Note From Bro. Ricky
Jesus. He alone is the answer. When I slow down long enough to watch the news or as I speak to people about current events, all I hear is uncertainty, instability, corruption, wickedness, and etc. North Korea testing missiles, Russia hacking elections, Iran ramping up the nuclear, a federal government who does not understand how to lead in truth, soldiers and people who act just like their leaders in wickedness. Well, the list could go on but it all points to one thing and that is a world that needs Jesus. Jesus is the answer. In the gospel of John, chapter 8:31-36, Jesus told the world, '..."If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free....Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." The truth is - Jesus is the only certainty in an uncertain world, He alone is unchanging in an unstable world, and Jesus is the only answer for the redemption of a wicked mankind.
The problem is the world does not want the Jesus identified in God's word. Why? Because Jesus identified in God's word is a Savior from wickedness. And the world loves their wickedness more than Jesus. We read in John 3:19, "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." Before an individual is saved they must admit that they are guilty before a holy God, they must repent of their sin and turn from their wicked ways, and they must surrender themselves to the righteous master. And truthfully that just is not what the world wants. So, for those who do desire God and believe in Jesus, written in His word is this "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (Matthew 16:24).See you Sunday as we live for Him together as His church!