Sermonette for Saturday

Be it known therefore unto you that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. Acts 28:28

Some 15,000 Jewish people in Israel call themselves members of Messianic Judaism, which is an acceptance of Jesus as the Messiah. As many as 250,000 people in the United States claim to be Messianic Jews. These people, although still following many of the tenets of their Jewish religion, recognize the deity and resurrection of Jesus as Christ and Lord. Although this sounds impressive, this number represents only a tiny percentage of the world’s Jews. Because Israel as a nation rejected Jesus when He came, only a tiny few have ever been saved. As Paul pointed out to the Jewish people in Rome, God had turned to the Gentiles, and many of them were welcoming the Gospel.

Today, many groups of the Gentiles are also rejecting Jesus, just as the Jews did two thousand years ago. And just as He did with the Jews back then, God is turning away from the nations that have rejected Him and is turning to those people who will listen to the Gospel.

Many times, a series of Gospel meetings in a community fails to draw any of the people in that community to hear the Gospel. The tent or hall is filled with Christians who bring their children and their friends. But from the actual community, the no-show is almost total. They will not hear the Gospel, despite the valiant efforts of preachers and helpers to issue invitations and texts. Sadly, God is listening to their rejection, and frequently, a Gospel series comes and goes with no visible impact on the community. The day of visitation comes and passes, leaving people responsible for their rejection of the Gospel.

Amid the struggles to get people out under the sound of the Word, the discouragements of poor attendance and lack of interest, listen to the words of today’s text, ‘the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and.. they will hear it.’ God is still saving souls, still rescuing the perishing, and still working in the hearts of the lost. We just don’t see it around here very much.

In lands and places where the Gospel is going forth with power and is being received, preachers are delighted at the response. Pray that people in our land would see the folly of their rejection, and turn to the Saviour. -Jim MacIntosh

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