Summary: A sermon examining God's amazing grace.
Because Of Grace
There is a great article that illustrates the concept of grace written by Dr. Charles Stanley. - “One of my more memorable seminary professors had a practical way of illustrating to his students the concept of grace. At the end of his evangelism course he would distribute the exam with the caution to read it all the way through before beginning to answer it. This caution was written on the exam as well. As we read the test, it became unquestionably clear to each of us that we had not studied nearly enough. The further we read, the worse it became. About halfway through, audible groans could be heard through out the lecture hall. On the last page, however, was a note that read, "You have a choice. You can either complete the exam as given or sign your name at the bottom and in so doing receive an A for this assignment." Wow? We sat there stunned. "Was he serious? Just sign it and get an A?" Slowly, the point dawned on us, and one by one we turned in our tests and silently filed out of the room.When I talked with the professor about it afterward, he shared some of the reactions he had received through the years. Some students began to take the exam without reading it all the way through, and they would sweat it out for the entire two hours of class time before reaching the last page.Others read the first two pages, became angry, turned the test in blank, and stormed out of the room without signing it. They never realized what was available, and as a result, they lost out totally. One fellow, however, read the entire test, including the note at the end, but decided to take the exam anyway. He did not want any gifts; he wanted to earn his grade. And he did. He made a C+, but he could easily have had an A.
That is the mindset of many people. They believe that they can work hard enough to gain salvation. (the works come after the conversion!) They believe that they can live good enough to make it to heaven. Folks, it is impossible. The price has been paid all we have to do is accept the gift that has been provided for us.
In Genesis 6 God repented that He hade made man and was going to “destroy man from the face of the earth”. In Genesis 6:8 the Bible says that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. Praise God that same grace is available for us today.All throughout the Word of God we find various examples of God’s grace. One of the greatest examples of grace would be the children of Israel. Time and time again they received grace from the Father.
In the selected text for today we see a beautiful example of grace. King David sets out to show kindness to a member of the house of Saul
He asks the question in verse 1- “Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?” While Saul was David’s bitter rival, Saul’s son Jonathan was David’s closest friend. In this chapter we see King David as he brings Mephibosheth to his home and provides a wonderful illustration of Grace. This text is a perfect picture of the grace that is found in the words and actions of Jesus Christ found in the New Testament.
Join me as we consider the thought “ Because Of Grace”
I. A Loving Savior v1-5
A. The Reach Of His Love - v1 ¶And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake. David had entered in to a covenant with his friend in the past - 1 Samuel 20:42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. David did not set out to find one certain individual, he used the word “any”
This reminds me of the unconditional love of God the Father. He did not just send His son to die for a few, He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice for the world. - 1 John 2:2 and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
One night several years ago on an outreach visit we shared the gospel with a man who knew that he was lost. We shared with him that Jesus died for his sins. His reply was that “Jesus died for good people like you”. What this man did not realize is that I was not and am not “good”.