The famed congregational preacher, Dwight L. Moody, once said:
“The great trouble is that people take everything in general and do not take it to themselves. Suppose a man should say to me, ‘Moody, there was a man in Europe who died last week and left five million dollars to a certain individual.’ ‘Well,’ I say, ‘I don’t doubt that; it’s rather a common thing to happen,’ and I don’t think anything more about it. But suppose he says, ‘But he left the money to you.’ Then I pay attention; I say, ‘To me?’ ‘Yes, he left it to you.’ I become suddenly interested. I want to know all about it.
“So we are apt to think Christ died for sinners; He died for everybody and for nobody in particular. But when the truth comes to me that eternal life is mine, and all the glories of heaven are mine, I begin to be interested. I say, ‘Where is the chapter and verse where it says I can be saved?’ If I put myself among sinners, I take the place of the sinner, then that salvation is mine and I am sure of it for time and eternity.”
Contributed by: From Chris Surber’s Sermon “Light of the World—Advent 4“