Classic Cars, Classic Message
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What is a “classic” car? There is a difference of opinion among auto enthusiasts as to how a car can be defined as a “classic”. There are both “official” and “unofficial” definitions. The Classic Car Club of America defines classics as “...fine or unusual motor cars which were built between and including the years 1925 to 1948. All of these are very special cars which are distinguished by their respective fine design, high engineering standards and superior workmanship.” This “official” definition however, is ignored by many auto enthusiasts such as those who categorize the fin tailed cars of the 60’s as classics (so long as they are not modified). But what really constitutes a classic car is still unclear today. The make and model of the car, its age, production year, rarity, the nostalgia it evokes, how it is received by experts in the field, performance, engineering and styling, and other criteria are used to “unofficially” classify a car as a classic. One such example is the 1965 Ford Mustang and the 1966 Ford Galaxy on the cover of this tract. So while there may be disagreement on how one defines a car as a “classic”, one thing is certain and agreed upon by all: it ain’t yer old run of the mill automobile. There is something special about it. It stands out from the crowd. It catches people’s attention and often gains their admiration. With these distinctions in mind, let me introduce to you a….
The message I would like to share with you today is also a “classic”. First of all, it also is extremely rare. In fact, you can’t find another message like it in all the world. It has no duplicate. It has no prototype. If it is altered in the slightest from the original it’s value is completely worthless. The message is almost 2000 years old yet it hasn’t faded or lost any of its luster. It’s value is beyond all the riches in the world. The central character in the message has gained the attention and admiration of more people than any other figure in history. The message is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let the apostle Paul define it for you. “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel...By which also ye are saved… For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins...And that he was buried, and that He rose again the third day…”
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4) Just like a classic car has 3 main parts: the chassis, body and power train; likewise the gospel of Jesus Christ has 3 main parts to it: death, resurrection and salvation. Let’s examine these 3 parts.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is truly a classic. It always was and always will be the original and only message that is - “the power of God unto salvation.” (Romans 1:16)
- DEATH - You cannot sin against God and expect no repercussions. He is the Supreme Judge of the universe who demands justice to be carried out against all who have broken His commandments. Therefore, because you have sinned against Him, He has passed a death sentence upon you: “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:20) Yet this is not all. After you die physically God will also pass an eternal sentence upon you if you have not been forgiven. Today He is giving you fair warning: “Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My book. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Exodus 32:33, Revelation :15) Praise God that He is merciful and has provided a way of escape for you by passing sentence onto His Son in your place. The sinless Christ, “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body” (1 Peter 2:24) willingly suffered the utter agony and torture of crucifixion so you could be forgiven and pardoned from God’s judgment. If hell wasn’t a real place, God would not have sent Jesus to die for us.
- RESURRECTION - The chains of death could not keep our Savior in the grave. With the conquering of death came the conquering of sin and it’s ultimate penalty: an eternity in hell. The result is that anyone who comes to Him, looking to be saved from such a horrifying place, will also be resurrected to eternal life in heaven rather than to eternal damnation. Jesus has the power to grant and fulfill these promise to you: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life...and I will raise him up at the last day...and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 6:47, 40, 5:24)
- SALVATION - We are told in the Bible that when we die none of our material objects will go with us to the grave, “For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away...” (Psalm 49:17) Therefore, it is time for you to think about eternal things: heaven, hell, and judgment to come. Material objects can’t love you, can’t resurrect you, or save you from judgment, but Jesus can. You cannot drive your car to heaven but you can sure take a ride in the chariot of Jesus Christ. Through His death and resurrection, salvation is made possible for everyone. He is the only way. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Today you can carry away Jesus Christ in your heart as your Savior. Turn from your sins to the resurrected Lord. Make a confession of your sins and receive Him today as your Lord and Savior. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) The choice is up to you: drive away as a condemned sinner or as a forgiven child of the Savior.