“Jesus said again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” John 10:7-10 NET2.
We are presently living in a world that could not have possibly existed 50 years ago and did not. We were just beginning to fly from coast to coast and a few flew across the pond in a few hours, the telephone hung on the wall or sat on a table, there were a few television stations and perhaps, but one, 3 major networks; ABC, CBS and NBC, no internet, computers, and color TV was not in every house. Oh, cars were made in Detroit, and Japan, Germany, and other European companies exported a few. Russia was our #1 Enemy. Vietnam was the News of the day. We understood what our relationship to our parents and elders was, “Yes, Sir,” and “Yes, Ma’am.” Things were different.
Sin was sin, evil was evil, and we knew the difference between right and wrong. Sin was to be avoided at all costs and did not live next door to Jesus in our lives. We sang “Victory in Jesus” and “I Love to Tell the Story,” and “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” We also sang songs with a phrase like, “The Devil can sit on a tack to stay…” But these are not heard often if ever, today.
There were prophets allowed in pulpits with loud voices heralding the ugliness of sin and calling people to repent of their sin and “Come to Jesus!!” We heard sermons, often, about sin, Hell and the judgment of God, the crucifixion, resurrection and “Jesus is Coming Soon!!” Too many pulpits are now silent about these things. Why? “People will not come to our churches if they hear stuff like that!!”
Sin is more rampant today than ever before and many of our pulpits are much quieter and reserved than they once were. Preachers once sweated great drops of sweat because they preached hard and loudly against sin and proclaimed the Risen Christ and Glorious Return. His gift of salvation and righteousness is taught, but silently in the face of evil.
“And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. 17 For if, by the transgression of the one man, death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ!” Romans 5:16-17.
The gift of Jesus is eternal peace and life with Him, but the payment for sin is eternal death with the one, Satan, who is responsible for sin and death. The judgment of God is coming for those who neglect and deny the Christ, but righteousness and salvation are, indeed, the eternal and precious gift for those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord!! For those who deny Him eternal death is their final destination. Jesus provides an abundant life of eternal grace and righteousness by faith in Him. Do you want to go to Heaven or do you wish to go to Hell? The choice belongs to you!!
Jesus is Lord!!