Naaman's ReligionBro. David Chancellor
7/8/2001 6:00 PM
2 Kings 5:1-15
Naaman was a great man because he had delivered the country of Syria from its enemies. He was a man of valor. All this didn't change the reality that he was also a leper. In the Bible, the condition of leprosy is like the condition of sin in humanity. Both destroy regardless of status, rank and reputation. The little servant girl cared about her master enough to say something. We would that men would know Jesus, as he can recover men from their sins. The king of Israel, in all his greatness, didn't have what Elisha had. If you don't have God, no matter how high you may get in society, you don't have anything. Naaman came looking for a big show. Many people today seek religion looking for a show. God, however, sends a humble servant who says, "go wash and be clean." This order upset Naaman. God's message hasn't changed: "Go, wash your heart in the blood of Jesus, and be clean." This, only, will bring peace to the heart and order to the life. It will deliver from sin. Psychology won't save the soul. "Dr. Laura" doesn't tell people the source of the problem. Until people are washed and made clean, the problem will still be there. When sin is gone, the problem is taken care of. Jesus is still the answer. Wash in the blood of Jesus and be clean. The preacher praying over you won't do it. You must humble down, repent, confess and forsake your sin, immerse yourself in the blood of Jesus, to be clean. A good show won't get you to heaven. The only way to find deliverance is to get down to business with God. The blood of Jesus must be applied to our heart. God knows what we are, but we must see what we are. God is not asking us to demonstrate our greatness; he wants us to confess where we are. When we come humbly to God, then he can wash away our sin, and we can go free, clean and innocent as a little child. God can help us stay clean and innocent. It is the blood of Jesus and only Jesus that cleans the soul. You will never make it going your own way. When people find God, they say, "Now I know." When it comes to the need of our soul, the answer is to do business with God. Many people can't do business with God because they have some sin they won't turn loose of.
Romans 7:14-25; 8:1-3
Paul compares the law to the grace of God. With the mind, man has no trouble saying the word of God is true. This condition, where sin is still in control, is a sad, wretched, and miserable condition. Any religion that says, "You can't help but sin," is good news, is a wretched religion. We don't have to go that way. Sin had control but when we have been washed and made clean, there is no condemnation. There is no need to go the way of sin anymore. Sin is destroying people today. Life is found in this: "wash and be clean" in the blood of Jesus. Just as "any old river" wouldn't cleanse Naaman, "just any old profession" won't cleanse and deliver the soul. The message hasn't changed: "Go, wash in the blood of Jesus and be clean." We can be free from the law of sin and death.
John wrote of God, his grace and goodness. "Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood." We have been invited to come and be washed clean. The blood still has its power. That which we leave behind is nothing compared to what God does for us. Wash and be clean.