All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but some of us have taken it to another level, where we become such a menace to society we had to be put behind bars. Sin comes in all shapes and sizes, but in this ever-growing anti-Christ culture the only thing to do sometimes is to look up and rejoice knowing that our redemption is drawing nigh!
As a father of two daughters and a Papa of two granddaughters, I can’t help think about the girls that have been abducted by ISIS and Boko Haram. These two groups are considered the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world, with ISIS now reporting 3900 Yazidi girls taken into their custody and Boko Haram bragging on the 200+ girls they have abducted. As these girls are beaten, raped and then sold as slaves to sex traffickers, I cannot help but think about these poor, defenseless girls as well as their parents and grandparents. My soul cries out, “Jesus, please set these girls free or bring them home to be with You, so they won’t have to endure anymore of this mental anguish and physical torture!”
But, when the plan of salvation was determined before the foundation of the world, Jesus knew He would bear these horrific sins.
Have you ever wondered about the significance of Romans 5:6 “You see, at just the right time when we were still powerless (over our sin that is) Christ died for the ungodly.” ? Or, Galatians 4:4; “But when the set time had fully come God sent His son..” What was the right or set time?
We know that the world was united by one language and global trade routes provided open access to the whole world, thus guaranteeing that the gospel could spread quickly in one tongue. But why, about 4000 years into creation, does He decide to come? Why then? What else was going on? Well, crucifixion was invented about 300 years prior, but at the time Christ came, the Romans had perfected it, making it the most horrific, detestable, inhumane way to put someone to death. Yep, Jesus says, “It’s time. It’s the right time!” You talk about manning up!
See, in order for God’s wrath against sin to be fully satisfied (slitting the throats of bulls and goats wasn’t gonna cut it) something much more excruciating would have to take place, something so heinous that His chosen people would forbid it. It would first take a Roman scourging, beating Him to a place near death and where He was unrecognizable, and then nailed to a cross to suffer. It is still known today as the most inhumane way to sentence a person to death. He took all this for who? For you and I and ISIS and Boko Haram!
I believe God wanted two things to take place when we look at the cross. 1) That we would see how detestable sin is in the sight of God and recognize what it cost Him! (And, hopefully cause us to repent!) 2) That our Lord and Savior would endure such severe physical torture, mental anguish, separation from His Father and every sin ever committed (past, present and future) would be laid upon Him. Thus, showing us the greatest love this world will ever know!
This is what we preach at Macomb County Jail and the Gateway To Glory aftercare homes because that is what changes a person from the inside out.
Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down His life for His friends. John 15:13
We are pleased to announce two of our residents in the aftercare, Tyler M and Donna C, were baptized on Sunday, May 7th. It was truly a day to celebrate the two people who are continuing to walk in sobriety and follow the Lord’s commands.
All hail King Jesus!
Chaplains Steve and Robin Malek