The Only Hope For The Wicked (Isaiah 59, Matthew 7)

“And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, declares the Lord.”  Isaiah 59:21

This past week I read the unnerving story of the wicked behavior of the former mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin.”  Ray was the mayor of the city during the cities most horrific days of enduring the aftermath of a hurricane.  He was convicted on Feb. 12 of 20 counts of fraud, bribery, and money laundering.  His actions could net him 20 years in federal prison.

Brothers and sisters, this mans story is indicative of the wickedness in our world.  One would think that leaders who have the people’s trust would live in right ways, but we forget that leaders are not our hope.  Our hope must be placed somewhere else.

Consider the following:

1.  The people in Isaiah’s day were enduring the onslaught of bondage because of their wickedness, Isaiah 59:1-2, 11-15

God was able to save them, Vs: 1, but they would not align themselves with God, so God placed them in bondage.

2.  The people in Isaiah’s day were given an encouraging option, Vs: 16-21

There would be a redeemer who would come, Vs: 20 (His name is Jesus).  Rom. 11:26

The Holy Spirit would come, Vs: 21.  He would empower them to live in a different way, Heb. 10:16.

Think it through:

The only hope for our world is Jesus!!!  We each amen this, but do we really live this way?  It seems that we often place our faith in people and in things.

The crucial moment of decision comes to our world every day, “But as many as believe on him, he gives them the right to become Children of God.”  

Our response:

In every wicked situation you face, the answer is Jesus!!!  This means, when you help a friend at work, you first must point them to Jesus.  This means, when you council with a person in trouble in their marriage, you first must point them to Jesus. This means, when you are dealing with rebellion in your children, you first must point them to Jesus.

Jesus is the only hope for the wicked (like me).

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