A young man was facing trial. He had drank too much and crashed his car into the van of a family. Both landed in the ditch next to the road. The family died. He lived.
The judge sat on his chair behind his desk. He looked into the young mans helpless eyes. The chances didn’t look good for him.
1. Nobody can reach the goal
We were made for a perfect world. That is the reason why we always strive for perfection even though we are dissappointed all the time.
Our life is like a balance.
We stand on one side of the balance and the perfect God on the other side. He is completely good and successful in everything that he does.
No matter how hard we try we can never achieve this level of perfection.
You’re thinking: Others are doing a better job than I am?
Mother Teresa is definitely better. Yes, mother Teresa is truly on a hole new level. But is she any closer to God? Is she almost as good as God?
It is written in the Bible:
Romans 3, 10 As it is written, There is no righteous person, not even one.
Our weaknesses become really painful when they strongly influence our lives. When my marriage falls apart or my kids take a wrong path or I lose my job because of it.
When I fail.
Then our weaknesses and mistakes can make us lose the ground under our feet. Constant feelings of guilt hold on to us.
So we start fighting:
2. Self-justification doesn’t help
The attorney of the defendant argued: “My client wasn’t fully sane. The pressure of his divorce led him to drink more. The accident with the family didn’t happen on purpose and it wasn’t directly his fault.”
The spectators felt unsure. Most of them voted for guilty.
Here are four examples how humans try to get out of uncomfortable, unfulfilled situations:
1. accusing others
“Through my marriage I changed for the worse!”
“I was influenced so much by my parents”!
2. self accusations
“I’m just a loser!”
“I will definately fail!”
“It is never enough!”
“I am never enough!”
“That’s too difficult for me!”
“I don’t expect anything anymore! I’ll only be dissappointed anyway.”
But these attempts balance it out. To be honest, they don’t help at all. Sometimes they make it worse because we hurt other people or get lost in drugs.
My own efforts at finding a solution just serve to illustrate that I am too weak. It’s as if an ant tried to lift up an elephant. Pointless.
Romans 3, 19 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, in order to shut every mouth and make it so the whole world has to answer to God.
But- thanks to God – a successful solution does exist:
3. God steps in for us
A weight that steps onto the balance with us and changes everything.
And exactly this plan was thought thrue by God himself. Something that covers up our weaknesses, eases our pain, rescues us, corrects our mistakes and takes care of what we can’t do.
God decided that he himself will fill up this hole through his son Jesus:
Romans 3, 22 God’s righteousness comes through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who have faith in him. There’s no distinction. 23 All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory, 24 but all are treated as righteous freely by his grace because of a ransom that was paid by Christ Jesus. 25 Through his faithfulness, God displayed Jesus as the place of sacrifice where mercy is found by means of his blood. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness in passing over sins that happened before, 26 during the time of God’s patient tolerance. He also did this to demonstrate that he is righteous in the present time, and to treat the one who has faith in Jesus as righteous.
AMAZING: That is the biggest proof of love that we can imagine: Jesus takes responsibilty for our weaknesses and mistakes. He fills the hole.
At the end the crowd quietly awaited the judges decision. He got up. He looked at the accused man. Who was looking at the floor.
” I hereby declare the defendant for guilty. The evidence is obvious. He will be prosecuted to 20 years of prison.” Everybody in the room froze.
The judge took off his robe. He walked down the steps and stood in front of the man. He turned to the spectators, to the state-attorney, to the defenders attorney and finally to his empty chair.
” I am taking the place of the prosecuted man and am I am taking his punishment upon me. The defendant is thus a free man.”
The prison guard closed the hand cuffs around the judges stretched out arms and lead him off.
4. God wants us to be like Jesus
And now? Can we just continue sinning? Hurt each other? That’s supposed to be a solution?
Romans 6, 2 Certainly not! We have died to sin—how then can we go on living in it? 3 For surely you know that when we were baptized into union with Christ Jesus, we were baptized into union with his death. 4 By our baptism, then, we were buried with him and shared his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new life.
As a kid I had a hard time learning to ride my bike. I remember exactly how my dad walked next to me holding on to me. That was great, feeling the wind in my face. But then my dad let go of me for a second and I yelled:” Faaaather!” I fell to the side and barely managed to hold myself up with my feet. I cried.
My dad explained to me that I didn’t need to be afraid because he would have caught me before I would have really fallen to the ground.
I tried again. I overbalanced a couple of times but when I noticed that my dad was really next to me, making sure I didn’t fall, I gained so much courage that I started pedaling even harder. And voilà: I rode around our drive way all alone. My dad stood aside applauding me!
Because I knew nothing could happen to me I was brave enough to ride on my own.
Jesus bails us out but he does have one condition: We have to learn to live like he showed us.
Romans 6 Surely you know that when you surrender yourselves as slaves to obey someone, you are in fact the slaves of the master you obey—either of sin, which results in death, or of obedience, which results in being put right with God. 17 But thanks be to God! For though at one time you were slaves to sin, you have obeyed with all your heart the truths found in the teaching you received. 18 You were set free from sin and became the slaves of righteousness. 19 At one time you surrendered yourselves entirely as slaves to impurity and wickedness for wicked purposes. In the same way you must now surrender yourselves entirely as slaves of righteousness for holy purposes.
Jesus is like my dad when I learned to ride my bike:
If we try to live a life that pleases God, he catches us when we fall.
And now my advice how you can practically implement this in your life:
Make a commited decision for Jesus!
Almost like a wedding. Become a professed follower of Jesus.
If you haven’t been baptised yet, then get baptised!
In your baptism you drown your old life and your old mistakes under water and arise anew with Jesus as the center of your life. A truly life changing action.
Talk to your pastor today if you’re part of a church. If you don’t have a church you can do it through our GIVICI-church. We baptise people every year. Just contact us via our You-Tube channel.
Have you already been baptised due to your own decision, then reinforce your decision for Jesus with the holy communion. In the holy communion you say yes again to the deep community with Jesus and the church. The bread and wine serve as symbols for the sacrifice that Jesus had made for you with his life.
You can celebrate the holy communion with your christian friends. Simply at your home.
And now it’s your turn: Questions? Personal experiences? Let us know in the comments so we can learn together.