The last Essential Question that we looked at was how does sin affects us. Sin separates us from God and destroys our relationship with Him. Sin brings us into a place a place empty of God’s love. A place controlled by things that do not bring eternal joy.
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“What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand. So, God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.”” (The Message, Romans 1:21-24)
We have fooled ourselves into thinking we are happy and can make ourselves happy, but the reality is, we cannot. In effect, we are miserable and have no hope without God. We are slaves to sin, whether we want to admit it or not (John 8:34). When we are ready to admit we are miserable, then we start to consider how to fix our relationship with God. We want to restore our relationship with God our creator to experience the contentment that it can bring in all circumstances (Phil. 4:11). Is this something we can do ourselves?
Short answer: No.
Sin skews our view of the world and of our life. It takes over how we think and how we act. We like to believe that we are self-sufficient and in control. In this instance, we are not. Only God can build the bridge to us that mends our broken relationship. Only God can save us from the human condition and from sin.
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Don’t believe me? Consider the bible passages below.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3-7)
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:1-9)
Next week will begin Holy Week. A time in the church year when we turn our hearts and minds to the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross in order to fix our relationship with God. Have you accepted that amazing sacrifice? Are you still trying to mend the broken relationship through your actions? Trying to win God’s favour through what you are doing? This Holy Week and Easter Sunday focus on what Jesus has done for us. Turn away from the desire to believe we can fix everything ourselves and meditate on what it means to have God come looking to save us.