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Jesus Saves (Vol 1)

Sunday English Service - 9 DEC 18

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Today I will share the word of God, and since it is the Christmas season, I thought I will preach on Christ. After all, Christmas is about Christ or is supposed to be about Christ. But strangely enough, Christmas is when it's very easy to forget Christ, not focus on Christ, so busy buying gifts for everybody, and no time to think about the greatest gift God gave us. And so, I thought, this is a good opportunity to dwell on Christ, on Jesus. We got a lot of things we can talk about Jesus. Today I'd like to talk about a very basic truth, Jesus our Savior. Jesus is our Savior or we say it more often like this, Jesus saves. We say, our Lord and Savior and we say Jesus saves. He is the Savior. This is a truth that gets lost sometimes during the Christmas season. During Christmas, a lot of people speak about Jesus because they're forced to speak and they speak well. They speak saying, “Jesus was a great man, good man, inspiration, did wonderful things, helped a lot of people. And we ought to follow His example,” and all that. And, I agree with all that, but I think we should not get too impressed by that kind of talk.

It's all good that the world is acknowledging Jesus. But the truth is, they are not truly acknowledging His greatness. They make it out to be He is another great man, perhaps one of the greatest and so on and so forth. But why did Jesus enter this world? To just do a lot of good things, teach a lot of amazing things? Some people like His teaching. “Oh, we should follow His teaching.” Some people like His miracles. “Oh, how He helped people, how He healed people. How compassionate He was,” and all that. They like all kinds of things about Jesus, but they leave out one important truth. Why did Jesus enter this world? Not just to be a great man, good man, great teacher, miracle worker, He entered into this world to save people. He entered into this world to be the Savior of the world. Anything short of this is really not giving the due glory to Jesus. And I would like us at the beginning of the season itself, to give the glory where it belongs. And it belongs to Jesus. And view Him throughout this season as the Savior. He saves. He did not just come to teach us to love others. He came to save us and change us so that we can start loving others. We cannot follow His example without receiving His saving help, His salvation.

And so, this is a very basic truth. Jesus is our Savior. Jesus saves. Everybody's heard that, especially Christians. What's the meaning of that? We say it so often my Savior, my Savior, my Savior, Jesus saves, Jesus saves, Jesus saves. But what is the meaning of that? What does that really mean? Do we really know what it means, what it involves? Do we remember? Perhaps, you know, but perhaps it's been a long time since you heard that truth or thought about that truth. You just assumed you knew it. Do you remember? It’s so important to revisit these great truths of Christianity. And this is one of the greatest truths. It may be very simple and basic, but it's one of the greatest truths that Jesus saves, that Jesus is your Savior. Are you amazed by this truth? Are you astounded by it? Are you living in the light of it? Yes, Jesus is your Savior, for a lot of you. He has saved you, but are you truly living in the light of it?

These are the kinds of things we’re going to be dealing with today. Perhaps you may think this is too basic, it's like a Sunday school lesson, Jesus is our Savior, who doesn't know that? Well, let me remind you once again, that some of the most basic truths are the most powerful truths. The name of Jesus, what a basic truth that is. It’s the most powerful name on earth. It can change situations just like that. The blood of Jesus, how basic is that truth. It has great power. Similarly, this truth about Jesus as the Savior, Jesus saves, has great power. I encourage you to listen carefully, receive and you will experience the saving power of Jesus right now, right here.

Let's begin. Jesus saves. What does that mean? First of all, what is the meaning of the word to save? In English it's pretty simple, right? But of course, since we are so used to it, and we know the spiritual meaning of it, we sometimes forget what the basic meaning of the word is ‘to save’. Salvation for us, we only see it in a very narrow sense. But let me remind you that the basic word ‘to save’ means, it's a very simple meaning, to rescue from danger. That's what it means. The idea of rescue, you're in danger, and you are rescued. That's what it means to be saved. The Bible uses this word like that only. When it talks about God saving or Jesus saving, Old Testament and New Testament, it uses the word to describe all kinds of rescue from all kinds of dangers. Jesus Himself when He was in this earth, He would heal people and say, “Your faith has saved you.” What He meant is, “Your faith has rescued you from your sickness.” The person who had a sickness and He healed them, He’d say, “Your faith has rescued you from the danger of sickness you were in.”

In the Old Testament enemies would attack Israel, and God would come and save them, we are told. Same word. God would save from difficult labor conditions, all kinds of things, all kinds of dangers. So, what danger should we focus on? In one sense, we can say Jesus saves from all kinds of dangers. There is nothing wrong with that. That is the truth. We are in all kinds of danger today. Everybody's in a different kind of danger. Some people are in this danger, that problem, this challenge. Another person has different kinds of problems and challenges, family problems, work problems, debt issues, sickness, all kinds of issues are happening. And so, we all need Jesus to save us or rescue us from various kinds of dangers, and He is our Savior and He can and does rescue from everything. Bible teaches that. He is a Savior. He saves from all kinds of dangers. That is true. No matter what kind of danger you are in today, you can look to Jesus as your Savior. Very simple. Just look to Him as your Savior, He still saves and call out to Him and He will save you somehow. That's who He is. He is Savior.

Today we're not going to focus on that. We're not going to focus on the truth that Jesus saves from everything, because I don't think that's the right place to start. Why? The New Testament does not start there. The New Testament does not start by saying Jesus saves from everything. Neither does the New Testament emphasize that a lot either. It teaches that Jesus saves from everything, from sickness also from everything, but it does not emphasize it the most, and it does not start with it. It does not give it the first place when it comes to the truth Jesus saves. What does the New Testament put first, and what does it emphasize the most? Listen carefully. The New Testament teaches, more than anything else, that Jesus saves specifically from sin. That's what the New Testament puts first, that's what it emphasizes the most. It teaches the other things as well but this gets the prime place. This gets most of the attention.

You remember when Jesus was born, Matthew 1:21, the angel came to Joseph in a dream. And he said, don't be afraid of taking Mary as your wife because the child conceived in her womb is of the Holy Spirit. And then what does the angel tell Joseph? Verse 21. “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” Why should you call His name Jesus? It's not just given because the name sounds good, sweet sounding Jesus. No, no. You shall call His name Jesus. Why? For he shall save. You saw that truth right there how important it is? It's in His name itself. Why is He called Jesus? Because He will save. And then it goes on to say, “He shall save his people from their sins.” Specifically, prime place, emphasis given to Jesus saving from sin. He saves from everything, but first, we need to pay attention to this. He saves from sin.

Today, what we are going to do is we're going to pay attention to this truth. Not Jesus saves from everything, but Jesus saves from sin. Because the New Testament puts this first and emphasizes this the most. You may say, “Well, you know, I got 10 different problems I can think of, and sin is not one of them. You're saying Jesus saves from sin? I know that already.” That's true. But who was the New Testament written to? Just think one minute? Who was the New Testament written to originally? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, the epistles. Originally who received these letters, these gospels? Was it saved people or unsaved people? It is mostly saved people. Think about it. Listen carefully. As soon as Jesus rose again, they started preaching. People started getting saved. And after that only they got the time to sit down and write the Gospels and the epistles and sent it out to groups of people who are mostly already saved. And to them only the New Testament writes, putting first what Jesus saves from sin. To them only it writes, emphasizing the most what, Jesus saves from sin.

So, at some point, we've got to put aside our wisdom and say, “Why did God choose to emphasize that the most and put that first even though the original recipients were already saved, most of them?” Certainly, some of them wouldn’t have been, but most of them were already saved. Why is the New Testament emphasizing this point so much that Jesus saves from sin? I'll tell you why. Because you may not think sin is a problem, but sin is a problem. In fact, sin is the problem. See, people think there’re 100 problems. But the Bible says really if you see, there is only one problem, sin. Sin is the root problem which gives rise to all other problems. People think, “Brother, if only the family problem goes here, I'll be fine.” Wrong. I’m sorry to say you won't be fine if just the family problem goes away. People think, “If just the sickness goes away, I'll be fine.” Wrong. The New Testament says no, no there's a deeper problem than family problem, sickness, debt and all these things. These are all problems, yes, but there is something behind all of this that is driving this. And that problem is called sin. It is the root problem. It is the number one problem.

Think about it. In the Garden of Eden before man sinned there was no problem. Husband and wife were not fighting there, they didn't have any lack and want, they were not in debt. They had no problem. They had joy and peace and happiness and satisfaction, everything. The moment they sinned, all kinds of things entered. Family problem entered, pain and offering and evil and everything entered into this world. Why? Sin. Sin brought everything. Why the New Testament puts that first and emphasizes that Jesus saves from sin is, Jesus goes directly to the root, and He saves you from the problem so that ultimately you can be free from the other problems. You got to treat the root problem, not enough to treat what is on the surface. We go to the doctor, we are going with some head pain, leg pain, stomach pain. Sometimes want what we're thinking is let the doctor just give me some medication for my pain let it go away. But the doctor makes you fill out one big form, what all illness you've had before, what all conditions you have. Then he sits you down, he talks to you for 10 minutes asking 20 questions. You're thinking, “Is all this necessary? I just have some pain here, just give me something for it to go away. No. But it’s necessary because the doctor knows the pain is not the real problem. The pain is just an outward symptom, perhaps of a deeper hidden problem. And a good doctor will not just treat the outward symptom, he will pay attention to all the symptoms and diagnose the real problem. What is on the inside giving rise to this pain?

Some people go with stomach pain, they find out it's appendicitis. If you don't treat that, you're in deep trouble. It's not enough to just take a medication and let the stomach pain go away. No, no. In that case, the pain is good so that the real problem can be treated. What we're trying to say is, the New Testament emphasizes the sin problem and how Jesus saves from the sin problem because it is the root of all problems. And it is saying, Jesus saves you from the problem, the root problem so that you can be free from everything. And that is why it begins there. And that is what we're going to focus on that today. This is where you see the specialty of Jesus, the uniqueness of Jesus. If you leave this you won't see the uniqueness of Jesus very clearly. What is the uniqueness of Jesus? Why do I say we should not be too impressed with people talking about Jesus kind of exalting Him but not really exalting Him, by not accepting Him as Savior? Why? Because it is this saving business that makes Jesus unique, especially the saving from sin is where Jesus becomes unique. There is nobody like Him.

For other things we have little, little saviors. Shall we call them little saviors? If you have a sickness, the doctor is the little savior. You can go to the hospital, they will help you. They’re saving you in a way, hospitals are little saviors, you may say. If you have money problems, there are certain people to help for that. Government has schemes, other organizations they are helping poor people and so on. Some people they need education, that is their main need, at least in an earthly way, if you see. People need education. Without education they will just go to nothing. And so, for that the government has free schools. There are other schools they become the little saviors. You want healing from sickness, you can go to the little savior; you want some money, you have some little saviors; you want education, you have some little saviors. But who can save you from the sin problem? Is there anybody who will say, “Oh, you got the sin problem? Please come. We’ll give you the treatment.” Nobody. Nobody has ever found a treatment for the sin problem. There is only one Savior who can save from sin, and His name is Jesus.

You have to pardon me but today is going to be a little bit evangelistic sermon. I’m going to be preaching the gospel because all kinds of people come to our church, new people come and it's good to preach the gospel. So, today, it’s going to be a little different. Preaching is not just going to be for believers, it's also going to be people who are not fully believing in Jesus. They're coming, but they've not really put their faith in Christ. They're seeking, not yet believed in Jesus, and so on. Jesus, you remember, left the 99 sheep went after the 1. It doesn't make sense to us but that's the way He operates. Went after the one. And then He said, this is in context, the Pharisees are upset that He's eating with sinners. That's where this happens. He tells the story. He says, “I leave the 99 go after the 1 who's lost.” And when that one sheep is found, when that one person is saved, heaven itself rejoices it seems. You read what Jesus says, Luke 15 He says, heaven rejoices over 1 sinner who repents more than the 99 who don't need any repentance.

So, if you've already repented, you will have to pardon me. Some of it is not directed specifically towards you. It is more emphatically directed towards people who need to turn to Jesus today. All kinds of people are listening and watching. Heaven rejoices over one sinner who repents. But I'm also going to address believers as well and apply this truth to believers as we move on. Jesus did not lose the 99, if you know what I mean. When He went searching for the 1, these 99 did not get lost. That's not the point. The point is, He doesn't lose even one. That's the point. He goes after the very last one. And so, this is going to be a little evangelistic with application for believers as well. Nobody can save from sin except Jesus. When He was on this earth, He was at a place one time, Luke chapter 7, He was eating at the house of a pharisee. And while He's eating a woman, we are told in Luke 7 from verse 36 onwards, if you read, we are told that the woman was a sinner. She came and she was at the feet of Jesus, putting some ointment on Him, and then wiping His feet with her hair. She was crying, actually. She was crying so her tears were falling on His feet, it was kind of messy. And then she was wiping the feet with her hair. And in those days, that's unthinkable for a woman to loosen her hair like that in public, that too, Jesus is supposed to be a man of God, all this is happening in a pharisee’s house and that pharisee is looking at all this, and he's thinking in his mind, not speaking it out loud. He's thinking, “How can this so-called man of God, allow this sinner woman to come near Him and touch Him in this way? How can you He allow?” He's thinking like that.

In fact, we are told that woman committed many sins. If you read the passage, you will see that. I think it’s in verse for 40 something, from 36 is the story Luke 7. Jesus knows what is in the mind of the pharisee and He tells him a little story. He says, “Listen, Simon, I want to tell you a story.” Tells him a story. Let's pick it up at the end of the story. I want you to see that Jesus does what no one else can do. At the end of the story He looks at the woman, Luke 7 verse 47. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven— for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little. And then look at this. Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” We read this so many times, but it's one of the greatest things. Stop and think about it. In one line, in one second, He forgave all her sins, wiped it clean, that's all, finished. I mean, how can He do something like that? Look at that next verse. Then those who are at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” I mean, they've seen the Jewish pharisees, they have seen and read about everybody, they know about Moses, Elijah and Jeremiah and all the great prophets of the Old Testament, everybody did a lot of great things, but not even one person had the guts to open their mouth and say, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Moses can’t say that. Why? He doesn't have any authority to forgive sin. He doesn't have that kind of authority. But Jesus in one line, just forgave that woman’s sins, which were many, we're told. If you read verse 47, her sins were forgiven. Think about that. A third person coming and forgiving one person’s sins. If somebody does some wrong thing against you and I come from the blue, out of nowhere, and look at that person and say, “Your sins are forgiven?” Will you accept it? If somebody even stamps your leg purposely and you're furious, and I come from nowhere and I say, “Don't worry about them. Your sins are forgiven.” How will you feel? You’ll say, “What right do you have to forgive that person's sins. They committed the sin against me? I only have to forgive their sins.” This woman has committed a lot of sins against a lot of people, probably. Not only God, against a lot of people. Here Jesus stands, one sentence, He says, “Clean slate. Your sins are forgiven.”

How can He do that? He can do that because He is God. He and no one else has the authority and the right to forgive your sin in one second, that's all. Not only is He God, He is the Savior who came specifically to save you from sin and to forgive your sin. When He said, “Your sins are forgiven,” it's not like how we say, “I forgive you.” We sometimes forgive others. When we say, “I forgive you,” that is a good thing but it doesn't equal it when Jesus says it. When Jesus says it, the meaning is far greater. When He told that woman, “Your sins are forgiven,” you know what He meant? What He meant is this, “Woman, just a few months or something later, just a little while longer, I am going to die for you on the cross of Calvary. I'm going to bear your many sins upon Myself. I'm going to be punished for your sin. I'm going to bear your sin so that you don't have to bear it. And therefore, I say to you on the basis of what I'm going to do for you on the cross of Calvary, I will give you an advance. By credit you receive the forgiveness. Now itself, your sins are forgiven you.”

Nobody else can do it. Only Jesus can do it. This is the uniqueness of Jesus, my friend. Let us think more about this saving from sin. What does it mean? We say Jesus saves from sin but what does it really mean? What does it involve? It involves three things. One is, Jesus saves from the guilt of sin. At least three things. Number two, Jesus saves from the punishment of sin. Number three, Jesus saves from the power of sin. Guilt, punishment, power. At least these three things are involved. I want to take you through each one. Number one, Jesus saves you from the guilt of sin. We often use the word guilt to describe a guilty feeling. We use that word guilt to describe the feeling we get when we do something wrong. We are guilty, we feel guilty or something like that. But feeling guilty is one thing being guilty is another thing. A lot of people are guilty, they don't feel guilty. Have you seen there are cold blooded murdererswho’ve committed 20, 30 murders? They don't have any sense of guilt feeling. They don't feel much, they don't feel much remorse. They’re just standing there. Their heart is like a rock sometimes, they don't feel anything. They've done it again and again. Their conscience it’s become so hard, not soft anymore, and they don't feel guilty. But there is all the evidence that they are guilty, and in fact, the court has judged them to be guilty and pronounced them as guilty. They are guilty in the sight of everyone, the judge and all the other people and God, but they don't feel guilty.

I'm not saying Jesus saves you from the guilty feeling. Jesus saves you from guilt itself. We are talking about real guilt, not the guilty feeling. We’ll come to the guilty feeling later. What is that guilt? The guilt is guilty before God. That's what it means. Let me put it like this, the Bible teaches that we are guilty before God. Just as a criminal is pronounced guilty in a court. And whether he feels it or not, he is guilty. Like that the heavenly supreme court has pronounced all human beings as guilty. There's no getting around this. All human beings are guilty of violating the law of God and sinning against God. All are sinners in the sight of God. The Bible says, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The Bible says, there is none righteous, no, not even one. Romans 3:10. That’s how Paul puts it. There is none righteous, not even one. Everyone is a sinner in God's eyes. People get upset when we talk about sin and sinner and say everyone is a sinner. Say, “You Christians, that's the problem with you. Talk about sin, and sinner, need to repent, all these things.” We're not trying to say, you’re bad people. I'm not trying to say you’re all sinners, bad people. No, I know most of you are good people.

What does it mean? It means in the eyes of God, we are sinners. We have missed the mark. We are guilty in the sight of God. Why? Because God is a perfectionist, my friend. God is too perfect. If you don't like perfection, you won’t like God. He's a perfectionist. That's why the Bible says He is holy, holy, holy, three times Holy. He is perfectly holy. There is none like Him. The heavenly beings close their eyes and won't even look upon Him. His holiness is so radiant. His glory is absolutely majestic. It comes from His personal character of holiness, being perfect. There is nothing wrong with Him at all. And He cannot tolerate imperfection. This is the problem. In one way, we see God is the problem. He's too perfect, and we cannot match His perfect standards. But I'm glad at least we have a perfect God than an imperfect God. I don't know about you. Imagine what the world will be like if God Himself was imperfect. First of all, would you even like to worship that kind of God?

People… God being perfect lands them in trouble because they become sinners. But God, being imperfect will be even worse. The world itself will be chaotic. And we can never hope for a better future, there will be no final judgment, no, nothing. So, I'd rather have a perfect God, and our God is perfect. He is holy, holy, holy, there is none like Him. He is so perfect. No human being can satisfy Him because all humans sin. They missed the mark, they commit some kind of error. Humans err, that's the nature. They're not perfect, they're fallen. That's what we're saying. All human beings are guilty before God. When we look at each other on this level, we can say, “I'm better than you, you are better than me.” Because sometimes, really, some people are better than us, some people are worse than us. You know what I mean? But when God looks at us, we all look the same. It's like a bus and an auto going on the road, the person in the bus can look at the auto and say, “Well, look where he is down there. I'm so high up here.” But if you go up and see from a height of 10,000 feet, the bus and the auto look the same, or you can't even see them.

When we compare ourselves with one another, yes, we are better than some people and all that, that is true, all that is there. But when God sees us, He sees us all as sinners, having missed the mark. It’s like this, the military has, they say, minimum height requirement. If you want to join the military, the Army or the Navy, they got a minimum height requirement, 150 some centimeters or something like that. I don't know the exact. Some people will miss the minimum by one centimeter. Some people will miss the minimum by 40 centimeters. They'll be really short almost like midgets. The tall person can look at the short person and say, “Look, I'm only one centimeter short of the minimum,” and he can take pride in that. But what is the use? Finally, you cannot join the military. All of them miss the mark. That is the way we are all in the sight of God, everybody misses the mark. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is none righteous, no, not even one.

What is the solution? Jesus is the solution. What does He do? He comes and He is no mere human being, He is the Son of God, He is fully God, and He's fully man. He is the only one who can match the perfection that God expects, because He lived a sinless life. As a man, He lived a sinless life, not even committing one sin. He is holy, holy, holy, just like His Father. And He lives according to the holy expectation of His Father, and satisfies the requirement of His Father, that perfect requirement. And then He goes and suffers and dies for us on the cross. What happens? Whole life he lived, three and a half years he ministered but 33 and a half years Jesus lived. That's very important. Why? He lived a perfectly righteous life. And then He went and suffered and died on the cross. You know what happens? When we believe in Jesus, the righteous life He lived is ascribed to us, is imputed to us, and all our sins and imperfections are put on Him. The righteousness of Christ becomes ours and our sin goes on Him. He bears our sin. A great exchange takes place. Jesus bears the guilt of our sin and we bear His righteousness.

That's what happens, my friend, through the cross. That's what Jesus came to do. He came to live a perfect life and die for you so that you will be clothed with His righteousness, His perfection, and He can remove your sin, the guilt of your sin. Jesus solves the problem. He makes us right with God. He changes the guilty verdict. You see the heavenly Supreme Court has pronounced us guilty. The whole world lies guilty before God. Who can change the verdict? One person can. His name is Jesus. What He does, if you believe on Him, you don't have to do anything big, if you simply believe on Him, confess Him as your Lord and Savior, what He does He changes the heavenly verdict of guilty into righteous. Not only not guilty. In our human courts, you're either guilty or not guilty. Not guilty means you're neutral. Guilty means you've done wrong, not guilty means you've not done wrong, but neither have you done right. It is a neutral judgment. Jesus did not just give us a not guilty judgment. Because if He had given us a not guilty judgment, we would have gone right back out and sinned again. You know what I mean? Got right back into trouble, guilty again.

What does Jesus do? We are all guilty. Instead of moving us to not guilty, He moves us one step higher. He says, “I'll put My righteousness on you. Now you are righteous in the sight of God.” This is the good news. You may have done all kinds of sins, you may have done all kinds of things. You may think, how can all this go away? How can this be forgiven? Jesus took all your sin upon the cross. And then He is waiting to give you His righteousness. If you have not believed in Jesus as your Lord and Savior you believe right now, you confess Him right now. And His righteousness will surround, envelope you from head to toe. When God looks at you, He will see you as righteous. You will be righteous in the sight of God. This is the gospel. This is the good news. You don't have to do anything. Just believe in Jesus.

What about that guilty feeling? Well, the guilty feeling sometimes is good. It's like the pain which is good. If you have the guilty feeling perhaps, if you have not received Jesus, that's the first thing you need to do. Receive Jesus into your life. Put your faith in Him. Become His disciple. And the guilty feeling will take care of itself. It will go away. But if you have received Jesus, most of you have already received Jesus and you say, “I've already received Jesus but I have a guilty feeling. Feeling of guilt is still there.” Well, perhaps you have the guilty feeling because you might have committed sin in the recent past and that's why you may be feeling guilty. If that is the case, don't ignore it. Take it seriously. Confess your sin before God. Get back with Him. He will forgive you, He will cleanse you, He will restore you back to Him.

But some people may say, “I am a believer, and I have already confessed my sin. I'm not living in sin but I still had the guilty feeling, brother,” what do you do for that? Well, you don't believe your feeling, that's what you do. If you're a believer, if you are not living in sin, if you have confessed the sins that you do, and God has forgiven you, that's what the Word says. And after this still the guilty feeling is there, you should not believe that guilty feeling. That's right. I'm saying don't believe your own conscience. Go to 1 John 3:20. There comes a point when even you should not believe your conscience more than the truth of God. You should not just let that guilty feeling simmer and just be there in your life because it will ruin you, my friend. Jesus died for you. He saved you from sin. He saved from the guilt of sin. Not so that you can be feeling guilty. No. 1 John 3:20. For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. What does that mean? He didn't say whenever our heart condemns us, take your heart as the final word on all things. No, he said what? God is greater than our heart. That means your heart doesn't know everything. He says next, God knows everything. He knows everything. Your heart doesn't know everything. God knows everything.

In another place the Bible says the human heart is deceitful sometimes. It can even deceive us. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying when people are in sin please listen to your conscience for heaven's sake. Don't say, “Oh, they're teaching, ‘don't listen to the conscience’.” No, if you are living in sin you have to listen to your conscience. God has left it there for a reason. I'm talking about people who say I'm not living in sin, I'm doing the right things, I'm believing in Jesus, and still I have the guilty feeling. That must be dealt with. How? By believing that God is greater than your conscience, God is greater than your heart. He knows more than your heart. And you tell your heart, “You guilty feeling, you leave in the name of Jesus. I am not guilty. I am righteous in the sight of God.” That’s how you deal with it. You don't let the guilty feeling just be there all the time. You have to deal with it. Don't let that feeling rule you. You rule over that feeling with the truth that you are righteous. You are not guilty. With the truth that God is pleased with you. God is greater than your conscience. You keep confessing the truth. You open your mouth and you say, “I'm not guilty. I'm righteous in the sight of God. God is pleased with me. When God looks at me, He sees the righteousness of His own Son.” Open your mouth and say those kinds of things.

Let's say it. I'm righteous in the sight of God. I have the righteousness of Christ. When God sees me, He sees the righteousness of Christ. Keep saying that 10 times, the guilty feeling will go away. You should not let the guilty feeling be there. Why? Because if it is there, you will not have confidence. Read the next verse 21. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God. We have confidence. The problem when you have guilty feeling is it will rob you of your confidence before God. You won't be able to do anything with God, for God. You have no confidence. You can’t even approach Him. You can’t read the Bible. You can’t pray, you can’t do God's will. Nothing. You’ll just be sitting quietly, just be murmuring and complaining, “Oh, I'm feeling guilty. I'm feeling guilty.” That all. That'll be the end of it. You can't receive the blessings of God, nothing will be working. Read the next verse. From 21 again. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. You have to notice this, the logic, you have to follow it correctly.

If your heart condemns you, he's saying, “God is greater than your heart. He knows everything. So, go with what He says.” And then if you can get rid of this heart condemnation, if your heart does not condemn you, if you can be at a place where you're not being condemned by your heart, that means what? Your conscience is clean. What happens? Whatever you ask, you will receive from Him because, the ‘because’ is very important, because we keep His commandments and do what pleases Him. This is the order. If you don't have condemnation in your heart, you have confidence. When you have confidence, you will start to do God's commandments and you will start pleasing Him more and more. You'll start reading your Bible. When the guilty feeling goes away you start reading your Bible, you start praying, you start living for God, you're enthused about it. You're just going full force living for God. What are you doing? You're following His commandments, you are pleasing Him. And in that environment where you don't have any condemnation inside and you're living for God and pleasing Him, in that environment, whatever you ask, you will receive from God. This is why guilty feeling must be dealt with. It is robbing you of asking and receiving from God. It takes away the confidence, it causes you not to live for God, not to please Him, causes you to sit in a corner and murmur and complain when you can be living for God, asking and receiving, and receving whatever you ask. Jesus saves us from the guilt of sin.

Number two. Jesus saves us from the punishment of our sin. Sin not only makes us guilty before God, it also brings punishment upon us. Once a person is found guilty in court, the next logical step immediately is what? Sentencing. Once a person is pronounced guilty, they will say sentencing will happen, on such and such date person will receive the judgement, punishment. Justice demands that we be punished for our sin. We are guilty in God's sight and next is punishment. What punishment do we get from God's court? Sin brings all kinds of punishment. All the problems came from sin only. They're all like consequences and punishment of sin. All kinds of curses, all kinds of suffering and problem and everything you can say in a way it's a punishment or a consequence. But the Bible teaches that above all, there is one particular punishment and that is death. The wages of sin is death. The soul that sins shall die. Death is the ultimate punishment of sin. Dying, and then going to hell. Sorry to say, but that is the truth. We cannot cover up the truth.

The punishment for sinners is dying and going to hell. Some people don't want to believe in hell. But Jesus preached a lot about hell. This is the punishment. Some people would say, “That's a little too extreme. Don't you think? This is the problem with the Christian message? You people are saying, all are guilty before God and then now you're saying the punishment is death. Bible that's what it says. Through one man sin entered the world and through sin death entered. But people say, “That's too much, that's unreasonable. How can God give us punishment for sin, death?” We think it's unreasonable. It looks unreasonable, but that's because we are only looking at the act of sin. We're only looking at the act of sin. We are not looking at who it is committed against. Listen carefully now, we don't understand the seriousness of sin and why it deserves such a great punishment because we only focus on the act of sin and not against whom the sin is committed. In the Garden of Eden, what did they do? What was the act of sin? They didn’t go and murder somebody. They didn't go beat somebody up in the Garden of Eden. No, they didn't commit adultery or something like that. They didn't do any of the big sins that we think of as a big sin today. What did they do? What was their act of sin? They simply took a fruit and ate it. Think about it. Simply took a fruit and ate it that plunged humankind into sin, into the curse and so on.

People may say, “Well, what is such a big deal about eating a fruit?” They're only focusing on the act. But the punishment doesn't depend on the act. It depends on who the act is committed against. It's committed against God. One middle school student went to a teacher, like a Sunday school teacher, and asked this question, it seems, “How can you people say that sin punishment is death? This is too much. This is not even reasonable, not even just.” And so, the Sunday school teacher he answered him giving an example like a story, an anecdote kind of, and he said, “Okay, well listen. A seventh standard school boy, the middle school student, he had a fight with his fellow student in class and he punched the student in the face. So, they punished him.What did they do?They put him in detention after school.” In every place they can hit the student with a cane or something like that. Some places you cannot beat them. So, they will give what it's called detention. That is, after school you cannot go home. You have to sit one or two hours in some classroom and that is called detention. All the unruly boys will be put there, and for them there will be a supervising teacher. And he will sit there and supervising, make sure they stay for one or two hours, and then only send them home.

“So, this boy was punished, he was sent to detention and this boy he’s a violent boy and he wouldn't keep quiet in the detention, he’s causing trouble and he ended up punching the teacher in the detention classroom. They took him straight to the principal and the principal said, “How dare you punch the teacher? We will suspend you from school.” And he got suspended. The boy goes home enraged and he’s at a traffic stop when the red light and the policeman is nearby and he gets into an argument with the policeman and he ends up punching the policeman.” You can see where this is going. “And now what did they do? They take him to jail because now he punched a policeman. He spent the night in jail. Next day he goes home. Many years passed by, he goes from bad to worse and later on at someday the president of the country decides to visit their town, coincidence, lo and behold. And this fellow is all grown up by then and now he has decided to go punch the president. So, he approaches the president's entourage, and he gets close. And the president's bodyguards they got guns. They see him come like this, they think that he is coming to kill the president and they shoot him and kill him on the spot.”

In each case, the act of sin was the same, he only punched. But the punishment was not given based on his act. It was not given on basis of, “Oh, he punched.” No. The question is, who did he punch? If he punched the student, detention is just. But if you punched a teacher, that's not enough, you got to suspend him from school. If he punched a policeman, how dare he do that? He’s got to go to jail. And if you try to punch the president, you're going to end up dead. People don't realize but every sin is an act committed against the Almighty God. It is an act where people try to rob God of His glory. They try to stamp upon His glory. They say to Him without saying, “I don't need You. I won’t follow Your word. I won’t follow Your law. I don't care what You think. I will do it my way. I will live my life my own way. Who are You to ask me? I will do what I want.” And they go and sin. But they are committing the act against God.

Sin at its heart is not giving glory to God where glory is due. That's the problem with sin. That's what Adam and Eve did. That's what every person does when they sin today. That's the problem with sin. That's why it deserves the highest punishment. It is like treason. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. And all in God's eyes deserve the highest punishment, which is death and eternal punishment. There is nothing unjust about that. To us it seems like that, to the criminal it seems like 30 years in jail is a long time. What did Jesus do? He bore our punishment. He didn't just bear the guilt of the sin, he bore the punishment. We don't realize how great that is sometimes. He was punished brutally for our sin. Imagine if I blame you for the sin of another person, would you like it? Suppose we do wrong and somebody points out our mistake that itself we won’t like usually, especially if they point out our mistake in front of others. We’ll say, “Publicly he humiliated me.” We don't like that.

But if we did not do any mistake and they are pointing and blaming us for some mistake and error and wrong doing that somebody else committed and publicly, would you like that? I mean, imagine you're going Christmas shopping, you might go. Hope this doesn't happen to you. It won't happen to you. Just imagine. Imagine you're going Christmas shopping, you’re busy shopping, a lot of people are there, there's a big sale going on and as you're shopping one fellow, the shop guy comes running and he says, “Robber, robber, thief, thief, thief. This man is stealing.” You don't know but some minutes before another guy stole some things and went away. This fellow thinks you stole, you are the thief. And he's shouting, pointing to you and saying, “You're a thief. You're a thief,” and everybody's watching and makes a scene and humiliates you. What happened? He put the guilt that’s supposed to go on that fellow on you, the blame. You are bearing it now. Now let's imagine it doesn't end there, goes to the next level. Police come there, land up, and they see everyone is calling you a thief. They think maybe it's true. And so, they arrest you, take you to jail, and give you a piece of their mind a little bit, if you know what I mean. Slap you around a little bit. And what happens there. You have not just borne the blame for another person’s wrong doing, you have borne the punishment as well. How would you feel if you bear the punishment? You didn't do nothing wrong, but they blamed you for something else somebody else did and they punished you for it.

This is just a story. It's not going to happen to you but it happened to Jesus. He didn't do anything wrong. He did not even commit one sin. In fact, the Bible says He who knew no sin, God made Him to be the embodiment of sin. He bore the blame and the punishment, not of one person’s sin, but the sin of the world. He bore the blame, the punishment, everything. He was tortured. He was brutally beaten. He was crucified, humiliated publicly, like the worst of criminals. He bore your punishment. This is the good news. Why is it good news? He bore the punishment of your sin so that you don't have to bear it. So, that you don't have to bear punishment for your own sin. This is the gospel. This is the good news. Jesus saved me from my sin means He saved me from the punishment of my sin as well. You don't have to be punished no matter who you are. You may have done the worst things. You can escape punishment just like that. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Confess Him as your Lord. He will wipe out your sin and He has borne the punishment for you.

You come to Jesus right now, no matter who you are, no matter what you've done. It doesn't matter. He will save the worst of sinners. He will take the worst of people. If you think you're the worst of everybody, you're His best candidate. You are the best candidate. He has proved it again and again. He takes purposely people who everybody thinks will never amount to anything and He takes them, He forgives them and He gives them a new beginning, a new future. This is our Lord Jesus. Goes after the 1, leaves the 99, brings back the 1. Maybe you are that one person today. I’m not asking if you are coming to church regularly. You may be coming to church regularly. I’m not asking how long have you been coming to church? No, no question is, have you believed in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sin? Have you believed in Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Has He saved you from your sin? Believe in Him right now. Receive Him right now. This is why I'm preaching today about this. This is why Jesus came into this world so that you can be saved. Don't celebrate this Christmas season without being saved from your sin.

And if you're a believer, don't have a punishment complex. A lot of believers have the punishment complex. We’re thinking, “I'm just experiencing the consequences of my sin those days, brother.” Some people are thinking like that. They have that, “No other go, I have to live like this only.” “Why?” “I did so many wrong things.” No, you see Jesus changes things. That's what I'm trying to tell you. He was not brutally punished so that you can say, “Oh, I just have to bear the punishment for my sin, brother.” No. Try to understand. Let me give you an example. We can’t say we don't have to die. Because we do have to die. Every human being will one day die. But Jesus bore the death punishment for us, then how does it matter? How does it make any difference? Well, just think about it. Take death, that’s the best example. Death, which was supposed to be a punishment now has become a blessing for those who believe in Jesus. Think about it. Death was given as a punishment for sin but God took that worst of all punishments and He has transformed it into a blessing. The same death that was supposed to take us to hell, now takes us to heaven. That's what I mean. You don't have to bear your punishment of your sin.

Just like God takes death and transforms it into something good and wonderful, listen to this, He is able to take every consequence of your past sin and able to transform it into something wonderful. This is the gospel. This is the gospel for believers. If you dare to believe you can dare to experience. Don't say, “I'm just experiencing the consequences of my sin.” No, stop, that kind of talk. That is dishonoring what Jesus bore for you. You say, “God, You are able to transform anything. I know I've sinned in the past, and I may be experiencing consequences of that. But Lord, take it and transform it, I pray. Make something wonderful out of this horrible thing that I've ended up with.” And you watch what happens.

Number three. Jesus saves from the power of sin. Number one is, Jesus saves from the guilt of sin. Number two, Jesus saves from the punishment of sin. Number three, Jesus saves from the power of sin. Sin doesn't only make us guilty before God, it doesn't only bring us punishment but it enslaves us. Sin is an enslaving power. It is a force. When we first approach sin, it looks very attractive. It looks very nice and juicy, and very satisfying, fulfilling. We go and we try to go and catch the sin. Once we catch it, it catches us and pulls us in, that’s all. It's like fishing for tuna, they say. They say tuna fish comes very close to the shore in some places of the world. And so, a lot of the fishermen they like going fishing for tuna because it’s easy, especially the amateurs, unexperienced people. If you just go easily you can catch tuna fish. It’s right there. So, they go. But what they don't know is after you catch it, only the trouble begins. You can easily catch it but after you catch it... because some of those fish they say tuna fish are hundreds of kilos. And many boats have sunk after they caught the tuna fish. It will pull the entire boat, capsize the boat, pull it inside the water. They're so excited, it’s easy to catch it, yes. But then it will catch you and pull you in. That's the power of sin. That's the nature of sin.

When we fall into temptation, it makes us fall again and again. Sometimes still we have fallen very deep, seems like we can't get out. We sin one time it makes us sin again and again, same thing again and again. Makes us a slave like that. Gives rise to other problems. We experience many problems, it’s because of some problems, not many problems… it’s because of our own sin sometimes. Family problems is because of individual sin within members of the family sometimes. Selfishness, lack of love and lack of forgiveness. Billy Graham's wife said, “A good marriage takes two good forgiving people.” Two good forgivers. You have to be an expert in forgiving. That's what makes a good marriage. That is from Billy Graham's wife. She knows something. Lack of forgiveness, lack of love, and these things end up with the family problem. It's not enough just to pray. You got to deal with the root problem. Sin is a power that is to be reckoned with… money problems, strife and fighting. Jesus says in Mark 7 verse 21, listen to this. He says, “For from within, out of the heart of man, right from here, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, come from the heart of a person individual, and they defile a person.”

James chapter 4 verse 1 and 2 writing to believers he says, what causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? He’s saying, why are you fighting? Because is it not your own passions inside. You desire and do not have... You covet and you cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel, he says. People are unable to control the power of sin. Man is able to control the power of electricity, nuclear power, everything, but not his own lusts. He can't control his own lusts, his own anger, his own evils in his own heart. If you let it fester, it will destroy you completely. The solution to man's sin problem is not more education, more culture, more money, more health. This is what the world offers. These are world's solutions. What they're saying is, “Just be a little more educated, that’s all. Just have a little more culture and get into the arts, the music, and all that. Get into some sports activities, then you'll avoid sin, you will avoid getting into bad habits.” These are strategies the world offers, and they are pretty good strategies. From the world standpoint, they're very good. Go into a neighborhood, you want the kids to keep away from drugs and bad habits, you bring about sporting activities and all those things. Those are very good human strategies, but they are not enough.

The Bible says there is only One who can deliver from the power of sin and His name is Jesus. And you need Jesus. No matter what else you have, you need Jesus. He can deliver you from the power of sin now. I'm not talking bad about sports. I believe in that. I believe they're very good strategies. I'm saying they’re not enough. We need God's solution. And the name of God’s solution is Jesus. He saves from the power of sin. Jesus delivers us from the power of sin. If you're a believer in Jesus, do you experience power over sin? If you're a believer, Jesus has saved you from the power of sin, given you a power over sin. The Bible teaches that sin will not have dominion over you. Roman 6:14. Sin shall not have dominion over you. If you're a believer, Jesus has given you a new power. He has given the Holy Spirit to reside in you. And the power of the Holy Spirit is far greater than the power of sin. If you are a believer, you've been not only cleansed but sanctified, made holy by the blood of Jesus, which is more powerful than sin. If you're a believer, you have Christ in you who is more powerful than sin. If you're a believer, He has given you new desires. If you're a believer, through all kinds of ways, Jesus makes us to overcome sin.

Have you noticed after becoming a believer, you become dissatisfied with sin? Have you noticed that? Believers also sin. No believer can say, “I never sin. I live a perfectly holy life.” If somebody says that don't believe them. It's a lie. 1 John 1 teaches like that. If anyone says there is no sin in him, he is a liar and the truth is not in him. It’s what it says. Don't believe somebody who says, “I never sin. I have no sin.” Even believers sin at times. But there is a big difference between a believer sinning and an unbeliever sinning. When believer sins what happens? He's the most miserable person on earth. The Christian who’s sinning is the most miserable person. He’s going in his room, shutting up, he can't do anything. You look at the unbeliever who’s sinning, he’s very happy. The sin makes him so happy and he's rejoicing and he’s sharing the sin with others, boasting about it. You see, the believer who’s sinning he'll go hide, he'll go cringe. He’s unable to do anything. He thought the sin will satisfy him. It did at first and then completely all the satisfaction went away. Now all he has is turmoil and disturbance and trouble on the inside.

Can you relate to what I'm talking about? I hope you can. Because if you cannot, then that raises a question of whether or not you are a real believer. If a person says, “I'm a believer, I believe in Jesus, He’s my Savior. He saved me from sin,” but then they are sinning and rejoicing in their sin, continuing in their sin, just living in their sin without any qualms, just going about it. Normally, it doesn't affect them one bit, it raises a very serious question, are they even a true believer? My friend, if you're that kind of person, turn to Jesus today, be saved from your sins now in the name of Jesus. By the power of Jesus, He will save you from the power of sin. He will make you dissatisfied with sin. Ultimately, He will make us hate sin, and He will make us to be satisfied with righteousness. Have you noticed, if you are a true believer, you get more happy by doing righteousness, you’re more fulfilled when you do right things rather than wrong things? You feel good when you're living for God. That gives you great satisfaction.

You enjoy life when you don't sin, and live righteously. That's who we need to be. My friend, live in light of the fact that Jesus has saved you from the power of sin. Stop sinning and do righteousness. It's not enough to stop sinning, we have to do righteousness. We have to be forgiving. We have to give love and we have to do all those things. Imagine if in each family, all the members start becoming unselfish. Imagine if the husband is living for the wife and the wife living for the husband and the children living for the parents, and the parents living for the children, and they're all living for God. Oh, my goodness. Imagine what kind of family that will be. Imagine if every single family lives like that.

This is what Jesus came to do. He came to save us from the power of sin, and through it bring about a real revolution in this world. You are part of that revolution. Jesus has saved you from the power of sin, I hope. Believe in Jesus. Experience the salvation from sin, from the guilt of sin, from the punishment of sin, from the power of sin. Jesus has a great future for you. It is waiting for you. He is your Savior. He will make it happen.

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