This is a principle, a rule, you observe in nature and in life. When you plant rice, you expect to harvest rice. When you plant rubber tree seedlings, in five years you will tap rubber sap from the trees. When you study well, you’re better prepared for your test. When you work, you get paid. You reap what you sow.
- The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
- For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die (Ezekiel 18:4).
These verses teach us that when we sow sin, we reap death. Since every one sins–“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)–every one will die. Every one will live an eternal existence separate from the presence of our holy God. In other words, every one will go to hell. God’s justice demands that we reap what we sow.
Thankfully, we have a God who breaks the rules, so to speak. If he followed the rules, all of us would go to hell; we all deserve that. But he didn’t. He did not abandon humankind to an eternal judgment. Instead, “God demonstrates his own love toward us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God revealed his redemptive plan and sent his son Jesus Christ, the promised Redeemer.
As we celebrate Christmas, reflect on God’s sacrificial and redeeming love. Jesus was born in order to pay for the debt we owed. So, I encourage you to confess your sins to God; he offers the gift of forgiveness. Receive this gift of grace and live the rest of your life under the lordship of Christ.
God broke the rules for you. What are you going to do about it?
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