Author: Joel Rogers
When I look into my 4 month old daughter’s eyes, I see nothing but purity, innocence… hope. But she was born into the same world as you and I, a world where daughters are trafficked and sons are killed in wartime and peacetime. In the Bible, Genesis paints a picture of a cursed earth that we must toil and die and return to as dust. Only the most sheltered life could see a world without suffering and sorrow.
Did God set us in a trap – condemned to sin and punished for our humanity? Is He the “mean kid sitting on an anthill with a magnifying glass” like Jim Carey’s line in the classic comedy BRUCE THE ALMIGHTY?
What else is in the picture that the Bible paints for us?
Surely the only man to never sin wouldn’t suffer himself would He? The red words in the gospels are underlined by pure blood that was spilled to show a way out. Jesus didn’t suffer because of His misdeeds or some whim of the “Almighty Smiter”. Man’s choices to sin again and again, generation after generation had triggered a landslide of consequences for humanity and the earth we live on.
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
In Jesus’ last hours before captivity and execution He chose the hardest road. He accepted the plan of redemption so that we as mankind can make a new choice – to chose to accept Jesus. To accept His forgiveness for our wrong and hurtful choices and accept His gift: taking the consequences and punishment we deserved so that we can live with Him forever.
In the book of Jude is says that He “is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy”
“Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.’” (John 8:11) to the former prostitute – and the same to the lame man he healed at the pool of Bethesda.
Would a good God say “sin no more” if that were impossible? Would a good God create a world that was always destined to suffer the consequences of sin and burn in a fiery eternal punishment? Would a good God stack a crushing weight on your back and say “walk!” without giving the strength and means to do what He was commanding?
We can live a pure life. We can see paradise – because He is good and He said it is possible.
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