The Saddest Word In The Bible
Dr. Brad Whitt
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now today and be finding your place at Luke 19:10 if you will. Luke chapter 19 and I want us to read just this one verse, Verse 10, as way of getting started today. I want to share with you what I believe is the saddest word in the Bible.
Luke 19:10, "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
ILLUS: When I was working my way through college at the two different laws firms that I clerked for, one of the benefits that I would get from time to time as a young pre-law student was to get to go to the court house and get to watch part of one of the trials.
Now, I don't know if you've spent a lot of time in court rooms, as a matter of fact since I'm a pastor now, I definitely hope you haven't spent a lot of time in them, but just in case you haven't spent much time in a court room, let me just explain to you that TV shows like Perry Mason and Matlock and all of the other TV shows and movies that have to do with law and legal proceeding, those really aren't the way that it normally is. Usually in a legal proceeding it is very cut and dried. It is a very "matter of fact," "by the book," let's get you in and get you out, kind of deal. Or to use a word that everybody here can understand, most of the time it's "boring."
But there are those times when its not. And those are the times that you'll never forget.
Several years ago there was a trial that made all of the headlines there in Tennessee. There was a young man who had committed all kinds of terrible crimes in what you would call a crime spree. Finally he was caught and arrested for murder. At the beginning of the trial the judge informed the jury that if he was found guilty of the charge of murder that he would have no choice but to sentence him to death in the electric chair.
The trial began, and no doubt as that man sat there in the defendant's seat he had a ...
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