I love this photo of twins in the military! You just can’t tell them apart!
~John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Let’s say your twin daughters both run away from home to sow their wild oats. You discover where they are living and send your son, their brother, to talk some sense into them. Here you’ve created a beautiful home for them, complete with love and care. But now they have chosen to go against your wishes to live a life their lives the way they want. If they knew you would have approved of their lifestyle, they would not have run away. But they knew how you felt and that is why they went out on their own so they could continue in their sin without you knowing about it.
Your daughters no longer live in the comfort of your home nor are they protected by you. They are on their own. Your son begs the twins to turn from their wicked ways and to come home with him. He is able to reach one sister but the other is adamant. There’s nothing her brother can say – she does not want to return.
You rejoice greatly because one of your daughters has come home. However, you are heartbroken because the other daughter has chosen to stay away and continue to live in her sin. You do not love her any less but you are grieved beyond what words can say. She has chosen to sever the fellowship between the two of you. She has chosen to stay away. However, just because she has chosen not to have fellowship with you, it does not mean that she is no longer your daughter. In fact, your emotions are probably more “stirred” because of her choice.
Can you now imagine how God feels? His creation, Adam and Eve, chose to sin. They did not realize that their sin would bring the consequences of a broken relationship. Because God knows the future, He realizes that they will never be able to keep the whole Law. It grieves God that fellowship is broken so He makes a plan to send His Son to restore that fellowship. The Law requires that blood be shed for the remission of sins.
~Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Because God is Holy and cannot break the Law He created, He sends His Son (the Perfect Lamb) to shed His own blood for all man kind’s sin. What a beautiful picture of how much God loves us! God’s initial design was not to condemn the world. But because of the world’s sin, He sent His Son so that the world could be saved and that intimate fellowship could be restored.
Please help thou my unbelief.
Increase my mustard seed faith.
Open my eyes that I may see
The Gift Thou has sent my way!
© Kate Plourde 2009