The decline of church attendance baffles me because we have such an amazing story to tell. Jesus Christ died for our sins. He gave to us eternal life and we did not earn it. The message of the cross is backwards in the eyes of the world, but freeing and humbling for us. In fact, here are a few quotes from A.W. Tozer from his book Preparing for Jesus’ Return.
“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fists, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”
“When man conquers, he always conquers by spilling the blood of others, certainly not his own. Christ conquered by spilling His own blood. There was the Lamb who became the Lion by shedding His own blood, giving Himself up in death for humanity.”
Yet, the horrible truth is just what Jesus described in John 3.
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” – John 3:19
We need to once again come to grips with the truth of the Gospel. The existence of Jesus Christ in history is not disputed, even by secular sources. The issue we need to settle in our hearts is whether or not He is Lord or not. He demonstrated His love for us when He died in our place. I pray that more hearts will turn to Him because in Him is the only way to salvation.
“Christ Alone, Cornerstone. Weak made strong in the Savior’s love. Through the storm, He is Lord – Lord of all.” (Cornerstone – Hillsong)