Lifelines:

There is extraordinary power in the gospel, so much that it can save a soul (Romans 1:16).  Regardless of history or heritage, anyone who has the faith to embrace that eternal message will be saved.  There is little wonder that Jesus sent the disciples into the entire world with it and its remarkable capacity to transform sinners into saints.

Sinners find themselves in a dilemma that they cannot solve.  At least, from the human side it is a problem without a solution.  People choose to sin, and as soon as they do the consequences begin to pile up.  Alienation from God.  Spiritual suicide.  Guilt.  Hopelessness.  Sin promised all and delivered nothing.  We want to escape the all-seeing eyes of God.  We cannot.  We try to hide and fail.  The conscience drives us away from what we need most, the Lord.  Only He can resolve this.

Jesus came in search of lost folks (Luke 19:10).  As unappealing as they may be, that is who He was seeking.  What a mission!  To leave the glory of heaven and plunge into this old sinful world is a task that defies description.  He relinquished equality with God (Philippians 2:6-7) to take on an assignment that would lead Him through humiliation, degradation and a brutal execution.  In so doing, He extended to all humanity for all time the possibility of forgiveness.  Sin’s devastation met its match.

It is a way back into the family.  The guilty verdict that we deserve is no longer inevitable.  The wrath of God has been quenched.  Adoption is an option.  Reconciliation is an alternative.  A spiritual resurrection awaits anyone who chooses to place himself in the hands of the only one who can perform such a miracle.  Many can take a life, but only one can raise the dead.  He did.  He can.  He will.  Now, that is good news.

And that is what the gospel is all about.  It is the best possible news and we have it in ours hands.  Sin-smashed people need it, and they do not even know it.  Most will reject it.  The god of this world is a master of deceit, and he has blurred their vision (2 Corinthians 4:4).  In some cases, he has poked their eyes out.  Our sight should be crystal-clear, though.  The lost need the gospel, and we have it.  Pray for workers.  Then, be one.     

Call to Praise scripture:  Romans 8:35-39

His word on it:  1 John 4:19

Sermon:  “The Infinite Love of God”