Sunday, 27 March 2011
08:51:44 PM (GMT)
I've always been very fond of Rembrandt's "the raising of the cross"
The man you see near the center of the picture, who looks out of place by his
clothing, is a self-portrait of Rembrandt helping to hang Jesus on the cross. It is
a realization nearly every Christian has at some time, to really understand that
I put Jesus on the cross by my sin.
(Romans 3:22-24) 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to
all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have
sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his
grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Some people and groups choose to list sins. I know I would get to check off most of
that list. A list of your sins is not sending you to hell. For if you ask
God into your heart, if you say "God I am a sinner in need of a savior, please help
fix this mess" (just an example) then your sins are wiped away as if they never were.
Past present and future. So do not ever number your sins or hold them as a weight
over your own head, nor the head of another.
I know when I see something particularly bothering on the television or the internet
I have said "Where's old testament God who smites people who are this outrageous?".
Its like when you see someone speeding on the highway, where's the CHP? But when
you're speeding, you hope he isn't around. The point is that life isn't fair.
Things have never, ever been about fairness. Because it wasn't fair that the one
blameless, sinless person to walk the Earth had to die painfully and agonizingly for
everyone else. Its not fair for God to forgive us. Its not fair for us to be pulled
over by CHP and not that other guy. So hang the idea of fairness.
We are all born into sin and die in sin. That cute little baby, sin is part of its
very nature. The child is not inherently evil, so don't tune me out "TRAVIS SAYS
BABIES ARE EVIL!", but it is in its nature to sin. Sin is a choice.
Sin in its basic essence is man substituting himself as God (if anyone wants me to
explain this further, I will). Likewise, salvation is God substituting himself for
(Romans 6:23) 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It is the depth of our condition that helps us to see His majesty. We serve God as
best as we can our of love and a great ocean of thankfulness.
People know we are His not by a cross around our necks, but by our love of one
another and our love of God. The love we give each other isn't even ours! It is
said "let your light(love) shine before all men". As the moon faces the sun,
creating no light of its own but reflecting it's glow, so it is with us. When we
focus on God in all of his unfair love and forgiveness, we reflect love and
forgiveness onto others.