I am a Christian. I preach at the Dewey Church of Christ in Dewey, OK. Here you will find my sermons, uploaded every week, along with a smattering of articles. I hope these lessons encourage and inspire you in your walk with Him.
The Bible, as it was originally written, is an attempt by the Creator to reach out to his creation. This Creator wants to have a relationship with each and every human, the pinnacle species of his creation, and He is communicating to us that He is out there, caring and hurting every time we reject him.
The words He is using in the text paint a picture of a God who is, among other things, perfectly consistent in every facet of His being. Part of that consistency is punishment for wrongdoing. Everyone instinctively knows that it’s wrong when a guilty person goes unpunished, as well as when an innocent one is blamed. I hardly think that God, the being that created us, could be any different. And, unfortunately for us, the punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). Why is this? God gave us the very thing that allows us to resist him (free will), so how can he blame us when we exercise it?
It comes back to consistency. He is perfect. Even being involved with imperfect things would contaminate that, much in the same way a single drop of dye contaminated an entire glass of clear water. More than that, we all know what it feels like when a guilty person goes unpunished. Why would we expect God to feel any different? We have been told by God how to please him, he reaches for us in every way, and yet again and again we reject him by disobeying him, becoming imperfect by acting contrary to the perfect. And as an infinite, perfect God, in order to remain consistent, God must punish wrongdoing. We all deserve death, not just of the body, but of the soul, as well.
We all have made an enemy of the most powerful and just being ever, and this should terrify us.
But, also fortunately for us, God isn’t willing to just let us go. He knows of our plight, and He has decided to fight for us. He somehow devised a system that both satisfies his perfect sense of justice (specifically that wrongdoing should be punished) and lets us avoid the proper reward for our sin. How could he possibly come up with such a system, and what components could it possibly contain?
This system contains all the parts necessary for our narrow escape from eternal death at the hands of a vengeful God. It contains the perfect sacrifice to satisfy the perfect vengeance to provide the perfect mercy. The perfect sacrifice is His son, a part of the eternal Jehovah, giving up the rights and powers of deity and becoming a man. It involves that man living a perfect life, proving once and for all that it is indeed possible for a human to perfectly obey God, for over 30 years, no less. And it involves that perfect man, the only man who would never need to be punished, willingly accepting that punishment. It involves one perfect man giving up deity and dying as a human, so that the rest of us don’t have to. God demands perfection, so Christ gave it to Him, gave Him enough for all of us. And finally, it involves that man who died coming back to his physical body, proving that death, ultimately, is powerless in the face of perfection. And now, all of us can have that perfection, given as a gift from the only man who earned it, as long as we become a follower, or a disciple, of that man, Jesus Christ.
My work as a preacher is to explain, to the best of my ability and by the grace of the God who made me, the intricacies of both the words given to us by God, and the system Hi devised for us to have a relationship with him.