I love the doctrine of God’s sovereignty.
In all things.
What peace, what confidence, what assurance.
Freed from self-reliance.
It was in exercising that sovereignty that God sent the Son into the world, “that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:17)
The sovereign God is a saving God!
That’s the big point of the Christmas story: Jesus came to save.
That’s the big point of the crucifixion story: Jesus came to save.
That’s the big point of the resurrection story: Jesus came to save.
That’s the big point of my personal story: Jesus came to save.
And that is the message of GCW.
John Harper was greatly used of God, and one of his challenges to people was, “are you saved?”
He knew Jesus came to save, so he went around asking people.
If I ask someone that question today, do they know what I mean?
Are they aware of what it means “to be saved”?
And, more importantly, are they aware that they are in urgent need to be saved, for they are facing an imminent and terrible peril (death, and judgment)?
Jesus came to save.
It is because all perish that God gave His only Son - only whoever believes in Him shall not perish.
But instead have eternal life.
All of this is called good news by Christians, which it is.
Tell the world! Immediate rescue from certain death! God's mercy and favour!
It’s news that the desperately needy people of Shropshire (and everywhere) need to hear.
People need to know that they are in dire spiritual danger, but they can still be saved.
"God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead." (Act 17:30-31)
God sends His people with this good news.
Jesus came to save. Are you saved?