As I have been traveling across America this past week and ministering in a number of cities and encountering a number of people, I have been reminded again of the tragic reality that there is a world dying in sin. And as I was thinking about our brief meditation time this morning in preparation for the Lord's table, my heart was drawn to John chapter 8. Would you open your Bible for a moment and look with me at one of the most tragic portions of Scripture reflecting the ministry of our Lord?
In John 8 Jesus says these tragic words in verse 21, "I go away and you shall seek Me and shall die in your sin. Where I'm going, you cannot come." Then again in verse 24, "I said therefore to you that you shall die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins." Three times Jesus makes that tragic condemnation...You shall die in your sin...you shall die in your sins...once in the singular, twice in the plural.
You've all heard the expression, "He has nobody to blame but himself." You've probably used it, I have. And while that axiom is true in many ways in the natural world, it is also true in the supernatural and spiritual dimension as well. When anyone dies in their sins, they have no one to blame but themselves. If a person dies in sin, to perish in an eternity of punishment, there is no one to blame but himself. Back in the first chapter of this marvelous gospel as we were being introduced to its truth, the Holy Spirit recorded these words of Christ, "There was the true light which coming into the world enlightens every man. He was in the world and the world was made through Him and the world did not know Him." ...
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