April 15, 2012
Here is a story that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I wrote. It is called, "Sarah". Please read that you might understand what the bible says about salvation.
"Sarah was such a nice person" Peter said to the Lord. "Yes, she was", Jesus agreed. In the distance, a faint figure of a woman was seen, slowly approaching the Lord.
"Hello, Sarah", the Lord said.
"Oh wow" said Sarah, "It's YOU!"
"Yes" Jesus responded.
"Well, I'm so glad to meet you...ah?..."
"Jesus" the Lord said, completing her sentence.
"Oh, yes, Jesus. So, I"m sure You want an account of all the GOOD THINGS I did while I lived on earth?"
"Well..." Jesus began but Sarah interrupted, "Ok, well, I visited the prisoners in jail every week for the past thirty years....I gave hundreds of dollars every year to feed the poor....oh, and I took in a few stray cats and dogs...I never cheated on my husband and I kept the commandments!"
"The Ten Commandments? Are you sure?" Jesus asked.
Sarah began to feel a bit uneasy. "Well, I wasn't PERFECT, but no body's perfect, right?" Sarah said. Jesus replied, "You're right there, Sarah, NO one is perfect...and My standard IS one of perfection". Sarah became a bit more nervous at the Lord's statement. Feeling the need to PROVE her worthiness to enter heaven, Sarah approached the Lord, much like an attorney in a court of law;
"Lord, let's look at the commandments, shall we?" Patiently, the Lord agreed. Sarah continued, "From my Sunday School days, I remember some of them. One of the commandments tells us not to lie, right?"
"Yes, that's true" Jesus said.
"Well, I only told little white lies...You know, to protect people's feelings..."
Jesus said, "I understand but ...." Again, Sarah nervously interrupted, "and I know there's another commandment that tells us not to steal and one that says not to murder; oh, and one that tells us not to commit adultery....how am I doing so far?"
Jesus says, "Well, I..."
But once again, Sarah interrupts, "and I NEVER took Your name in vain, Lord".
"Sarah", the Lord begins, "I created you for a purpose; your purpose was tolove the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. (Mark 12:28-30) I wanted to use you,to further My kingdom on earth but you ran from Me every time I tried to contact you."
Sarah asks, "Lord, when did You try to contact me?"
The Lord responds, "Do you remember your neighbor, Beth? She used to try to talk to you about Me...but you interrupted her, much the way you have continually interrupted Me now."
Sarah replies, "oh, You mean YOU sent Beth to talk to me?"
Jesus continues, "and I sent your brother to you, over and over, through the many years..but you wouldn't listen to him, either..Sarah, you broke his heart."
"Yes, I remember" Sarah admits solemnly.
"And Sarah" Jesus continues, "I spoke to your heart directly" Sarah admits, "yes, I felt the tug on my heart...but I just wasn't ready to give up certain things in my life yet."
"Sarah," Jesus continues, I sent My Word to you, but you REJECTED it; instead you believed the lie of the enemy, referring to My Holy and inerrant Word as something manufactured by 'old men', calling it 'outdated'. But Sarah,My Word is TRUTH(John 17:17)and truth does not change. Sarah,blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it." (Luke 11:28), but as I said, you did NOT hear, nor did you observe My word. " Sarah interjected, "But, Lord, the commandments..."
Jesus says to her, "Yes, let's look more deeply at the Ten Commandments. Sarah, you never strayed physically from your husband, but you lusted after other men. I have said in my Word that anyone who looks at another person lustfully has already committed adultery with that person in their heart. (Matt 5:28). You did not physically murder anyone, but you have hated.Anyone who hates is guilty of murder (1 John 3:15) Sarah, you said you never took My name in vain, but I tell you the truth, any time you MISUSED My name, any time you used My name to express disgust, you took My name in vain. And Sarah, do you remember what the first commandment is?" Sarah struggled but could not remember.
Jesus responded, "that's right, Sarah, you have forsaken Me; you have held so many of the good things I blessed you with in life in higher esteem than you did Me; your house, your family, your job...Sarah, you even placed those STRAYS in greater importance than you ever gave to Me. In reality, you have had other gods before Me; Sarah, you are guilty of IDOLATRY."
"Idolatry!?" Sarah exclaimed.
Jesus explained, "Sarah, anything of greater value to you than God, IS your god."
Sarah was quiet.
Jesus began..."I'm sorry, Sarah, but..."
Sarah quickly interjected, "But what about all those GOOD THINGS I DID?!"
"Sarah", Jesus said with a cry in His voice, "your righteousness is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). The good you did could never UNDO the sins you committed. Even one, small sin, one tiny white lie, will disqualify you from inheriting the kingdom of God. Sarah, if it were possible for you to work your way into My kingdom, do you really think I would have WILLINGLY gone to the cross? They BEAT me for you, they SCOURGED me for you, they SPAT in My face and MOCKED me. They even STRIPPED Me and CRUCIFIED me NAKED on a cross between two criminals! I was completely HUMILIATED and was SCARED to death! " Jesus takes a breath and calmly continues. "But, if I had to, I'd do it all again for you."
Sarah was quietly pondering the magnitude of all the Lord was telling her. Jesus then continued, "Sarah, I died for your sins because God the Father is a God of JUSTICE; payment HAD to be made for the sins of mankind. But there was only ONE righteous, only ONE so completely UNBLEMISHED individual WORTHY to become the Lamb of God, to make that payment for the world; there is only One qualified to be the Savior of the world. Your good deeds, though they were many, are not sufficient to bring you to salvation because of your sin." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
At this point, Jesus begins to weep.
"Lord, why are You weeping?" Sarah asks.
"Because in rejecting Me, you have rejected righteousness; and in rejecting righteousness, you have embraced corruption. Sarah, there can be no corruption in My holy kingdom." Jesus wipes the tears from His eyes. "Sarah, on the cross, I made a legal exchange with God the Father; YOUR sin for MY righteousness. But, I gave you the freedom to choose or to reject Me. " Jesus tells her.
Sarah begins to cry desperately. "But Lord! If what You say is true, You should have FORCED me to follow You!"
"Sarah" Jesus continues solemnly , "I loved you too much to force you to love Me; this is why I gave you the freedom to choose."
At that point, Sarah disappears into the fire below,where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:42)
Just then, Peter approaches Jesus. "Lord, William is here to ..." Jesus lays His hand upon Peter's shoulder and with tears streaming down His face, sadly says, "I know....another one....."