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The Story Behind our Need for a Savior

Preliminary

Man has forsaken his God. He has turned away to his own devises. He either rejects his need of God openly or he creates his own methods of attaining God’s favor (false religion). It is God’s word that reveals our heart. It is God’s word that points us to salvation.

  • Luke 16:25-31 -   25“But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.   26‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’   27“And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house—   28for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’   29“But Abraham said *, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’   30“But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’   31“But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”
  • Matthew 5:17-18 - 17“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.   18“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 
  • Matthew 24:35 -   35“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
    • God’s word is always timeless.
    • It speaks to the heart of man and not to times and cultures.
    • It is always relevant, where ever you pick it up to read.

Let’s look at the heart of man that warrants the need of a Savior.

  • Judges 17:6 -   6In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.
    • In regard to Micah and His false religion (idols, and unlawful priesthood).
  • Isaiah 1:1-4, 10-17
    • Romans 3:9-18 - 9What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 
      10as it is written,      “There is none righteous, not even one;
      11    There is none who understands,     There is none who seeks for God;
      12    All have turned aside, together they have become useless;     There is none who does good,     There is not even one.”
      13    “Their throat is an open grave,     With their tongues they keep deceiving,”     “The poison of asps is under their lips”;
      14    “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
      15    “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
      16    Destruction and misery are in their paths,
      17    And the path of peace they have not known.”
      18    “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

God in mercy calls to us to accept His offer of salvation.

*    Isaiah 1:18-20

*    His offering of peace comes in His Son, the Prince of Peace.

  • Isaiah 53
    • The birth
    • The life
    • The death
    • And the resurrection of Christ

God is offering peace this Christmas. True peace is salvation from the consequences of sin.