July 13, 2020

Romans 5:8

…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

I chuckled when I saw the title of Grace’s new sermon series: (un)believable.

I chuckled because I am amused (and playfully annoyed) with the overuse of the word, especially in the sports world. Not a game seems to go by where something (a nice pass, a blocked play or a shot scored) is not extolled as being “unbelievable!”

By definition, to be truly “unbelievable” something needs to be so beyond reason, so utterly beyond comprehension, that it’s extremely difficult (or even impossible) to believe it actually happened. And how many times does that occur in a sporting event, REALLY?   

I was watching one of those true crime shows the other night and I found myself really getting angry at the criminal. His crimes were vengeful, completely selfish and incredibly damaging to an entire family’s world. I wanted that person to pay, and pay hard, for his sins.

And then I thought… How does God react to this criminal? Is He as disgusted with the crimes of others as I am? I find myself wanting people to pay for their unjust actions, but God loves us so deeply He was willing to pay that penalty on our behalf, in Jesus’ brutal death on a cross. HE paid that awful price for OUR crimes!  He paid… so that I would not have to?

Now THAT is “unbelievable!”

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