Sunday, January 23, 2011

From Pristine Permanent Purity to Complete Convoluted Corruption In Order to Reconcile Us Pt. 1

Like the long title.  It will fit in rather well as these two posts begin to unfold before your very eyes.  The passage is 2 Corinthians 5:21 and we will look at our Lord through the lenses of this specific verse.  This verse is one of those verses that has meant a lot to me personally in my Christian walk, because it signifies the vast measure of how far Christ was willing to tolerate the monstrosity of my sin in order to redeem me.  He tolerated all my sin.  The one who knew no sin became sin for me that I might become the righteousness of God in Him, that you might become the righteousness of God in Him.  The cruddy, disgusting, repugnant, vicious sin that characterizes our lives was ultimately the one crux that almost completely separated ourselves from God forever.  Thank God for redemption and reconciliation, which is found only in the Lamb of God that was slain.  Let's unearth the majestic realm of this verse.  

2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For our sake he made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."  This verse sounds sort of like a tongue twister---- a twister that unravels the verse conversely and theologically.  We are in a strange predicament.  Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit like it was meant for them.  Sin enters into the world and the clock begins to tick.  The clock that would eventually sound in the Messiah from His relatively comfortable setting in Heaven.  This Messiah, also known as Jesus Christ, knew God inside and out, because He is God.  He was with God in the beginning (John 1:2).  He is the very essence of God Himself.  He knew no sin, He had no part in sin, He never reveled in the very streams of sin, He never ever ever indulged in sin.  He is 100% holy, 100% pure, 100% just, 100% merciful, 100% gracious, 100% righteous, 100% sufficient, 100% sovereign, 100% love, 100% peaceful, 100% perfect.  He is the High King of all, the Creator of the whole universe.  Nothing is able to terminate His will or decrees ever.  But..........

He stripped Himself of His divinity to become like man.  He was born in a relatively cold and dreary cave to two parents He created.  He walked this earth beloved by few, but hated by many.   He taught mankind the intricacies of love through service.  He was tempted with constant abandon by the serpent who beguiled the likes of the first Adam.  He drearily experienced every human emotion known to man.  He faced the fearsome onslaught of trials and tribulations.  He earnestly prayed that the cup of torment, the fearsome cup of an eternal hell would be stripped from him.  But, it was not meant to be. 

"FATHER, ABBA, PLEASE REMOVE THIS CUP FROM ME."  Silence.  "PLEASE, THERE MUST BE AN ALTERNATIVE."  Silence.  Through all the pain, agony, and toil of that night, the Father was silent through every one of His Son's desperate pleas.  He would end up being entirely corrupted with our sin, He would become the very essence of sin itself, He would literally become sin.  The Father's plan was in full force and not even His own Son could demand its stoppage.  Hell was waiting in the near distance.  The full fury of our sin was encroaching the brim of the cup of staggering (Isaiah 51:17).  The fate of mankind rests on His very shoulders.  Will He persevere?  

We are drunkards.  Drunk in the revelry of our own sin.  And, what did Christ do?  Christ drunk the revelry of our sin.  He knew no sin.  He had nothing to do with sin before this.  As he is hanging suspended on a wicked, cruel device known as a cross, He becomes the very substance of sin itself.  The complete convoluted corruption of our sin---- every thought, word, and deed------- engulfed him.  Before our sin demolished Him, He lived in absolute pristine perfection.  And, now this......  Sisters and brothers, abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22), because OUR SAVIOR WAS SLAPPED IN THE FACE WITH OUR SIN.  He was literally pummeled with our sin.  Think twice before you look at pornography, think twice before you slander your friend, think twice before you dishonor your mother, think twice before you cheat on a test.  I am pleading with you.  Stare at the dying, disfigured, marred appearance of our Lord and shun away from sin.  He miraculously laid down his life willingly in a horrific manner, so that we would be amazed at the cost it took to bring us home to His loving arms safely.

Sola Deo Gloria!!!!!!            


drhabost said...

Thanks for this post. It sets out very well what I have been meditating on this last wee while. Thanks!

DR Morrison

Joshua said...

Anytime. I am glad I am able to glorify God through this sphere of blogging, and that people are appreciated by the posts I write. Thanks for the comment Dr. Morrison. :)

Lilac Bud Gal said...

Oh, wow. This is an amazing post, Joshua. Thank you so much for sharing it. It is so easy to get sucked into sin. Satan can be very cunning. But, as I am constantly reading in the Proverbs, all sin leads to destruction! It might seem like a neat thing at the time, but it eventually leads to ruin.

An imagine my Momma told me a while back really helps when I am tempted to sin.
Imagine your gaurdian angel watching over you. Your mind starts thinking about sinning... a little demon sneaks up behind the angel. As the thought grows stronger, the demon grows larger. They soon engage in a fight as you mentally think, "Should I really do this?" Your mind battles with itself, sometimes, saying "yes", then "no". The Angel and demon continue battling. If you let the sin take over your mind and you decide to do it, you can envision your angel being struck lower and lower by the demon all because you are letting evil into your heart.

Any time I am every tempted to sin, I am see my angel and the demon fighting. I hate seeing my Angel being defeated and it brings me back to the truth of not sinning. It may seem kind of silly, but I think it is kind of true. We may be battling with our own mental battle of whether or not we should cheat on that math test, but it is a spiritual battle up above to see if good will win over evil.

Sorry for the long comment and ramblings... I hope it all made sense. :P

In Christ's Service,

Joshua said...

You are so right Sarah. The battle is spiritual in nature (Ephesians 6). Satan will not sleep. He is too smart and cunning for any average human being. That is why we need the Holy Spirit to help us in our weakness. He will help us if we call on him. Thanks for the comment and I could easily make sense of your comment. God bless you.