Week 5 – April 14
At the heart of the Christian faith is a firm conviction that we have all sinned and come woefully short of what the Lord intended for our lives. We believe that the sin of Adam and Eve was not just an event in their lives, but a spillover reality that has flooded all of our lives. We are made in the image of God, but who we are is steeped in sin.
Now there are a lot of folks in the Church (universal) who shy away from discussing sin. Perhaps it’s the old pendulum swing away from the “fire and brimstone” sermons hurtled down at unsuspecting congregants in generations past. Nevertheless, we tend to refrain from discussing our sinfulness. We do like to talk about the cross and the Lord’s forgiveness, but the irony is there’s a shallow reference point in terms of what exactly the Lord is forgiving and why we indeed needed a Savior to die on the cross.
It’s my firm belief that the only way one can understand the meaning of the cross is if that person has a good grasp on the depth of their own sin. Taking a rather shabby example, it’s kind of like the ability of a person to appreciate rest. Rest is only really savored and best understood when a lot of hard work has gone before it. So too, the cross and the significance of Easter can only be truly experienced out of the ownership we take over the depth of our sinfulness.
Prayer: Lord, help me to understand and take ownership of the record of my sin. Amen.