Thursday, March 09, 2006

What makes Good News good? Part two

Lostness is blindness to glory.
Continuing thoughts on 'What makes the Good News good', sermon by John Piper.
2 Cor 4:4.

What does it mean to be lost? Lost people are people blind to the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. That's how we get saved, when God graciously shines His glory in the face of Jesus Christ into our hearts and minds. When we see that glory we are saved, so it follows that people are lost when they don't see that glory. Everyone knows people like that, and later on in this sermon Piper comes back to how to deal with that. But for now, we look at the story of Jesus taking a child into His arms. Jesus picks this kid up and tells His disciples that whoever receives Him like He received the child receives the Father also. That we must be like children. And this is our God. HE OWNS THE WORLD, HE HOLDS IT UP BY HIS WORD., and yet he is like like this with children. And you tell people this, and we try and we try, and we show Jesus to them in all His glory, and, as Piper puts it, they look at us like we're talking Swahili. Nothing. To be lost is to be blind to the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we were like this once. So lets not scoff or belittle people who don't believe. It is only by God's immense grace and mercy that we believe. Lets hope and yearn and long and suffer that they might be unblinded. How? How will they be able to see? How will they cease to be blind?
Piper deals with this next.

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