I had the house to myself this evening so I sat down to watch a sermon by Paul Washer on the Greatest Words in the Bible, it broke me, humbled me, and gave me a deeper understanding of my Lord and the Cross. He reminded me of my utter wretchedness, my absolute hopelessness without God becoming man, becoming the Son and then pouring out the wrath I deserve upon His own precious, perfect Son, Jesus Christ. Think about that for a moment, for I am no more wretched or sinful than the next person. Paul’s epistle to the Romans tells us:
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23
All means all so that includes every man, woman, and child who has ever lived or ever will live. We see this discussed throughout the Scriptures, but the clearest example to me comes from the book of Genesis.
And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Genesis 8:21
Since we are all guilty of breaking God’s laws, for rejecting Him, hating Him in our hearts we are in dire, desperate need of a Savior, someone to take our place before a just and holy God. A God who hates sin and those who are sinners as clarified in the following passage from Psalms, as well as several other verses mentioned in the sermon.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. Psalms 5:5
God is just, holy and He hates evildoers, sorry guys but that’s us, mankind, humans, all of us. Since we are all guilty of sin then we must pay the price for our sin which is death.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Unless a suitable perfect, sinless sacrifice can be found to willingly take our place. The animals sacrificed by the Jews under the laws of Moses can’t do it, nothing we as mere men can do it, but there is hope. For there was one perfect man, who just happened to be God himself come down in the flesh as His only begotten Son to become the perfect sinless sacrifice in our place. He drank the cup of the wrath of God for us, he died in our place so that we might live. God crushed His only beloved, precious Son for wretched, God hating sinners like us. So that we could hear the truth of our pitiful fallen condition, repent of it in our hearts, believe in Him, the Son and Jesus’ sacrifice, and ask for forgiveness ask to enter into relationship with God to be cleansed and made new by the power of the precious blood of Jesus.
Well, let me just let you watch the sermon. Even for someone secure in their eternal salvation through the shed blood of Christ it is worth hearing.
As always brothers and sisters may God bless and keep you.