Why, even amongst Christians, are some of the most incredible statements in human history greeted with yawns of apathy? Help me meditate on this question in advance of my sermon.
The next sermon from 1 Timothy will focus on the reliable saying or trustworthy word of 1 Timothy 1:15:
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost (1 Tim 1:15).
This is one of 5 faithful sayings Paul acknowledges. All 5 (1 Timothy 1:15, 1 Timothy 3:1, 1 Timothy 4:9, Titus 3:8, 2 Timothy 2:11) are found in the Pastoral Epistles (1, 2 Timothy, Titus).
The idea that Christ came into the world to save undeserving rebels is the most incredible truth in history. It is loaded with theological significance. Yet, this Sunday it will be met with great indifference, even by people who identify themselves as Christians. Many will show their apathy by not attending church. Others, will yawn their way through church wishing it was still football season so that there would be some excitement in the day.
I have a very busy week: speaking multiple times, funeral, marriage conference etc. It will truly help me preach if you can suggest with some specificity why people yawn in the face of the most startling truth in human history. Be specific. Don’t just write, “People yawn because they don’t care.” I get that. They are apathetic. But why are so many (and surely it is not everyone!) apathetic in the face of the truth?