While He Is Near
INTRO: The message of the Gospel is a distinctive message; it is a clear-cut message. There are no ifs and buts about it for it says what it means and it means what it says. The Gospel says a moral distance exists between the Lord Jesus Christ and those who do not know Him. He thinks of them but they do not think of Him. He loves them but they do not love Him. He wants them to do His will for their good and His glory but they simply refuse to do it.
The result of all this is that there is a great gulf fixed between a sinner and His Saviour. The prophet Isaiah pulls no punches whatever when he says in 59:2 "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, hat he will not hear." But the Gospel says in no uncertain terms that this moral distance can be removed and that the sinner can be brought into harmony and into perfect fellowship with His God. But how can this happen? How can this take place? Certainly not by sinners remaining passive or inactive or unconcerned about their state before God. Our text for this evening is meant to help guide sinners back into the way whereby they can be reconciled to God. I want you to notice that there are 3 things in this great text:
(1) THERE IS A GRACIOUS PROCLAMATION IN THIS TEXT:
"He may be found/He is near." The prophet is telling us here in the simplest of language that God is not so far removed from us that He cannot be found. In fact Isaiah proclaims that God can be found for the very reason that He is near. As the apostle Paul said to the Athenians on Mars Hill, "He is not far from every one of us." In His providence and in His government God is always near to us as the sovereign Ruler and Sustainer of the universe.
But there are times when God is especially near to us in grace; when He gives us a special opportunity to reach out after Him, to find Him and know Him as a present help in time of trouble. God is ...
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