This is as political as I’ll get today: I am thankful we spent the last few months combing over the books of 1 & 2 Kings and for the truth that God washed over me through his Scripture. Nations rise, nations fall. Good kings come, good kings go. Evil leaders come, evil leaders go. If you didn’t join us for those readings and need to reframe what you think about God’s role in politics, I suggest skimming through our archives of those posts or rereading those books.
What a great outline chapter three gives us about how we respond to sin. We make a decision to defy God’s rules, we justify it, we invite other people into our sin, we are washed over with guilt, we hide, we blame and then we are overwhelmed by our shame.
And what a great outline of the gospel. God comes looking for us. Not as a harsh punisher, but as a loving parent, coaxing us out of our hiding spot. We come out of the bushes, our knees dirty from crouching in fear. Blood is shed to cover our shame. An innocent life sacrificed.
But for us, it’s not an animal. And with the gospel, we don’t have to leave God’s presence.
I overhear my husband tell our son that he doesn’t have to hide when he’s in trouble. That we love him, even when he disobeys. He’s two. We are born with the instinct to scatter when we sin, because we’ve failed and let people down. When I read these chapters, I’m reminded of my nature. My tendency to point fingers, to find a dark place to wallow in my failure. But now we have Jesus! Here are some bright, truth-drenched verses that I encourage you to read aloud this morning:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” Rom 3:23-25
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Rom 10:9-10
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. ” 1 Cor. 15:3-4
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:21
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” 1 Tim 2:5-6
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:24-25
I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit, the cross and for Jesus this morning, and a God who’s had a plan for us since day one.