“This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in Him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust Him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to Him.” John 3:16-18 (MSG)
“JUST FORGET IT!” then I heard the unmistakable sound of something clanking into the trashcan.
Terry’s exasperated words signaled the end of the project. Terry and I were trying to salvage a broken gadget. We fiddled. We re-wired. We tinkered. Then frustration set in. Nothing we tried worked—it was broken. It really wasn’t worth trying to fix—we wasted a lot of time and energy on a cheap gizmo. The gadget’s value didn’t warrant that amount of time, effort or emotion—but there we were—both mad and with nothing to show for the effort.
Trying to Salvage
Have you done that? Have you tried to salvage something unsalvageable?
Imagine God’s quandary.
I hope that you’re familiar with the story. Make sure you know the whole story—it began before time. It’s outlined in Genesis. The important points are: God created everything from nothing, God’s creation was good, God created man differently—He created man in His own image—man was very good, and God created humanity to have a relationship with Him.
Those are the starting points of the story. Adam and Eve had it made. They lived in paradise. Everything was good. Only one thing was off-limits.
Almost everything was not enough. Adam and Eve sinned. They chose their way over God’s way—as simple and direct as it was.
Contaminated By Sin
God’s perfect creation contaminated by sin began to show the signs of that contamination—physical death, pain, hardship and struggle became the norm. You see, the one thing God refuses to control is humanity’s free will to choose or refuse a relationship with Him. When Adam chose his will over God’s plan, Adam earned his reward. As Adam’s descendants, you and I inherit his guilt.
As bad as the physical manifestations of sin are—the worst by far is the spiritual separation. Sin, brought spiritual death. Sin caused a separation between a holy God and sinful humanity. Humanity, imperfect because of sin, could not manufacture or conjure a perfect redeemer. There was no way to set the “account” straight—man was spiritually lost and physically limited.
God could have left it there. He could have tossed His creation aside and brushed the miserable dust from His hands.
God Loves US
God SO loved the world…God’s love is so deep, so profound He couldn’t let go.
God SO loved the world…that He gave His only Son…
That’s love! That’s the kind of love one could never repay—not with a thousand lifetimes and not a with flawless performance. That kind of love is only repaid with gratitude and love in return.
“Thank You,” just doesn’t seem like enough.
Father, Thank You for the love that sought me when I was despicable, when all I wanted was my own way, and when You were the last “person” on my list. Thank You for seeking me. Thank You for buying back with Your Son’s life—my life—the life that was created by You and Yours to begin with. Help me live a life of humble gratitude in response to the love You poured out at Calvary. Thank You for sending your Son as the perfect sacrifice.