Thursday, September 4, 2008

A reminder of why we worship Jesus

I'm reading through Romans right now, out of "The Message" translation. While "The Message" isn't where I turn to find the most accurate translation of the Hebrew/Greek Scriptures, it does often serve to make complex ideas more understandable and to that end, this translation helps me to see things in a different way. Quite often, I'll have my NIV and Message open at the same time, comparing the two versions.

All that to say, today, I was reading in Romans 3 and was again reminded of the incredibly love God has for us through His son Jesus. I leave you with these excerpts; (to read the entire chapter, click here).

Romans 3, excerpts (bold added by me)
So what difference does it make who's a Jew and who isn't, who has been trained in God's ways and who hasn't?... God keeps his word even when the whole world is lying through its teeth. Scripture says the same:

Your words stand fast and true;
Rejection doesn't faze you.

We're All in the Same Sinking Boat

9-20So where does that put us? Do we Jews get a better break than the others? Not really. Basically, all of us, whether insiders or outsiders, start out in identical conditions, which is to say that we all start out as sinners. Scripture leaves no doubt about it:

There's nobody living right, not even one,
nobody who knows the score, nobody alert for God.
They've all taken the wrong turn;
they've all wandered down blind alleys.
No one's living right;
I can't find a single one.

This makes it clear, doesn't it, that whatever is written in these Scriptures is not what God says about others but to us to whom these Scriptures were addressed in the first place! And it's clear enough, isn't it, that we're sinners, every one of us, in the same sinking boat with everybody else?
God Has Set Things Right
21-24But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him... Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we're in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

25-26God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear... God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.

And everybody said: "AMEN! Thank you Lord."

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