“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.” – Rom 3:23-25
Have you ever lost a race? You felt disappointed and discouraged! The one time I was doing a long distance race around the track. I was with the pack on the first round leading them, but as I crossed the 200 m mark on the second round I knew I was coming in last and I stopped the race. When you realize you will not cut it or are not up to standard you loose hope and all motivation fades away.
When we stand before God honestly we realize we will not make the cut due to our sin. Someone gave me an illustration which I think is quite fitting. Near Capetown there is an island we call Robben Island which was named after all the Rob sea animal that was found on it. It is located 6,9 km from the coast. No myself and your normal blokes will try to swim in the icy cold water of the Atlantic ocean from Robben Island (Which was used to house prisoners which Nelson Mandela was one of the prisoners of Apartheid, which the British established in South Africa when they came here to take over the land) to the shore. Now lets say I try and get 1 km far before I drown. Then Joe comes along and he swims halway 3 km and he drowns. Now there was a super dooper fit prisoner that swam but he drowned in the waves just before the beach. Is thre any difference between any of us in reaching our goal? Surely not. The same with our sin. Maybe you are the good guy / girl who has done everything right in his life but that one time the traffic cop caught you speeding when you were late for work and you had to pay the fine, is like the guy who got to the waves and drowned. But still you will fall short before God.
We are figuratively all in the same boat as Noah. God brought judgement on the generation of Noah because “every inclination of their minds was only evil all the time” – Gen 6:5. None of us will be found righteous before God without His sons sacrifice on the cross.
Who has sinned? Everyone
Person A Big Sin
Person B Medium Sin
Person C Small Sin
Who is further away from God: a person who sins a little, or a person who sins a lot? All are equal, all lost. Therefore a good moral life does not save you. You cannot earn your salvation by your good deeds.
Faith in the blood of Jesus saves you (v. 25).
So in short our good moral live will not take us to heaven only the blood of Jesus.
Prayer for Today:
Lord, we know we fall short and that You sent your Son for that very reason to die for us on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and that we can stand before you God on judgement day because of Your Son’s sacrifice. Help us to understand that a good moral life will not save us as depicted by the world. Jesus did say He is the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Him. Help us to humble ourselves and accept we need your forgiveness. Help us to be serious about it and not delay. Amen
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