Air conditioning and Jesus.
NOVEMBER 18, 2020
Air conditioning and Jesus. Let’s talk about it on Key Life.
Key Life is a radio program for struggling believers, sick of phony religion and pious cliches. Our host and teacher is seminary professor Steve Brown. He teaches that radical freedom leads to infectious joy and surprising faithfulness.
Thank you Matthew. We’re looking at Paul’s exposition of the law of God in opposition to faith in Christ and imputed righteousness and total forgiveness. And we’ve seen a number of things, we’ve seen that the law is a curse, but it’s also a blessing. That the curse of the law restrains us, it reveals who we really are, it defines and then it points, Galatians 3:22.
But the Scripture consigned all things to sin, that what was promised to faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Not too long ago, something happened to my air conditioning. Now, you say big deal. If you lived in Florida, you would know that’s as important as food. And I gave it to my mechanic and he kept my car for three days and I was going through the roof. And I really would have preferred that he not know that I was a Christian, because I can’t yell at him really loud, without hurting my witness. And so I’m nice when I do it, but I told him, look, how’s it going? He said, this is a problem I’ve never encountered before. And I can’t, I said, look, either fix it or tell me somebody who can fix it. And you know what he said? He said, you know, I got the right guy for you. He knows more about air conditioning than God. And I’m going to give you his number. You call him and he’ll fix it. And he did. Now, that’s what the law does. The law sends us to the one who can fix it. Who’s going to forgive me? Who’s going to love me when I’m unlovable? Who is going to understand who is going to be compassionate and kind? Who is the one who makes the difference? That would be Jesus. The law does what that mechanic did for me. The law says, I know somebody who can help. I know, in fact, just so you know, and I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this, that’s the one purpose of the law for the believer. You can’t be saved by it, because you’re not good enough. The one purpose of the law is to send you to Jesus. And once it’s done that, and you are standing before the throne of grace, the law did what it was supposed to do in your life. We’ve all tried to climb Mount Sinai, haven’t we? We tried to be good, to be pure, to be close to God. We know that was why we were created, and we were. And we want it desperately. When we get to the top of Mount Sinai, there is Moses sitting on the top of the tablets of stone and he says, what is your problem? And we say, in my climb up this mountain, I’ve discovered some horrible things about myself. I have realized my need. I have a desperate hunger that nothing can satisfy and Moses says, I’ve done all I can do. Let me give you a name and a phone number. Let me tell you about somebody else. Let me tell you about Jesus and another mountain. And that mountain is Calvary. Do you know what led me to Christ? Let me tell you, the law led me to Christ. It was only because of the law. And what it had done in my heart that I ever came to know Jesus and listen carefully, dear friend. The reason the Gospel is so often nothing but a power puff covering for the sickness of our time, the law has never presented the bad news without also pointing to the good news. And that’s important. Let me give you an amazing statement by Jesus, it’s in John 5:46-47.
If you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe in my words?
Oh my, that’s what he’s talking about. That’s what Paul is talking about. I got a number of the man. I’ve got the place for you to go. I’ve got, I’ve got an answer for you, where the law has created the question. I have an answer for you. Somebody tells about a farmer who worked his son’s really hard. And his neighbors said you don’t want to have to work them that hard to raise crops. And the farmer said, listen, I’m not raising crops, I’m raising sons. It’s hard sometimes, isn’t it? When you try to be good and you can’t, when you’ve said things that are embarrassing and wish you hadn’t said them. When you’ve tried really, really hard and failed. When you feel marginalized when you’ve done everything you can do, and it’s not enough. When you feel that there’s gotta be a limit to God’s mercy, he’s forgiven you so many times, and that you’re finally reaching the end where he says, that’s it, I’ve had enough of you. That’s it. Have you ever felt that way? If you ever have winced, when that thought came to your mind. The law says, I’ve got a number for you to call it’s the number for Jesus. And he really can fix it. And so we’re under a curse. It’s the curse of the law, but it’s a beloved curse, because it’s the biggest blessing we’ve ever received. You think about that. Amen.
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