Working in surgery every day allows me to see a lot of interesting things….even tattoos of all shapes and sizes. This one I came across the other day became very thought provoking.
Once I figured out what the object in the middle was….a tomb!….the rest was basic gospel 101. THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL…IN A TAT! Now, what was interesting was that this was the arm of a drug addict!
Jesus came….he was crucified….buried in the tomb….and raised from the dead. And he’s coming back!!
INTERESTING PLACE FOR THE GOSPEL TO BE SHOWN….ON THE ARM OF AN ADDICT? OR MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, IT'S THE BEST PLACE FOR THE GOSPEL??
What kind of sinner are you? Classy, sleek, sophisticated sinner? Coat & Tie sinner? Filthy, willful, habitual sinner? Tattooed, drug addicted sinner? Sinners who lack all earthly advantages or sinners who appear to never have a problem in the world?
Paul tells us in Romans that we are all sinners and we all fall short….Not one of us is able to approach God or his salvation on our own merits. Not one of US is without the need of a Savior and there is not one of US whom Jesus cannot save. Paul tells us that while we were yet sinners……while we were enemies with God….while we had NOTHING to offer God, HE DIED FOR US!!! His sacrifice settled the debt with God. Because of that sacrifice, God has forgiven us and ADOPTED and HAND PICKED us into his family as his sons and daughters.
THE ONLY THING WE BRING TO THIS RELATIONSHIP IS OUR SINS. THE ONE THING CHRIST BRINGS IS HIS LOVE.