“21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.”-Romans 1:21
I. Our Big Problem: God
If every issue and problem that could target humanity came together in one day, it still would not come close to our number one problem, God.
I am not classifying God as a problem because of who He is, but the issue of God is huge because we must decide to believe in who He is truly, reject Him completely, or worship a false idol. Solving the problem of God takes self-probing. Most of us do not like to self-probe because it hurts and humbles.
A. Our Burden
Jesus said the following words for a very good reason.
“28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”- NKJV
28 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. 29Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. 30Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” –Message
Jesus was not saying that the life we live for Him would be easy in our terms, but He was telling us to rely on Him and learn from Him. The person who comes to a right image of God is relieved of thousands of is-sues they no longer have to deal with. The “ifs” about God no longer exist, and now the “how’s” will be answered. Jesus told us to not worry.
31“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. -Matthew 6:31-33
This is the promise we have as a believer, and when we think rightly about God, the worry and burden does not come about. For the one who thinks wrongly of God and then discovers the truth about God, the burden is simply unbearable. They are relieved of worldly problems on one hand, yet realize that eternity is weigh-ing them down. This person begins to realize that it is impossible to be in God’s presence, and that their life is meaningless without Him.
B. The Solution
The burden that this person will feel is that they owe God their life and much more. The burden is the obligation to God to obey Him perfectly in all man-ners of thoughts and actions. This person then realizes that they have not done any of that, but has always been a wretched sinner. The self-accusation becomes unbearable, and they feel like giving up.
In walks Jesus, and what used to be dirt is now gold, what was death is now life. The good news, the gospel is what frees us. We need a Savior and His name is Jesus. Jesus came to a broken world, and healed the sick and broken. He gave his life as a ransom that we might be saved from our own wickedness. When Jesus completed the work on the cross, the bible tells us that the veil in front of the Holy of Holies split in two.
51Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.-Matthew 27:51-53
The death of Jesus signified the ultimate sacrifice that allows us to come before God individually and have relationship with Him. Jesus rose from the dead three days later, which gave us as His children power over death. We will all die a physical death, but the second death we will not suffer if we so choose. What good news this is…, but we can only receive this good news if we have the right image of God. Otherwise we will trample the good news and not appreciate our need for Jesus.
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