Recent events in our country reveal and underline the universal truth that people need a Savior. We don’t need a Savior because of our evil behavior against one another, although that does come into play, we don’t need a Savior because provocateurs use any and every tragedy to incite others to riotous behavior, we don’t need a Savior because a national government that is out of touch with the average American uses any crisis as a means of implementing a greater degree of socialism, and we don’t need a Savior because of the animosity that exists between races. The reason we need a Savior is we have rebelled against our Holy God by following our ways instead of His ways, even labeling our ways as His ways, and we have transgressed all of His Holy commandments. The vile wicked behavior that has marked the lawless crowd is egregious because it tramples God’s Holy standards that judge our conduct in the mire. God’s just judgment brings all sinners under His wrath that He has promised to pour out on vile rebels eternally in Hell. We can examine God’s holy code and then deduce the flagrant disregard of His holy commands by the fickle mob which exposes their need of One Who will save them from the consequences of transgressing God’s holy law and secure them a place in Heaven instead of Hell.
5 “I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain. He said: 6 ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 7 You shall have no other gods before Me. 8 You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. 11 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, who takes His name in vain. 12 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord you God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. 16 Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. 17 You shall not murder. 18 You shall not commit adultery. 19 You shall not steal. 20 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 21 You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’” Deuteronomy 5:5-21
These holy commandments, given to the nation of Israel by our awesome and terrible God, were given for blessing the people, their well-being, and a loving relationship with their God. However, because of the weakness of fallen human nature, what was meant as a blessing actually because a source of judgment and divine retribution. The transgression of these same commandments has driven the disruptive and deadly behavior in the streets of Ferguson. First, much of what happened in Ferguson was driven by a national monologue based upon many bearing false witness. False witness has been given regarding the policeman’s behavior, false witness has been given about the officer’s motive in shooting the unarmed teenager, false witness has been given about the general conduct of law enforcement towards black law breakers throughout the nation, and false witness has been given about the progress of race relations in this country. This false witness has fueled rioting, looting and general mayhem. Looting has been driven by covetousness and this has resulted in the goods and property of others being stolen. The holy commandments given by God that you shall not bear false witness, you shall not covet, and you shall not steal were trampled underfoot by multitudes in Ferguson. I did hear a black pastor speak out against this lawlessness, but where is the church leadership at large proving the point that this behavior was driven by nothing other than depraved human nature?
Second, Michael Brown broke the fifth commandment by stealing from the neighborhood store and threatening the shop owner. Surely his parents didn’t approve of that behavior, nor did they condone his arrogant demeanor following that crime. They would not approve of this behavior, because they cared for their son. When he transgressed the fifth commandment, he put his life in jeopardy, since this commandment comes with a promise that those who obey it will live long and enjoy well-being in the place where they live. The destruction and wrongdoing that resulted from these individual acts are both evident and deplorable. Transgressing God’s holy laws always results in evil consequences that negatively impact all around and bring upon the transgressors God’s just and holy judgment. When any people reject the preserving influence of God’s holy laws that are meant for blessing then they suffer tragic and epic consequences. The Israelites were ejected out of the holy land and exiled because they refused to obey God’s commands. This brings us to the obvious conclusion that every person throughout all time is in desperate need of a Savior because we can only disobey God’s commandments and flaunt His holy laws. Praise God He didn’t leave us as victims of our perilous plight but worked salvation for us through Jesus Christ, our glorious Lord and Savior.
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law. Romans 3:19-31
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5
13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14
22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:22-29
14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3:14-21
35 “The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:35-36
Faith proves that the righteous requirements of the law must be met, and they have been met for all who repent of their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law and has credited His faithful obedience to our account. What amazing love and grace! Not only that, He died the death we deserve in our place, taking the just judgment and wrath of God for us when He was crucified so that we can be instead forgiven and be blessed with eternal life. What an amazing gospel! What a glorious Savior! What a loving God! Jesus Christ rose again from the dead proving that He is the Messiah and has the power to save us to the uttermost, praise His glorious name! Then He has given us the blessed Holy Spirit so we can live to His glory by His power and live the life of love and obedience that He has called us to. We need a Savior and God the glorious awesome Creator and giver of life has supplied our need abundantly through sending His Son Jesus Christ to rescue us from our sinful rebellion against Him and the just judgment of hell we all so richly deserve.
All those who have been truly redeemed through faith in Jesus Christ can testify that they are new creations in Christ Jesus, old things have passed away and all things have become new. Their new desire is to love the Savior, love the brethren and show God’s love to the lost through word and deed. Praise God for the abundance of grace and mercy that He has given us through His Son Jesus Christ. What a glorious Savior who has supplied our need. We just need to repent of our sin and put our faith in Him. We must resolve in our response to the lawlessness around us to share the truth of God’s glorious provision for the sinner through His Son Jesus Christ, speaking the truth in love, sharing God’s glorious word with all those in need. That would be anyone who hasn’t repented of their sin and believed in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sin. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 1 John 4:9-15