Eyes That See

“I Once Was Blind”

Happy Easter!

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” –C.S. Lewis

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” –Romans 3:23

We who should be condemned for sinning against God are instead righteous before Him because He condemned Jesus Christ on the Cross for our sins.

God is a loving God and a forgiving God, but I think people too often totally screw up these two attributes of the living God. People who do not believe in God often point to tragedies and evils in this world and argue that a “loving god” wouldn’t allow those things to be. As the brilliant C.S. Lewis pointed out (I believe it was in “The Problem of Pain”), this is because they have a botched idea of what to expect from the loving God. People often expect God to show His love the way that a benevolent grandfather would- always wanting to show his love and to earn the love of his grandchildren by spoiling them and always giving them everything they want. I am not a parent, but I think have seen enough parenting to know that this kind of “love” from a parent to a child is in fact unloving. Just as the answer must at times be “no” and discipline is sometimes necessary from a loving parent to child, the loving God must sometimes tell us “no” and discipline us. With this idea of a loving God, God is much more easily reconciled with the tragedies and evils of this world.

God is also a forgiving God, but I think a better understanding of His forgiveness is necessary. As I understand it, our asking for forgiveness places no claims on the mercy of God. And it is not as though our sins just magically disappear when we ask for forgiveness. We cannot do what we want, then ask for forgiveness, and live how we want and still go to heaven. Jesus said that if we love Him, then we will keep His commandments. A person does not love Him if he or she says, “screw His commandments, He’ll forgive me anyways, so I’ll be okay.”

God is a just God, and justice demands for Him to be angry at our sins and at us when we sin. This anger must be accounted for, and does not just magically disappear if you say a prayer every time you sin. If you trust and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, then your sins were paid for in full on Calvary’s Cross long ago. We who stand guilty before the living God are declared innocent because faith in Jesus trades our sins for His righteousness. We are not condemned because He was condemned in our place. And we are righteous because He was righteous. This is the glory of the old rugged Cross.

This makes for a Happy Easter!


March 22, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Can you get me a photo of my new nephew?! You should have seen my during your district tournament your senior year…I got a lil outta control…THEY WERE ALL OVER YOU! 😉

    Comment by Mindy | March 23, 2008 | Reply

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