Pastor Don Fortner
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road
Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438

Is there any real hope for real sinners? I know that men and women who think of themselves as good moral people have no problem in this matter. They think they are okay. They look upon their good works, their religious devotion, and their moral integrity with much approval. In their proud self-righteousness they presume that God owes them something and that he will accept them. They are highly offended when they are told by a plain spoken preacher that they are sinners and that their supposed righteous deeds are filthy rags, abominable in the sight of God. I am not speaking to you of good people.

I am speaking to you men and women who know yourselves to be guilty sinners before a holy God. You have no good deeds to boast of. Your life is as vile as your heart. You are an outcast of society. Both your family and friends avoid your company. You are so abominably evil that you can hardly endure living with yourself. You know that you are guilty before a holy God. You know that if you had your just reward from him, you would be in hell. Is there any real hope for real sinners like you and me?

I know that we have no hope in ourselves. We have all tried religious decisions and moral reformation. But these things cannot atone for our sins. These things cannot silence our guilty consciences. Preachers tell us to join the church, or start living right, or start serving the Lord. You may have tried it all. But the fact remains that you cannot do anything that God will accept. You may have joined the church and become religious, but your conscience still torments you. You have no peace with God. Is there any real hope for real sinners?

Yes, blessed be God, there is real hope for real sinners like us! That Hope is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He came to this earth to be the Friend of sinners. He came to be the sinner's Substitute before God. As the Substitute for sinners, the Lord Jesus Christ lived in this world accomplishing a perfect righteousness, the only righteousness which God will accept. Then he willingly laid down his life in the place of sinners at Calvary. As the Substitute for guilty sinners the Son of God took our sins upon himself, and in his death he paid the penalty due unto us. Now it is promised that all who believe on him shall be saved and have everlasting life. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life" (John 3:36). That includes both you and me. If we, as guilty sinners, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as our only Savior, our only Righteousness, and our only Pardon for sin, we shall be saved!

Jesus Christ is the only One who gives real hope to real sinners. I trust him. Most gladly do I trust Christ. I have no righteousness but his righteousness. I have no cleansing from sin but his blood. I have no pardon but his pardon. I have no acceptance before God but Christ. I have nothing to plead before God but this, Jesus Christ lived and died for me. Though I am a real sinner like you, I have a REAL HOPE BEFORE GOD. My Hope is Jesus Christ the Lord. And HE GIVES ME REAL PEACE BEFORE GOD. Will you trust Christ alone? THERE IS REAL HOPE FOR REAL SINNERS IN CHRIST.