1997-05-12 - What is Greatness?
Romans 10: 9,10 "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that god raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."
Last summer I studied at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. My first Sunday in Geneva I was on my way to the only Evangelical church in that area, a Baptist church, and my Professor, who was walking with me, asked me if I knew where I was. I supposed that I must not and he explained that the street we were walking on was known as "The Great Street". Simply put, it is the most expensive street in the world.
Thinking of "great" things: … I was recently pondering the question, "What is the greatest question ever asked?", "What?, since the creation of the world is the most significant question that has been or ever could be asked by any person?" I am, so far, unable to unlock the mysteries of the universe, or even, sometimes, the mysteries of how to pop popcorn, but I would like to take a shot at this question. I think the greatest question would be, "How is it possible for an unrighteous, sinful, man or woman to stand in the presence of a holy and offended God?" You may say, "Well, yea, but that is kind of an obvious question to ask …" To which I think I would reply, that while I grant that it is obvious, it is often the pen right in front of our nose that escapes our sight. It is often the obvious that we fail to grasp and focus our attention upon. We can not make that mistaken here. The profundity of the question is in its simplicity. How does one appease a righteous God when we know that we are guilty of the crimes we will be accused of?
There is only one answer to this question. It is in the verses quoted above and theologically put we rest in the merits and atonement of Christ. We place our hope in His righteousness and ask Him to cover us for our sins. It is important to remind ourselves of this often. Who is the Gospel for? I suggest it is for the Christian to be a source of encouragement to us. It is also for unbelievers to be a constant reminder of their ultimate neediness and hopelessness. But in contrast, for those resting in Christ, it is a constant reminder that our needs have been met and we are a people that are utterly hopeful in Christ.
"Religion is the story of what a sinful man tries to do for a holy God; the gospel is the story of what a holy God has done for sinful man." Roy Gustafson
Soli Deo Gloria,