Here is a sermon that my father, Jerry Trammell, preached on 2.22.2004 at First Assembly of God, Dumas Texas.
Colossians 1:13-14 (NLT) – 13 For He has resued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and He has brought us into the kingdom of His dear Son. 14 God has purchased our freedom with His blood and has forgiven all our sins.
The primary theme of the gospel is Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the redemption of the lost, and the forgiveness of sins to those who will accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
So, for a few moments this morning, I want to preach to you from the subject of, “Forgiveness.”
I want to begin this message by asking the question of, “what is the greatest need that is in the world today?”
Most of us as believers I’m sure know the answer to that question, but the majority of the world does not know. Some in our society would say that the greatest need is for jobs. And they would cite the high unemployment figures of today. Some would say the greatest need is for affordable health care, and certainly that is a need. Others would declare that the greatest need is for there to be peace in the middle east. Because the controversy in the middle east could very easily lead to an Armageddon, and will eventually. And others will say that terrorism is a threat to every civilized society.
However, the greatest need in the world today is the forgiveness of sins.
Men, women, boys, and girls from the four corners of the earth are laboring beneath the load of sin. The majority of mankind is on a downward path that is leading them into the very corridors of hell itself. Unregenerate men are lost and headed for eternal damnation where they are going to be tormented in the Lake of Fire forever and ever.
Man’s only hope is to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior and receive the forgiveness of their sins.
Becoming religious is not the answer. Joining a church is not the answer. The only way that one can be rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and be brought…into the kingdom of His dear Son, is through accepting the sacrifice that the Son has made for us. For my text said, God has purchased our freedom with His (Jesus) blood and has forgiven all our sins. The blood of Jesus is potent. For again, Paul said in my text, that through His blood we have forgiveness of all our sins. I don’t care how many sins you have committed, or how bad you have been, the blood of Jesus Christ is greater than all our collective sins. And through acceptance of the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Lord we have forgiveness of all our sins.
Let’s look at some great sinners in the Word of God, and how they were totally forgiven.
The woman caught in the act of adultery. John 8:3 – The teachers of religious law and Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. Its ironic that all that the religious leaders of the day were interested in was trying to entrap Jesus by publicly humiliating a poor sinner woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. Religious people who have truly never tasted the reality of sins forgiven still offer condemnation and public humiliation to those who have gone to the depths of sin. The religious establishment of the day was demanding that she be stoned according to the law of Moses. But how comforting were the words of Jesus Christ to the woman who was cowering down in a public display of humiliation, as she heard the words of Jesus, which gave her comfort and hope. For He declared, I donot condemn you, go your way and sin no more. Forgiveness is what this woman needed, not public humiliation.
You may feel as if you’re in a hopeless situation today. You may feel as if, because of what you have done, that no one could love you enough to forgive you.
But there is one who does – Jesus!
Psalm40:2-3 – He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God.
David can be an example of one who had known the Lord, but who had fallen into the enemy’s trap. And even though he sinned and failed, he still found forgiveness and restoration.
Perhaps you’re a believer this morning that has sinned. You’re ashamed because you’ve fell, and you don’t want anyone to know to what degree you have fallen. Like David, you feel as if you are in a deep horrible pit. If that were the case, I would admonish you to do like David did, cry out to the Lord for forgiveness. David prayed, Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness, according to the multitude of your tender mercies. He cried, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. And because David humbled himself to pray and repent of his sin forgiveness was given. God brought David out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set his feet upon a rock, and established his steps. He… put a new son in his mouth – Praise to his God.
Forgiveness is offered to everyone in this service whether you’re a child of God who has allowed sin to enter you life, or if you are someone who has never had a relationship with the Lord. Receive the forgiveness that is available.