Wednesday, December 23, 2009
God's bailout plan
Do feel tired, world-weary, stressed, bogged down and over-loaded? Feel like you need a bailout? God has the answer......and His bailout plan is eternal, the best kind! That is the Good News of Christmas!
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7,8
When we were powerless to save ourselves, He came down and did the impossible, awful, terrible, unthinkable thing. God Himself died for us so that we could be with Him forever. Not only that, this plan was in the works from the very beginning, before man took his first breath. He knew we would fail, He knew we would stray from Him, He knew this even as He breathed the breath of His own Spirit into our nostrils. Given the choice, each one of us eventually turn and go our own way, away the very One who loves us the most. It's insane, it's crazy, it's radical!
It's a God who loves us so much it hurts Him.
So not only do we not have to fear death, we don't have to fear this life either! At any moment during the day we can stop, reflect, pull back from the stress of life and know that we can draw a ready supply of strength and help from our Comforter. Now that's what I call a bail-out plan!
The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of
God. - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity