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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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Title
 
Scripture
         
39
“If I had not come, …”
John 15:22
 
 
   

What if Jesus had not come? This is an astounding question to ponder. He Himself remarks on the ramifications and consequences of such a theoretical situation: “If I had not come.” His coming is, of course, a reference to His coming from heaven to be born of a virgin and to give His life on the cross “as a ransom for many.” He said, “The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” The apostle Paul wrote, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Just as it is said in the Bible, “if Christ is not risen..you are still in your sins,” so it can be said, “if Christ had not Come … you are still in your sins.” We would not be able to receive the benefit of salvation if He had not come. But, dear reader, when Jesus posited this astounding question, He was not referring to the benefit His coming had brought, but to a detriment it had brought. He said, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin…If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.” Jesus is saying that there is no sin comparable to rejecting Him as one’s Lord and Savior because His coming was not just His bare presence, but He came with words which could not be answered and with miracles which could not be denied. The greatest sin people commit is to turn their backs on the One whom God sent, and the intensity of their punishment is incomparably greater for such unbelief. In that sense, if He had not come, unbelievers would have far less torment in eternity.

   

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