Very often pastors’ sermon illustrations backfire. Here is one example. A pastor set four glass jars on his pulpit. Each jar contained a worm and another substance. The first jar was filled with alcohol; the next jar contained cigarette smoke; the third jar contained chocolate syrup; and the fourth jar was filled with dirt.

At the conclusion of his sermon, the pastor said, “The first worm that was in the alcohol is dead. The second worm that was in the cigarette smoke is dead. The third worm that was in the chocolate syrup is dead. The only worm that is alive is the one that is in the dirt. What can you learn from this demonstration?”

One little, old lady in the back quickly raised her hand and said, “As long as you drink, smoke, and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms.” She completely missed the point.

From this illustration, we see that a proper conclusion is essential. This extends from our speech to our convictions. Each of us must reach the proper conclusion concerning a single question: Who is Jesus Christ?

If Jesus is God, Creator, and the Savior of all who believe, everything concerning Him from His birth, to His death and resurrection, to His imminent return, is important to us because it has an eternal impact. If Jesus was only a man, then His attributes are only details of a human who can do nothing for us here and now. I submit to you Christ is, in fact, all He claimed to be.

Have you reached the proper conclusion about Jesus Christ? Today I challenge you to do all you can to help someone else reach a verdict about Him.

I believe there is nothing lovelier, deeper, more sympathetic and more perfect than the Savior; I say to myself with jealous love that not only is there no one else like Him, but that there could be no one. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.