2018-08-02 - Just As I Am
Many are familiar with the hymn Billy Graham used for the invitation at the end of his Crusade meetings. Just As I Am is poignant and full of connections to the Bible. I remember finding a televised Crusade meeting about 15 minutes from the end for the first time. It was in a stadium filled to the rim with people listening attentively. When Dr. Graham made the invitation calling people to come down and meet with people waiting to speak with them about salvation and God's love for them. Men, women, adults, teens and children came walking down out of the stands by the hundreds - maybe thousands.
As soon as Billy Graham stopped and bowed his head in prayer the choir began to sing Just As I Am. I was about 12 years old. I had been in church and Sunday School most of my life since I was very young. But that night was God's first strong tug on my heart.
Just as I am without one plea
One might ask, "Why is there no plea that would be sufficient?
Romans 3:22-24 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
These are two out of many verses that explain that humanity is fallen. The story of Adam and Eve tells the tale of two people given everything thing they could need with one restriction. They were not allowed to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Enemy, the fallen angel Lucifer, temped Eve into eating the fruit of the tree and Adam followed. They fell from their perfect state. All of their offspring were born in that state. Like begets like.
Jesus came to make a way for humankind to come back to God. More about that in the next devotion. But that fallen state is why we have nothing in or of ourselves that can ever be good enough. But Jesus still calls individuals to this day, to come to Him. Jesus came and gave his blood as the sacrifice to satisfy the law and pay for our sins. If we will accept His gift, His work on the cross, there is a way.
Think about that. Selah.
To be continued.
Lord Jesus - Please open hearts and minds, eyes and ears to hear Your irresistible call. Amen.
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.