She was a healthy and perfectly beautiful baby girl at birth. Her name is Melodie but she is called ďJetĒ because of the way she jetted out of her watery cocoon and into the world. She was obviously in a hurry to get on with her life. Jet had no apparent physical or mental abnormality at birth. She graduated from one development stage to the next and was, by all standards, a normal child. She astounded us with her brilliance. Simply put, she was the most extraordinary child that ever graced her parentís world. Everyone said that she was perfect. But there was a glitch in her nature, which was invisible to the naked eye and therefore was not detected.
The glitch is not the result of anything she or her parents had or had not done. It was simply a result of her humanity and her lineage. She was a descendant of the first man, Adam, the father of all humanity as well as the father of sin. When Adam willfully disobeyed God, by eating of the forbidden tree in the Garden of Even, he sinned against God and unwittingly chose spiritual death, separation from God, over everlasting life. Through no fault of her own, Jet inherited Adamís sinful nature and was born with this glitch, which is a penchant for sin. Not only was she born with Adamís sinful nature, but she was also born into a world system that exalts sin and idolizes sinners.
Jet, the apple of her parentís eyes, went through all the childhood stages with vengeance and she took no prisoners. It soon became apparent to her parents that their little girl was no angel! She had grown into a terror at home. Her parents were victims of her terrorism. Their every effort to please her was met with contempt and verbal abuse. They felt totally helpless as they watched their beautiful daughter turn into an ogre and the object of their greatest fear. Not knowing what to do for their daughter, they resorted to prayers. It seemed the more they prayed the worse she became. Nevertheless, they continued to pray for her. For a while it seemed as if their prayers were not being answered as life with Jet became progressively worse. They decided to go to a nearby church in the hopes of finding some form of relief. There they met their Savior, Jesus Christ and were born again. Although through this experience they found a modicum of inner peace, their life at home with Jet continued to deteriorate. But they had faith that God would save her.
Even as they prayed, Jet continued to assert her independence and new freedom. She had reached the age of maturity and the whole world was waiting for her. As a citizen of this world, Jet soon discovered that it offered unlimited opportunities to satisfy her sinful nature. Although she still didnít know that she had a sinful nature or that she was sinning. In fact, she didnít know what sin was. She was simply having fun. The fact that most of what she considered fun was sin in the eyes of God, was not a deterrent. Sin was in her nature. Sin did not make her a sinner. She sinned because she was a sinner and thatís what sinners do. Therefore, she took to sin like a fish takes to water. Jet had no problem with sin and sin had no problem with her. She did everything she was old enough to do, and a lot that she will never be old enough to do.
Unbeknown to Jet her parents continued to pray fervently for her. Eventually her glitch became more pronounce until her life became painful. Most of the time she tried to ease the pain with more sex, drugs, violence, idol worship, self-worship, greed and everything else that felt good to her at the time. She lied to others, and to herself saying that life was good; that she was having a ball. She thought that she had everything under control, when in reality sin had her under its control. Jet was living with the bad choices she had made and the consequences thereof. She couldnít go forward, and she had nothing to go back to. Life became a ride on the Sin Express, a runaway train going downhill with no brakes. She couldnít stop and she knew that she was going to die if she didnít get off.
Finally, unable to really live and too afraid to die in her condition, she remembered that her parents had told her that God, who created her, also loved her very much and that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for her sin. Although she had no idea what all that meant, she decided to call on God. Right there in the midst of her bad choices and consequences, she talked to God and in His own way, God talked back to her because she suddenly understood that she didnít have to die on the Sin Express, but that Jesus would save her if she called on Him. She called out, ďJesus save me!Ē And He did.
Being born a sinner was not a choice, but dying a sinner is.
If you are still riding the Sin Express and want to get off, call on Jesus, the Son of God, and he will save you from the gutter most to the uttermost. Salvation is free. It is not cheap and His name is Jesus!