For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Rom.3:23
I have known this verse since childhood, and growing up I’ve learned of its depth and implications in how I view life. We are all fallen. In the face of pure holiness, perfect love and perfect justice in one glorious Diety, we deserve nothing good. Sin is our nature. To murder with angry words, commit adultery with lustful thoughts, covet and steal in our discontent and lie with our broken promises or lack of commitment.
It only takes one sin, one. To remove us forever from God’s presence, and be completely out of reach of everything that is good. But that’s why Christmas brings about a message of hope for the depraved like you and me. God became man so he can be our sin and die in our place. Because forgiveness of sin comes at a cost, a tremendous sacrifice. Jesus Christ died, humiliated, punished for our wrongs and stripped of even the right to die a quick and painless death.
God’s perfect justice and holiness knows we are not worth it…but His perfect love granted us grace and made us worthy in Christ. Worthy of what? An eternity of Him and all the beautiful things none of us deserve.
For the wages of sin is death, but the FREE gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
We need to ask ourselves again what our Christianity has become. What we entitle ourselves to. I know I don’t deserve this gift of salvation, and every single breath I am privileged to continue breathing on earth. I do not deserve my loving husband, this comfortable life or the baby growing in my womb. But that’s just it. Knowing I am not entitled to any of this without Christ increases my urgency to repent when I commit sin, and makes me so much more grateful for His grace. My unworthiness magnifies His perfect love for me. I know I can lose as much as I have been given on earth and the only proper response would be to worship my God even still…because He has already given me this hope.
Joy doesn’t begin with the pursuit of it…it doesn’t come with hard work or the existence of blessings. It comes with the knowledge that you do not deserve it. That it can only be found in a real, personal relationship with Jesus Christ… Forsaking your self-right, admitting your unworthiness and sinfulness…and choosing His way of saving you, over your own way or whatever others can concoct.
All this being said, Merry Christmas.