I love this Testimony brother Paul Washer shares from time to time. This particular clip is a fantastic summation of it. First off, let’s just appreciate how he says “I only have 45 seconds left” yet the clip is nearly four minutes long. I think we’ve all experienced that moment of disappointment as we realize the sermon is coming to an end. Before becoming saved I watched that clock better than the preacher ever could, now all things are made new and I desire the Word to be preached and Gods name to be glorified! What I love most about this Testimony, though, is the goodness and mercy of God. This dying Alaskan man walked into that small church to hear a man with whom God has used to plant and water many a seed.
If you, friend, like this Alaskan man, have heard someone once talk about Jesus but have never repented of your sins and put your trust in Him, today is the day of salvation! Repenting of your sins means to turn away from them, not just saying a fake apology in a prayer you rattle off out of habit (like I did for over a decade). You see, dear one, God is an infinite God, The Creator of all things, who gave us life and air to breath. When we sin, whether in thought or deed, we sin against Him and Him alone. Yes thoughts, friend, God knows your thoughts and deeds. He is so holy that He sees your lustful thoughts of another as adultery, and your hatred (like when that car cut you off on the highway) as murder. If you’ve ever taken the Lords name in vain, told a lie, stolen something, or dishonored your parents, then you’ve broken His Law. God will punish wickedness because He is righteous. Yet He is also merciful, and unwilling that any should parish but that all should have eternal life. So he condescended to become man, leaving His throne in heaven He entered His creation as Jesus Christ the Nazarene born of a virgin. He lived a holy, sinless life so that He could be the perfect, blameless lamb sacrificed for the sins of His people. He went to the cross, had the full wrath of God poured out on Him, and died in our place. On the third day He rose from the dead because it was not possible for death to hold Him. You and I have broken Gods Law, and the wages of that sin is death, eternity in hell. The gift of God is eternal life, and we can have that free gift of Gods grace by repenting of our sins and putting our faith in the finished works of Jesus Christ. Please, if you have any questions feel free to ask!
The last point I want to make today is what this Big ‘Ol Alaskan man represents. We all have those friends and family members we know, we cry to God for them, we plead with them REPENT! To us they are the Big ‘Ol Alaskan man. Will they ever heed the call? Will they ever listen to our pleas? Sometimes it seems as though it will never happen, we keep watering the same seed and forget who brings the increase. Be encouraged today, my beloved brethren, that the Big ‘Ol Alaskan bowed his knee to Christ! So keep praying, keep sharing your faith, and keep being good Berean’s, studying to show yourselves approved.