A great city, the 2008 City of Culture known for its football and its fans, its comedians and its characters, its port and its people. It is home for the Beatles, Ken Dodd, Steven Gerrard, Anne Robinson, Jimmy Tarbuck and million others.
Prime Minister William Gladstone was born in Liverpool, as was the playwright William Russell and one of Liverpool's wealthiest sportsmen, John Parrott. The list goes on. As one of our city statues says: 'Liverpool is the pool of life'.
The city skyline is dominated by churches and cathedrals. from one of which rings the highest and heaviest peal of bells in the world.
Millions have listened to Liverpool's music; hundreds of thousands watch the city's football; thousands have heard the cathedral bells. but have you ever heard the voice of One who speaks over the noise of the city to individuals who will hear?
There is another side to it all. In Liverpool, as in all other cities, old ladies get mugged, people fear walking some streets at night, marriages break down, children are abused, drunkenness is all too common, God's name is blasphemed.
Because the city is not only bricks and mortar but people, it has its problems. Liverpool is about Liverpudlians. The city reflects its citizens.
The city has its problems because we all have our problems.
Let's face the facts - we all do wrong. The Bible is right when it states: "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard". That is true of Leeds, London or Leicester as well as Liverpool. There is something wrong within each of us. Our sins may not hit the headlines but they echo a basic nature that is rotten inside.
What is your greatest regret? Is it some sin you committed? If you could have an action-replay of half an hour of your life but this time behave differently, which thirty minutes would it be?
Sin is serious. Walton jail demonstrates that. So does every broken relationship or aching heart.
Disobeying the commands of God our Maker cuts us off from Him, keeps us out of heaven and would condemn us to hell. God is a Judge who cannot be fooled.
At Childwall Parish Church is the grave of Liverpool's first bishop, J. C. Ryle. He wrote, "It is true that we are sinners, but Christ has suffered for It is true that we deserve death, but Christ has died for us. It is true that are guilty. but Christ has paid for our guilt with His own blood. This is the good news".
Jesus loves us and died for us. Hanging on the cross He died to take the punishment that we deserve.
It is clear from reading the Bible that Jesus is the only Saviour. The Bible teaches that "there is one God and one mediator between God and men the man Christ Jesus".
Born of a virgin, Jesus was God clothed in a human body. He came t rescue men and women. Jesus said: "...those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them".
Will Liverpool ever forget the ninety-six football fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster? With passing time, sad to say, it may, but we must never forget that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes' in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".
Jesus is alive. He did what only God can do - conquer death. Jesus died, was buried and three days later rose from the dead. He is a living, loving Saviour. He cares for you. He can deal with your deepest need. This very day, He is willing to forgive all your and create in you a clean heart, neve leaving nor deserting you. You need never walk alone.
Liverpool, listen to Jesus who once said to a man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
Listen to Christ who said to a dying thief, "Today you will be with me in Paradise”
Listen to the One who commands us to repent and believe.
Listen as Jesus says, "Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest".
Will you listen now to the loving voice of God.
Will you believe the gospel and, turning from sin, receive Christ as your Lord and Saviour?
Will you ask Him to forgive you, live within you to keep you in life. death and eternity?
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