Sunday, April 4, 2021
None Without Excuse, No Not One...including You!
None without excuse, No not one...including You!
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 NKJV
Here is a confession of sin common to all God’s elect. They have all fallen, so in a common chorus, from the first who entered heaven to the last who will enter, they all say, All we like sheep have gone astray. The confession is unanimous, but it is also particular: We have turned, every one, to his own way. There is an individual sinfulness about every single person; all are sinful, but each has some special weakness or failure not found in the others. It is a mark of genuine repentance that, while we naturally associate ourselves with others who confess their sins, we also occupy a place of loneliness. We have turned, every one, to his own way is a confession that each individual has sinned in some way particular to himself or herself, or sinned with an aggravation they could not perceive in others. This confession is frank and powerful; there is not a single word to detract from its force, nor a syllable by way of excuse. This confession gives up of all arguments of self-righteousness. It is the declaration of men and women who are consciously guilty—guilty with intensifying factors, guilty without excuse. They stand with their weapons of rebellion broken in pieces and cry, All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way. But we don’t hear a sad wailing along with this confession of sin—the next sentence makes it almost a song: The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. It is the saddest sentence of the three, but it overflows with comfort. Isn’t it strange that where misery was concentrated, mercy reigned; where sorrow reached its peak, weary souls found rest? The bruised Savior is the healer of bruised hearts. See how the humblest confession gives place to powerful confidence—simply by gazing at Christ on the cross! - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
My Dear Reader...
There are none, have been none, will be none...outside of Jesus Christ who has not been born in sin and does not sin.
You and I and all who have lived to date have been dealing with our own sins and the sins of those in this world.
Sins both public and private. Sins of omission and commission. Sins we have done intentionally and accidentally.
The result? Without forgiveness in Christ Jesus, that this Easter Sunday represents, all who have sinned are destined for the judgment of God. To die without Salvation in Christ Jesus means the next step in your walk of existence will be to enter into Hell.
You and I are naturally selfish people. It's what comes from sin. If it were at all natural to be fully unselfish then the 10 Commandments would have been written differently.
Sin says that the individual has the authority to sit on God's Throne and determine his or her own future.
The Author of Life, Jesus Christ, is the One who sits on that Throne and will not give it to another. His Father gave Him authority to lay down His life and to take it up again after the Crucifixion. He took His seat on His Throne after He ascended back to Heaven.
My Friend, judgment doesn't need to be in your future. God explicitly says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. We cannot be condemned for sin that is gone and is forgiven.
If you know not Jesus as your Savior, then, my Friend your sin remains. Your sin blots out any and all 'good' you have done or potentially could do in this life.
Let today be your day of new birth.
Let today be the day you were pardoned.
Let today be the day you are born again.
Let go of your struggle to be good enough on your own.
Look up Romans Road to Salvation.
Today can be the beginning of a new life in Christ for you. Today could be the day that Jesus forgives you and remembers your sins no more. That's His promise!
When you give your life to Christ, God the Father looks at you and sees Jesus. He who knew no sin, became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God.
Please don't take another step!
Please don't sit there and say "But you don't understand! I have done so many horrible things! He can never forgive me!"
Read again...the iniquity of us all was laid upon Him. He was bruised for our transgressions. He took on every single sin of every single person when He was on the cross. Including your atrocities and mine. He met the full wrath of God on the cross for all the sin of mankind in all history. That only leaves our asking to be saved by Jesus as the only requirement to be saved. Believe in you heart that God raised Him from the dead, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you can be saved. Today. Right here, right now.
Think about it...but remember...this is a limited time offer. In more than one way.
First, God's enemy will start immediately to talk you out of it.
Satan wants the Throne of your heart.
Satan does not want anybody giving that to Jesus. He will try to talk you out of it in any way he can. He will cause your life to get even more complicated. He will throw obstacles at you to keep you from choosing Jesus. He's an exceptionally sore loser. He's a wrathful sore loser. But we gain the promise of God's protection when we come to Christ. The only things in life that can touch you and I have to be requested through Christ. Satan cannot directly attack us anymore. He needs permission. What Jesus permits will only be to our benefit to become more like Him. He only permits what fits in the Father's Plan for our lives. You get the God of all Creation in your corner!
So let this Easter be far more than bunnies and candy. Let it be for you a time when you finally said yes to Jesus for Salvation.
He died for you, took your place, won't you come to Christ today?