On occasion you hear the story of someone who was rescued from a hopeless condition. A firefighter pulls an infant from a burning building just before it collapses. A search party finds a lost fisherman floating on the top of his overturned vessel in the vast ocean. The individuals in these situations were hopelessly lost until someone did something.
The same is true for sinful people like you and me. Because all of us are born spiritually dead toward God, we are unable to do anything about our sin problem. While we may sense a problem, none of us is willing to turn to Jesus for help … unless God does something.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.
And I will raise him up on the last day. —John 6:44
The point is that those listening to Jesus would not believe until God the Father drew them to himself. It takes a supernatural work of God to convince sinners of their sinfulness, lack of righteousness, and the fact that they are deserving judgment. Consider an example of this from the Scriptures.
One of the most hopeless cases in the Bible is a man called the demoniac of Gadera. Please read the account in Mark 5:1-20. This man was possessed by many demons. Every night they would cause him to run wildly through the graveyard, screaming and cutting himself with sharp stones. The authorities had tried to stop him. They even tried to bind him with chains. But this demon-possessed man wrenched the chains off his arms and ran away! His situation was hopeless … until God intervened.
Through his divine power, Jesus commanded the demons to leave the man. When they left his body, he became a normal person again. What a difference was made in his life! The people who witnessed what happened were amazed. The man was so different that he wanted to become a follower of Jesus.
Q: What hope did the man have before Jesus arrived? What hope do you have without him?