Life's Greatest Discovery by James Merritt

Life's Greatest Discovery
James Merritt
Romans 9:30-33

INTRODUCTION

1. The year was 1752. It was a year when the world lived in sunlight by day and in candlelight by night. People were totally at the mercy of the demon of darkness. Every twenty-four hours when the sun would turn its back on another day, fire, or some form of it, was the only source of light available to man.

2. That was all to change when a burley balding man with bifocals went out in the middle of a thunderstorm, attached a key to the string of a kite, flew that kite until lightning struck the key, and watching the sparks fly out from that key, Benjamin Franklin proved his theory that lightning was electricity, and that electric power could be channeled through a conductor. Because of that single simple discovery, the world has never again been the same.

3. One could make a strong argument that this has been life's greatest discovery. If you want to know just how dependent you are on electricity, just go where they don't have any, and see what it is like to sit in the dark with no television, no radio, no telephone, no computer, no oven, no refrigerator, and no Nintendo.

4. But I want to submit to you that life's greatest discovery is this: Sinful man can be right with holy God just by faith. Now what is so strange about this discovery is that the vast majority of the world has never discovered it. As a matter of fact, the one group that should have seen it and missed it, and are spiritually darkened even today, is the Jew.

5. Now Paul is careful to point out that God has not rejected the Jews, but rather the Jews have rejected God. "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God." (Rom. 10:3) But what is true of the Jew is true of all who are lost and without Christ.

6. As I came up from my study for a break this morning, Madylyn Murray O'Hair was on Phil Donahue. You have never heard such blasphemy, such profanity, such irreverence, such sacrilege in all of your life. This woman has not only rejected God, she actually hates God. Yet as I listened to her for just a few moments I thought to myself, you can hate God all you want, but even that does not stop God from loving you. You see, God has not rejected Madylyn Murray O'Hair. God rejects no one. Jesus said, "He who comes to Me, I will in no wise cast out." The problem is, she has rejected God.

7. Yet Paul goes on to point out that the Gentiles who had no use for God, no thirst for God, no desire for God, no hunger for God, yet when confronted with the gospel of God, accepted God by faith. Amazingly the Gentile received what the Jew rejected. Now why?

8. You see, there are basically three ways that you can attempt to get to God. But only one of them is the right way. Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." ...


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