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HOW TO MISS JESUS
Intro: A very sincere, religious young man came to Jesus to inquire about the means of living forever! Now, who in this room does not want to live forever? Every person that I have ever met in my life wants to love forever!
Yet, too many are like this young man. They become interested in spiritual things and come face to face with the Lord Jesus but they do not follow through and receive Him into their lives. What a tragedy! Far too many people miss Jesus everyday. They are just like the rich young ruler.
There are four reasons why this young man missed Jesus, and after 2,000 years, people are still making the very same mistakes that he made. I want to show you the mistakes this young man made when he came face to face with Jesus. It may be that you are making some of the same mistakes that he made. Let’s notice the mistakes the rich young ruler made. I want help everyone in this room avoid making the same mistakes this young man made. If you want to miss Jesus and the salvation He has to offer, then is all you have to do.
A. Ill. What can I do? (What good thing?)
There are many false views concerning salvation! (Works, faith plus, birthright, denomination,
C. There is only one way of salvation; one way to miss Hell; one way to Heaven – Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8-9; John 3:16; John 14:6. If you will ever be saved, then you must get to the cross and meet Jesus!
II. v.16-17 HAVE WRONG IDEAS ABOUT THE SAVIOR
A. Ill. “Good Master” – A great man, but not God!
Any other view concerning Jesus but that He is 100% God and 100% man
will never bring you to the place of salvation.
You must believe it all, or you will never be saved! (
III. v.17-20 REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SINS
A. Ill. All these have I kept – No Way!
B. Salvation is always accompanied by:
1. Conviction of sins – John 6:44; 16:8; 6:65
of sins – 1 John 1:9 (
Sin can never be dealt with until it is brought out into the open – Pro. 28:13. (Ill. Gen. 3:9 – “Adam, where art thou?”) (
IV. v.21-22 HOLD TOO TIGHTLY TO YOUR STUFF
No material possession; no sin; no pleasure; no indulgence, is worth
going to Hell over! – Mark 8:34-38! What holds you back? What will it be worth in Hell?
C. God promises us more in return that we could ever give up – Luke 12:32, Mark 10:29-30. Your life won’t last forever, but God has eternity to repay!
Conc: High on a hilltop overlooking
the beautiful city of
I praise God that when I came face to face with Jesus, I didn’t miss Him. Be sure that you do not! Today is your decision day, 2 Cor. 6:2; Isa. 55:6. What will you do with Jesus?
Jesus is standing at your hearts' door,
Standing and knocking, He's knocked before.
This is the question you face once more,
What will you do with Jesus?
What will you do with Jesus?
Neutral you cannot be;
Someday your heart will be asking,
What will He do with me?