2/15/2012

(2 Kings 5:1,10,11)  Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram… He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.  But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.”

Naaman probably knew that at some point in his life he would die from this terrible disease of leprosy.  And so Naaman was willing to do anything to be cured from this wretched disease.  In fact, he was so desperate that he went to seek help from the prophet Elisha who was from Israel – an enemy of the Arameans.  And Elisha was willing to heal Naaman as he told him to go wash himself in the Jordan River seven times and he would be healed.

And how does Naaman react to Elisha’s instructions?  He is not overjoyed, he is not ecstatic, but instead he leaves Elisha’s house furious!  He is angry with Elisha because what he has told him to do is too easy!  Naaman was probably expecting Elisha to do some great magic trick or to make a big spectacle of curing him of his leprosy.  But instead Naaman was disappointed because this was too easy, it was too simple.

And today our world is filled with people like exactly like Naaman.  People who say that the belief of salvation through Jesus and him alone is far too easy.  And so what do they do?  They attach conditions to salvation by saying you have to do good works to earn your way to heaven, you have to make trips to Jerusalem, you have to give a certain amount of money to the church to pay for time in purgatory, and so on.   They think that the belief that Jesus has done everything for them cannot be true because it is far too easy.

But the Bible says that Jesus has done everything for us!  The Bible tells us that it is this easy!  The Bible says in Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”  It also tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  The Bible tells us how we are saved and it is not through anything we have done but it is through faith in what Jesus has done for us.

Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?  But it isn’t!  It wasn’t too good to be true for Naaman as he eventually did go wash in the Jordan seven times and he was healed and it is not too good to be true for you and me.  Jesus died for our sins once for all.  He did all of the work for us.  Salvation is ours free of charge!

Saved through the work of Jesus just like you,

Pastor Schumann

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