We’re all dying. We’re all incomplete and unfulfilled until we find the one thing that restores us to our original design. That one thing is the Lord Jesus Christ whose entire purpose in history was to reunite us with our Maker and Master. We cannot reach Him on our own. We, ourselves, are inadequate from the beginning and will not choose, are not capable of choosing to come to Him.
He reaches to us through this message: We are broken and evil at our core. We cannot escape that curse except that we find someone to lift us from it.
Since we are dead, dead because of our sin, a payment must be made to give us the life we need. That payment is death. A life for a life is an idea that is as old as time for this reason. Christ gave His life for ours to lift the penalty that must be paid to our Maker. He was and is human, but was born without sin, without the broken, evil heart of men because He was also God – the Son of God.
All that was needed to meet the requirements of our Maker was for just one man to live as he was designed to live – in full fellowship, trust and obedience. The catch was, that someone had to die in the process. Not only was a law broken that needed to be followed, but a fee was assessed for breaking the law. So Jesus did that. He did it for us as he was directed by God, keeping an agreement that was made long before man was first created.
If this makes no sense to you, there are many reasons why it fails. I may not have worded it well enough, of course. You may not be able to bear the words for it is foolishness to you. You might be so entrenched in the suffering or material or thoughts of this world that nothing can intrude. Whatever the reason, you have the declaration of your condition and the answer available at all times. It is in every media source in the world. Paper, audio, web, it’s everywhere.
If you suffer so much that it has become unreasonable for there to be a God – He cannot be because no worthwhile god could countenance such an evil world – turn to Christ, for this God has never countenanced suffering and evil. The world has lied to you, told you that evil is proof that God is not real. Bull. Evil indicates that there must be a God. How can we know the difference without such a standard that gives the contrast? And if there is a standard, how can the evil possibly win in the end? Not possible. Good triumphs, and the Bible explains perfectly not only the situation but the particulars of how the problem is resolved. We are miserable, both by heritage and choice. God knows it and has made provision for us to be freed from our state.
Turn to Christ, who is the sole answer to our condition. He suffered, for you and everyone else who suffers. And it was to rescue you. Most who suffer know all too well that they need rescuing. But turning to the world’s offers to rescue is simply treating symptoms. A cure is from outside. If the heart is broken, patching it up doesn’t fix anything, it’s still broken at the source.
If you are too happy in your current condition, without any reason for rescue, you are in sore shape. You’re missing the world as it spins wildly toward destruction. The truth is that misery and brokenness are the watchwords of all history. People always lean to evil and darkness, which is their curse and at the same time deepest desire. To be content as you are is to be so far from reality that it’s going to be an incredible revelation to you if you really open your eyes to the truth.
Turn to Christ, who tells you the truth – that it ain’t “all good” and it’s worse than you could possibly think. But He’s offering you something that is all good and better than anything you can imagine. You need rescuing. Think things are fine? You’ve seen nothing, but you need Him, now, or things will not stay fine. Wake up and smell the rotting darkness – you’re blind and miss the horrors all around you!
Here it is in selections from Scripture, namely from John 1 and Romans 1-6 in the New Testament:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.
He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Look, Lord And Hearth is hardly worth calling an “Evangelistic” blog. I’m not often overt in writing apologetics, rather I prefer to discuss doctrine that probably only appeals to Christians who are in church and are relatively well versed in the Scriptures and theological issues of our times. Not that I’m even claiming any expertise or lending much critical worth to these matters, it’s just that this is where my heart is. And though I’m pleased with this, I’m not particularly proud of it, nor am I satisfied. There are many who I sadly cannot engage this way.
That being said, I’m looking back on a little over 10 years and still there is a burning spot in my heart. I want my best friends, my oldest sources of joy and sorrow, to know the true joy of salvation.
The barrier I continue to face is my woeful inadequacy to meet the task. My own sin, my past reputation and history of wrong ideas and choices, and my reluctance to speak in the face of these things all combine to ruin my eloquence. My conviction remains, but it is shadowed by guilt, fear of alienating others (more than has already been accomplished), and my wholly imperfect love for Christ and the Gospel that, though I’ve grown immensely in a decade, remains sadly incomplete. The fact that I’m still a sinner is always going to be a stumbling block to reaching out to you, to you, who don’t believe what I believe. Wish it was easier, but it’s not; won’t be, because being saved doesn’t include instant perfection – that’s later.
I find a great weakness in my aversion to sounding like a bible-thumper, or “one of those look-down-their-nose Christians” which is at the same time ridiculous, since I’m fairly comfortably fluent in my Christian circles. It’s often like I’m talking gibberish when I want to communicate the Gospel. It’s probably just a lack of confidence and my well-developed inferiority complex that make communication so hard.
Lately, I’ve been reading more carefully in the New Testament, focusing on Paul’s words, and I have found some encouragement in his wonderful approach to explaining the Gospel. He consistently displays Christ and Him crucified. That’s all Paul claims to know from the start. Everything seems to work outward from there. And that is where I should be as well. If I start from a position that tries to relate the Gospel to some other thing in the minds of men, I’m on shaky ground at best. When Paul reasons, he takes men and drags them to the Gospel. Relevance seems to come afterward – because belief enables relevance. Someone who does not “get” the Gospel, who does not believe in Christ and His purpose, can’t relate.
So with that, all I can do is try to call others with the only resource there really is, which is the Gospel. People I know, who are precious to me, with whom I would love to share the Joy of the Lord cannot engage. For now I am here, praying for these friends and family who do not believe in Christ and His life, death and resurrection. One day, I hope the Lord will call all of my beloved to His flock. That would be the greatest blessing in this life-time that I could ask for, especially because it will be eternally enjoyed.