Thursday, September 6, 2012

Universe of Color

"What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?

For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor."
Psalm 8:4-5

Do we realize who we are?  Man thinks so highly of himself.  I have heard it said that in the last hundred or so years that man has advanced 5,000 years as far as technology is concerned.  Ipads, iPhones, computers, television.  Many amazing things.  Last week I was at Disneyland and saw the "World of Color" light show.  Such amazing things man can create; beautiful things using only water and light.  But the truth is, before even man thought of such a thing, God had already created it!  The water vapors, gases and lights throughout the universe are a concoction more beautiful than anything even we could do!  But yet, man boasts so much, a speck sitting on a speck!

But despite our insignificance in all this God did think of us.  Who did he make a little lower than the angels?  Hebrews tells us that it was Christ, His only Son!  Colossians also tells us that Christ created all things.  The universe, the cosmic light show you see every time you look up and marvel at the stars at night was created by Him!  He was the mastermind behind it, it was His mind which conceived and created these things.  He was the Word of God that spoke these things into existence.  And yet, despite the greatness and Majesty of this God of ours, He decided to come down to earth.  Why?  Because He created a beloved creation whom He wanted to love Him and obey Him.  But because He loved his creation so much He gave it free will, and in it's free will it decided to disobey Him.   

This creation (man) has done wicked and dastardly things.  Taking life it does not create, stealing, cursing it's very creator and going against God's very image.  Because of this God has to punish man.  A loving God is a just God.  A loving and just Judge does not let evil go unpunished.  This punishment comes in the form of eternal death in hell.  But let's not forget that hell was not created for man, rather; it was created for Satan and his angels.  But God looks at us even better than the angels.  Though we sin, God provided salvation for us in the form of His Son on the cross.  These demonic spirits do not gain such a privilege.

You see, God punished His Only Son.  His Son took our place and experienced hell for us.  He experienced our sin and  the wrath of God upon His shoulders. In that moment, Jesus called out, "My God why have you forsaken Me?"  In that moment The Father could not look upon the Son because His Son became the sin of all mankind.  Jesus Christ who was God Himself humbled Himself to the point of death, even death on the Cross.  Jesus said that whoever humbled himself would be exalted.  The lowest servant would be the greatest in the Kingdom.  Through the death of the cross, Jesus proved Himself to be the greatest servant who ever existed.  The awesome God of the universe came down as a little baby and grew up as a man.  An infinite being had to trust the finite arms of the woman who bore Him, that they would hold Him, feed Him and care for Him.  The all-powerful God capable of calling angels to His side silently stood by and said not a word as He was arrested and falsely accused.  

Because of such humility He is highly exalted.  He is crowned with glory and honor and He sits at the right hand of His Father and He beckons us to come to Him.  The only way to come to Him is with a humble heart.  We must believe in what He did and repent; have a complete change of mind, heart and actions away from our wickedness and sin and turn back to Him.  He wants to have the fellowship with us that he had originally planned in the Garden.  It is still possible, but only if we accept what He has done for us on the cross.

-Sergio

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