One of the saddest stories ever to be made into a movie is Old Yeller. How can you not tear up when you watch it? When the Doctor begins a sentence with, “It does not look good,” you know the message will be a sad one. Elton John sings, “Sad songs they say so much.”
So do sad verses.
Sad verses say so much . . .
Genesis 3:9, “But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
- Sad because their sin broke their fellowship with God.
- Sad because their actions breakdown God’s trust in mankind.
Genesis 6:6, “And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
- Sad because God’s heart breaks over the tendency man has toward sin.
- Sad because man has not changed over time.
Judges 16:20, “And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him.
- Sad because Samson is focused on what is sensual and self and not God.
- Sad because Samson does not know his condition.
- Sad because this is a statement that can apply to many lost in the world.
Psalm 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.”
- Sad because the psalmist feels abandoned by friends and family.
- Sad since this is prophetic of the isolation the Messiah will feel.
Jeremiah 8:20, “”The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”
- Sad because the people chose to listen to false messages instead of truth.
- Sad that these false messages lead them to their destruction.
Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
- Sad that knowledge of God is available but they did not want to know.
- Sad that many who claim to follow God do not know Him or His will.
Matthew 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.'”
- Sad that Christ minded people will be lost.
- Sad that they could be us.
Matthew 19:22, “When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
- Sad that this young man had his life focused on the wrong things.
- Sad that many today cannot let go of the world for Christ.
Matthew 25:41, “”hen he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
- Sad that these heard the words “depart from me.”
- Sad that some will ignore their last opportunity to serve Christ.
Mark 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?”
- Sad that Christ had to suffer the Cross and the Father’s departure for a moment.
- Sad that my sin is the reason He suffered.
John 1:11, “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.”
- Sad that Jesus’ own nation rejected Him.
- Sad that many still reject Jesus even thought He came to save.
John 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?”
- Sad that people forsook Jesus when the expectations became hard.
- Sad that Jesus knows some who follow closely today, will turn away when times are tough.
Acts 26:28, “And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”
- Sad because “Almost is but to fail.”
2 Thessalonians 1:9, “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,”
- Sad that those that do not know God and do not obey the gospel will be eternally separated from God.
2 Peter 2:20, “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.”
- Sad that some turn away from God even after knowing salvation.
But there is good news, no there is GREAT news.
“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-26)
(Underlining in texts are for emphasis.)