A Gospel Meditation

Who can say he has understood the mind of the almighty? Who can say I have figured out the creator? Who can say "I have done this" apart from the Lord of the universe? All of humanity rests helpless in the hands of almighty God. He has the power to crush and the power to save, the power to destroy and the power to deliver. He can pour out in vengeance his wrath, or he can pour out his mercy in love.

However, our God is a gracious God. A God of justice? Yes. A God of mercy? Yes. In his divine forbearance, God passed over the wickedness of humanity. He looked over those with crooked tongues. He looked over those who fondle the breast of one not their own. He looked over those who weigh the scales deceitfully for monetary gain. He looked over these who are puffed up with conceit and arrogant in pride. He looked over those who outwardly display holiness, but inwardly are bitter and self-righteous. He looked over those who gossip on the street corners. He looked over all of us who took the infinitely valuable glory of God and mocked it with the damnable treason of self-worship. By God's grace he looked over all of our sins and all our condemnable thoughts, actions, and deeds.

But don't you know that God's kindness and patience is meant to lead you to repentance?

God would be just to annihilate us and throw us to the pit of hell at the littlest sinful action. Indeed, God should throw us into the fiery furnace as soon as damnable acts are committed. Delaying His wrathful judgement is allowing the further mocking of his transcendence and eminence to continue.

However, God is merciful. He has shown us great kindness in delaying his judgement. Indeed he has been patient because he has been waiting for His plan to come into play. God does not desire that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and faith. As a result, God set forth a plan. It is a plan to crush the head of the serpent and destroy sin once and for all. This plan would be fulfilled by God himself. Indeed the creator would write himself into the story of humanity. God himself would become a man, putting on humanity and walking among us. God has become one of us. God is one of us, and his name is Jesus.

Jesus, the sinless son of God, lived his life and ministry on this earth for one purpose. That purpose was to become the solution to the problem of sin. That purpose was to redeem those human rebels who mock the glory of God. That purpose was to save those who are lost and have compassion on the weak. That purpose was to lay down his life, absorbing the wrathful punishment those rebels were due. Jesus himself became the sin bearer. Jesus himself became the sacrifice of atonement. God placed the wrath due our sin onto Jesus. He made him to be sin, who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus paid it all. He paid your debt, and has credited all the riches of heaven to your account. God has provided a means of escape from the coming wrath, and that escape is through Jesus.

Why would God do this? Why would Jesus be willing to go to the cross for you and me? It is one of the great mysteries of why God would do this for us. I do not understand fully understand the why. Why would God deliver me from my sin? How could God show his love to me? Why would God want to adopt me as his child? It is an astonishing truth, but the truth it is. This is the great reality. This is the true story of the whole world. God has reached out to you through Jesus because He loves you and wants to save you from your greatest enemy, you. He wants to wash you and make you clean. He wants to use you for the spread of this glorious good news. He wants you to be apart of his family.

Trust in this most glorious king, who desires to save you through His son, Jesus. Call on the name of Christ and be saved from your sins. Put your faith in His work on the cross. Then joyously live your life proclaiming to all this great gift that you have been given. Proclaim to all the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus! Tell the world that hope has arrived, peace has come, and joy is found!

It is Finished: Why Today is a Good Friday

Today is Good Friday.  It is the day we remember the horrific crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  It is a day we remember his scourging of the whip.  It is a day we remember the mocking roars of the crowd.  It is the day we remember hands and feet nailed to a cross.  It is a day we remember the most tragic day in history.  For it is the day that humanity killed God. It is the day the humanity killed its own savior.

You might be thinking, how is it possible to call this day good Friday?  How could an unjust execution of an innocent man be called a good day?  The answer to that question reveals the mystery of God's will from before the foundation of the earths. God, as he often does, takes the worst situations and uses them for His glory. It is God who takes the greatest evil, the brutal crucifixion of Jesus, and brings the greatest good. For we know from the Scriptures that Jesus’ death was for you and for me.  The sinless Jesus became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God. At the cross, Jesus took on the sin you've committed and paid the price in your place.

Jesus didn't deserve to die on that cross.  You did.  I did.  But it was by God's great and incredible mercy that he sent His own son into the world to absorb the wrath that you deserved. That is what makes this Friday so good.  That on the cross when Jesus cried, "It is finished!", he spoke the truth.  That because of the death of Christ our sin has been paid for.  We no longer have to experience the fires of hell because Jesus saves us. Your debt to God has been paid.

For those of us who have faith in Jesus as our Lord and our Savior, we have experienced the forgiveness of sins.  If you have yet to taste the grace extended to you in Jesus, what are you waiting for? Fall on your face in desperation because of your treasonous sin. Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. Live the rest of your life for His sake and for His glory!

Why would you wait to taste of this grace?  Don't get lost in distraction. Trust Jesus today. For it is by his death we are saved.

Today, as we remember the death of our Savior and Lord.  May we be reminded of our desperate state in our sinfulness, and may we remember the extravagant love God has for us.  May we fall in profound humility and be overflowed with a sweet worship.  For as Jesus said, “It is finished”.