“THE SIMPLE TRUTH”
I. THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT US.
the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the
ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama
sabachthani?"--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Jesus was abandoned by God His father on
that cross. There was a severed relationship.
Sin came between Jesus and His Father. OUR SIN.
Sin is all that you have ever done wrong
and all that you ever will do wrong.
Corinthians 5:21. God made him who
had no sin, to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Leviticus 19:1-2 The
Lord also said to Moses, “Say this to the entire community of Israel:
You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.
Examples of the holiness of God can be
seen in the following:
The priests in the presence of God
The Ark of the Covenant
When Adam and Eve were kicked out of The Garden of Eden
God cannot be were sin is. Darkness and light cannot exist at the same time.
Whenever we have sin in our lives,
it is impossible to connect with God. He feels distant.
It is not His fault. He has not changed who He is.
Instead, we have removed ourselves from
Him because of our sin.
Think about it.
Our human relationships are the perfect
example of how a broken relationship works. What do we need to do to make things
3:23. for all have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God. We all have done the crime
Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord. We
all have a huge debt to pay
2:10. For whoever keeps the whole
law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
The simple truth about us is that we have
sin and we need a savior.
II. THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION
Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
What did this one thief do different from
the other thief to gain entrance into Heaven?
He simply believed in who Jesus was and
what He did.
11:25. Jesus said… "I am the
resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies
He did not…
memorize any Scripture
work any soup kitchens
give money to the church
do any good works
go through any religious ceremony
overcome his bad habits, clean his life up
Talk about coming as you are “Just
As I Am…” He was in the lowest position of life
Making people jump through hoops to accept
Jesus may make you feel better but that is not God’s way
10:14-15. When Jesus saw this, he
was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never
The simple truth about salvation:
Jesus makes it easy to accept Him.
Stop making it hard for people. Stop putting regulations on salvation.
Stop being a Southern Baptist, a Methodist,
a Church of God,
an Assemblies of God, a Nazarene…
Start being a people who are united in
their effort to bring people to Jesus
Don’t forget that our church has
been called to be a light to the Gentiles
13: 47-49. For this is what the Lord
has commanded us: "`I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.' " When the
Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.
Those who truly understand what Jesus did
for them on that cross cannot help but want to live for Him
(Matthew 27:44. In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped
insults on him.)
III. THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT JESUS DID
A. He took your penalty
knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I
(The humanity of Jesus. He was not spared any of the pain as He died for us.)
B. He paid it in full
jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it
to Jesus' lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
When a Roman citizen was convicted of a crime, the law of that day slammed
him in prison. They prepared a "Certificate of Debt" that listed all the crimes he was convicted of on it, and nailed
it to his cell door for all to see. It remained nailed there so all would be assured that he served his full sentence,
and "paid in full" the penalty for his crimes.
Once the prisoner completed his prison term, a certain word would be stamped
across the Certificate of Debt. Then the criminal was given the certificate.
He would be able to produce it to show that his crimes were "paid in full." He could never become a victim of "double jeopardy." Or paying for the
same crime twice.
It would literally mean "Paid in Full" for all your crimes.
When Jesus shouted it is finished from the cross, it was a very familiar phrase.
He was saying…I paid your sins IN FULL
C. He rose again
the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus'
body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were
on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they
were alarmed. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene,
who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
But go, tell his disciples and Peter, `He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There
you will see him, just as he told you.'"
The simple truth about what Jesus did:
He did what He said He would do.
He died on the cross for you and He rose again, defeating death, defeating
the penalty of your sins so you can live forever with Him in a place called Heaven.
A young man came forward
in a church service to speak with the pastor. Earnestly he asked, “What
can I do to be saved?” Much to the surprise of the anxious young man, the pastor responded by saying, “You’re
say that,” he exclaimed in distress, “I really want salvation; I’ll do anything or go anywhere to obtain
replied the Pastor, “you’re too late for that. Your salvation was completed over 2000 years ago. There’s nothing more to ‘do’ – the work was finished that day on that cross! All you have to do is simply believe Jesus is who He says He was and did what he said
one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted
up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so
loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the
world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes
in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of
God's one and only Son.
Some of you need to put your faith in Him
for the first time. Come as you are. Let
us help you do that.
10:9. That if you confess with your
mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Some of you need to get the devil off your
back. When He tries to remind you of the sin in your past, you remind Him that
your debt has been paid in full. Take some time this morning to thank God for
paying the price.
8:1-3. Therefore, there is now
no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free
from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it
was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness
of sinful man to be a sin offering.
Some of you need to confess sin in your
life that is keeping you from walking with the Lord. He already died for that
John 1:9-10. If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
You are not here this morning by accident. People have been praying for you. The
have been praying that you would believe this simple message.
Don’t worry about family being with
you or what they are thinking. If anything, they want you to believe in Him!