Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Having equipment damaged isn’t a good thing. Its bad enough when such damage is accidental. It becomes worse when the damage is intentional. When this happens, there is most certainly trouble to follow. Who ever damaged the equipment will be forced to suffer the consequences.
What does damaged equipment have to do with anything? More than I like to admit. I sincerely doubt that many of us have intentionally damaged our employer’s equipment. For starters, to damage something intentionally is a form of theft. That is a sin. I seriously doubt that any of us wants to be called a sinner. However, we are sinners.
This is being written on what is commonly called “Good Friday”. However, in one respect, this night can hardly be considered good. True, this year (2014), an odd calendar arrangement all three of the major groups (Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant) are celebrating “Good Friday” and Easter together. In that regard, it is good. However, in another respect, tonight is hardly good. Specifically, tonight is an execution and a funeral. The murderer? Sadly, it is us.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Our Lord and Savior was falsely accused and executed upon the cross for our sins. In that regard, we become the murderers of our Lord. None of us is innocent, not a single one of us. Indeed, it is written in Romans 3:10 “There is none righteous, no not one”. Thus, we are aptly and rightly accused and judged as guilty. We can not argue this, nor do we have the right to do so either.
However, there is a way out. In the writing of the prophet Isaiah, it is written “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” How is that possible? Simple, God has provided a way. God sent his son Jesus to die in our place. Thus, in that Jesus was truly God in human flesh, it was God who stepped in to die for us.
God dying upon the cross for our sins? Would he really do that? In Genesis 3:15, it is written “he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” God apparently planned from the beginning to save humanity from Adam’s sin. God was not willing to give up on us just because our first ancestors couldn’t abide by his instructions. He promised a savior, yet it would God himself who would save us.
Good? Yes. God ordained from the beginning that he would save us and the cross would be the means whereby he would do so. Though it may seem that tonight is not a good night, it truly is. It is good in that God took the sins of the world upon himself to save his creation from the curse of sin and death.
Broken equipment, whether by accident or intent, can generally be repaired. Our world is broken by sin. God, through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus upon the cross, has begun repairing the damage. God has already reconciled us to himself and at the return of Christ Jesus, God shall completely restore the creation. Until then, we read, and commemorate the death of our Lord and Savior.