Friday, March 11, 2011

In Prayer For Japan...

Just looking at some of the images of Japan make me sad.  There's been a lot of talk about God's wrath and different ideas of what this all means.  Perhaps people have watched a series of catastrophic events and are asking questions, which is natural.

One thing I'd like to say is God is clear that these things happen to all.  It is not a clear judgement upon  a particular people. At the same time these events should wake us up to the reality of death and purpose in our lives.  Even Jesus says in Matthew 5:45 that  "rain[s] on the just and on the unjust."

Meaning, whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, these events happen because you and I live in a fallen world.  Everything is this world is meant to break because it's meant to be something different.  Sin, has left an awful stain.  Bad things happen (like in Japan) to all people.  We ourselves, do bad.  Sin, has left an awful stain.  Creation yearns for something.  God answered with something.  Something SO tremendous and perfect.  Jesus Christ, the God man came, lived a perfect life, died, and rose on the 3rd day!  Whoever would believe in him would have eternal life!  Count the cost and follow this Christ, he is the only way to the Father, the perfect holy Father.  God the Father, perfect in all his ways, demands perfection but because of our sin, it has left an awful stain, we need Jesus' righteousness for this reconciliation.  Christ bore it all for those who would believe in order that we might be called Children of God.  Sin, has left an awful stain, BUT Jesus Christ, has erased that awful stain...And made us clean.  

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