Posted By Amazing Moments Staff on March 27, 2015
By Minister Jeremy L. Hammonds
As Minister of Global Outreach Missions for Amazing Moments, I along with the Amazing Moments Ministerial Staff have sought to edify the nation and the world by providing amazing dreams, inspirational videos, thought provoking lessons, insightful prayers, and unbelievable real life accounts of miraculous events that let us know that God believes in us even when we do not believe in Him and lose faith in ourselves.
Struggles of Life
I believe that life’s struggles come from our imperfections as people. In a perfect world, there would be no desire to take life, discriminate or hate. We would all love one another and make sure that everyone had what they needed by pooling our resources together: sharing our skills and wealth. But, we are not perfect and neither is the world we live in.
Created Perfect Beings
God created a perfect world and placed man in that world as a perfect being, but also gave man the choice to choose perfection or sin against Him. Why? God wanted people that would obey Him and follow His ways because they wanted to, not because they are made to. There was nothing corrupt inside man to make Him sin against God so an outside force had to corrupt man in order to cause rebellion against God (See Genesis 3).
Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan into believing that God did not have their best interest at heart, that God was deceitful, and was somehow holding them back (How many people today feel that way?) by not allowing them to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve believed that lie and Adam shared in that lie which caused them to disobey God and separate themselves, and the rest of future humanity, from God. Because of this, the nature of sin (rebellion) is in every human being that is born on earth. The final consequence, of many consequences, for rebellion against God is eternal death and suffering. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Why? Because death is the exact opposite of what God is! God does not want anyone to suffer, but remember the nature of God is peace and eternal life, so if we are separated from peace and eternal life, then why would we expect the world not to be a world of suffering and death. We live in a world saturated with the effects of our sinful, fallen nature.
People always ask the question: “If God exists, and is completely perfect and totally loving, then why does he allow all this death and suffering?”
Think about it. In order to get rid of the suffering, God would have to deal with the root cause of the suffering which is sin. Without belief in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins (meaning they are not held against us), every person that is not a believer in Jesus Christ would be eradicated. God does not want that! He wants to give everyone the chance to accept His Son and have their sins forgiven, so that the relationship He once had with man can be restored. But if we refuse to accept Jesus, we are saying that we want to remain in the same sinful imperfect state that has resulted in the very world of suffering that we hate and consequentially accept a fate far worse when we die.
Why is Jesus the only way?
An imperfect being cannot be perfect without something (or someone) that is already perfect doing the perfection. Example: A master mechanic cannot train someone to be a master carpenter. Why? Because the mechanic has perfected the craft of mechanics, not carpentry, so the mechanic cannot help someone else perfect something that he himself never perfected. Likewise, we as humans need a perfect teacher that can correct our imperfections (our sin problem). Therefore, God sent His Son Jesus to redeem man. Jesus was perfect and without sin. How? Jesus was not born by natural means because the Virgin Mary was not impregnated by her husband. Therefore, without a man to transfer imperfection (sin) to the child, Jesus would be born sinless! Jesus’ birth was a spiritual conception made possible by the power of the Holy Spirit (The Spirit of God). The fullness of God (everything that God is) dwelt in Jesus because of His divine birth. Even though Jesus was man externally, he was also God internally; making Him both 100% God and 100% man. Jesus is God in the flesh of a man.
“The Son (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God… For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible… all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together… For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Colossians 1: 15-16, 19-20
Like man, Jesus was born with the ability to choose to sin or obey God, but without the innate nature of sin, or rebellion against God: just like Adam and Eve before the corruption. Jesus lived his life obeying God and did not allow satan to deceive him into sin. Romans 6:23 says, “… the wages (payment) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life inChrist Jesus our Lord.” Therefore Jesus, having lived a sinless life, had to allow himself to be crucified on the cross (killed) so that he could take the penalty of sin (death) that was meant for us, even though He was completely innocent (without sin). Because of Jesus’ complete obedience to God, He had the right to take the sins of the entire world upon Him and redeem man. Just like Adam lost the right to have relationship with God when he sinned and cursed man. When Christ died, He took the sins of the whole world with Him. When Christ rose from the dead, eternal life rose with Him. Now all mankind has the opportunity to choose to have the same eternal life that Christ has. Since Jesus was both 100% God and 100% man, He had the power to raise Himself from the dead; thereby defeating the eternal death sentence for all mankind. Jesus reunited all of mankind back to God. Jesus succeeded where Adam failed; Jesus restored the relationship that Adam lost.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:12, 15, 18-19
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