C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Why Would I Want Jesus

Are you tired of hearing the same old question, “Do you know where you would go if you died today”? Are you turned off by the flashy comments such as, “Turn or burn”? Have you grown weary of being told how wrong and sinful you are and how righteous and holy someone else is? Do you find yourself frustrated when you see the church folk act hypocritical then spend their time preaching at you? Well, I agree.

But try not to be too hard on the Christians. We sometimes forget what we are and where we’ve come from. We often speak before we think and sometimes we forget to pray before we try to talk to you. There are also times we draw our own conclusions and pass judgment without even realizing we have done so before even giving you a chance. We seldom put ourselves in your shoes before we allow ourselves to understand how the impact of our words and actions may affect you. I hope you will forgive us and understand that I do not believe that we do it intentionally, but let it serve as a reminder that becoming a Christian does not mean you become perfect. There is and was only one man that has ever lived perfect on this earth. This man was the Son of God, the man Christ Jesus.

Adam and Eve really messed things up for us by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden when they listened to the words of Satan over the words of God and ate of the forbidden tree. Now we could sit here and blame them all day, but that really wouldn’t solve our problem. Because of their sin, since they were the first man and woman, every child born on this earth has been born with an incurable disease called sin. Yeah, I know you’ve heard of it, but do you really know how bad it is? It’s worse than cancer.

See, we have a Holy God that does not and cannot sin, so He despises and hates sin. Every single act of sin we do is personally against Him, whether it is directed to Him or to someone we come in contact with. To help us understand this sin, God gave a man by the name of Moses the Ten Commandments so that we could learn how to act toward both God and man. I know that you probably have heard of these before, but they are really hard to follow and sometimes we just really don’t want to.

Have you ever done something wrong on accident or because you weren’t really thinking? What about on purpose, even though you knew it was wrong? Because we are unable to follow these laws, whether by accident or just don’t want to, God sent us His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Why? He knew in advance that we would sin, because of the curse of Adam making us all born sinners, and yet He loved us still enough to make a way to have all of our sin removed so that fellowship could be restored with a Holy God.

Jesus Christ came as a physician, not to condemn the world, but to purify the world of sin. He lived through the same temptations that we do, yet He did not sin. Jesus Christ came to save and heal the sick. He can save you too if you would just trust Him.

I would ask that your put away all of the feelings you have for religion, forgot that one may have hurt you by what they’ve said or done, please lay aside for a moment the hypocrisy of the church people. Just think of the Holy God, that cannot be joined to sin, that sent His own begotten Son Jesus Christ, because He loved man even though we are sinners. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross, not for His sake but for ours. God judged Christ for sin He did not commit so that if we repent by turning from our sin to putting our faith in Christ that He died for our sins, was buried, and raised for our justification, we may live with Him forever.

There is nothing you can do to earn this forgiveness, you only need to come to Christ and trust in Him to forgive your sin and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Don’t come because the church says you have to, don’t come because you feel less because you haven’t, and don’t come because your friend has. Come because Christ Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. “

Why then do I hope you would want Jesus? So that your sin may be forgiven, so that you may know what it is to have Him dwell within you, that you may have fellowship restored with God, so we may all live forever with Him.

Don’t let yourself miss out on eternity with God because we sometimes fail in our service to the Lord as Christians. Love Him because He first has loved you. Trust Him for He says, “Believe on me and I will save you.” Call on Him for He says “Come”. Trust in the sinless Lamb of God Jesus Christ, for it was He that saw you as a sinner and yet chose to shed His precious blood to cleanse you white as snow, if you would only put your trust in Him.

1 comment:

Bobby Cohoon said...

Great Job Brother!

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.