“I saw Mr. Newton near the closing scene. He was hardly able to talk; and all I find I had noted down upon my leaving him was this: ‘My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior.'”–from “The Roots of Endurance”, by John Piper, p. 347
Christ is an infinitely great Savior. All the sins of all peoples of all time, if massed together, would be but a speck compared to the ocean of Christ’s blood. Combine all the unbelief, doubts and fears of the whole human race and they would form a tiny anthill next to Christ’s faithfulness that reaches to the heavens. Mountains of guilt and regret are like chaff that Jesus can blow away as far as the east is from the west by just a puff.
Heaven will be populated with great sinners, to display the awesome power of Jesus to save. To save a young child is a marvelous miracle, but to save someone hardened in their sins after rejecting Christ for decades is even more amazing. And to save millions of wicked, cursing, God-hating, lying, unbelieving, arrogant, dead people is more amazing still. The greater the sinner, the greater the glory Jesus gains. Heaven will be filled with great sinners like Newton the slave trader, Augustine the slave to lust, Paul the Church persecutor, David the adulterer and murderer, and me and you.
Every time you’re overcome by a sense of your sinfulness, remember that as great a sinner you are, Jesus is an infinitely greater Savior. And every time you’re tempted to quit praying for someone’s salvation, remember that no one is too wicked for Jesus to rescue. So keep praying to the Great Savior for the salvation of your family and friends. The greater the sinner, the greater the glory.
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