As an act of sheer grace, of keen awareness of Adam’s fear and identification with him in his pain, and as an act of determination to meet and relate to him in his fallen state, the Lord accepted Adam in his shame and related to him as he was. He clothed him (Genesis 3:21). Such an act was not about God or a divine need to be appeased. This was an act of love, of acceptance and real relationship, flowing out of his determination to bring the purpose of adoption to fruition.
In the Garden of Eden it is difficult to find an offended God. We see the Lord, who, by our way of thinking, should have been highly offended, and who had every right to curse Adam and destroy him utterly – but he didn’t. We see the Lord putting aside all his rights to abstract justice and punishment, and we see him more concerned about his lost and terrified creatures than he is about his honour. Continue reading “The fall of Adam and our fall too.”
But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Sinach is a Nigerian songwriter and worship leader. In March she became the first Christian singer from Nigeria to get a hundred million views on a single video on YouTube. Here is the video, Way Maker.
You are here Moving in our midst I worship you, I worship you You are here Working in this place I worship you, I worship you
Way maker, Miracle worker, Promise keeper, Light in the darkness My God, That is who you are
You are here, Touching every heart I worship you, I worship you You are here, Healing every heart I worship you, I worship you You are here, Turning lives around I worship you, I worship you You are here, Mending every heart I worship you, I worship you
You wipe away all tears, You mend the broken heart You’re the answer to it all, Jesus
There are no chance encounters. What we call detours are usually intended destinations but simply not in our planner or agenda. Part of participation with the flow of the redeeming genius and creativity of the Spirit is to be present enough to pay attention to the glory and kind humour that surrounds us, even in the midst of profound loss and agony.
I will be all the more pleased to boast of my weaknesses, so that the Messiah’s power may rest upon me. So I’m delighted when I’m weak, insulted, in difficulties, persecuted and facing disasters, for the Messiah’s sake. When I’m weak, you see, then I am strong.
J.John explains why he believes Christianity has been a force for good in the world:
Increasingly, I’m coming across a distorted view of history and society. Writers and speakers look at the modern Western world with its technology, culture and its advocacy of human rights and democracy, and imply that it all mysteriously ‘just happened’. It is taken for granted that those values we prize, and which most of the world seems to want, are simply accidents of history and have nothing to do with the beliefs of those Christians who shaped them. So there is no reference to the Christian beliefs of important historical figures who were motivated by their faith.
The truth is that Christianity played a significant role in shaping what we call ‘the West’. I think to ignore that fact is dishonest. Let me here just highlight twelve things worth remembering.