Saturday, January 31, 2015

Evangelism Help – “The Right Question Gets the Right Answer”

And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" - so that they might accuse Him. Matthew 12:10

Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath day. (Matthew 12:1-14, Mark 3:1-6, Luke 6:1-11): Slide 9

Asking the wrong question will always get you the wrong answer. Guaranteed! The Pharisees were not interested in knowing the truth when they questioned Jesus. They wanted to expose His faults and turn people away from Him.

How many times have you heard this question, "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" This presumes the goodness of man, when in fact he is by nature selfish and self-centered. The Scriptures teach the opposite: "Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written, 'There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one'" (Romans 3:9-12). Of course the devil appeals to our pride and wants us to think we are basically good, so that we will try to do good deeds and work our way into heaven. Impossible!

If it is true "there is none who does good," then it is remarkable that a holy, just God would do anything good for bad people. Instead of asking about "good people" suffering unjustly, we should be asking, "Why does a holy God make good things happen to evil people-like us?"

It was God's love that motivated Him to send His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place, with our sin, for our good! Ask the right questions, and you will find the right answers.

Steve Scott Nelson

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