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Are You Finished?

God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him
Exodus 34:4-6, 8,9; Daniel 3:52-56; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18

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Scripture Summary John 3:17

The works of the French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre are still popular today because the author expresses so well a prevailing mood of our time. He is extremely pessimistic about the ultimate value and meaning of our lives. His most important work is a large philosophical book called "Being and Nothingness," -- a title which accurately describes the content. Better known, however, is his play entitled "No Exit." It tells the story of a woman and a man who find themselves in a living room. There they are given the impression that they are in hell. But they appear to be quite comfortable until they learn that there is no exit from that room (sound familiar?). There, they will be together, forever. Knowing this, they proceed to make a hell out of the situation.

“That's the way it is," Sartre is saying in this play. We find ourselves together in this world, feeling as though we're in an impossible, absurd situation -- in a place where there is no exit. And there is nothing for us to do but take out our frustration on one another and make the world a living hell. Sad to say, that is one of the dominant moods of our time. Many people are feeling this way as they try to work their way through the complexities of modern living – especially during the current crisis.

Pessimism is a familiar mood in contemporary life. And we well understand why. But Jesus comes to us amid it all and tells us we have good reason to reverse that mood. The Good News of the Gospel is that you don't have to wait for that golden tomorrow -- the one advertisers and politicians are forever promising. And you don't have to settle for dreams about the way things were in some bygone, less complicated era. Salvation is upon you right now. God is acting in your life and your world in a saving way at this very moment. The power and love and grace of God is working within you to bring the fullness of life [...]

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