Recently, a preacher and friend polled Facebook concerning what people considered the saddest verse in the Bible. The more I thought about the idea, the more I struggled with finding just one verse. I looked that
the suggestions others posted and “sermonized” them. Here is the lesson I preached Sunday evening, the eighth of December, 2013.
- Gen 3:9, “But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” This is sad because their sin broke their fellowship with God. This is sadder still because their actions breakdown God’s trust in mankind
- Gen 6:6, “And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” I find this sad because God’s heart breaks over the tendency man has toward sin. Will you agree that this is still sad because man has not changed over time?
- Jud 16:20 ” . . . But he did not know that the Lord had left him.” The idea that Samson’s focused his life on what is sensual and on himself and not God, breaks my heart. The saddest part is that Samson does not know his condition. Regretfully, this is a statement that can apply to many lost in the world even today.
- Psa 142:4 “Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.” The psalmist feels abandoned by friends and family. This is prophetic of the isolation the Messiah will feel as he dies on the cross at Calvary.
- Jer 8:20 “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jeremiah became known as the weeping prophet. There is great sadness in this verse because the people chose to listen to false messages instead of truth. Tears well up when we undertand that false messages will often lead good people to their destruction.
- Hos 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; . . .” We see such a sad circumstance in that knowledge of God was available but they did not want to know. There are still sad situations when those who claim to follow God do not know Him or His will.
- Mat 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘ Lord, Lord, ‘ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘ Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? ‘ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness. “ We should be sad that Christ minded people will be lost. We should realize, that if we do not follow Christ that they could be us.
- Mat 19:22 “When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” How sad that this young man had his life focused on the wrong things. How sad that many today cannot let go of the world for Christ.
- Mat 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” Jesus wept tears of sadness over his people who failed to respond to Him as Christ. Do we experience sadness over people that will not draw near to God for His care today?
- Mat 25:41, 46 “‘ Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” These will be the saddest words man will hear on the Day of Judgement. The condition is sad when men and women ignore their last opportunity to serve Christ.
- Mar 15:34 “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ” Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, ” My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” There is not much sadder than the simple truth that Christ had to suffer the Cross and the Father’s departure for a moment. The most hurtful part of this sorrow is that my sin is the reason He suffered.
- Joh 1:11 “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.” Truly there is sadness in that Jesus’ own nation rejected Him. Yet many still reject Jesus even thought He came to save, that too is sad.
- Joh 6:66-67 “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” People forsook Jesus when the expectations became hard, I know this broke His heart. An His heart breaks knowing that some who follow closely today, will turn away when times are tough.
- Act 26:28 “And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” This is sad because “Almost is but to fail.” Remember that close only counts in Horse Shoes.
- 2Th 1:9 “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,” Weep for those that do not know God and do not obey the gospel. They will be eternally separated from God. We must tell them the god news of salvation.
- 2Pe 2:20-22 “For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them:”The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” This is both sad and disgusting, that some turn away from God even after knowing salvation.
- Rom 6:23(a) Sad News – the wages of sin is death (separation).
- Rom 6:23(b) Good News- God freely grants salvation in Christ.