How do you think I would feel if you told me next week that you remembered nothing from this lesson? What would you expect? I can tell you I would be extremely pleased if you remembered nothing from this writing. In fact, I would consider it a success if you were to listen carefully, and find nothing worthwhile, …. because I would like to look at nothing. For the next few minutes I would like you to think about nothing, and hopefully be inspired to set aside some time during the next few days to study nothing.
There was a movie on TV called “Much Ado About Nothing“. When you learn that the word “nothing” appears in the Bible no less than 250 times, you might say God makes much ado about nothing.
We are reminded of Paul’s telling Timothy (1Timothy 6:7) that “we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it.” It was John (John 1:3) that told us that “apart from Him, nothing came into being.” Or we can read Job’s description of the awesome power of God when he says “He hangs the earth on nothing.” (Job 26:7)
To mentally grasp the power of God, we must come to an understanding of nothing. It was this all powerful God that Isaiah (Isaiah 40:17) referred to when he said “All nations are nothing before Him…”
It was the Son of God, Jesus Christ, which demonstrated this power on earth. After casting a demon from a possessed man, Matthew tells us that the multitude marveled, saying “Nothing like was ever seen in Israel”. (Matthew 9:33) Still, man did not recognize this simple carpenter as being the Son of God, and chose to crucify Him, suspending Him between two criminals that said in Luke 23:41, “we are receiving what we deserve, but this man has done nothing wrong.”
Christ owed us nothing, yet now we owe Him everything. It is this Christ that teaches us in John 6:63 that the “flesh profits nothing“. It is in Mark 7:15 that we find Jesus advising the apostles that “there is nothing outside the man that which going into him can defile him.” It is our Lord that instructs us to: “Do nothing from selfishness” (Phil 2:3), “Be anxious for nothing” (Phil 4:6), and that “without love, we are nothing” (1 Cor 13:2).
We often fail by doing nothing. We, as Christians are to be the “salt of the earth”, but if the salt becomes tasteless, it is “good for nothing“. (Matthew 5:13) Christ said in Matthew 25:42 that “I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink.”
There are those that would have us believe that there is nothing we must do to be saved. We know better, that we must hear the Word, believe in the promise, confess Jesus as the Son of the Living God, repent of our sins, and be baptized for the remission of those sins. We are not to be like the Jews of Jeremiah’s time when he said, “they have done nothing of all that Thou commanded them to do; Therefore thou hast made all this calamity come upon them.” (Jer 32:23)
Regardless of how bad we think things are, we are to put all our faith in God, because as Luke said “Nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37). We need to turn our mind, body, and soul over to Christ to let him work within us to make us perfect, as James said, (James 1:4), “and complete, lacking in nothing.” The opportunity is always provided for anyone that would like to establish a relationship with Christ by taking the necessary steps to be counted as an heir to the promise… or for one who has strayed off the path to come back to rededicate their life to Christ. Peter tells us that the Lord wishes that none would perish. There is nothing Jesus would like better, than to have you turn your life over to Him.