November 30, 2017 – We Are Only Human – Pr. Chuck Adams
21. “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24. and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26. he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-26 NIV)
As I began to read Paul’s letter to the Romans and especially here in Chapter 3, it is encouraging to understand that Paul’s letter is a lesson for you and me…we, the “believers” in Christ Jesus.
Paul, himself, is looking back on his life and the sins which he has committed. At the same time as I read these verses, God’s word revealed to my heart, my own past life, in being born with original sin. More so, he revealed my own sins which I committed as an adult as well. We all have sinned and have come “short of the Glory of God”. We are all imperfect beings but because of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ paid on that cross, the blood that He shed and so “FREELY” gave, His GRACE” and His “REDEMPTION” (the “RANSOM” He paid for us), we can accept Him, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior. We free ourselves of these sins, and have eternal life.
The most encouraging memories brought back from these scriptures was from a time in my life when I renewed my faith and walk with Jesus Christ. I had already been a Christian for many years but had fallen away. As I looked back on my life and my sin against God and His word, I was sure I was doomed to eternal hell. Even after renewing my faith and walk with Christ, I worried as I felt that there was still no way that God could or would ever forgive me. I remember being asked… told by someone very close to me, “Why is it that you cannot forgive yourself when God has already forgiven you?”. I was also warned then, that I should be careful “not to make these mistakes and turn my back on God again. This may be your last chance.” I realized right then and there that none of us humans are perfect. In fact, we are very imperfect.
I think we all have said at one time or another, following making a mistake, “Well, I’m only human”. We know we are human and we know that each of us will make mistakes. As believers, we need to understand that we will make mistakes and often, “fall short of the Glory of God”. This is not for us to use as a crutch so we “can” make mistakes. It is for us to know, understand, and accept that we are in fact “just human creatures”, that we will make mistakes but God does and will always love us anywat. BBcause of this and the ultimate price that our Lord Jesus Christ paid on the cross, we are raised from condemnation to redemption.
Heavenly Father, thank you in Jesus name for the ultimate “ransom” you paid – the blood you shed on that cross for me and all your children, redeeming us of condemnation so that we may have eternal life. Strengthen us during those times when we are at our weakest, making the mistakes against your word and always knowing that we can come to you as our redeemer. Thank you Lord for loving us even when we are making these mistakes as the imperfect humans that we are. IN JESUS NAME…. Amen