Sin. It's such an ugly word. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Yet there are a few things I bet you're not quite willing to give up, right? A few things that are just so toothsome and ingrained in your very being that it would just be so hard to give them up. I have a few sins I hate to love.
Adam's sin absolutely affects us today. We were born into it; there is no escaping it: “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5 : 12).
At least, there is no escape on this side of eternity. I like how Psalm 116 puts it: “cords of death entangled” (v. 3), ever tighter, offering no escape. Sort of like one of those Chinese finger traps, where the tighter you pull to get free, the tighter it holds on to you.
But reading on, the psalmist “called on the name of the Lord: 'O Lord, save me!'” (v. 4) How much simpler can a prayer get? A simple “Help!” and our God, who “is full of compassion” (v. 5), “delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (v. 8-9).
We are so steeped in sin, all stemming from one solitary act back in the Garden of Eden.
Here's how I imagine Genesis 3:1-7 went (I'm taking some artistic license here): Adam and Eve have been eyeing that tree for a while. Looks pretty good, they think, but God said not to eat from it. So we won't. It does look good, though...The serpent comes up and tells them just what they want to hear (Satan's crafty like that): You won't die! God knows that! You'll just be more like Him. Knowledge and wisdom the likes of which you can't even begin to imagine will be yours! How can you beat a deal like this? Where's the harm?
Eve takes a bite. Mm, tastes pretty good! Here, Adam. He hesitates. God did say... But it looks so good! Just a taste... Wisdom would be nice... *crunch*
“Where are you?”
Oh, CRAP!! A kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar. The first sin. There's no escaping now. Judgment awaits, an ultimate sentence of death. Can you feel the adrenaline rise in his stomach? Feel that ardent wish to turn back the clock just five seconds? Just five seconds, Lord, give me another chance...
Adam sinned, man fell from the graces of God, and we wallow in that sin today. But there is hope: the cross is our second chance (and third, and fourth, and fifth...!). It's our ONLY hope. Our faith can be summed up nice and neat in this: God sent his son, our Savior, to die for us on the cross, thereby saving us from our sins and giving us the chance to spend eternity with him in heaven. (John 3:16, Romans 5:12-21, 1 John 1:9)
In the Veggie Tales movie “Jonah,” the angels in the belly of the whale sang it well:
You see God's a God of mercy,
And God's a God of love.
And right now, He’s gonna lend a helping hand from up above!
Praise the Lord!
He's the God of second chances!
You'll be floored how His love your life enhances!
You can be restored from your darkest circumstances!
Our God is a God of second chances!
Ain't it good to know a God who gives a second chance.
Why, that's enough to get a smile from Mr. Grumpy-Pants!
So, if you say you're sorry for all the stuff you do
We know that He'll be ready with a second chance for you!
We don't deserve it. But God saved us anyway, and he's always there, waiting for us. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
Can I hear an “Alleluia!”? Amen!