“For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!” (Ezekiel 18:32).
One of the biggest objections to the gospel invitation to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior is that people are offended that they are viewed as sinners. “What do you mean, calling me a sinner? I am a good person! Just ask anyone. It’s not like I’ve raped or murdered anyone!”
Our world has been programed to think that people are inherently good. But this view is the polar opposite of the view of the Bible and here is the reason why.
Most people think of sin in degrees. But the Bible doesn’t look at sin that way.
We are told that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). How can the Bible say that?
Sin is not graded on a curve but based on God’s absolutely holiness. Let me explain this way. Even the worst murderer in the history of humankind doesn’t murder every day and every waking moment. In fact, if we were to look at how much time the worst murderer in the history of humankind spent murdering compared to the times that he was not murdering, the times of not murdering would surpass the moments spent murdering by thousands of minutes and seconds. It would be incomparable.
But how many times must a person murder in order to be a murderer? Just once.
It would be ludicrous for the murderer to argue that he shouldn’t be deemed a murderer just because of one momentary lapse. In fact, 99.9999999999999% of his life he’s never murdered. So, why would anyone hold that .0000000000001% of his life against him?
That would be a ludicrous defense.
But that’s what people say to God. I am basically a good person. Most of my life is not spent on sinning. I do mundane things most of my time, I do a whole lot of good, and sure there are times when I mess up but it pales in comparison to the mundane and the good.
How many times must a person sin to become a sinner? Just once.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It’s not about sin in degrees or sin based on a curve or averages.
This is why the salvation Jesus offers sinners is such good news. Jesus promises to take on the wrath of God to punish sinners. God doesn’t take pleasure in judgment. He wants us to repent and live!
Hear and receive the good news of Jesus Christ. We are sinners in need of a Savior. The Savior has a name. He is Jesus Christ. Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.