Calling For The Light
- Published on Thursday, 18 June 2015 07:10
Allen Rea | Pastor
Dunn Memorial Baptist Church, Bexley, GA
In Acts 16, we find Paul and Silas in the dungeon. The Bible says they were up late singing hymns and praises to God. A massive earthquake trembles the city of Philippi. The jailer is stopped from making a severe mistake. The Bible says he “called for a light”. He falls before Paul and Silas with one burning question: “What must I do to be saved?” They reply in unison: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved!”
While this may be an often repeated Bible story, I am not sure it has really penetrated our hearts. The jailer called for a light due to the darkness. He was about to hear about the Light of the World. Beloved, it is with tears and anguish that I remind you of all those around us in desperate need of the Light. Countless walk in darkness! The wide gate they run into ends in a sinner’s hell. (Yes, I wrote hell. I believe in hell. It is the the place of eternal torment for those that believed not in the Lord Jesus). Light is meant to shine in darkness. It pains me to see the lack of concern for the lost by those that say they are Christians. Luke 16 gives us the true story of Lazarus and the rich man (the Bible never calls it a parable). What is so startling to me is that the lost man in torments in hell is concerned about his brothers. Beloved, the lost in hell are more concerned with the lost on earth than the modern church is.What condemnation for the complacent lukewarm member of First Baptist Careless! Friend, I am concerned for you. Are you saved? Have you called for the Light? Sinner, it’s time to get to Jesus. Saint, it’s time to get right with Jesus. Whatever your question, Jesus is the answer. Fellow believer in Christ, let us repent of our carelessness to the lost. We must listen as they call for the Light. Dear sinner, Christ died for you. On the authority of the Word of God, I proclaim to you to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you will humbly and honestly admit your sinfulness and call out to Him in faith asking forgiveness and accepting His free gift of eternal life, you will be saved. Come to Jesus! He is the Light of the World.