Have you totally messed something up lately? I am thankful the Bible is chalked full of real life examples of people who messed things up, because none of us have it together. Biblical characters who loved God were still a mess! They were messy people who knew their need for a Savior.
Even Paul, who dedicated his life to following Jesus, to the point of being in chains said,
“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” (Romans 7:18-19)
As a believer in Jesus Christ, I have had what I would call a “Jesus encounter”. What I mean is, there came a point in my life when I finally understood my need for Him.
My personal sin and shortcomings do not measure up to the perfection of a holy God. In fact, I betray Him. I know what I ought to do, just like Paul, but I fall short of the glory of God.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)
The sinfulness inside of us is why God chose to become God in the flesh, Jesus, to save us.
Our God, the Creator, ordained each piece of creation into place, not wanting pain to touch our lives in the many ways it does. We took it upon ourselves to disobey His plan for us.
The sin of Adam and Eve is the very sin present in you and me. God gave humanity instructions, to not eat from a specific tree. So what did “we” do? We ate from it. Typical. To this day, we still behave like we know what is better for us. So, death, hate, discontent and all things disrupting entered this world because our hearts deceived us. We rejected our own Creator.
Do you understand the weight of this? God is for us, He will not let us down. He Ioves us so much!
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus Christ, fully God, the only perfectly sin free man to ever live, paid the penalty of our sin on the cross. A brutal beating in place of us, bearing the weight of our sins.
A perfect sacrificial lamb, without any blemish, paid the atonement of our sins. He died for US!!
On the third day after His death, Jesus came back to life, conquering all death and sin.
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
Today, we have a choice to make. I urge you to say yes. Our loving God provided us a way out from our sin problem. The answer is His son, Jesus. As we know, decisions produce outcomes that can be good or bad.
-Reject Jesus as God’s plan and be forever separated from God in hell.
-Believe Jesus is God and the answer to our heart condition, that He died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day. Turn away from your prior sin and you will be in heaven in eternal communion with our God when you die.
So what do YOU say?
Know that you are in good company, God loves us despite our mess. In no way have I “arrived” and I will not until I see my Jesus face to face. I am a mess and my life can be quite messy, yet I rest assured that despite of it, I am completely loved by the King.