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Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)
TITLE: Unbreakable Love
By Fiona Stevenson
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“Right.” He paused and considered for a moment. “Okay, first there’s God, the Creator. He created you ...”
Jack rudely interrupted. “Oh, come off it. My birth was not a matter of creation but of parentage, you know, father and mother getting together, genes and all that sort of stuff. Or do you come from another planet?’
Bert was patient. “Setting aside the natural processes of birth, you are a descendant of the first father, who was created from the dust of the earth. I would like to read you something from the Psalms.”
He pulled a small Bible from his coat pocket and opened it, thumbing the pages.
“Here we are, listen to this: ‘You made my whole being; you formed me in my mother’s body. I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well. You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother’s body. When I was put together there, you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.’ What do you think of that?”
Jack shrugged. “Yeah, well ...”
Bert continued, “But you rejected God.”
Jack interrupted again, “Man, how can you say that? You don’t even know me – we only met each other this morning.”
Bert smiled. “You just did.” Then seeing another protest forming he hurried on. “Of course, your story is the same as for people worldwide, and the Scripture tells us that God does things ‘in the fullness of time.’ He doesn’t rush things. So he was prepared for the rejection of men and he had a solution ready from the word go.”
Jack was cautious and non-committal. “So?”
“So, secondly, he sent his son, Jesus, the anointed one, to provide us with a way out of our sinful condition. Sin is just another word for rejecting God. But it is also the reason we have sickness and disease and all kinds of rottenness and decay. In order for Jesus to be able to help us he had to live like a man but without rejecting God. And he had to die like a man, but in dying he had to carry every man’s rejection of God as if it was his own. This was his sacrifice to make a way for men individually to come back to God.”
Jack was becoming interested. “So how would that help me?”
Bert’s thumb worked busily. “Here we are. ‘God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. God did not send his Son to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. People who believe in God’s Son are not judged guilty.’ Of course, we show that we believe when we follow him and do as he would do. Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen and so he warned his friends, telling them how to live after he died. But he also told them that he would be resurrected, and then he would return to his Father’s house to prepare places for them, after which he would return to fetch them to live with him in his Father’s house. But in the meantime he would send them a helper. See, the first reason for you to hear me is because God loves you. And the second reason is because of Jesus’ love.”
“Three reasons.” Jack reminded him, now with curiosity rather than antagonism.
“The third reason is the Helper, the Holy Spirit.” Bert’s thumb worked again. “Jesus said that it was necessary for him to go away. A man has a limited life, even the Son of God while he lives a normal human life. And he can only be in one place at a time. The Holy Spirit has the timelessness of God, and he is able to be everywhere at once. Jesus said, ‘When the Helper comes, he will prove to the people of the world the truth about sin, about being right with God, and about judgment.’ Jack, the three persons of God love you with a three-part love that is stronger than any resource of man. What are you going to do about it?”
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