God is not content to simply set the stage of the world, put people in it and see what happens. God has dwelt with His people from the beginning and loves us too much to let sin and Satan rule His kingdom. After He created us in His image, meaning that we were set apart from the other parts of His creation like plants and animals, we were given simple instructions. Be fruitful and multiply, eat of any tree from the garden but the tree of knowledge of good and evil and care for God’s creation. It didn’t take long for Adam and Eve to disobey God causing everything to change. They ate of the forbidden fruit and suddenly their eyes were open (which is not a good thing) and they were now ashamed of one another and fearful of God.
What we are is broken. We must understand this and if you think about it, if you simply observe what is happening in the world, look online for more than ten seconds you will see how bad things are. Some want to blame God for not caring, some want us to believe that this is evidence that there is no God.
“What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." "Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of asps is under their lips." "Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known." "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
This is where we stand today. Left to our own thoughts and devices we can only rebel against God and we look to ourselves for meaning and purpose. Contrary to modern thinking, we do not get to decide what we are. We can decide things like what kind of career we will have in life and who we are going marry. We can even decide to not believe in God. We cannot decide, however, is what we are. As created beings, we must concede to the creator about what He has made us to be and for what purpose He made us.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we will be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”
1 John 3:1-3
Here at Our Savior Lutheran, we believe that wisdom does not come from within, but from God who is the Creator of all things. This includes you and me. Therefore, what we are is defined by God and His Word which is God’s way of communicating Who He is and what He has done and continues to do for us. We are God’s children who have turned our back on our Father. We are disobedient, selfish kids who think we know more than our parents. We think our dad is not cool and doesn’t understand the world we live in today. We run away from home and would rather live on the streets than to be comforted and sleeping in the bed that God has prepared for us.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”
You have probably heard John 3:16 that God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son Jesus. When you look at the text that follows you get a better picture of why God sent Jesus. Jesus came to us because we like to think for ourselves and we naturally reject being told what to believe and what to do. Some call it being independent and a free-thinker. The Bible calls it a result of the sinful, rebellious nature. Yes we are broken, but that is not just what we are. We are also redeemed children of God through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we admit we are broken, ask for forgiveness and look to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, this is proof that the Holy Spirit is with us and we can be assured that we are also God’s children (2 Cor. 5:5).
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,”