The sermon I preached on Sunday is now posted. You can listen to it here.
Here is an excerpt:
One of the more difficult things to do in life is buying a car. The choices are many — and the more finances you have at your disposal, the more choices you have. We always encounter a very friendly car dealer who comes out, working his best to accommodate every buyer who comes his way. He offers for us many options, and then when we find something of interest, he usually says, “Let’s take it for a test drive — see how you like it!”
Much of our preaching and witnessing for Christ is much like this car dealer: “Come along, see if you like him. Take Jesus for a test drive. If He works for you, great — if not, at least you tried.” They even imply the old adage, “Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.”
The problem is, too many professed Christians put forth Jesus as simply good advice to be taken rather than good news to be believed. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tells us the difference between advice and news. “Advice is counsel about something to do that hasn’t happened yet. News is about something that has happened.” We simply look at Jesus as something that “hasn’t happened” in a lost person — but we need to reorient our thinking. “For unto you is born this day … Christ the Lord.” Jesus is Lord regardless of what we do with him. He doesn’t cease to be Lord of the universe who upholds the universe by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3) simply because we say he does.
It was this type of Take It or Leave It attitude toward that ushered the curse of sin and darkness into the world in the first place. When Eve was tempted in the Garden by the Tempter, God went from being the only option to being an option. God turned into one entrée on the smorgasbord. The problem is, we fail to see that our flesh will always pick away from God (at least the God of the Bible).
Thankfully, these angels are not so wishy-washy — and for good reason. They are not delivering therapy to help improve our life — they are giving a message rooted in a historical fact. That is the nature of news — it happened right here in time and space. What’s the news?