Vintage Message: John 10:1-6

Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired April 13, 2003.

I hear people say all the time, “God doesn’t judge me for the things I do.” Understand something. God is judging every day, every person on the face of this planet for who he or she is and what they do. He’s judging, but He judges differently than you or I judge. He is looking at the heart of a man. He is looking at the inside of a man, not at the outside, not to see the sin issues that we look at, but to see the heart attitude that will bring that man to a place of understanding his need for repentance. That’s blindness, when you understand your need for God because you’re lost in sin, and you turn to Him, and He says, “I have come into this world so that the blind will see,” speaking about you and I, not just the physically blind. “And those who see will become blind,” those who believe they’re okay, those that believe that they have not sinned against God, those that believe that somehow by their good works, by their going to church, by their putting their token in the offering plate, they think that somehow this is enough to get them into heaven, and Jesus says they’re the ones that will become blind…

The guilt and the blindness truly come from having issues of sin that are unresolved in your life, not willing to deal with those issues of sin, and that’s why they remain unresolved. Jesus came to let us know that we can resolve the issues of sin; those things that cause us to be separated from God the Father. He says they can be resolved, but so often we do not want to say, “That is sin in my life,” and we hide it, and when we hide it, it blinds us. It blinds us from seeing the truth. It blinds us from understanding the truth. It blinds us from walking in the truth… See, it’s not the sin that blinds us. It is the refusal to deal with the sin that blinds us. Sin brought death. The refusal to deal with the sin brought blindness…

The church is where the body of Christ gathers, here and there and everywhere. It’s not a building. It’s not an institution…

[Jesus says,] “If you could truly see, then you would see your need for Me. You would see your need to deal with the issues of sin. You would see your need to be right with God the Father and accept Me for Who I am; the Shepherd that comes and goes by the gate and leads the sheep…out into a place where they can be fed.

Pastor Dave Elkins