Jan. 9, 2000 What's the Point? John 20
By Ronald George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church
What's life without a point? The Greatest song of the 20th century is reported to be the Rolling Stones hit entitled: "Can't Get No Satisfaction." This song embodies the feelings of humankind without God. Life is an endless carousel that has no meaning. No meaning in life means no reason to live. Life without a point is life going hunting without bullets. It's life bowling without any pins. It's life a basketball game without a rim. It's like cooking a huge dinner without any hungry people to sit and enjoy the feast. It's like going to school and never finishing or getting a diploma. It's like having a job and never getting a paycheck. It's like fishing without any bait. So, what's your point? Living without a reason to live is useless. The writer of the book of Ecclesiastics says that all is vanity. Do you have a point to your life? Do we have a point to our church? It's like the disciples of Jesus after he was crucified. They had no point to go on. Until the third day that was when he rose again and appeared to them in the locked room. That was when the disciples got the point. Have we got the point?
John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them [his] hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; [and] whose soever [sins] ye retain, they are retained.
What's the point to living?
Part I: What's the point to living? It is to be saved.22 And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost
To know God and walk with him throughout life. He is the living God that could not be destroyed by death.
What's the point to being saved?
Did you hear the one about the pastor who loved to golf? It seems he woke up on a Sunday morning, a beautiful morning for golf and decided to call in sick to the president of the church council. So that he wouldn't be seen, he drove 40 miles to unfamiliar country and registered to play a round of golf. Since everyone in that neck of the woods went to church, he was alone at his tee time, but that was perfectly alright with this preacher who was seeking anonymity. As he lined up his first shot, St. Peter leaned over to God and said, "Say, you're not going to let him get away with this are you?" God sighed and responded, "I guess not." Just then the preacher smacked the ball and it took off in supersonic flight, lifting up straight and true and with distance. It landed 400 yards later, bounced, dribbled and then rolled on to the green, across it and into the cup for a 430 yard hole-in-one. St. Peter turned at looked at God, "That's what you call justice, that's divine retribution?" With a twinkle in the eye, God answered, "Who's he going to tell?"
Part II: What's the point to being saved?.
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; [and] whose soever [sins] ye retain, they are retained.
What's the point to knowing God?
If I straighten the pictures on the walls of your home, I am committing no sin, am I? But suppose that your house were afire, and I still went calmly about straightening pictures, what would you say? Would you think me merely stupid or very wicked? The world today is on fire. What are you doing to extinguish the fire? -- Corrie ten Boom, Amazing Love, 101
Have you been in the work of saving others? Will you join him in seeking and saving others? There is a waterfall of souls into the lake of fire that are waiting for salvation.