The Good Samaritan
Many people don't like to think of themselves as sinners. They think they are not too bad. They compare themselves with others - people who have done terrible things. But the reason we are sinners is that we are all the off-spring of Adam, who disobeyed God. We sin because we were born in sin.
We must acknowledge the situation in which we are found - sinners in the sight of God, because the bible declares it in Romans ch.5, "As by one man's disobedience, many were made sinners. Our condition, as sinners, is a serious matter. If we were left to ourselves we would perish - Separated from God eternally. - Under the righteous judgment of God, for God cannot overlook sin.
With that background firmly in our minds, let us consider the importance of the gospel of God. The gospel is a most surprising message, because it reveals to us that God is gracious. It is the revelation of the heart of God. The bible tells us, " God is love." Among men, you would never expect kindness from someone you had annoyed.
We are now going to look at the kindness of God. This grace is seen in the parable in Luke ch.10 vs. 30-35. (Not from the representatives of religion, as you might expect.) What did they do? They passed by on the other side. Here we see the futility of the world's religion. It is of no benefit to a perishing sinner. In fact, religion shows no mercy. How different the attitude of the Samaritan; what does he do? He undertakes the poor man's case.
Think of who he was - a stranger. Is he not like the loving Saviour from Heaven? - Whose interest was in sinners. The grace of God is exactly what poor sinners need. - No, we don't deserve it. But God wants us to have it - so much so, that He sent His Son.
This very moment, you could accept your position as a sinner and take in the glorious truth that Christ has gone to Calvary for you. In loving kindness, He took the guilty sinner's place and met the demands of God's holiness. He cried on the cross, "it is finished".
The message of grace to the people in Acts13, is still God's message to-day. It is God's message to YOU. Be it known unto you, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. And by Him, all that believe are justified.
God's Son has come to totally deliver you from sin's penalty, at tremendous cost to Himself. He endured the cross - He died in your stead.
I feel that I must ask you the question. Have you believed His boundless love? Do you appreciate His wonderful kindness? Think well of this matchless grace, remembering the enormous cost to Him.
There is a searching question in Hebrews that has to be answered. It reminds us that a choice must be made by everyone who has been privileged to hear this wonderful news. "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?"
May God the Holy Spirit convince you that you should trust the loving Saviour, right now.
What will you do with Jesus?
What will your answer be?
When I was listening to the gospel, many years ago, that Christ had gone to Calvary to save me, I began to realise that I would need to pay attention and would need to make enquiries, what God expects me to do. That night, I asked my old friend, Robin Mc Keown, how he had got saved. When I still was not sure of the way of salvation, Norris Stewart told me that he was not depending on his service for God as a missionary, but rather that "Christ had died for him." That was when I saw that the Lord Jesus had taken my place and died to completely save me. In other words I believed that I was a guilty sinner but Jesus died for me.
I am sure I do not need to tell you that this matter is urgent. It demands your whole hearted attention. When will you trust the Lord Jesus? Will you ever trust Him, at all? You cannot afford to be careless. The bible says, "As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment, so Christ was once offered, to bear the sins of many." For those who reject Christ it will be judgment. Get Christ as your saviour, now!