The world was created in perfection, with love. All was beautiful, all was good. It was a glorious place where fellowship with God was possible. (Gen. 1)
Yet, the perfection did not stay. With the ability for true fellowship came the ability for broken fellowship. When Eve believed the lie, that all was not good, that God was hiding something from her, the relationship broke.
And that base lie follows us all– a longing for something more than what God has given. A disbelief in His goodness.
With sin present, fellowship broken, we all enter life. A blackness of soul that leaves us alone in a world that is no longer good. We are all marked sharp with blood-guilt, emptiness and pain.
We’ve been born with conflicting desires: the fellowship we were created for and the selfish sinfulness that fights for our allegiance. And the sinfulness will win over our desires for fellowship every time. We’re not strong enough to fight it, not good enough in ourselves.
But then the glory.
Scripture says that,
“He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.” Isaiah 59:16
It’s the whisper of Christ. The promise of grace. God, Himself, worked salvation. He stepped right down, here to a world that disbelieved His goodness and had turned away from relationship with Him. He walked straight into a story of brokenness and pain.
And grace is the ability to fellowship again.
Salvation is not a trophy to brag upon, but a banner to stand under. It is the understanding that God came and bore the weight of our sins, placing Jesus, with arms outstretched, in the space between Him and us.
Christ embraced death that our relationship with Him could be healed. Death brought life. The downward spiral of earth disturbed. And the grave could not contain Him.
Jesus walked away from the pit of hell because He was sinless, and in that moment we were freed.
There are two things that you and I must do to claim His grace:
if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
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