Summary: Very rarely will one sinner be willing to die another; but even with all of our imperfections and rebellion against God, Jesus Christ willingly gave His life for everyone.
Romans, Part 15
- Access to God is something that mankind has not had since the Garden
- In Romans 1:18-32 we saw God’s wrath and what He is capable of bringing
- But through the sacrifice of Jesus we now have access to God’s love and mercy
- Ephesians 2:18, “For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”
- To have peace with God is more comforting that anything I can think of
- Those three words are life changing: more than “you are cured” to a patient
- More than “you are free” to a prisoner – it is freedom that we can live in
- Christian suffering, perseverance, and character produce HOPE
- It is in this place of hope that we are called to live; and to rejoice in it all
- This morning, we identify and clearly study WHY we have such hope
- Read Romans 5:5-8 / Pray
- Before we start this morning, we have to understand ourselves and our position
Point 1 – We are/were powerless (5-6)
- In order to fully comprehend how powerless we are; must examine another letter
- Turn to Titus, Chapter 3
- Titus was left in Crete by Paul to put right things that were wrong there
- What Paul is doing here to the church Titus was overseeing is reminding them
- Titus 3:3 “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.”
- He is taking the time to remind them of where they came from
- This is normally very uncomfortable and forces us to examine ourselves
- Read Titus 3:4-8; expound (why did He save us; how did He save us)
- Back in Romans 5, we see Paul’s first reference to our current state of life
- We see and are challenged to examine ourselves and just BE HONEST with God
- The difficulty here is that most do not want to live in this level of honesty
- If we read the Bible, we see example after example of God’s love for us
- But, why does He love us so? Are we not full of sin, rage, anger, and malice?
- Do we not disobey at every turn and adopt the “if it feels good do it” lifestyle
- BUT -- This is the VERY reason we needed a Savior; this is why God loved us
- It is our depravity and our sin and our need for Christ that God saw, and He gave
- Just look at the context of John 3:16 (For God so loved …)
- When we consider Valentine’s Day, we often think of the topic of love, and sweets, and cute things that we like to share with one another – but what else?
- Can we not look at the flower industry’s largest day of business as a reminder?
-- Now men … I’m not saying to not get flowers, etc. for Valentine’s Day
-- If you forget this day that one is on you (it’s tomorrow by the way)
- But, can we not be encouraged to think of how much God loved us as well?
- So, if we think of how much God loves us, we must ask ourselves something:
- TRANS: Why would God or anyone else consider dying for you and me?
Point 2 – Why would anyone die for another? (7-8)
- I need to tell you a story that really answers this question for us today
In “Miracle on the River Kwai”, Ernest Gordon tells how Scottish soldiers were forced by their Japanese captors to work on a jungle railroad. They worked in deplorable conditions, under barbarians who were their captors. One day, the officer in charge became enraged over a missing shovel. He pulled his gun and promised to kill all the men unless the guilty party stepped forward. After several tense moments, a man finally stepped out of line. The officer put his gun away, picked up a shovel, and beat the man to death in front of the other prisoners. They were allowed only to pick up his corpse and carry it with them to a second tool check. There, the tools were recounted and all the shovels were accounted for. There had never been a missing shovel. There was simply a miscount at the first checkpoint.