July 14, 2022
The book of Hebrews holds many remarkable statements about our Christian life. If you have not yet read this book for all it’s worth your life is missing much! There are many amazing things in our life for each one of us. Sometimes the simplest things amaze us. Certainly, if you have lived a few years in this life, you have seen many amazing things in the world around you. For me one of the most amazing things is faith itself, because faith is just that–it is sure of the things we hope for and certain of the things that we do not see. Sometimes faith doesn’t fit into all the rules of science. It certainly doesn’t fit into all the rules of reason, but it fits into our hearts for eternity. For example, Jesus was teaching His disciples when He said to them that it would be easier for the camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. They were all taken aback and said, “Jesus, who is going to be saved then? How can anyone be saved?” They were right that no one by themselves with their own doing could ever possibly be saved, to being even close to step into the gates of heaven. Jesus was right in saying that it would be easier for the camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for anyone on his own goodness to get into the kingdom of heaven.
God’s good news to them was amazing. “Jesus looked at them and said, ’with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” (MATTHEW 19:26). You and I who possibly do not deserve anything at all but the punishment of hell is given the impossible–heaven itself. God’s good news is amazing! This should be our theme for life. As we look at these words of our text, which God has placed before us, God’s good news is amazing; and we see that #1- people are amazed at Jesus’ words; and sadly, #2- Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith.
Years ago, when Billy Graham was driving through a small southern town, he was stopped by a policeman and charged with speeding. Graham admitted his guilt, but was told by the officer that he would have to appear in court. The judge asked, “Guilty, or not guilty?” When Graham pleaded guilty, the judge replied, “That’ll be ten dollars — a dollar for every mile you went over the limit.”
Suddenly the judge recognized the famous minister. “You have violated the law,” he said. “The fine must be paid–but I am going to pay it for you.” He took a ten-dollar bill from his own wallet, attached it to the ticket, and then took Graham out and bought him a steak dinner! “That,” said Billy Graham, “is how God treats repentant sinners!” Now that is what is remarkable about God’s amazing Grace! God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light