February 12, 2017

The Good News

"The Son of Man came to seek and to save those who are lost," Luke 19:10.

Jesus is the Son of Man who is also the Savior.

Someone who is a savior saves people.

Jesus came to save people from sin.

If I am saved from a tornado, then the tornado does not touch me.

If I am saved from an avalanche, then the avalanche does not kill me.

If I am saved from a fire, then nothing about the fire does damage to me.

To be saved from sin....what does that mean?

Does that mean that I can still do sin, and the effects of sin do not touch me?

Does being saved mean that I go on sinning without repercussions?

Sin is always death. It always destroys. It always steals.

What is the good news?

If it is freedom from sin, and thus everlasting life, then how does the Savior say we must be saved?

We must go back to the very first word he spoke when he started his ministry.

We must do all that he said to do.

There is order to his saving.

Many will say, "Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved."

Yes. And what does "believe" on someone mean?

It is to do all they say to do. It is to buy into their way. It is to no longer argue with God.

Matthew 4:17 tells us the first word Jesus spoke at the beginning of his ministry.

That word was also proclaimed by the forerunner to Jesus John the Baptizer.

They commanded repentance.

Agreement with God about sin is the requirement.

Do it, or stay lost.

Do it, or think the way you want to think about the sin that you do.

John, and Jesus command those who would be saved must repent.

There is no other way to start the journey with the Master.

Everyone is on a journey.

Many are on the wide road.

Many, who are on the wide road, will have plaques in their homes touting verses from the Bible.

Many, who know verses, and sing praise songs are lost.

Few enter by the narrow gate.

Many wander about raising their hands in praise all the while lost in sin.

The good news is different than the old news. The old news consisted of sinning, being forgiven, and then sinning, and being forgiven, and the sacrifices continued because the sinning did as well.

Jesus is the final sacrifice for those who finally repent to sin no more.

They are saved.

Now, if you believe that you can still sin, and know God, then from what are you saved?

And where is your sacrifice?

Hebrews 10:26 tells us that you haven't got one.

If you are saved, then what is the good news that you tout?

Is it, "Get saved! You'll still sin. You won't want to do it. But you will!"

That happens already.

That happens to those who want nothing to do with God.

Are you telling people that they will still commit adultery, and have a marriage fall apart?

And that they will still hate, and lust, and covet, and be jealous, and bitter?

How is that good news?

Does your news sound anything like the old news?

If so, then how is it new, and freeing, and saving, and how is it everlasting life?

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