Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness
and peace have kissed each other." Psalms 85:10
"Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign,
saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And
forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him."
"Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish
from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they
that put their trust in him." Psalm 2:12
One of the most beautiful statements in all of the
Bible is the one I read awhile ago, "righteousness and peace have kissed
each other." A dozen more sermons on the same Scripture are boiling up
One of the most beautiful romances in the world is
the romance between righteousness and truth. They had been separated for
four thousand years; when they go back together, they had to kiss. What a
A kiss is a very interesting thing. You will agree
with that! I have always loved to kiss under proper conditions and proper
people. A kiss of affection between members of the family certainly is a
good thing and I would advise every family to tea ch boys and girls the
expressiveness of kissing their mothers and fathers. Why, when I was a boy
I never went out to play without kissing my mother good-by. I never came
home form the ball diamond without kissing Mother again.
In the Bible a kiss is certainly an interesting
study. In Exodus, chapter 4, verse 27, when Moses and Aaron met each other
in the wilderness, they came to the mount of the Lord and there they
kissed each other.
First Samuel, chapter 10, verse 1, says when Samuel
came to anoint Saul as the first king of the people of God, that he
anointed Saul with oil, then he kissed him.
When David and Jonathan, the sweetest friends in the
Bible, humanly speaking, had been united after separation for a lengthy
period, the Bible says that David and Jonathan kissed each other.
Joseph had been away from his brothers in Egypt for
many, many long years. When his brothers came to him he, unknown by them,
provided provisions for their lives, then came that glorious day when
Joseph revealed himself to his brothers. The Bible sa ys that Joseph
kissed his father and his brothers.
Esau and Jacob had come to the place of
reconciliation. Esau had forgiven the trickster Jacob for having cheated
him out of his birthright and out of the blessing of his father Isaac.
When Jacob and Esau were united again, the Bible says there they kissed.
When Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus' feet, the Bible says that she kissed
Him on the feet.
When Paul left the city of Ephesus in Acts, chapter
20, the Bible says the people clave unto Paul, they loved him so dearly.
He had been their pastor for three years, three blessed, glorious,
wonderful years but he longed to go back to Jerusalem, so he resigned his
pastorate there. The Bible says they clave to him. They threw themselves
on his neck and kissed him good-bye.
When the prodigal son returned from the far country,
"having spent all", his father said, 'Put a ring on his finger, a robe on
his body; let's kill the fatted calf, and put shoes on his feet', and then
is said that he "kissed him". In writing to the church at Corinth, the
Apostle Paul said, Greet ye one another with an holy kiss." Again in
writing to the church at Thessalonica the apostle admonished these people
to greet one another in the services with an holy kiss.
Now bear in mind what that means. In those days when
you came in and sat down by somebody in church you kissed him. Now wait a
minute. Don't do it-- yet! There was also another difference in those
days. In the early church the men and boys sat o n one side, the ladies
and girls on the other. Like we shake hands, they kissed each other. The
men would kiss the men; the ladies would kiss the ladies. It was a sign of
affection, a sign of fellowship, a sign of tenderness, a sign of love when
you gr eeted one another with an holy kiss.
In I Peter 5:14, Peter speaks about greeting "one
another with a kiss of charity". Now the message this morning is on "The
Kisses of Calvary". We have enumerated at least ten places in the Bible or
more where kissing was acceptable. But on the cros s of Calvary there were
three kisses that I call to your attention for our message today: The kiss
of reconciliation, the kiss of hypocrisy and the kiss of salvation.
As we approach the subject of kissing, we think of
romance between a husband and wife, or the love between a mother and a son
or daughter, or the love between a father and his son or daughter, or the
love between brothers and sisters.
My only sister and I always kiss hello and good-bye.
When we say good-bye there is weeping and tender words of expression of
love, but we always kiss. One of the saddest things about the age and area
in which we live is the seeming belief that kis sing and affection is a
sign of emotional instability and weakness. It is not a sign of that, but
our not wanting to kiss or otherwise to show affection is a sign of
deadness and hardness and the fact that we are ashamed to express our
feelings one to t he other.
Certainly there ought to be in the heart of every
Christian a feeling of closeness, affection and tenderness. And this,
"Well, we don't kiss much since we got married" -- I wouldn't say that in
public if I were you. "we feel it but we don't show it" . No, if you felt
it, you would show it.
People across the country have often asked me, "how
about the North and the South?" The South has a reputation of being wild
and woolly, and they don't feel much. The North has the reputation of
feeling it deeply and not saying much about it. All over the nation they
say, "You have pastored in Texas and in Indiana -- what do you think about
it? Do you think the Southerner says it and doesn't feel it, and the
Northerner feels it and doesn't say it?" No, no, I do not think so.
I have noticed Northerners when they sit on a tack,
and I have noticed Southerners when they sit on a tack. A Northerner jumps
just as high when he is stimulated properly as the Southerner! Do not hide
behind your geographical location for your co ldness of heart and deadness
of soul and the fact that you do not express love. Actually, people who
love express it. People who feel it, say so. People who are stimulated
properly also respond properly.
Now let us notice the three kisses of Calvary. Two
of them are beautiful, one of them is tragic.
I) THE KISS OF RECONCILIATION
I will read for you again the verse that I read a
little while ago, Psalm 85:10 - "Mercy and truth are met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other". Now when did
righteousness and peace kiss each other? When did this wonderful reun ion
take place? When did righteousness see peace and peace see righteousness?
When did they embrace, and kiss?
It said that truth came up from the ground and
righteousness looked down from Heaven and there righteousness and peace
met each other and in a tender moment of embrace they kissed.
Righteousness and mercy or truth have kissed each other. Now peace and
righteousness walked together for many millenniums. In Heaven, peace and
righteousness walk together. Oh, what a blessed walk it was for perfect
peace between God and His creatures and perfect righteousness to walk
together. There was no sin in H eaven.
Let me say this: the degree that you have of sin is
also the degree you have of unrest and lack of peace. If you live
righteous, you have more peace, and the more righteous you get, the more
peace you will have. And so in eternity peace and righteo usness walk
together. In Heaven with the angels they were such close friends. Peace
was never without righteousness, and righteousness was never without
God made man, He put him in the Garden of Eden, and
once again in the Garden of Eden peace walked hand in hand with
righteousness. Righteousness was there. Peace was there. Adam and Eve were
without sin. There was no sin originally in the Garden o f Eden, and
because there was no sin, there was peace. And so hand in hand, oh, the
sweet fellowship that peace and righteousness enjoy. They loved each
other, they walked together and it was always a wonderful relationship.
But the day came when our lovers were forced to
part. The day came when peace and righteousness got a divorce. The day
came when peace and righteousness no longer could go with each other. Why
was that? Sin came in the Garden of Eden. When sin c omes, peace must
When righteousness is sinned against, then peace can
stay no longer. The reason you do not have peace in your home, you do not
have righteousness in your home. Listen, you are not going to build a home
with liquor in the ice box and sexy magazines in the magazine rack and the
Beatles on you record player and fussing and cursing and lying and
cheating and immorality. You are not going to build a home like that and
People all the time come to me and say, "Brother
Hyles, our home has no peace. We cannot get along. Our children are at
each other. My wife and I cannot get along. What is the trouble?" And in
every case it is one word --SIN. When you get the r ighteousness problem
settled, peace will go with righteousness. But when righteousness leaves,
peace cannot stay any longer.
And so in the Garden of Eden the Serpent, Satan,
came and said to Adam and Eve, 'If you will eat this fruit, ye shall live
and be as God. Oh, I know God has said ye shall surely die, but if you eat
this fruit, your eyes shall be opened then. You do not know what you have
had until you have had a fling with sin. You do not know what joy you can
have until you do what I say.'
The Devil always says that. The Devil always comes
to young people and says, "You do not know what you are missing until you
take a fling in sin". I will tell you what you are missing when you are
not in sin. You are only missing brokenness and hea rtfelt weakness and
sadness and misery and unhappiness and unrest. Always when you go into
sin, you leave peace. And so in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve reached
out and took the forbidden fruit. As is always the case, the woman did it
first! Eve t ook the forbidden fruit, then she took it home to Adam. Now
if Eve had been home baking biscuits, she would not have seen the Devil in
the first place.
If Eve had been home sweeping the floor where she
ought to have been--. Adam was home washing the dishes! Did you hear about
the henpecked husband? He went to the doctor and said, "Doctor, I am
henpecked". "Well, what is the matter?" And the husba nd said, "I have to
cook all the time at home." The doctor said, "Well, why did you come to
me?" He answered, "I had the most horrible dream." When the doctor asked
what his dream was, he said, "I dreamed I was on a boat with twelve
gorgeous girls." "Oh", the doctor said, "what is so bad about that?" He
said, "Cooking for twelve people!"
Adam was home cooking some hot rolls and washing the
breakfast dishes. Eve was out in the garden when she should have been home
taking care of the household, and Satan tempted her. She took the fruit,
she brought it back to Adam, Adam ate the fruit , and for the first time
man had sinned against God. When man sinned, righteousness and peace could
no longer walk together.
Now any time righteousness and peace must go, peace
is the one that ought to go. It is better to have no peace and be right,
than to have peace and be wrong. I am sick at my soul of politicians
talking about appeasing Russia and appeasing communism and people
co-existent. Brother, you cannot be in the same room with a rattlesnake
and have peace or co-existence. What happens? We have gotten to the place
where we would rather have peace than righteousness. We are not willing to
fight for truth a ny more. We are raising a soft, mealy-mouthed, shallow
generation. We would rather be red than dead. God give us some people who
would rather be right and have war, than be wrong and have peace.
Oh, the greatest thing in this world is
righteousness. And so when sin came in the Garden of Eden, peace and
righteousness no longer could go with each other, and so peace left. For
four thousand years peace and righteousness were separated. Why? Sin had
come. Righteousness could not accept peace. Peace wanted to come back but
righteousness would not allow it. Peace could not come back to
righteousness unless righteousness had been satisfied. Righteousness could
not be satisfied unless payment for sin was made. So righteousness says
sin must be paid for. Righteousness says sin must be condemned.
Righteousness said no man can come to God unless the sin question has been
So peace says, "Can I come back?" Righteousness
said, "No. I want you back. I love you dearly. We walked together in
Heaven. We walked together in Eden. I want you back, but I cannot receive
you back, peace, until I have been satisfied." What h appened? God Himself
came to the world in the form of a man. His name was Jesus Christ. For
thirty-three long, lonely, homeless years Jesus lived a life of perfection
and righteousness on the earth. Then at the end of those thirty-three
years Jesus C hrist went to Calvary.
On the cross of Calvary the righteous One,
Righteousness, was crucified. Righteousness took sin upon Himself and
Jesus died and He said, "It is finished." What He was sailing was:
Righteousness has been satisfied, righteousness had been met, now peace
can come home and, brother, you talk about a happy reunion! Peace looked
at righteousness and said, "Can I come back now?" Righteousness answered,
"Yes, you can. I have been satisfied now. The payment has been made. Jesus
has died for the sins o f the world." The sins of all the world were laid
Righteousness said, "Peace, won't you come back?"
Peace said, "Would I!" Peace looked up from earth and came out of the
earth (that is the resurrection of Christ) and righteousness looked down
from Heaven (that is the holiness and justness of God t he Father) and
peace and righteousness ran and threw arms around the cross of Calvary and
at Calvary they hugged and they kissed. Now after four thousand years
those lovers had been reunited. That, dear friends, is the kiss of
Calvary. God's justice ha s been satisfied. God's holiness has been met.
In Jesus Christ and in Him alone can peace and righteousness walk
Do you want peace? Peace in your heart? Are you
tired of tranquilizers? Of psychiatrists? Of misery? Are you tired of
worry? Of fretting? Then come to Calvary. At Calvary righteousness and
peace kissed each other, and were reunited.
Ah, these reunions! I recall when my first furlough
came when I was away in service. My mother and I had been close. Just the
two of us lived together. Daddy was gone, my sister was married, and I was
the only thing Mother had. Boy, when I am all you have got, you haven't
got much! I was all she had and I went off to service. The first furlough
came. I rode the streetcar. I got off the streetcar, on my first furlough,
at Bryant and San Jacinto Streets in Dallas, Texas. We lived about a block
and two houses form the streetcar line; I looked down and there was my
little mother up on her tiptoes looking to see if I had gotten off the
When she saw those paratroopers walking down the
steps of the streetcar, she took off running. She ran as fast as she
could. I had run ten miles a day in the paratroopers, and I was as slim
and trim as I am fat and sassy now, and I ran as fast as I could. I had
done ninety push-ups with a field pack on my back and I was as hard as
rocks; yet my little old mother met me more than half way. Ah, she was
glad to see me!
She took me home. "Son, this furniture--I put it
back where it was when you left. Son, I have got your favorite meal
cooked." In those days it was veal cutlets, green beans, sauerkraut,
thickened gravy and biscuits. Ah, you cannot beat that. Glo ry to
God--that's eatin'. There it was on the table. We sat in our little
kitchen, little apartment, and ate the food.
When it came time to go to bed, there was sweetness,
tenderness, caresses, kissing. Why? Because her boy had come home. Oh, you
talk about joy! For four thousand years peace and righteousness had walked
apart; for four thousand years righteousnes s could not receive peace back
because righteousness had not been satisfied. Then when one day on the
cross Jesus said, "It is finished", once again righteousness said,
"Hallelujah! Peace can come back!"
Peace came to righteousness and on the cross they
kissed. Once again, thank God, man can have peace because Christ has
become his righteousness. Now they are together, they have kissed. Now man
can come himself and do some kissing at Calvary.
II) THE KISS OF HYPOCRISY
We have noticed the first kiss of Calvary; let us
look at the second. Not only was there a kiss of reconciliation when
righteousness kissed peace, but the second kiss of Calvary was the kiss of
hypocrisy. Judas Iscariot was watching, like the serpe nt he was, out
there in the Garden of Gethsemane, with soldiers behind him.
Jesus was praying in the garden, "Father, if it be
possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as
thou wilt", and saying the great prayer recorded in John 17. Jesus is
overlooking the city of Jerusalem, He is in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Judas lurks outside the garden. Judas says, 'I'll show you the one by
kissing Him. When I kiss Him, come and get Him'.
Judas Iscariot went out and while our Lord was in
Gethsemane, Judas did the most dastardly act ever done by human hands or
lips--he placed the loving tenderness of a kiss on the brow of the Saviour
and in doing so, the motley crowd of soldiers came an d led Jesus away to
be crucified. Judas was kissing Jesus but there is one mistake Judas made.
He should have kissed Jesus. It was right to kiss Christ. Psalm 2:12 says,
"Kiss the Son, lest he be angry". I will discuss that in a minute.
We are commanded to kiss Jesus Christ. That means
kiss the feet of the Son; come and throw yourself at His feet and kiss
Him. Man has been commanded to kiss the Son, BUT man cannot kiss the Son
until righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Judas made the
mistake of kissing the Son without the meaning of Calvary. He kissed the
Son short of Calvary.
If that day when Jesus was on the cross, lonely,
forsaken, betrayed, suffering, crucified, deserted by man and God the
Father -- if Judas had come up then and meant it and thrown himself at the
feet of the crucified One and kissed the kiss of affectio n and faith and
trust, he could have been saved. But Judas made the mistake of kissing
Jesus without reference to trust in Calvary. Now that is the kiss of
Maybe you have made an effort to kiss Jesus. Maybe
you have gotten religion. Maybe you have joined the church. But if you
have kissed anything -- I do not care what it is -- and are trusting
anything short of Calvary, then you are a kisser of hypo crisy. There is
nothing short of Calvary that can save you. The mistake that Judas made
was kissing Jesus short of Calvary.
That is the reason that joining a church cannot save
you. This is a kiss short of Calvary. That is the reason living a good
life and being a good friend and a good husband and a good neighbor cannot
save you. That is a kiss short of Calvary. When you are sprinkled as a
baby and they say that conveys some kind of mysterious salvation to you --
that won't take you one step toward Heaven. That is a kiss short of
Calvary. Being confirmed as a twelve-year old and learning the catechism
of the church when you have never received Christ in believing faith won't
take you to Heaven. That is a kiss s hort of Calvary.
Going into the baptistry and being baptized won't
save you. That is a kiss short of Calvary. When you go into a little room
and confess your sins to a man, which is a waste of your time and his and
your money, that is why it does not do any good. Y ou are kissing short of
Calvary. Coming and taking the holy communion and trusting that little
wafer and the juice to save your soul won't do it. It is a kiss short of
Judas, the mistake you made was to kiss the Saviour
short of Calvary. And Judas lies in Hell this morning, Judas burns in
Hell, Judas suffers the pangs of Hell this morning. Why? He kissed the
Saviour short of Calvary. Judas is in Hell because he did not kiss Jesus
at Calvary. Judas was a church member, yet he is in Hell because he
trusted something short of Calvary. Judas was a preacher, yet he is in
Hell because he trusted something short of Calvary. Judas was an apostle,
but he is in Hell b ecause he trusted something short of Calvary. Judas
followed Jesus, but he is in Hell because he trusted something short of
"Preacher, my church believes..." I would not give
you a dime for what your church or mine believes! The only thing that
matters is that you can only kiss the Son at Calvary. The only place you
can kiss the Son is at Calvary. Anything short of Cal vary is a kiss of
hypocrisy and you will end up in Hell thinking you were going to Heaven.
III) THE KISS OF SALVATION
Now I call your attention very quickly to the third
kiss. The first kiss was when righteousness and peace kissed -- the kiss
of reconciliation. Number two was when Judas placed the kiss of hypocrisy
on the Saviour. Number three -- the kiss of salvat ion. In Psalm 2: "Kiss
the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is
kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him."
Three kisses on Calvary: The kiss of righteousness
and peace, the kiss of betrayal and hypocrisy, but oh, thank God, there is
the third kiss -- the kiss of salvation. Jesus is dying. He speaks about
it in the Psalms. His apostles have forsaken Him and fled. His followers
are scattered. His Father looked on Him and saw Him in sin and turned his
back on the Son. Jesus hangs on Calvary and the psalmist said when
righteousness and peace had kissed, then any poor sinner may kiss the Son,
any poor si nner may come to Calvary and kiss His feet. What does that
mean? It means the kiss of trust, the kiss of faith, the kiss of
And he goes on to say, "Kiss the Son, lest he be
angry". When you have not put your faith in Christ, it angers God. When
you reject Jesus as your Saviour, it angers God. And yet when a person
says no to Calvary, the Bible says God is angry and His wrath is kindled.
Then he says, 'Blessed are those that put their trust in Him'. Blessed are
those who have kissed the Son.
Now today, you are in one of these two groups.
Either you have kissed Him short of Calvary, or you have kissed him at
Calvary. Whether you kissed Him short of Calvary or at Calvary determines
where you spend eternity. I you have kissed Jesus short of Calvary, if you
have joined the church but have not been born again, you are lost. If you
have been baptized short of Calvary, you are lost. If you have taken
communion or sacraments or the Eucharist short of Calvary, you are lost.
And if you have come, ever, in your life to Jesus
Christ and seen Him crucified at Calvary and heard Him say, "My God, my
God, why hast thou forsaken me?" "It is finished", and then righteousness
looked from Heaven and peace looked from earth and th ey ran to each other
and embraced and kissed; righteousness said, "I am satisfied -- now we can
come back together" -- if you have ever seen that, my precious friends,
and come to Jesus Christ in believing faith and said, "Dear Lord, I trust
you. I kis s the Son. I believe in the Son", then God said He will take
you to Heaven when you die.
Are you kissing short of Calvary this morning? Are
you kissing short of Calvary? Let me illustrate:
I am going to confess something that breaks my
heart. I am going to confess something that will classify me as an awful,
awful wretched sinner. Before I was married, I stole a kiss form Mrs.
Hyles! Isn't that awful! One time, maybe twice, but tha t did not mean I
was married. I will say this: I was older than most of you kissing kids
are and that did not mean I was married. I mean that when the preacher
said, "Wilt thou..." and I willed it and I said, "I will", and he said, "I
now pronounce you as husband and wife", brother, that kiss meant
something. Why? We had satisfied the laws of the land. Now you can kiss
the Son, but unless you have come and committed your life to Jesus Christ,
as I gave my life to Beverly Slaughter and she became Bev erly Hyles, all
the religion and kissing you have done is not worth a dime. It is faith in
I thank God for that day when I looked up at Him and
said, "O God, I in faith receive Christ", and I kissed the Son and I have
been blessed in these years, for the Bible says, 'Blessed are those that
put their trust in Him'.
Have you trusted Him? If you died this morning,
would you go to Heaven? Do you know you have put your faith in Him? Have
you kissed the Son? Are you trusting Christ in Calvary? Have you trusted
something short of Calvary? If you have, come to t he cross this morning,
see Him die, see peace and righteousness embracing and kissing. Kiss the
Son, and you become a child of God. Shall we pray.
PRAYER: Our Father, bless the message. Bless the
truth of it. O God, today may we see that in Jesus Christ on the cross
God's righteousness has been satisfied, His justice has been vindicated
and now we can kiss the Son. Bless those who are kis sing short of Calvary
and may they come to Calvary and kiss the Son because righteousness and
peace have kissed each other.