When we sit down in a movie theater and watch a documentary about somebody’s life, then we walk out of the movie theater feeling more connected to the person portrayed in that movie. More than just passively watching us from a distance, God has always been deeply involved in the fabrics of our lives. Like getting up from our seats in the movie theater to be injected into the action of the movie, in a manner of speaking, that’s what happened 2000 years ago. The Son of God came to earth and became part of the human experience.
Jesus appeared – not just out of thin air; He was assembled in a mother’s womb, born to his doting parents Joseph and Mary, grew up transitioning from boyhood to adulthood, ran a business and for the later part of His life ran a ministry – all that to come alongside the human race and deal with our predicaments which is summarized in the word “sin”.
We all have a conscience, and whenever we do something that our conscience marks as wrong, we feel bad about ourselves, which is why sin and shame is a couple. Sin always carries the sting of judgement. I don’t know of anybody who likes to feel this sting – nobody likes to be judged. Nevertheless, we all like to be understood. Jesus took all the blame and shame and submitted to judgment and execution – even though He had not done anything wrong to deserve it. That was God’s way of setting us free. Sin traps us. Jesus is the only One who can free us to live the quality life we were created for. To reap such benefits we need to believe.
When Jesus makes His second appearance on earth it will be very different from the first time He came. His first visit to earth was completely dedicated to the issue of sin. Second time around, He comes to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Waiting for Jesus is a lifestyle. Life can pull us down. Jesus will come through for us every single time when we put our trust in Him. He guides us through steep canyons and valleys, and all through our challenges we learn how to love.
We are saved to learn how to love. I believe this is what God’s salvation is all about. We cannot take anything with us when we die, except our love – our love carries over to the next life. Love is also the only thing of value we leave behind. Love always leaves a legacy.