Sermon by Ebenezer W. Appiah – Walk 2 Live
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?… Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized unto death?… Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God. Likewise, you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts”. Romans 6:1-12.
Christians the world over and even non-Christians celebrate Christmas, Easter and to some extent Valentine’s day annually. Of course, many are of the opinion that these religious ordinances are all not Biblical, but truly and really, the significance of such religious celebrations must be an expression of gloomy (for the pain and affliction, humiliation and the death on the cross), as well as sacrosanct, holy and inviolable. It ought to be a solemn devotion, set apart and consecrated. For Jesus Christ was sinless, neither was any despicableness found in Him, yet from His majestic throne above, descended He unto this polluted, sinful and wicked world, to carry our sins for us, that we might become the righteousness of God through Him.
There are various reasons for punishing lawbreakers and each punishment has a purpose;
1. Deterrence or Public Education (a lesson to the lawbreaker to be mindful and not repeat the offence).
2. Incapacitation (long prison or jail term or life sentence is imposed on individuals with multiple convictions).
3. Retribution or Revenge (the punishment that will not give room to a desire for any revengeful thought).
4. Rehabilitation (this requires a reevaluation of actions and reshaping of behaviours.
Often, programs related to drug and alcohol counselling or domestic violence education are offered to assist reshape, rehabilitate or try to correct any defect or wrong).
Sadly enough, there is always going to be an indelible tag of EX-CONVICT that will follow you all the days of your life. But, The Holy Scripture tells us that, no sin is so despicable that it can’t be forgiven in the eyes of the living and mighty God, and no human is beyond redemption.
Christ Jesus died once on the cross for every sinner, that we might have a change of mind with a repented heart, walking uprightly and righteously before God. The essence of Christ’s suffering and sacrifices were to reconcile us to God and to give us eternal life. Unfortunately, what is supposed to be sacrosanct and godly celebrations is rather turned into profane, ungodly and baleful with no obedience, honour, reverence or veneration.
Today, Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s day are purposely designed to commemorate frivolity, carousing and sin, disorderliness with enticing practices leading to excess and debauchery. Just last year Easter Monday, in the east London night club, up to 600 revellers including an Australian model were attacked with a suspected corrosive substances-12 of them suffering burns from suspected acid attack.
Each year many Christians across the globe receive baptisms but remain without Christ Jesus dying in their sins, despising and committing what is outward, willfully and constantly sinning to provoke the wrath of God. Must we continue encouraging and promoting indulgence in sensual pleasures; scandalous sexual activities, drugs, alcohol, fornication and adultery and “repent later “, as some claim? Jesus Christ told the prostitute woman taken in adultery ( John 8:1-11), to go and sin no more.
Today, we are being cautioned to turn from our sinful and wicked ways. To be mindful that God is a spirit and therefore must be worshipped in truth with a pure heart in righteousness and holiness through Jesus Christ who paid a very high price for our sins.
Those who live carnally, enjoying the sensual pleasures of this end time, must expect no other fruits than curses, misery and ruins, but those under the divine counsel of God Almighty, live a life of faith in Jesus Christ.
O heavenly Father, may your divine love and mercy constrain our sinful hearts to be obedient always to your commandments. In Jesus’s mighty name we ask. Amen.