September 9, 2018
"Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life of Christ)
We see the Gospel focuses on man's sin in order that man may know the secret of overcoming it. Christ died not just to make us sin-conscious but to make us sin conquerors! And When one has received Him as Savior speaks of sin, it should never be with the express or the tons of someone describing his own or another's incurable illness. The Christian should think and talk like a cured man, or at least like one who is well on the road to recovery. For the believer, sin is something which once had the upper hand but now is under control. It may continue to threaten, but the specific remedy is known. "Sin hath no more dominion over you." We are debtors not to the flesh to live after the flesh. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness". This is how the New Testament take account of sin. How many people are living in gospel territory as far as our awareness of sin and its cure are concerned? Some people, make no Christian profession whatever, are living frankly settled as citizens of Satan's realm, doomed and at least externally delighted. Others to temptation, but they are not too hopeful of living at much more than what the hymn writer calls " This Poor Dying Rate." Faintly aware that Jesus preached forgiveness, vaguely conscious that some Christians live victoriously, their only real hope of healing lies beyond the grave. Meanwhile they do "the best they can" which is not much more than dutiful performance of religious routines. I am concerned that multitudes in far away lands regard the struggle with acknowledged sin as hopeless is a familiar theme of returned missionaries, and we are motivated to get the hope-full Gospel out where they can hear it. But what is strange and tragic is the multitudes under the very eaves of the churches, in a country where the Word has had free course for generations, who do not seem to grasp that Jesus died for them.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
The mysterious ability of ours to hear the Gospel and not to listen is not peculiar to our time. Jesus took account of it too. He saw it as a complication of the basic sinfulness of man. It is as if a mental illness were super imposed upon an organic disease so that man will not reach out for the medical attention which could save him. Our Lord used a more elementary illustration in His parable of the soils. Much seed falls on stony, packed, or thorn infested ground. "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." (John 1:11) Some seed finds good soil, and "As many as received Him, to them gave he power to become children of God." (John 1: 12) "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures." "And He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." The death and resurrection of Jesus are twin truths. They are two side of the same heart. And in the text of Paul in 1 Cor. 15:, He has them together where they belong. They are the same quality historically.