od ascents declares;

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—     where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord,     the Maker of heaven and earth.

 He will not let your foot slip—     he who watches over you will not slumber;  indeed, he who watches over Israel     will neither slumber nor sleep.

 The Lord watches over you—     the Lord is your shade at your right hand;  the sun will not harm you by day,     nor the moon by night.

 The Lord will keep you from all harm—     he will watch over your life;  the Lord will watch over your coming and going     both now and forevermore.”

Wow! What an encouragement?

Meanwhile Psalm 124:8 says “Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

I am aware that there are many small things that often are a thorn in the flesh. I am aware that many things toss us left and right. I am aware that many things press us hard to the wall. I am aware that many of us cry, sob and shed tears all night. I am aware that many of us struggle getting our basic needs: food, good water, clothing etc. I am aware that financially many of us aren’t atop. I am aware that many of us struggle with broken relationships. I am aware that to many of us, life is a struggle that we hardly wish another day to come. I am also aware that many of us have been lifted up that we don’t have any struggles when it comes to meeting our needs.

Whatever category you are,

I am here to promise you that Christ is Our Helper. I am here to encourage you to make the name of the Lord your help, I am here to encourage you to lift your eyes to the Lord from where your help comes, from the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

Sadly, many of us don’t recognise that we are what we are because of the Help the Lord has given us. Sadly, many of us don’t acknowledge Christ as our Helper hence all the struggles we have.

Alex Haley, a writer had an unusual picture hanging on his wall. In the picture, a turtle sits atop a fence post. One visitor noticed the odd depiction and said, “Why do you have this picture?”

Mr. Haley replied, in effect “Every time I write something significant—every time I read words that I have penned and feel proud at how wonderful they are, I remember this turtle. It didn’t get on that fence post on its own. It had some help along the way!”[2]

Two things among many that blocks us from seeing Christ our Helper include;

We are too busy for God. We live in a busy, busy world. Busy in office, busy at work, busy studying, busy on social media that we become too busy for God. The more we are too busy for God, the more we are curtained from seeing him as a Helper, the more God’s help also dwindles on us. You cannot be too busy for God, you ought to be too busy in him, you ought to be too busy studying His Word, you ought to be too busy praying, you ought to be too busy in praise and worship. Until then, you will see the glory of God, you will see the help of God. But when you are too busy for God, you won’t see his help. Remember when you are too busy for God, you are Being Under Satan’s Yoke (B-U-S-Y). Don’t be too busy for God, be too busy in God. Remember that God is the source of our lives, he is our Helper.

Many Christians have lost their vision of God’s majesty and greatness. Because too many things occupy many of us, the majesty and greatness of God becomes blurred. As such, we cease to recognise or acknowledge Him for who He is. Today, I would like you to go home with this view that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer: That He is our present help in time of trouble of all times. This was the kind of view of the sons of Korah had of God. In one of their psalms they wrote;

“God is our refuge and strength,     an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way     and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam     and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalm 46:1-3).

If we have this view of God’s greatness and majesty, we’ll “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). May the risen Lord Jesus Christ be your Helper now and forevermore. Amen!

Rev. J

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[1] Sermon by Rev. Julius Izza Tabi at St. Luke Church, Biyaya in Adjumani, Uganda on April 8, 2018

[2] Story picked from here https://ourblogb.blogspot.ug/2017/10/god-is-our-helper-today.html

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Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi (Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues) is a lecturer at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus.

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