Summary: Rescue, Sin, Redemption, Testing
FOLLOWING JESUS INTO THE UNKNOWN 2018 - Help Others on the Road
January 28, 2018
Galatians 6:1-10 (p. 813)
I remember a couple of years ago being at Mom’s on a Friday to cut grass and the riding mower wasn’t acting right…and before you call me a wimp about using a riding mower…it’s almost 3 acres. The engine was running fine, but the transmission was slipping and the belt needed to be adjusted…the first step was to take off a cover plate…not a problem…the second step was to get both rear wheels off the ground…problem!!! I tried lifting one side and scooting a cinder block under it with my foot…I tried (not intelligently) to pick up the back end and set it on the cinder block alone. It was too heavy to move by myself. It was too big of a job for one person.
So, I went inside and got my big brother Sam. We lifted the rear of the tractor together and set it on the cinder block…then after I adjusted the pulley and belt we lifted the tractor blade off the block and put it on the ground. Sam is an awesome big brother. He even took Mom and I out to eat after I was done. After we got through I thought, you know, there are some things that are just too heavy for someone to carry alone…It’s the Christian principle we see here in Galatians 6…when it comes to sin, spiritual burdens and struggles, some of them are too big for us to carry alone.
King Solomon writes as the preacher in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down his friend can help him get up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him get up.”
“Pity the man” (I hear Mr. T’s voice in the back of my head… “Pity the Fool.”)
VIDEO OF MR. T “I PITY THE FOOL”
The guy who stumbles, he trips, he’s hurt…He’s fallen and he can’t get up.
He’s alone…no first alert button, the cell phone’s out of reach, he’s hurt bad and there’s no one to help him out…could it get any worse? Well maybe if some thugs showed up, beat the stuffin’ out of him and stole his wallet…and left him all alone.
As we follow Jesus into the unknown it’s essential we realize that others are on the same journey. They’re on the same road with us…and sometimes they need help.
I. RESCUE FROM A DEADLY TRAP
I don’t know why it happens, but many times when someone falls into the trap of sin people respond with judgment criticism and condescension…the cold shoulder and ostracism.
And folks, I’m not saying that we should treat sin lightly…It cost Jesus His life on a cross.
But, what I am saying is…when He was given the opportunity to throw rocks…he chose forgiveness.
I just don’t believe that we should treat other sinners as if we’re not!
The Apostle Paul uses a word picture in our text in regard to someone caught in sin…the original Greek word means a “snare.” The animal steps into the loop and before they know it…it tightens around their leg and holds them securely.
“Brothers (He’s speaking to Christians), if someone is caught in a sin…you who are spiritual should restore him gently.”