1 Corinthians 15:17 “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins….”
Rumor is that Albert Einstein said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” According to this definition, we, as humans, are naturally insane. I’ll own it. I catch myself doing things that the generations before tried and proved unsuccessful. I do the things my wife has shown me do not achieve the results I want. Yes, I am insane.
Hopefully, we notice our insanities and outgrow them. Hopefully, we learn from history and break the cycle of actions that have been proven destructive.
But there is one insanity that humanity has willingly claimed for over six thousand years. We have tried to work our way into eternity by our strength. Religions have come and religions have gone, all based upon the belief that we can achieve our salvation. However, none of these religions worked. None of these religions solved the root cause of the human condition but merely doomed humanity to an endless cycle of doing the same thing repeatedly, expecting different results. Insanity.
Adam and Eve ate the fruit in the Garden of Eden, choosing to supply for their own perceived need instead of trusting the God who declared he would provide for all needs. They broke the single commandment given and, in the process, declared God a liar. From that moment on, each human has been born a sinner and has willingly chosen to sin.
Our sin separates us from our creator for all eternity because a holy God cannot have sin near him. His very essence drives it away.
People try to return to God’s favor through good works, religious rituals, and family association. However, all this good does not clear away our sins. Our sins separate us from God, and all the good we might do does not change that fact.
Enter Jesus Christ. He introduces something different: He never sinned. Instead, He took our sins on Himself and died in our place, so whoever believes in Him and His sacrifice will be forgiven and guaranteed eternity with Him. He calls us to give up on the work we try to do and rest in what he did.
Why join humanity in their insanity when we could join Christ in His life?
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Pastor of Calvary Bible Church, Neligh, NE. Missionary with RHMA. Husband to Maggie. Father to Grace, David, and Daniel. Saved by Jesus Christ