God Is More Than Fair With Us! - November Observer Message

Don’t we all have problems and troubles in our lives? - Some, more than others; -some, worse than others. But we all have problems and troubles in life. There is one big problem that we all share. Because of sin we all are condemned to death, eternal death in hell. God’s Word says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:22). John writes, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us,” (1 John 1:8). St. Paul says, “The wages, (the payment), of sin is death,” (Romans 6:23).

And our own sins condemn us - our cheating, our cursing, our stealing, our fighting, our disrespecting, our slandering, our hurting, our coveting, our skipping church, our sassing back, our complaining, our getting even, our bad attitude, our laziness, our selfishness. “The soul who sins is the one who will die,” (Ezekiel 18:4). That does not sound very promising at all.

But, God gives us a way out, - one way out. St. Paul writes, “When you were dead in your sins… God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; -he took it away, nailing it to the cross,” (Colossians 2:13). Was this fair for God to do this? This was not even close to fair - to send His only Son from heaven to be born on earth in a smelly barn; - to send His sinless Son to be mocked, whipped, spit on, and crowned with thorns; - to send His innocent Son, Jesus, to be crucified like a worthless, rotten criminal; - to send His loving Son, our Savior, to die a painful death for our sins. That just wasn’t fair. It wasn’t fair at all. It just makes us sick. But because of this unfairness, we are saved; we have the promise to live forever. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, taking our punishment for each of us, we can live now and forever; our sins, our punishment in hell – erased!

As believers in Christ today we respond to what Jesus has given to us – life. We ask God to help us reflect our love and faith in Christ in the lives we live now for Him. “Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again,” (2 Corinthians 5:14). As Christian believers in Jesus who died to save and forgive us, we will live for Him, obeying His Word, following His commands, loving one another, loving and praising His name, giving our offerings willingly, giving God some of our precious time, reading His Word the Bible, worshiping in church every single week (and why not?), praying to God every day, making Jesus our Savior our most cherished treasure, and sharing this treasure with others that they too can be saved.

Knowing our problems with sin, we agree with St. Paul who said, “Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved,” (Ephesians 2:4-5). And that is not very fair either, is it? God, in His love, took away our eternal punishment in hell through His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We don’t deserve that! By the grace of God, His undeserved love for us – we are saved forever. By the grace of God, eternal life in heaven is ours – He just gives it to us, totally free! By the grace of God, every single sin that condemns us, haunts us, plagues us, crushes us, upsets us, eats away at us - is forgiven, washed away forever by Jesus Christ. By the grace of God, we sinners do not get what we deserve - eternal suffering in hell. Indeed, our loving God is more than fair with us. For as we know and believe - “God so loved the world, (including you and me), that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal LIFE,” – eternal life! Praise the Lord!

Pastor Rodney Warnecke