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By Jan Davis
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Genesis 6:5 “And GOD saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Matthew 13:41 “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity.”
We have often said, “God’s in His heaven and all is right with the world.” If this were true, it would not have been necessary for God to have sent His only Son to save a lost and fallen world.
From the beginning we were determined to do things our way, without thought of the consequences. God looked upon His creation and could find none faithful to Him, except Noah and his family. So, He sent a great flood to cleanse the earth.
Man built a tower reaching to heaven, so he could be like God and look down on his own creation. The very thing man feared God allowed to happen, separating them by different languages. Sodom and Gomorrah were so evil the only way to cleanse the cities was by fire, and only Lot and his family were saved.
When we take our eyes off God and leave ourselves open to the things that would separate us from Him, our world falls apart and decays around us. But God provided a way in the darkness. Jesus came from Heaven not for the righteous, but for the lost. He gave His life to repair His broken relationship with man. We are not alone in this world, our Savior has raised up a standard within us to be a light in the darkness through His Holy Spirit.
We were lost and without purpose, but He gave us the principles upon which to build a better world. Through His teachings of the parables, he taught us lessons of humility. He demonstrated acceptance of others by eating with the tax collectors and sinners. He showed us love in the midst of controversy. When His beloved city Jerusalem cried out “crucify Him,” He asked His Heavenly Father to forgive them. In His death He showed us submission to authority as He gave His life for us, surrendering to the will of His Father.
Someday, Jesus will return and set up His kingdom on Earth ruling and reigning in righteousness throughout eternity, doing away with all evil. Then Heaven will come down and all will be right in the world. But, until then, I love you but Jesus loves you more.
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