It’s interesting that God didn’t write the Bible using professional authors. In fact, the stories in the Bible generally aren’t about men or women of royalty or even near-royalty. Both the authors and the characters are fraught with imperfections, problems, and character flaws. They give me hope because they’re sinners just like me. If God can save them, He can save me. If He can use them, He can use me.
In the Book of Matthew, we see God’s first genealogy of Jesus. Listed are Abraham who, not once but twice, claimed his wife as his sister to protect his life while placing her in compromising sexual situations. Then there is Jacob, the deceiver, who tricked his brother Esau into selling him his birthright. He then went on to deceive his father, Isaac, to obtain his father’s blessing over Esau.
Judah slept with his son’s wife thinking she was a prostitute and Rahab was a prostitute. King David was a lying, lusting, adulterer, who had a man murdered. His son, Solomon, had 700 wives and 300 concubines. In the Book of Luke’s genealogy, Noah is included. Once the ark settled on dry land after the Great Flood, he planted a vineyard and became drunk from the wine. Though God used him to build the ark to deliver his family from the flood that destroyed mankind, he was still a sinner.
Other Bible characters include Matthew, a tax collector. Tax collectors were notoriously hated because they were dishonest and extortioners. Peter, a fisherman, was impulsive and easily angered. The Apostle Paul was a zealous murderer before Christ met him on the Damascus Road.
Sin is deceptive; it’s elusive. Generally, we don’t think we’re sinners or we don’t believe our sin is “too” bad. Certainly, it’s not so bad as to deserve judgment, or so we think. Our culture doesn’t even want to discuss sin; it’s a draconian thought. The Bible depicts a different tale.
Just like those mentioned above, we’re sinners by nature. We’re not sinners because we sin; we sin because we’re sinners. Deep in our soul’s character is the DNA of sin. It goes back to Adam and Eve. Once they sinned in the Garden of Eden, all of humankind inherited that sin nature. It’s now a part of all of us.
Scripture tells us there is no one righteous, not even one. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. None of us even seek God. In fact, we’re blinded by Satan to anything but darkness. We love the darkness of our sin because our deeds are evil. Because of the evil within us, we won’t go toward the light of Christ for fear of being exposed.
Yet, we are just as exposed as the writers and characters of the Bible. God knows all and sees all. So, where does this leave us? We’re left in the hands of a just, holy, and almighty God. And, it’s a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of a living God. Facing God in our sins incurs eternal condemnation in hell. Yet, God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
Amazingly, despite our condition, we have the same wonderful hope as those in Jesus’ genealogy. We celebrate that hope as we approach Easter weekend. The same God that revealed Himself to those imperfect, sinful people reveals Himself to us. We, being akin to them in sin, have the same confidence before us. We don’t have to work or earn our way into the good graces of God, we only need to genuinely turn from our sin and back to God while, at the same time, believing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides the righteousness we need to be restored in our relationship with God.
Today is the day of salvation. God has set a day when the world will be judged by Christ. We will all die at some point. When we do, we are assured we will face God’s judgement. In the meantime, God provides the opportunity for us to be born again (John 3:3-8),which is required if we are to spend eternity with God in heaven. Being born again isn’t an option; it’s mandatory to be reconciled to God and saved from the wrath we deserve for our sins.
Today’s culture doesn’t accept this as truth. It’s politically incorrect and restrictive; too narrow to be tolerant. Regardless, God is unchanging and holds us as accountable as the authors of the Bible or those in the genealogy of Jesus. He will judge everything, including what is secret, whether good or evil.
Are you prepared for judgment day? Just as those in the day of Jesus, the celebration of His death, burial, and resurrection this weekend can become the beginning of your new life upon being born again and saved from your sin for all eternity.