Wandering In Wonderland

J. D. Conley
October 11, 2015

Man never ceases to wonder. But wondering is not always a wonderful thing to do. Certainly, the Christian wonders about heaven and what it will be like. God's appearance and seeing Jesus intrigues the mind and stokes curiosity. Being in the company of the angels and the redeemed, provokes wonder and causes one to marvel about the things that await the child of God in eternity. These things and more, are glorious truths to contemplate and wonder about.

But there is so much man wonders about that is inexcusable. For example, religious truth. When the angelic announcement of the birth of Jesus was made to the shepherds, though they were "sore afraid," (Lk.2:9), their fear did not prevent them from leaving their flocks and going "with haste," (v.16) to locate the babe. Afterwards, the shepherds "made known abroad," (v.17) what the angel told them about this particular baby boy. What was the response of their audience? "And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds" (v.l 8, emp. JDC). As far as we know "wonder" was the only effect this announcement had. How sad. Wonder might cause one to investigate and inquire about religious truth, but wonder alone, as well as inquiry alone, does not save. Only obedience to the truth can save and free one from sin, (Jn.8:32; Rom.6:17). Even intellectual acceptance of the truth does not save, (Acts 26:27-28). Wonder alone falls far short of salvation. Wondering alone only prolongs wandering in vast wasteland of religious error.

Gospel preachers have been challenged by unbelievers, "If the New Testament teaches there is only one church, I wonder why more people can't see it?" Yet, they see it, and refuse to obey the truth. So many wonder at the simplicity of the gospel message; wonder why more do not accept it, but wonder is as far as they get. They wonder in youth, in middle age, in old age, in health, in sickness and finally they wonder in death. They depart this life wandering aimlessly in a religious wonderland. As they cross the chilly tide and begin to feel the radiant heat of Tartarus, they will wonder why they are not saved. But its no wonder - they left this world without the Savior!

"...no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."