John 3:18 reminds us of a wonderful resolution to a horrific reality.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Jesus didn’t come to earth to condemn us…we were already that way from birth…separated from God. Desperately sad, but true.
So, we need a Savior to release us from the prison of sin we’re born into. The cost to Christ to make a way for our release was a hideous and painful death. Yet, He came to smash the walls of separation…so we can enter the Holy of Holies to be ‘with’ Him.
As my pastor reminded us last week, Numbers 21:9 (NIV) foretells of Jesus’ death on the cross:
Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
As the Old Testament story illustrates, we gain freedom as we look to Him just as the Israelites looked to the serpent on the pole in the desert for healing.
Below is a poem I wrote based on this glorious solution to a terrible predicament.
We’re born confined, where hardened walls
Stand painfully thick and tall
No way to move beyond my cell
Just empty days and darkened halls.
Under curse of Adam’s sin
Stuck so firm, confined with him!
Escape seems far and fleeting now
Sunny prospects seem so dim.
Living there so chained and weak
Cell walls were terribly
Pressing in and solid through
Opposed to Thine and Thee.
But one grand day I hear of news
Of a prisoners death for me
Who came to live and die alone
To die to set me free
To take away the chains I wear
To make a way from evil’s snare.
All I had to do was look
To Him to trust for life
He shook my walls and tore them down
His peace now found in strife.
Now I walk where’re I wish
Now I’m truly free
No chains or walls to hold me back
My life consumed by Thee.
John 3:16 says it all:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
May the Lord bless and keep you and may His hand of peace, grace and truth break down the walls that separate us from Him.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.