If everyone believes a lie, is it still a lie?
I don’t really know if there was ever actually a time when everyone on earth believed the earth was flat, but let’s say there was, would that have made the earth any less round?
No, absolutely and positively not.
When I was a teenager everyone believed it was impossible for a man to run a mile in less than four minutes, and they also believed it was impossible for a man to fly an aircraft through the sound barrier.
However, if we took a survey today, most people would say, “Yes, these two things are quite possible.” Of course that’s very easy for us to say, because we live in a time where a man, an Englishman named Roger Bannister, has already ran a four minute mile, and a man named Chuck Yeager has already flown through the sound barrier.
Were these two men ordinary men?
Yes, in the sense that they had no super powers. Roger must have been in extremely good physical shape, but other men could have trained just as hard as he did. And Chuck Yeager was an excellent pilot, but there were other pilots who could fly as well as him.
But in another sense, No. Obviously these were not ordinary men, we have written their names in our history books, and we call them our heroes.
Something must have been different about them? But what was it?
I’ll get back to that in a minute, but first I would like to point out that at one point in these men’s lives they would have been called mad men or fools.
So now I get to share some of my favorite quotes about heroes, mad men, and fools. “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, because only a fool falls in love.” Alexander Pope. “To the fool the wise man appears a fool,” Unknown. And a less popular one, “There is a fine line between genius and insanity, and I, – – – I have erased that line.” Oscar Levant.
Now just one more, one that I made up myself, “If one can, anyone can, and if anyone can, than one can.” Yes, I know it’s circular reasoning, but I like it, and find it encouraging.
People also called Jesus a mad man, and a fool. And in one sense they were right. Who besides a mad man or a fool, would walk straight into Jerusalem, knowing He was going to be beaten, and spit on, and nailed to a cross? It would take a mother who had been scared from head to toe, with third and forth degree burns, from running into a burning building to save her children,- – – (and no, she couldn’t save them all), to even begin to understand a Love as insane as that.
Was Jesus an ordinary man?
Yes, in one sense Jesus was an ordinary man, but somehow he managed to live a perfect life, then die, resurrect, and ascend into Heaven, and now He sits on the right hand of His Father. To me that makes Him very very extraordinary, the ultimate Hero of all time, The Hero of all Heroes.
Certainly there must be something different about Jesus? What was it?
Did Jesus have an advantage? And if so what advantage?
I’m going to stick my neck out and say, “Yes, He did.” Was it because His father was God? No, I don’t think so, – – – God is your father too. Because He had the Holy Spirit, and you don’t? What,- – – you don’t? Then you must not have asked, because my Bible says the Father gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask.
The only advantage Roger Banister, Chuck Yeager, and Jesus Christ had over the rest of us, was that they believed the ‘impossible,’- – – was possible.
So my major point is this; we live in a world where a man has already ran the four minute mile, and we live in a world where a man has flown through the sound barrier, and we also live in a world where a Man has lived without sinning.
Therefore, if we believe a man can run a mile in less than four minutes, and we believe a man can fly through the sound barrier, why are we so hesitant to believe a man can live without sinning?
I’ll tell you why. There can only be one reason. Because, we don’t dare believe it, because if we did, then we would no longer have an excuse for sinning.
I’m here to tell you, “We have our HERO, – – – a Man has done it, and He has shown us the Way. And if one man can, anyone can, – – – there is no longer any excuse for sin.
Now, the ball is in our court. Each of us must decide for ourselves, will we believe Jesus when He says, “With God all things are possible,” or will we keep making excuses and clinging onto our sins, like Linus clinging to our blanket, or better still, like the Rich Young Ruler clinging to his worldly goods.
John 3:18, He that believeth on Him, is not condemned: but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.