Sin has consequences
You citizens of Chicago, are you ready for round two?
I am Rev. Charles Abraham Albin. One week has passed since I stood here and preached about a loving God who wants you to be part of His kingdom. I want to tell you of His plan of salvation for all mankind – all who would choose it, that is. Two thousand six hundred years ago, when Jeremiah preached his second message to the king and all his officials it surely must have been the same – “repent and change.”
The Israelites needed to hear God because He was through with their everyday sinning. Change had to happen or other nations would come and destroy them. From scriptures we see that they neither changed nor repented. True to God’s word, the northern half of Israel fell. For his next message, Jeremiah was told to preach to Judah.
His Sermon was also the same – repent and change. It took another 140 years but God did the same to them. He had other nations come in and drive them out of His homeland. This was about 586 B.C. Israel would never be the same. Throughout all history God has given sinful people many opportunities to change and repent. Well, if we are using Jeremiah’s story of repentance for the world around us today, what does that say about Chicago and the rest of the world? Can we agree that his message is the same?
His love for all humans runs deep in God’s heart. Jesus’ whole ministry is His love for all people. If you are looking for the right time to repent, Jesus says that today is the appointed hour. Do not wait any longer for some of you may meet Him this very day. The reason that Jeremiah was called to preach is no different than now. We will find this command in chapter 28 of Matthew. It is called the Great Commission.
“Go ye into all the world and tell the people about the good news of the Kingdom.”
Israel did not do that, that is why I am standing here today. The good news is that God loves you. Repentance can change your heart to accept Jesus as your savior.
Edited from a message given on a Chicago street corner in 1934.