Call To Die

Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Follower of Christ, husband of Abby, member of Kosmosdale Baptist Church, and tutor/staff member at Sayers Classical Academy.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Life and Death

[I preached the following short sermon this morning outside the abortion clinic here in Louisville. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would use the preaching done by me, John, Chad, and Jerry to save souls and lives.]

There is a God: a Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He spoke the world into existence and holds everything together by His powerful word. We see evidence of God in the world around us- the creation of His hand- we see evidence of God in the love that we feel for our family and friends- the affection, loyalty, and self-sacrificial commitment that can't be explained by mere "naturalistic" evolutionary processes- and we see evidence of God in life.

Many of you are probably familiar with the band LIVE. A few years ago LIVE recorded a song called "Heaven." In this song were the words:

I don't need no one
to tell me about heaven:
I look at my daughter,
and I believe.

I don't need no proof
when it comes to God and truth
I can see the sunset
and I perceive.

In a way, this song makes a good point- the evidence of God is all around us- in the beauty of nature and in the lives of our children.

Since God created all matter and all life, He has an absolute right to require His creation to behave in accordance with His will.

First and foremost, we honor God by recognizing that He alone is Lord over life and death, and that no matter what the laws of the land say, we have no right before God to take innocent life.

Life is a gift from God: a gift given by God in the mother's womb. When we disregard life and make ourselves guilty of murder- either through involvement with abortion or through unjust anger- we forfeit our own right before God to live. As the Word of God says, "the wages of sin is death" [Romans 6:23a]. We will, at the end of our lives, stand before God; He will judge us, as He has the absolute right to do since He is our Creator, and if we are guilty before Him, we will face His judgment, and our lives will be forfeit.

The good news is that Life has come into the world in the person of Jesus Christ who said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" [John 14:6a]. Jesus died on the Cross as the substitute for all who will believe on Him. Jesus never committed murder in thought or in deed, but on the Cross God the Father accepted Jesus' self-sacrifice and punished Him in the place of us: we who have had murderous thoughts or who have participated in the murder that is abortion. Jesus willingly took the Father's just wrath against sin, Jesus died and was buried, then on the third day He rose from the grave, showing His victory over sin and death, and offering Life: eternal life to all who repent and believe in Him.

Turn from your sin today- turn from your murderous thoughts and actions- and follow Jesus, trusting in Him. Find the Life that is offered in Christ alone.

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