So here we go. Face to face — the Most Loving Person in the Universe, who gave more than any could imagine looked sadly into the eyes of a piece of His personal craftsmanship – some dirt, some water, some air.
Jesus had just supernaturally delivered a blind and mute man (in Matthew 12), and everyone was stunned at the unmistakable finger of God in their midst. And then Jesus uttered the ultimate curse. Jesus said that day “You will never have forgiveness – if you die in your sins!”
Think of it, the Creator Himself, the One who scooped up the dirt and shaped it into a body, and then ignited that body with a soul, breathed in by the very breath of God!
That Infinite Being turned and looked at one of His creations.
Just think what He may have thought.
Just think of the inexpressible emotions Jesus must have felt. Looking at a piece of clay, only alive at His command, only existing at His will – and seeing a completely self-hardened and self-blinded soul that would die without any hope. Exist without any recourse. Suffer without any end.
Endure without and respite. Scream without any response. Burn without any end to the consuming. No wonder that Jesus warned more of Hell than He spoke of Heaven.
In our portion of God’s Word this morning –, Jesus spoke three words that are so solemn, so hopeless, so devastating that they are hard to even comprehend for us who know and love Him. Jesus said: never has forgiveness.
Every day the one truth I cling to is the gracious forgiveness of our loving Savior. I know that however many times I fail – He forgives. I know how every many times I fall – He restores. I know that however many times I sin – He cleanses, restores, and forgives. That is so encouraging, so refreshing, so hope-filled. But Jesus said: never has forgiveness. Those are the darkest words of all – the Endless Doom of a Soul.
Those three words have shaken many believers to the very core of their being.
Those words have troubled many sincere Christians, dogging their steps all through life. Those words have become what we call today – the unpardonable sin. Jesus said: never has forgiveness. Those are the darkest words of all – the Endless Doom of a Soul.
• If you have ever heard of the unpardonable sin – you need to listen to Jesus speak this morning.
• If you have ever wondered if you have sinned a sin that Jesus may not ever forgive – you need to hear what He has to say this morning.
• If you have ever secretly feared that you may someday face Jesus and have to answer for your sins – and you fear Him turning you away – you need to let Him speak words of comfort and assurance to your heart from His Word today.
As we open to Mark 3.20-30 we come to the place where Jesus pronounced the greatest doom of all. In verse 29 Jesus said: never has forgiveness. Those are the darkest words of all – the Endless Doom of a Soul.
• Far worse than the end of the world – is the Doom of the Soul.
• Far worse than the death of a body – is the Doom of the Soul.
• Far worse than a pain-filled life of deprivation and hardship – is the Doom of the Soul.
But this morning, side by side with the most gloomy, hopeless verse in the Bible – is the most hope-filled, comforting verse in the Bible. Five words that should ring in your heart if you have ever feared the grave if you have ever feared the judgment if you ever fear not making it to Heaven. In verse 28 Jesus said: all sins will be forgiven. Those are the brightest words of the Bible.