A Gospel Message
Jesus Paid it All
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”
There are two great issues facing the Government in this land at the moment. Firstly, how to protect the health of its citizens from a disease that's affecting so many and has brought mayhem across the world, and secondly, how to pay the immense cost that is being incurred in seeking to deal with it.
On the one hand, we have a disease for which, as yet, man has no cure. Man prides himself that he can deal with everything, but this little virus has shown how feeble man is. And on the other hand, we have immense costs accumulating as efforts are made to prevent and control, and no-one has the slightest clue how they're ever going to pay off these debts.
I have no intention of presenting a ‘coronavirus preaching’ tonight, but simply want to bring to your attention these two facts - a great disease, and a great cost in dealing with it. Both are aspects of the glad tidings, because there's a disease abroad in the world, which is far more virulent, far more dangerous, far more deadly than this virus - it's the disease of sin. And the Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). And let me tell you too, that debt of sin that you and I have incurred is accumulating day by day. In the balance sheet of your life, it’s a debt that you and I can never repay.
Perhaps you think, "What a miserable message!" And I have no intention of occupying you wholly with the awfulness of the disease of sin other than to alert you to the greatness of your need as a sinner. What I really want to occupy you with is the One who is the Great Physician, the One who has a remedy for your sin, who has paid the debt and paid it in full so that you might be free from the burden of your sins.
Whilst there's no remedy so far for this disease in the world, there is a remedy for sin. No one can pay the debts that have accumulated through this disease, but the debts of your sins and mine have been paid by Jesus - paid in full, paid in blood at the cross of Calvary. The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanses from every sin. Peter tells us we have been redeemed "with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:19). Yes, there was only one thing that would suffice for a holy, righteous God to pay the price of sin, and that was the price of a perfect sacrifice. And there was only one who qualified and that was Jesus, that's why He came. He came to pay the debt that we owed because we could never pay it.
Then those three hours of darkness that ended with those mighty words, "It is finished" (John 19:30). What was finished? The mighty work of salvation. He bore the penalty of sin, and paid it in full! Wonderful, that work upon the cross of Calvary, every debt paid! So that if you tonight will come as a needy sinner and claim the Lord Jesus as your Saviour, you'll find that your debts have been paid. That burden of sin that's weighing down upon you can be lifted and removed forever. What a wonderful message we have to proclaim in the gospel!
But to get the blessing, you must first accept the depth of your need as a sinner before God. As we saw earlier, all have sinned, and the wages of sin is death, and no one can escape it. My friend, you need to have to do with God tonight about your sins. Thank God He is appealing to you tonight in the gospel, so that as a sinner you might have to do with Him. As you do, you’ll find that He's provided the perfect remedy, the perfect cure for your need.
This verse in Romans 6:23 tells us the wages of sin is death - solemn word, isn't it? And how thankful we can be for that little word ‘but’! On one side, the scripture presents the hopeless condition of man, and on the other side, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Here it is in scripture - God has a remedy that He has provided to completely remove your sins and mine. And I want to draw your attention to the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who has made the journey from glory down into this poor world so that He might meet the needs of sinners like you and me.
Tonight, in the gospel we present to you the Great Physician. And He's not just the physician of the body, he's the physician of the soul. And my friend, tonight the need of your soul can be met by Jesus.
We cannot do one single thing to repay one piece of our debt before our holy and righteous God. Our sins have separated us from our God. Just one sin shuts us out of heaven for all eternity. Oh, how serious it is! We're debtors, we're debtors to God, and we cannot repay.
Thank God for the incoming of Jesus! Thank God that Jesus died on the cross, that He shed His precious blood, and that He’s risen from the dead and ascended in glory. It provides a righteous, absolutely righteous, basis for God to forgive a sinner tonight.
Now tonight in the gospel, God invites you to bow the knee to Jesus, to own Him as your Lord and Saviour. If you refuse, you will have to bow to Him one day and you'll meet Him as a judge. God is going to judge the world in righteousness through the man whom He has appointed, through Jesus.
Come to the Saviour tonight; put your trust in Him.
extracted from the Nov 2020 issue of Youthful