If the resurrection of Jesus is true, then we must either come to him for life, or run from his judgement — but we mustn’t tarry.
When dying is gain, our fear of death, man, and disease is gone — and Christ is magnified in our death.
God carries out his desires and plans by his people’s prayers.
The problem isn’t evidence — the problem is preference.
Christian, you were saved to display the excellency of Christ to a self-glorifying world.
We Live to Display
There is not a person in the world who does not display the worth of something. We have this innate desire to make much of something greater than ourselves and that outside of ourselves. “Did you see who made the playoffs?” “So, this weekend I went to…” There must be something of value that we find our value in, that we desire to show as valuable, and something that we so desperately want to invite others in to enjoy it with us.
C.S. Lewis shows us this truth,
The world rings with praise — lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite game — praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars…[then they] spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: “Isn’t she lovely? Wasn’t it glorious? Don’t you think that magnificent?”
Yet, the things we enjoy aren’t really that outstanding. Get the new iPhone 8? You’re going to be outdated with the 10. Love your job? It’ll get harder, and besides, your friend’s job is much more interesting. This is an endless pursuit of self-glory, and nothing holds its luster. By pointing to ourselves as supremely valuable, we let so many down. When we tell others that this thing is deserving of the most praise, we lead them astray by overselling and under-delivering. How sad, selfish, and sinful we are. We have completely missed true value, ‘our desires are not too strong, but too weak.’
And why do we seek to display what we delight in? Because we want to find what is most excellent and point others to glory in it with us. What are we designed to display? And how do we know?
Though he did not commit any sins, he was sent away with a death warrant for ours; Jesus bore our punishment for us.
Private Sins, Public Shame
The producer of Gangs of New York, Harvey Weinstein, is making newspaper and media headlines. But sadly, not for another movie, but for multiple allegations and women coming forward to reveal that they have been sexually assaulted, groped, and raped by the director. According to these women, they have been asked, forced, and paid to make sexual advances or to be alone with him in hotel rooms; they have been tricked into one-on-one meetings in offices or in buildings. And in all of these horrendous and wicked acts of sexual sin, Weinstein remained in power over their word and fame as actresses. These secret sins in the hidden areas of offices, closed doors, and hotel rooms have not been exposed for what they are: disturbing acts carried out by a human being with a heart of stone, full of sexual immorality, lust, falsehood, pride, and in the place of power to abuse and shame the opposite sex in the process.
You followed your heart, he followed the Father’s will.
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The Original Instruction
In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1), and all things were created through him and for him (John 1:3; Col. 1:16). The Triune God existed before creation, God spoke and all things were created through and carried out by Jesus Christ. The Spirit gave life where the spoken and carried out command of God was given (Gen. 1:2; John 6:63). So, in Genesis 2 God gives gives the command to work and keep the garden, and that they may eat of any tree in the garden but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they are not to eat or they will surely die (Gen. 2:15-17).
Then, in Genesis 3 before sin and evil exist, human beings did not follow the instruction of God but the understanding of their heart. Eve tells the serpent, “God said, ‘You shall not eat of of the fruit of the tree [of the knowledge of good and evil]…neither shall you touch it.'” (Gen. 3:3). Eve somehow knew the commands of God, yet she didn’t follow his instruction but her own, and the rest is history as Adam fails to keep the garden and allows his wife to be mislead. The original instruction of God was poorly heard and followed.