If the church had the opportunity to preach one sermon to the whole world, what should it be? Its theme would have to be Jesus, for there is no salvation “in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
No other person has been more frequently discussed, written about, painted, and sung to than Jesus, but about fifty percent of the world’s population still does not even know who He is.1 It is estimated that of the world’s 7.7 billion people, 3.15 billion have little or no access to the gospel.2 Even among those who think they know about Jesus, there are many misconceptions. He remains an enigma to most of humanity.
What does the world need to know about Jesus?
#1: JESUS DOES NOT WANT TO CONDEMN YOU; HE WANTS TO SAVE YOU.
Many see Christianity as the “Religion of No.” They believe it sucks the fun out of life with its rules and “thou shalt nots.” They see Jesus as judgmental and condemning.
This is not the Jesus of Scripture. Jesus said, “I did not come to judge the world but to save the world” (John 12:47). “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17).
Jesus loves each person unconditionally. No matter what people have done—good or bad—He loves them. He invites each to abundant living (Matthew 11:28–30; John 10:10) and wants all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). His love never ends (Jeremiah 31:3; John 13:1). No one will ever love us more than Jesus already does.
#2: JESUS IS GOD’S ANSWER TO MAN’S SIN PROBLEM.
Sin is man’s great problem. Like a drop of poison in a glass of water, even a little taints the whole life and results in death (James 2:10). Sin is universal—“There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10); and fatal—“the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Before Christ, sin was man’s unsolvable problem.
Isaiah said saving man would be costly. Because of our sin, someone had to die—the just for the unjust (Isaiah 53:5–6). In the Old Testament, an animal could die for a man’s sin, but that was only a temporary solution (Hebrews 10:4).
When God saw man’s desperate need, He provided a Savior (Acts 13:23). He sacrificed His own Son: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “The Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14).
Jesus came to earth and lived a perfect life (Hebrews 4:15), qualifying Him to be the sacrifice for sin (a sinner could not die for sinners). Isaiah wrote, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5–6).
#3: JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD.
Each person must eventually come to one of three possible conclusions concerning Jesus:
Jesus was a liar. His claims to be the Son of God from heaven were deliberate fabrications and have misled millions of people over the past two thousand years.
Jesus was a lunatic. He really believed what He said, but was no more the Son of God than He was the king of England.
Jesus is Lord.3 He was who He said: the promised Messiah, Son of God, and Savior of the world.
The evidence points to the third conclusion. One cannot read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and come away saying Jesus was a bad man (liar) or mentally imbalanced (lunatic). He went about doing good (Acts 10:38); His words were logical and articulate. That leaves “Jesus is Lord.”
Endnotes: (for all three articles)
4 Author unknown (adapted).