JESUS IS GOODNEWS.
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER YOUR NEED AND HIS GREAT POWER TO SAVE.
We spoke with two people in particular today, George and Jamie, widely different in ages, but with the same basic need, to be saved by Jesus.
George, a man in his 80’s told us he was a Christadelphian.
His hope of being accepted by God on the last day depended on his knowledge of the Bible and his own efforts to comply with its teachings.
Yet he’d clearly missed the parts where we are told that our best efforts are as ‘filthy rags’ [Isaiah 64:6] before God, i.e. offensive and only fit for the trash.
Romans chapter 3, verses:
10 “There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
And the part where forgiveness is God’s free gift to all who look away from themselves to the work Jesus Christ accomplished by dying as a substitute for sinners on Calvary.
Titus chapter 3 verses:
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour,
7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Jamie, a lad of just 18 and under the influence of alcohol, stood to speak for a while, liberated from natural inhibitions he repeated said that ‘He wished he could believe there was someone watching over us‘.
I was able to assure him there is indeed One who sees all and cares for His people.
Psalms chapter 33 verses:
13 The LORD looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
14 From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
Genesis chapter 6 and verse:
5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Then to tell him of the Saviour God who came to deliver man from His righteous judgement, by becoming a substitute for sinful man.
2 Corinthians chapters 5 verses:
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
All Scripture quotation is from:
The New King James Version. 1982 (2 Co 5:17–19). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.