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Church Message
We All Need the Same Savior for We Are All the Same - Sinners
By Pastor Stuppy

Church sponsors2 24apr14Church message imageIf you have ever visited a large city such as New York , Chicago, or Washington D.C., there is one thing you cannot escape - "the homeless."The homeless can be found in most any city, including our own. You may find a man sleeping in the doorway of a store or on a park bench. You may see a person, poorly dressed, walking around a bus station trying not to be noticed. Or the homeless might be a mother with her children sleeping in a rusted out station wagon in a rest area because they have no place to go.

The homeless are often dirty. They need a shower. Their clothing is often worn and full of holes. Most likely everything they own is contained in a plastic bag which becomes their pillow at night. They often eke out their existence by rummaging through garbage and asking for handouts.

I'm sure most would have a hard time adjusting to such a life. With all our possessions, we seem to be living in another world. It's hard to imagine being so poor. How little we have in common with them or so it would seem! The truth, however, is that we have more in common than as first appears.

In God's sight there is no difference. We are both souls who have fallen into sin and deserve his wrath and punishment. When God says "all have sinned" in Romans, he means ALL - not some. When he sees us, he sees us all as helpless to do anything about it. This truth applies not only to the rich and poor, wealthy and destitute. It applies to every group within our society. It applies to every culture and ethnic group. It is a truth that is the same for those living in any and every part of the world. All have sinned. All are condemned to hell for all eternity if God does not intervene.

Thank the Lord he has intervened. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8). The sinless Son of God did what we could not - keep God's laws and demands perfectly. He did that in our place. Then he suffered - enduring the wrath of God and torment of hell in our place. The penalty we deserved had been made. Our salvation was secured. Then God made that familiar promise through the Apostle John, "whoever believes in him shall be saved (John 3:16).

That salvation was secured for everyone. For you, for the homeless, for person dying from ebola, AIDS, cancer, and so on. He died for the rich and poor, the powerful and the weak, those living in Iraq, Russia, Iran and Africa as well as those who live in the United States. He did it for you, your neighbor, your co-worker, your doctor and nurse. He died for those in prison and for those living in mansions. He saved all.

That means that all of humanity is divided into two groups, those who know Jesus as their Savior and those that don't. Your task, if you know Jesus as your Savior, is to share him with others while there still is time. When Jesus returns on Judgment Day, time will run out. "As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work (John 9:4 NIV).


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