Summary: Jesus wants us to believe...
Believe! (Part 2)
Sermon by Rick Crandall
McClendon Baptist Church - Sept. 16, 2007
*I remember when I first believed in Jesus. It was a fall night in 1975. We were on a retreat with McClendon’s Young Adult Choir. (Thank God for a choir director who was wise enough and compassionate enough to allow a lost guy to sing in the choir!)
*People were giving testimonies as we sat around the fireplace that night. Mary and I were strategically seated by ourselves on the second row of the group, probably because Preacher and Georgia knew that I didn’t have a testimony. The front row went around the circle almost to the end, and Jimmy Posey was giving a tearful testimony about his twin brother who was not saved at the time. In that moment it was like a light went on in my mind. I remember thinking, “This is real. Jesus is real. What the Bible says about Him is true!” I believed in Jesus, and He has changed my life forever.
1. Jesus wants us to believe that He can fix the worst problems.
*This was His challenge to the two blind men in vs. 27-28: “When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, ‘Son of David, have mercy on us!’ And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’”
*Jesus Christ wants you to believe that He can fix the worst problems you will ever face in life. This does not mean that Jesus will always heal us, like He healed the blind men, because this world is not our home, all physical healing is only temporary, and God in His infinite wisdom may have another way to help us. But we must believe that He is able and willing to do all things well.
*Besides, the biggest problem we face in life is not a physical disease. It is spiritual death. The worst problem we face in life is not sickness but sin.
*Billy Strayhorn reminds us of this with a Dennis the menace cartoon. Good old Mr. Wilson and his wife are standing at the front door. In the distance Dennis the Menace is waving good-bye. Mrs. Wilson tells her husband, “(Dennis’ mother) says he was such a good baby.”
*Mr. Wilson replied, “Obviously he got over it.” And Billy Strayhorn said, “While it is very true of Dennis the Menace, it is also very true of each of us.” We may be cute babies, but we are born with the sickness of sin in our hearts. “Somewhere along the line we experience our own fall. And we’re never as good as God intended.” But God knew this ahead of time, and He planned the way for us to be saved. Jesus Christ is the way for us to be saved. (1)
*God’s Son came to earth as a man, lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead. Now Jesus will give everlasting life to all who trust in Him. Speaking about Jesus in Col 1:15-23, Paul said:
15. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.