A World in Dire Need of Jesus

Aaron was a child of five when he saw his first television commercial for a 900-number. The announcer informed Aaron that if he called that number, he could talk directly to Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, or Goofy. That sounded like fun, so Aaron called the number. Several times a day, every day, for several weeks. Aaron didn’t know that every call cost money.

He didn’t know that he wasn’t supposed to make those calls without his parents’ permission. He didn’t know that someone would have to pay the bill. And he didn’t know that there were consequences to his newfound addiction.

That’s a bit like our situation as human beings. We have all done wrong things. The Bible says, “All have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23, NLT). Are you as bad as you could possibly be? Of course not. But that’s not the point. The point is, even the best among us has done enough wrong things that we would shudder to have them broadcast in living color on the Times Square JumboTron. And the point is, whether we know it or not, our behaviors have consequences. Yet we are no more able to pay the bill when it comes due than five-year-old Aaron could pay hun- dreds of dollars in telephone charges. That’s why we need a Savior.

Another consequence of our wrong actions is bondage. The Bible says that those who have not ex- perienced new life through Jesus Christ are “full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God” (Ephesians 2:2, NLT). You may choose what to wear each day, what to eat, what color your hair is going to be this week, but as hard as you try, you cannot be the kind of person you long to be. Your actions and attitudes reflect the words of Paul who once said, “I am sold into slavery, with sin as my master. I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong…But I can’t help myself” (Romans 7:14b-17a, NLT). That’s another reason why we need a Savior.

A third consequence of our sins is death. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23, NLT). That means not only that physical death originally entered this world because of sin, but it also includes what the Bible calls the “second death,”—eternal separation from the life that is in God for all eternity. It even refers to the daily death your spirit feels from being separated from God. “Your sins have cut you off from God” (Isaiah 59:2, NLT) and therefore, spiritually speaking, “you [are] dead, doomed forever because of your many sins” (Ephesians 2:1, NLT). This is serious stuff. That’s also why we need a Savior.

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