25 – The Roman Road
(Sermon notes of message given at Maureen Plowman Rest Home – Browns Bay, NZ.- May 24, 2015)
The Roman road is the road to Salvation and this is the one I’ve used for many years
There are different versions of this road and it all depends on the arrangement of the verses, and also which verses are used in the Book of Romans.
This road leads to the Good News of Salvation.
To make it very interesting I have selected a few stops along the cobbled road and we will examine each one as we progress to the end of the road.
Romans 3:10, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”
This Gate is the access to the road that leads to eternal life but not everyone wants to open the gate to see where it leads to. Why is that? It is the fear of the unknown.
Who qualifies to open the gate? All those who not yet have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. All who have not yet fully committed their life to Jesus. Just believing in God and Jesus is not enough. James 1:19, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” We see from this that just going to Church alone does not qualify one to have their name in the Book of Life.
Because of the sin of Adam and Eve all born after them are out of the right standing with God. Adam and Eve had it, but they lost it. We all need to come in right standing with Jesus to be able to come to the Father. Jesus said that no one can come to the Father but through Him.
THE COBBLED ROAD
Rom 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
There is not one human being on this earth that has not sinned in one or another in their life. In Habbakuk 1:13 it says, “Thou art of pure eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on iniquity.”
In other words, no sin is able to come into the presence of God. Sin is defined as being out of the will of God. Sin is to miss the mark, where mark is the standard given to us by God. Our journey through life is on a very cobbled road – there are many obstacles and humps and bumps that disturb us and make us stumble along the way.
Satan has placed many temptations in front of us. Just to lie or tell a fib misses the mark. I am sure that every one of has lied at least once in our life. There are too many temptations that leads us away from righteousness. In the Lord’s Prayer it say, “Lead us not into temptation.” Actually it should read as, “Let us not be led into temptation.”
Sin can only be covered by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Only then can we come into the presence of the Father. Only Jesus can impute to us righteousness
Rom 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
If we are not born-again through Jesus we are still dead in our sins. We are in a symbolic mortuary.
THE FLOWER SHOP
Rom 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
The flower shop on the street is always an absolute attraction, just by the brilliance of the flowers
It is very hard not to stop and take a look and smell the roses and other flowers. One is tempted to buy some for the house.
How often do we buy a bunch of red roses for your loved one – to tell and show them that you still love them? We should,, if we do not. While we were still dead in our sins, Jesus went to the Cross and was crucified and died a horrible death just for us. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
This is how God showed His love for us. He does not want any to die in their sins. He would love to come to His Son. Jesus is personified in the flowers, just waiting for you pick that bunch of red roses that signifies the blood shed for you.
THE GIFT SHOP
Rom 6:23, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
If you did not pick that bunch of Roses for yourself, then our next stop is at the Gift shop further down the Roman Road.
Just like any other gift shop we have here an enormous array of all types of gifts. There are so many that it is hard to pick one that you can afford. The only trouble is that the ones you really like are much too expensive for your pocket. What are the gifts? They are all the promises of God. The Bibles has, thousands of promises assurances and guarantees.
However I have some good news for you – Really good news.
The owner of the shop comes up to you and offers everything to you. Suddenly you become very excited, Whoa – just a minute they are yours on one condition.
“What’s that,?” you ask.
“All you have to do is to do is to go through that door at the end of the road. If you go though that door, all these are yours to keep. The Person standing at that door has paid for everything you see here. It’s a free gift from Him to you.”
On the way to the door we come to another small shop.
THE ROYAL TELEPHONE BOOTH
Rom 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
In Jeremiah 33:3, God says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Just how do we call God? By prayer. God is not obliged to answer the prayer of a sinner – although He might just do that occasionally. Often God has closed His ears to the call of Israel when they were in a sinful state. Only when they humbled themselves before Him did He answer them..
I know of only one prayer of the sinner that God will always answer. We read in Luke 18:13, “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” When the sinner prays this, God’s ears are opened immediately.
Have you used the Royal Telephone yet?
THE DENTIST CHAIR
Rom 10:9, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
The last shop along the Roman Road is one that has a large sign above the door. I reads: Welcome – Come inside and have your mouth checked” I want you to notice that it did not mention teeth at all. I’ll tell you why! If it had said teeth it would have frightened the children away. You see, we are all spiritual babies before we enter into the Kingdom of Heaven
Jesus once said to his disciples in Luke 18: 16-17, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”
Many miss the qualification in the last verse. And this is a very important one which is AS A LITTLE CHILD Little children have hardly any inhibitions and usually believe all we tell them. In other words they have faith in us, that we will protect them in time of danger, and when you stretch you hands out and say JUMP, they have all the faith that you will catch them safely.
We have to come to God as we are, having the faith that He will make the necessary changes for the better in us.
Have you that faith to put yourself in the hands of the Man that stills the water, – the Man from Galilee?
THE REVELATION OF THE ROAD
Rev 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
The final revelation of the purpose of the road is at hand. This verse is actually intended for the Laodicean Church. This is the apostate church which used Jesus’ name but denied the power thereof. In Rev 3:15-17 we read the following words of Jesus, “I know thy works, that thou are neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art luke-warm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”
They had kicked Jesus out of the church and now he is knocking on the outside of the door asking to let Him in. This is the state of the majority of the churches today. Most deny Jesus as the Son of God . They deny the Trinity and lots else. Are you … one of them? I pray not!
I invite you to this Door at the end of the Roman Road, and to take the liberty and the courage to knock. Jesus is on the other side just waiting for you, ready to open the door when you knock. He will not open up unless you first knock in faith,
Those of you who have not done so already, I humbly invite you knock on the door of Jesus’ heart.