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SCRIPTURE - St. John 3:16 OCTOBER, 1994
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.
SUBJECT- MY FRIEND, GOD, IS CONCERNED ABOUT YOU
As you look at the above scripture, that is the heart of the
Gospel, you see a reassurance that God loves the world. And that is
This world, has over 4.5 billion people on it. That is 4,500
million. That number is hard to comprehend. It is said, that by the
year 2004, it will have swelled to over 7 billion.
Now, when you look at that number, and compare yourself to that
number, it makes you feel that you are insignificant, in the scheme of
things. "What difference am I making in the world?", you might ask
yourself. "Who knows I am here?" "Who cares if I live or die?" "Will
any one miss me when I am gone?" All are legitimate questions. Among so
many people, you are little more than a grain of sand, on a beach.
If you have a family, you can be assured that they are concerned
about you. But, if you are the lone survivor of your family, then you
may be feeling all alone. You may have friends, and acquaintances, but
how concerned are they, about you? After all, they may have their own
families to think about. In the overall scheme of things, you, and your
problems, rank somewhere in obscurity.
If we look again, at the above scripture, it would make you feel
that, even though God loves the world, He really has very little time
to care about you, the way a parent cares for their child, or a spouse
cares for the other.
Yet, that is a totally, erroneous feeling. Why? For Jesus said in
(Luke 15:3-7) If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them gets lost, he
will leave the 99, and search for that one sheep, until he has found
it, and then rejoice over it. Well, though you are only a grain of
sand, God is so concerned about you, that He will move Heaven and
earth, to see to it, that you have what you need. Jesus said in (Matt.
6:26-34), that if God takes care of the birds and the flowers, then how
much more will He take care of you, and your needs?
To understand this even better, change the word 'world' in the
scripture, to 'me'. What you have just done, is personalized that
scripture, to only address 'you.'
Now, you might think, that you have just altered the true meaning
of the scriptures, but you haven't. In (Isaiah 41:10), God is saying, I
AM THY GOD. The 'thy' means 'your' God. That means, if you get down to
the bottom line, He is making it personal.
Imagine that. God, the creator of Heaven and earth. The Alpha and
Omega, the Eternal God, has personalized His relationship with you. Do
you know what that means? It means that you have access to the only
one, that has the ability to solve all your problems. It means that you
have access to the Great Physician. You have access to the Comforter.
In the old testament book of (Exodus 3:12-14), when God told Moses
to go to Egypt, to deliver His people, Moses asked God, 'who shall I
say you are?' God said, 'I AM, that I AM."
That is what God is saying to you, today. When you need a doctor,
'I AM, that I AM." If you need a lawyer, 'I AM, that I AM." If you need
a friend, 'I AM, that I AM." If you need comfort, in the midst of
tragedy, or sorrow, 'I AM, that I AM." God is saying to you, whatever
you need, 'I AM, that I AM."
The next part of the subject scripture says that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but
have everlasting life.
Jesus Christ, was sent, to seek and save, those that were lost.
Just like the man, looking for his lost sheep. All of us, were lost at
one time. But, through the shed blood of Christ, we now have access to
God. You see, at one time, man, had that personal relationship with
God, that I have been talking about. But, he threw it away. He broke
the bond, that God had with him. And there was no way for that bond to
be repaired, unless, by some extraordinary means, a man, that was
perfect, and without sin, would offer Himself, a sacrifice, to meet the
requirement, set forth by God, to restore that relationship. That is
why, God, sent His Son. His only begotten Son. He, God, threw out all
the stops. He moved, so to speak, Heaven and earth.
However, that bond is not restored automatically. It does take an
action on your part, to restore that bond. The action is, you must
believe on Him. You must accept Him, as your Redeemer, your Saviour,
and your Lord. God, through Jesus, has stuck His hand out to you. All
you have to do, is put your hand in His. That's the same way men show
friendship. They shake hands. When a person shakes hands with someone
else, they are showing mutual love for one another. If a person refuses
to shake your hand, you know that, that person, is not friendly, and
you leave them alone. God, on the other hand, doesn't. He always has
His hand out, not to 'us', if you will, but to 'you'. Or if you like,
'me'. How do 'you', shake God's hand? By confessing your sin, to God,
repenting, and asking Jesus Christ, to come into your heart. All you
have to do is say, "JESUS, I AM A SINNER, AND I AM SORRY FOR MY SINFUL
WAYS. WILL YOU COME INTO MY HEART, AND CLEANSE ME FROM ALL MY SIN, AND
BE LORD OF MY LIFE. I ACCEPT YOU AS LORD AND SAVIOR, AND WITH YOUR
HELP, I WILL LIVE MY LIFE FOR YOU. I BELIEVE THAT YOU DIED ON THE CROSS
FOR MY SINS, AND WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, FOR MY JUSTIFICATION." If
you prayed that prayer, from the heart, meaning every word, congratulations, you are now saved. The next thing you should do, is get water
baptized, in Jesus' name, and seek the baptism of the Holy Ghost. These
are things that show, that you are truly following Christ. That is all
there is to it. Come on, shake hands with God, today. Amen