I know that some have begun, but the time is coming once again, to plant the fields. I love driving around the area and seeing the beautifully lined rows in the fields that shows evidence they have been planted and will soon be green with corn and beans.
I find it amazing how perfect those rows are from one side of the field to the other. I know it always wasn't that way. Thanks to modern technology a farmer can plot in a course on GPS and the planter will basically drive itself, never off course.
Too bad our lives can't be coursed just as easy. Perfectly straight never getting off track.
Fortunately for us, Jesus already knows what is causing us to get "off course". He knows why our "life course" doesn't always produce straight lines. And He knows the solution before you even know to ask for help.
He knows because He corrected your course problems on the cross. It is there for us to see and hear when He said, "'It is Finished!' With that He bowed His head and gave up His spirit." (John 19:30)
On the cross Jesus paid for the punishment that is owed to each of us for our sin. He finished the work of satisfying the holiness of God, and the price of a blood sacrifice owed by us for our sin.
The fact that God is holy is a foundation to scripture. Holy means He is "above," He is "higher than." He is not just better. He is not just an improved version of us, but that He is "set apart". Way apart.
"Holy" means something that is set apart from us. And this difference is proven in the way He views sin. He sees it differently than we do. He can have nothing to do with sin. It has to be punished. There must be a blood sacrifice given in its place.
John 3:16 and 17 reminds us, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to SAVE the world through Him."
Jesus came to be that sacrifice on the cross for our sin so that we can be saved. He became as we talked last week, our donkey. He carried the heavy load for us.
In doing so, He took care of sins once and for all. He took care of you and me so that our relationship with God could be restored and that we would be saved from the wrath of God for our sin.
Think about it, with our "life course" being able to be corrected by God our lives can produce a beautiful crop.
Looking forward to celebrating the Risen Christ together!
Pastor Tim Asbill Jr.