Summary: God’s accessable grace has come! Faithful confessors of Christ claim it and proclaim it. The heart that knows Jesus is risen moves the mouth to say, "Jesus is Lord!"
Think of the most important person alive today, someone who is rich powerful and has renown. Who do you think of? Get a picture of them in your mind.
What would it take to get that person to come to Signal Mountain and visit this church?
Now, let’s take that scenario to another level. What would it take to get that person to move here, become a regular attendee and eventually give up everything they have and die for you?
Let’s say that no one here has ever called them or even imagined that this would happen and you had no clue that this person cared about you.
When we look at Romans 10 we see that God has done this very thing for us. We who are Gentiles had perhaps some awareness of God, but who could believe that he would actually do what he has done: come here, spend his life with us, die for us.
The gospel is an amazing message. God loved the world so much that he gave us his only begotten Son. Jesus came here. God the Word – the Son, came! He left everything glorious, emptied himself, took up with us. He came to us and became one of us. We were lost. We were sinners, separated, doomed to damnation. The Jews were attempting to sew legal fig leaves to cover their sins, but we Gentiles were so far gone that we felt nothing. We were dead.
God sent Jesus and he came. God first called Israel. He freed them from slavery, delivered them from Egyptian masters. God took Israel out of Egypt – but they never let go. You see it is one thing to take Israel out of Egypt, it is quite another to take Egypt out of Israel.
As a nation they never submitted to him. They never loved him. They never fully trusted him. Their final condition was one of legalists who expected God to honor them for their own works of righteousness. They had zeal for the law and ignorance of God’s righteousness. Finally, God says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people!”
Picture God here – holding out his hands to Israel. “Come to me! Come on, trust me, love me!” But they would not break from their stubborn self reliance. They would only break the heart of God.
You and I never asked Jesus to come here and save us by dying for us, did we? You didn’t wake up and recognize your sins and beg God to send Jesus to save you. No! God reaches out to us before we ever even imagine it. We Gentiles, dead in sin and ignorant of our condition – hell bound and lost – we didn’t even have a law and leader like Moses. We were separated from God and outside of the covenant of grace. We had no hope.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, we found ways to cope! We learned to chase the passions of desires of the flesh and situate ourselves into comforts that distracted us and deceived us into searching for worth and purpose in illusions. Our hopes became fixed on temporal happiness. But God! God has called us too! Through the Christ of Israel! And the salvation he offers us is beyond what we can begin to imagine!
God moved here. It is almost too accessible! Grace is here! In our mouth! In our heart! In fact, I talk about it all the time! You hear this, and how do you respond?
Are you hardened or converted?
Are you thankful or thoughtless?
Are you drawn close to God or driven away?
Do you wonder in worship or walk away indifferently?
Do you bow down or get bored?
Look! See Israel! They heard the word, but didn’t hold it in faith!
Listen! Do you understand that God sent Jesus, his Son to save you through his sacrifice? Israel understood God’s call but were disobedient and obstinate.
Who’s fault will it be if you reject God’s grace through Jesus Christ?
Who’s glory and credit will it be if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord!” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead?
I’m trying to make the message of Romans 10 as practical and applicable to you and me as possible. But let me speak clearly here:
God is talking to you in this word! God is speaking to your heart and calling you in the scriptures. Do you believe this? If not, why are you here today? If so, be sure that God is looking for a response of faith and confession from you!