Yesterday, I read a story about the sentencing of a murderer. I wonder about the wisdom of letting violent offenders free in just a few years. We have laws and punishments, yet nobody seems to enforce them. Consistency would be benefit everyone.
Only God is consistent. His laws and punishment are firmly established and do not change. The bad news is that we are all violators.
Look, what could be worse that finding out that even God is just as corrupt as we are? What if he turned a blind eye to some offenders or took bribes from others? No, there is no need to worry about that. God knows all of our offenses. He will not forget anything at the time of judgment. Nor will he be lenient with anyone. Consistency is ensured.
There is one exception. You indeed have a chance getting out of what’s due you, but you must act before your court date. You must have genuine faith in his son, Jesus Christ. It’s an all-or-nothing proposition. Either you are all in, or you are all out.
What does that mean? Repentance. That means turning your back on the life of sin that you lead and following Jesus. Look, if you are sincere, you’ll be amazed at just how sinful you truly are. Amazed and ashamed. It will break you.
Don’t ask for lighter sentence. Rightful punishment is infinite. There is no way to be partially infinite. What you need is to have your sentence paid by someone else.
In Comes Jesus.
That’s where Jesus comes in. He is the only one, in all of history, to have lived a spotless, sinless life. He alone has satisfied God’s demand for perfect righteousness. Therefore, he alone can act as our intermediary. A sinful man cannot pay for his own sin let alone the sin of another. Only a sinless man can do that. And Jesus did, by dying on the cross.
This is a lot to wrap your head around. The best place to start is to recognize your sin and let that eat away at you. See what sin is doing to your life.
God made you; you didn’t make yourself. God also made the rules; you don’t get to make your own.
Our only hope come our day of judgment is mercy, and that can only be obtained before you die. And, yes, you can be sure you have received it. How? By the transformed life that you will have once you genuinely repent and follow Jesus. It’s an all-or-nothing.
One last note. Be warned. Following Jesus is not a popular thing to do, as you already know. It likely will cost you friends, family, and perhaps even your life. There is a heavy price to pay for following Jesus. But, as he said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
Consistency. Only God is consistent.