People Need The Lord
In wicked disobedience to the call and direction of the Lord, Jonah ran the other direction. When God caught him in a great storm and he was thrown overboard and was swallowed by a great fish – Jonah had a powerful wake up call. In the belly of the fish in the depth of the sea, with the seaweed wrapped around his head, Jonah had a revelation, “Salvation is of the Lord!”
Jonah’s situation was no more desperate, than our situation is today. The great deception of our day is that many people have not “felt need” of the Lord. They are blinded concerning their own danger. When we speak of being saved we find the majority of people don’t know what they need to be saved from. The scriptures tell us Jesus came to save us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
The apostle Paul described the perilous situation that all unsaved people live in – whether they know it or not. Paul wrote to the Ephesian church and described the spiritually lost:
- Dead in trespasses and sins.
- Living according to the standards of the world.
- Following the devil.
- Strangers from God’s Covenant.
- Having no promise from God
- Without hope.
- Without Christ.
- Without God in this world.
- Subject to the Wrath of God
(Ephesians 2:1-3, 11-12)
The good news is that God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son unto the world to make the atonement on Calvary Cross and redeem fallen, sinful people from the wrath to come. Just because someone is making good money and has a fine family, and life is good – doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a desperate need for the Lord Jesus in his life.
Jesus spoke clearly in the Scriptures – there is a Heaven, there is a Hell and both are for eternity. Jesus spoke about how to get to Heaven. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) Jesus, God in the flesh, took the wrath on Himself on the cross, that we may be given forgiveness, and be clothed with the righteousness of Christ.