This content is part of a series.
The Day God Ran (4 of 5)
Series: Killing Karma – Replacing a Life of Guilt with a Life of Grace
Pastor Kerry Shook
This sermon includes the sermon outline and the full sermon transcript. Below you will see a preview of the outline and a portion of the full sermon.
• Luke 15:11-20 (NIV)
1. TOP REBELLING AND RETURN TO THE FATHER’S CARE
• Luke 15:13 (NIV)
• Luke 15:17, 18 (NIV)
2. STOP RUNNING AND REST IN THE FATHER’S APPROVAL
• Luke 15:20 (NIV)
3. STOP RESISTING AND REJOICE IN THE FATHER’S BLESSINGS
Well, we're in this series I'm calling Killing Karma and we've said that karma is this universal law that states whatever actions and deeds you put out in the present always come back to affect your future. That is, good actions and good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness; bad actions and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future punishment. Now, usually the punishment comes back much later. But, every once in a while there's instant karma like the You Tube video that went viral this week of the lady who was driving down the freeway, and she was in the left-hand lane going the speed limit because she needed to take a left-hand turn but then a guy in a truck comes up right behind her, and he's furious with road rage, and he's just riding her bumper so she gets concerned, takes out her cell phone and starts to video. Then he pulls around to the side of her, and he gives her the finger telling her she's number one. Isn't that what that means? I mean, people do that to me all the time. I thought they were just encouraging me. It's like, “No, I'm not number one. God is. Okay?” But then karma hits. I love instant karma. Just watch.
That's what you get. All on video, buddy.
Instant karma. Though I'm not sure what happened to her later for all the gloating that she did, but karma is a universal law, and it's taught in all the world's religions. The Bible says you reap whatever you sow. That is, you get what you deserve. The problem is we've all sown sinful actions and deeds, and karma rightfully says we all deserve future punishment, and this is where Christianity diverts from all the other world religions. All the other world religions say the answer to this problem that you've sinned and you deserve future punishment is try harder, do better, reach a certain level of perfection. Work your way up to God, go through all the different levels until you’re perfect, and you'll always get good karma, and you'll never get punishment. The problem with that is we've all sinned. We've all sown sinful actions. Nobody's perfect, and that's why the God of the universe came into our sin-sick world, and He wrapped Himself in human flesh, and He lived a perfect life, and He went to the cross, and 2000 years ago Christ killed karma on the cross.