2017/07/22

7/23/2017 "Where you look is your destiny"


Isaiah 44:25


Ecclesiastes 3: 1 says "To everything there is a season."

Jeremiah tells the season of a man. His seasons were childhood, youth, maturity, and old age.

In childhood we learned the following facts: The same God who created this world has made us and has provided us with everything we have and everything we need. 

In youth, we learned to love the Lord as we love our father, mother, sister, and brother. We learned how to love Him through Jesus who gave us a family.

And then in our maturity, we thank God for doing for us, and we begin to work for him.

As God has given us, we learn to give to Him. Then in our old age, we enjoy the joy of life in the presence of the Lord.

"He is very present help in the time of trouble." (Psalm 46:1) 

In this old age we can stand in a firm belief that God is with us.

But in Jeremiah chapter 8, something has gone wrong with the seasons.

In verse 13, God tells Jeremiah, "There will be no grapes on the vine, there will be no figs on the trees, and their leaves will wither."

In verse 20, we find out what is wrong: "The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved."

The harvest is the culmination of all seasons ahead of it and the preparation for all the coming seasons.

The spring season exists because the seeds planted in the spring will be the fruit for the harvest. The reason for the summer season is because the fruits are ripe and the vegetables are mature. The reason for the autumn season is to gather fruits and vegetables and eat them during winter. 

But without the harvest, all the work of spring will be in vain. If there is no harvest, the green of summer is nothing. Without the harvest in the fall, the crops did not grow well in the summer. Without harvest, winter is long, cold and hungry.

Jeremiah tried to teach God's people about the spiritual harvest. God gave them spiritual fountains, and God planted God's Word in their hearts. God gave them summer. 

And in the fall, it is now time to harvest, but no one has been saved. “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” (Jeremiah 8:20).

The harvest is over and they settled their accounts at the end of the season. They failed in the summer. They were not saved. Just as Jeremiah saw his day, we also need to look at the season of my life.

Charles Spurgeon was a pastor of Megachurch, the Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle in London, before the big church we often call "Megachurch" today.

People had to reserve seats two or three weeks early to hear Spurgeon's preaching. Pastor Spurgeon advertised his church members not to worship on Sunday night. Instead, visitors were able to take up the place of worship. 

He has published more sermons than any previous preacher. Many newspapers around the world have posted his sermons every week. But I would like to share his testimony with you today on how he was saved.

In his youth he was deeply guilty. But he did not really know how to be forgiven of his sins. He attended churches and listened to many excellent sermons about how to live a good life, but he never met anyone who testified that he was living a changed life through the gospel.

On a Sunday when there was a lot of snow, the Spurgeon was walking towards a church. But as he was walking along the road, he could not go to the church anymore because he had too much snow. He could not go to the street, but he was ambiguously locked in the street. Then there was a shabby little chapel in his eyes. Until then, he walked the streets many times, but never looked at the church.

He stopped his steps and went into the church hall and sat down. In his youth he was deeply guilty. But he did not really know how to be forgiven of his sins.

He attended churches and listened to many excellent sermons about how to live a good life, but he never met anyone who testified that he was living a changed life through the gospel.

On a Sunday when there was a lot of snow, the Spurgeon was walking towards a church. But as he was walking along the road, he could not go to the church anymore because he had too much snow. He could not go to the street, but he was ambiguously locked in the street. Then there was a shabby little chapel in his eyes. Until then, he walked the streets many times, but never looked at the church.

He stopped his steps and went into the church hall and sat down. There were a few people sitting and praying, and the pastor was not visible. As soon as Spurgeon got up from his seat and walked out the door of the church, a member of the church went up to the pulpit. He went up to the pulpit, opened his Bible, and read the text of the day in front of the attendees. The text was Isaiah 45:22.

"Those who are scattered to the ends of the earth! All come back to me and be saved. "For I am God, and there is no god but me."

The member cried out to Charles Spurgeon, who was about to leave the door.  Young man, you are in trouble and you will never get out of it unless you look to Jesus Christ.”
At that moment, Spurgeon lifted up his hands and shouted. "Look, look, look! It is only Look! "

At that very moment Spurgeon finally saw the way of salvation. From that very moment he began to look to Jesus Christ by faith and his salvation began.

Isaiah 45:22 is simply the salvation expressed in one sentence. It is a short verse, but his sins are forgiven, and he expresses deep truth about the fact that he began walking toward heaven.


1. Look to salvation


The text says, “Look to me.” However, if you look elsewhere than the Lord Jesus Christ as a place of salvation, your eyesight is wrong. As far as salvation is concerned, if you look at someone other than the Lord Jesus Christ, you are looking at it wrong. 

If you are seeing something other than the dead, buried, and resurrected gospel of Jesus Christ, you have heard the wrong plan of salvation. If you are looking at the Church regardless of salvation, you are lost. If you are baptized regardless of salvation, you are getting lost. 

If you are doing good in the condition of salvation, you are getting lost. If you are knocking on the door of religion without paying attention to salvation, you are getting lost. God is the master of time and space. The Son of God is the Savior of this world. The only object we need to look at is Jesus Christ.

Salvation is not your life, but where you are looking. You are saved by looking. You are not saved by your efforts. You are saved by trust. The word "trust" is used instead of the word "Look to" that the Spurgeon spoke to clarify what the meaning of salvation is. 

"Simply trust me, and be saved." That's what God said from the beginning of the Bible to the end of the Bible. 

Hebrews 12: 2 says: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”

Faith is simply focus. When you put a blindfold in your eyes and look at Jesus Christ with your heart, he reveals himself. In order for you to be saved, do not look anywhere other than Jesus Christ or elsewhere.

A hunter standing between a field and a tree was surprised to find a little deer. The deer suddenly jumped out of the forest and screamed loudly.

And he saw several hunting dogs running to catch the fawn. The deer was terrified and saw a hunter standing before him in front of his death. The deer, who had almost fallen in front of the hunting dogs who were about to die, was about to rise again at a full speed toward the hunter. And the deer fell to his ankle. 

The hunter fought with the hounds, holding his deer in his arms in a state of surprise. Soon after the hounds had withdrawn, he returned to his house with his deer in his chest and cured the deer with great care. The lost fawn was protected by the hunter and regained his energy. I can tell you today that the Hound of Hell is on the outskirts of all who have never accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.

But you can look at Jesus at any point. And if you rush to the feet of Jesus in the moment of your crisis and fall down before him, he will fight for the Hounds of Hell on your behalf. He will protect you. He will save you. He will take you to his kingdom.


2. How wide is salvation?


If so, who can see Jesus? This salvation is for all. This salvation is for Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists. Salvation does not discriminate against people. This salvation is for all. This salvation is for all. Some Jews who got this news got angry. 

But the apostle Paul, one of the greatest Jews who ever lived, said in Romans 10: 1: “Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.”

One of the reasons I like the preaching of the gospel is that I can give the gospel to everyone free of charge. Car dealers cannot fully satisfy all customers. This is because customers have different preferences, sizes and prices. No insurance salesperson can fully satisfy all customers. Because everyone has different types of insurance they need. 

But the preacher of the gospel can pass on Christ's forgiveness to anyone without paying any price. There is no one who does not need it. We can be forgiven only through Jesus Christ. Only through Jesus Christ can we be free from guilt. You will know that the salvation I preach is not just for our church members. This sermon is for everyone.

I believe that God's most favorite word is "Everyone." Jesus Christ died for all, and every man could have a chance of salvation.

Hebrews 2: 9 says, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death."

I John 2: 2 says, "He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world."

John 3:16. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

2 Peter 3: 9. "He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

1 Timothy 2: 4. "He wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth."

Jesus' death is enough to pay the price of all sinners. But only to those who accept Jesus Christ as the Savior. Whoever calls on his name is saved.

During the Civil War, a young soldier named Charles was dying from a severe gunshot wound. Just then his fellow soldier found the dying Charles. He wiped the blood from the soldier 's face with heavy gunshot wounds and tried various first - aid measures to save him as much as he could, but the soldiers almost reached death. The dying soldier was saying this.

"You take out a piece of paper and give it to me. I want to write a note to my father. And I will sign it. Maybe my father will recognize my letter. Dad is acting as a prominent judge in the north, I will surely help you if you receive it."

He notes, "Father, I am dying in the battlefield. One of my fellow soldier is helping me. He is kindly helping me just before I die. He will try to find my father after I die." 

And Charles finally left his signature at the end of the letter. Soon after the war was over, his fellow soldier who helped dying Charles visited his father. He was a disabled veteran who lost his legs and a part of his arms and was also unemployed. He lived in a habitat without a place to stay. When he visited the judge's house, everyone who worked at the house did not believe him. Because he looked like a homeless person. Finally, Charles's father showed up. The young man handed him a note.

The judge initially thought it was tosh to get the money. However, at the end of the letter, there was a sign of the unbelievable son, and the young man who passed it was crying. The judge gratified the young man and gave thanks for taking care of the lost son. And the judge asked the young man to come into his house. The judge sat him comfortably on the sofa and said, "anything that my money can buy and everything that I can influence is secure."

Why does this judge give such kindness and help to strangers? The letter from the young man contained the signature of his son who wanted to know so much life and death.

I can tell you today, too. Everyone who comes to God our Creator and wants to be saved in the name of Jesus is saved.


3. What is the life saved for you specifically?


In verse 45:22, "Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other." Now, notice the sentence "Look to Me and be saved.

If someone is looking at the Lord, it means that he is the object of salvation. As a man swims, his legs become cramped and sink into the water. Then you saw him. What would you like to do? You will swim to him with all your might and will draw him to the dry land. You can be a savior the moment you look at him.

When a building is on fire and the fire and smoke are soaring, you hear a scream of a young boy from inside the building. What would you like to do? As soon as you hear the scream of someone, you become a savior. You will run into the building and carry the boy up and run.

You see someone going into hell fires caught in the power of sin. What would you like to do? You will rush quickly to get him to safety before he falls into hell fire.

The Lord will not keep an eye on you for a moment. At any moment you begin to be conscious of the Lord's eyes. But if you are trapped in a building with a fire and smoke rising, what do you think our Lord will do? He is determined to die and will lead you to a safe place.

You are saved from the power of death. You have eternal life. And you are saved in hell. You are literally transferred from death to life. You can never die. So the ultimate reward for looking at Jesus is eternal life.


4. Jesus Christ is the only Savior


Now God tells us why we should see, why we should be saved, and why everyone is saved in the same way. The text says. "For I am God, and there is no god but me." 

Only Jesus Christ is the true savior. The Bible continues to repeat this statement.

John 3:18 - "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe in the condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God."

John 14: 6. - "Jesus answered," I am the way and the truth and the life.

Acts 4:12 - "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

I John 5:12 - "He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."

I will repeat this last verse. This does not mean that you are a member of the Church and have gained life. If you have a religion, you have the possibility to have life. If you have been baptized, you certainly have this life. The Bible tells you that if you have "the Son" you already have life. As you know, what a person has is not making a Christian. 

What a person does makes a Christian. What should you have to be a millionaire? There must be a million dollars. If you have $ 999,999.00, you are not a millionaire. It's that simple. What you do or what you promise to do does not make you a millionaire. With what you have, you become a millionaire. Likewise, in order to be saved, you must have the Lord Jesus Christ.

But some reject salvation. But the Lord says. "If you will simply look for a live." 

There were people who participated in wilderness exploration in Canada. People arrived at the camp at the edge of the forest and spent time preparing packs and supplies for their journey. However, one of them found that there were no maps for the backcountry they would explore. Besides, they found that they had no compass! 

The guide did not lose his smile when he heard about it. He said: "Map and compass are not the way through these mountains, I am the way through these mountains, you just follow me."

One day we all must go through the mountains of illness and pain. We all have to go through a steep valley where there is a shadow of death.


But if you do not take your eyes off Jesus for a while, you will never lose your way. You will arrive at your destination safely. You will enjoy eternal life.




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