Maybe it is just me, but it gets so frustrating when you are sharing the gospel with someone and they just give you a blank stare. It is almost as if you are speaking another language. However, that is exactly what is happening. Do you remember what Paul said:
We preach Christ crucified, which is a scandal to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. 24 But to those who are called—both Jews and Gentiles—Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom (I Corinthians 1:23–24)
Ah! So that’s it! As Michael Card sings:
“He will be the truth that will offend them one and all
A stone that makes men stumble and a rock that makes them fall
Many will be broken so that He can make them whole
And many will be crushed and lose their own soul”
Jesus explained it this way,
“If I have spoken to you about things which happen on this earth and you will not believe me, what chance is there that you will believe me if I tell you about what happens in Heaven? No one has ever been up to Heaven except the Son of Man who came down from Heaven.”
In other words, if He was talking about something you could relate to, something you were familiar with, and you did not believe Him, how could you believe Him if He talked about something He was familiar with.
“The Son of Man must be lifted above the heads of men—as Moses lifted up that serpent in the desert—so that any man who believes in him may have eternal life. For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that every one who believes in him shall not be lost, but should have eternal life.
“You must understand that God has not sent his Son into the world to pass sentence upon it, but to save it—through him. Any man who believes in him is not judged at all. It is the one who will not believe who stands already condemned, because he will not believe in the character of God’s only Son.
“This is why people are condemned: The light came into the world. Yet, people loved the dark rather than the light because their actions were evil. People who do what is wrong hate the light and don’t come to the light. They don’t want their actions to be exposed. 21 But people who do what is true come to the light so that the things they do for God may be clearly seen.” (John 312-18)
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say that they don’t believe God is going to condemn them to hell. My answer is that I completely agree with them. He isn’t sending them to hell. They are sending themselves. He simply allows them to opt for that eternal destination. They have a right to choose!
Didn’t we just read that anyone who did not believe in Jesus Christ has already been judged? (John 3:18). In other words, if you reject–or politely ignore–your need for a Savior, you have chosen to remain unsaved and unforgiven. That’s not tough to understand. There will be only one judgment, and those who were willing to humble themselves and relinquished their right to rule their own lives will stand with Christ, while the rest will be sent away (Matthew 25:34-46). If you remain unrepentant, Yahweh won’t condemn you, that is something you chose for yourself. You have exercised your own free will. Hey, isn’t that what we Americans love? Certainly those who are Libertarian can understand this.
Yahweh wants everyone come to a saving knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:9). My job (and those of you who are already believers) is to tell you about our Messiah. Actually, truth be known, if we don’t tell you, we are responsible. However if we do, you have the right to refuse. That’s right. He has given each person the right to decide whether or not to follow in obedience. However, if you choose to reject the Savior, just understand that you are settling for condemnation. Don’t throw sticks and stones at me, I didn’t make the choice, you did.
Now, for those of you who are on the sharing end, just remember that is your task; you are not responsible for their response, but remember that if you do not tell them, you are responsible for their judgment (Ezekiel 33:8).
So, I am simply attempting to sent the record straight because frankly, we are running out of time.
With these Morning Messages, I take you on guided tours to, as Bunyan described, the Celestial City. At times we linger at corners familiar and unseen. And explore the depths of our faith along the way.
The trail is long, but there’s no hurry. Though we do need to stock up on supplies for the way, and that’s where I need your help. If you enjoy these messages, please consider becoming a contributing member of this tour group. It will be very much appreciated.