Summary: This Sermon is directed in its completness to Salvation
Friday 20 May 2016
This Message will appear as quite simplistic to many observing on this site. I would be remiss as first, a servant of the LORD Jesus Christ and second as a human being not to share this message if it would deny even one person to be shown the Gospel of our LORD.
So then let us observe our text, Let us begin by asking ourselves a question. How many of the Pharisees approached Jesus and said these words, "Rabbi we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." John 3:2 KJV
Does it not beg the question, that Nicodemus who was a ruler of the Jews was in some way more aware than most of the other Pharisees, including the chief Priest himself, the King and their Roman overlords. Moreover not only did Nicodemus feel the need to come and talk to Jesus but obviously he felt it important enough that he come at night. One could make the argument that he came at night for fear of reprisal by the other Priests and rulers and by extension considered to be a traitor. Yet he came to Christ because he felt that this Jesus had come from God and by extension felt that he was not complete without him. Christ preached against the Pharisees and the Sadducees all over the New Testament and their would simply be too much in this message to go through all the Verses. The clearest example will be found in Matthew 23
All that to say this. There is no hope of Salvation without realizing you have sinned. No man feels shame when he claims he has done no wrong! by definition you cannot be saved without realizing you are a sinner in need of grace.I shall not waste time proving from scripture that all have sinned. This is plainly stated and if you have read the bible from cover to cover and you have missed that; I would suggest you have either not read the bible or skimmed through it missing the teachings of the book altogether. I will rather prove from Scripture, the need to mourn for your sin.
"And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof." Ezekiel 9:4 KJV
This Verse clearly shows that God puts his mark on those that Mourn for the Sins. All through the Bible this is so clear that a small Child could read and understand.
Let us take a look at King David in the 51st Psalm. After his Great sin's of Adultery and Murder he not only acknowledges his Sin of Murder (see verse 14) but clearly he is broken in his sin and is mourning for that. I would encourage you to Read Psalm 51 if you haven't already done so.
Let us take a look at the words of the Prophet Isaiah
"For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15
These are not isolated examples. Did not Nineveh repent at the preaching of Jonah? yay, but not only repenting from their works which were evil, but the least even to the greatest of them bore sackcloth's on their persons and sat in Ashes and fasted with even the beats and the flocks neither eat nor drink.
Read it! Jonah 3:5-10 and in Verse 8 did they not cry Mightily unto God?
The wailing prophet Jeremiah Mourns over the state of Israel, even so is the book of lamentations exactly that!
Let us look into the New Testament, the words of Christ "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4 KJV
Many refer to this for pain and suffering for example of that of a funeral. I believe this also to mean for the Gospels sake, the mourning of sin committed.
Christ further demonstrates the importance of mourning for your sin with the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Let us examine this Scripture further.
"And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry." Luke 11:17-24 KJV