Choice, Concern, Compassion (6-10)

Journey, New Year, Isaiah, Corner, New Chapter, Beginning, Dayton, Church of God, Pennsylvania, Sermon Series

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Please remember that sermon notes are meant to act as a guide and may not be exactly what was preached.

2 Peter 3:1-13, Mark 2:1-5, Matthew 15:31-32

In Luke 19:10 Jesus said, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” The lost don’t just need finding…

You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” The lost are dead in their sins…

The living dead walk among us, these are those referred to as the lost the ones we are to be reaching out to as God’s children; as the church! In the parable of the prodigal son, the father says, “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” The parallel of lost is dead. And Jesus knew what he was saying with the word dead, because he had said earlier, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead.” There are living dead just like Paul says in Ephesians 2Even while we were dead in our trespasses and sins, God made us alive.” The lost are dead., spiritually dead, unresponsive to God.

The problem is most do not know or realize they are. The Holy Spirit, speaking through Paul says, “the natural man, does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Being lost and dead is true of every human being apart from God’s saving grace (Romans 3:23).

Sin and Hell are not something that is forced on us against our will. Jesus tells us in John 3 that Men love darkness rather than light. People love their sin, pride, and independence from God! Therefore, all human beings are on their way to “eternal destruction.”

Without Christ, people are separated from God, Sin…they will “pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power”. The world we live in, the communities in which we have our homes, where our children go to school, we shop, work, and live! These people are the lost, those dead in their sin, the unreached people of the world are our neighbors.

Did not Jesus say Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest (John 14:35).

If we want to be “Seeking the Lost” or “Reaching Out” then we have got to be “Seeking the Lord” and “Reaching Up”, crying out to God for His help and His strength in changing the way we look at others.

2 Peter 3: Christ is coming back… and it is we who hold the good news! Why are sinners not welcome in the Church? Why do we write off certain people or certain families as to far gone to receive forgiveness, to far gone to know the love of God?  

Vs. 7 – The day of destruction of the ungodly: Lack of urgency in the Church… There is a cliff ahead that drops straight to Hell and we watch as they continue on their way. They need to change the way they are going! But we say nothing

What God is going to do is give each and every one of us what we wanted here. What we are seeking and reaching for now: Jesus or something else, He will give the world what they want most: freedom from Him. Either we choose God and give our lives to Him, or we choose a life apart from Him, and He honors that choice for eternity.

In Mark 9:48, when Jesus says, “Where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” (ESV), He is quoting from Isaiah 66:24: “They will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” In both texts the word translated as “worm” literally means “grub” or “maggot.” 

Jesus is teaching the fact of unending suffering in hell—the “worm” never stops causing torment. Notice that the worm is personal. Both Isaiah 66:24 and Mark 9:48 use the word “their” to identify the worm’s owner. The sources of torment are attached each to its own host in unquenchable fire!

Mark 2:1-5

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience”  (Colossians 3:12). As we show compassion, we will be pointing others to the One who poured out His heart of grace and compassion on us.

The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions (Mercies) never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23 

“It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13“But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION (mercy), AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Matthew 9:10-13       

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. – Mark 6:34                                                                                                        

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. – Isaiah 53:6

Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” – Matthew 15:32

Digging Deeper

  • What is your concern, your priority, in this life?
  • What is your purpose, or calling, in this world?
  • What choices can you make to seek the lost or reach out to those who do not know Jesus as Savior and Lord?
  • Who is it that you can pray for and talk to about the Good News of Jesus Christ?

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