The Second Splash

By now the truth of the problem we face in the first splash may be quite real to you. God is a holy God who is perfectly just. We have gone our own way. We have broken relationship with the God who made us by our offenses.

The good news in this droplet just waiting to splash all over you is in the second half of Isaiah 53:6 from the first splash: “and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” What? Where did that come from? Why would he do that? Why would he need to do that? Simply put, there is another verse we can’t ignore. If we have all gone our own way, then we have rejected the God who made us. We have missed perfection and holiness by a mile. Missing the mark is well-described in an old archery term: sin. The verse we can’t ignore is “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). A holy God must be wholly just. This death for sin consequence is “fair” in every sense of the word. Death is deserved, and death is what we shall get…unless….

This God who created all things, who observed his people walking away from him, who put all of creation in a sort of “mega-time-out” for disobedience, who is completely fair and just–this God is also completely loving! Isaiah 53:6 displays true love: the LORD laid the iniquity of us all upon him. So, the splash also contains John 3:16-17 in the playfully reflecting light: “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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Do you see it? The beautiful, playfully reflecting light all over the droplet is right there! He (Jesus) did not come to condemn the world, but to save it! And guess what! He didn’t send Christians you’ve seen all over this world to condemn it either! I’m here to tell you that God wants to use people (even me) and the truth of the Bible to redeem the messed-up, beaten-up, hyped-up, or lived-up life you have right now. You can experience the first splash right into your parched soul right now. Interested in that?

The second splash is this: the holy and perfectly just God made a way for us to be in perfect relationship with him without contradicting himself. This way is available to all of us!

For those of you who want to look away from this brilliantly sparkling droplet before your eyes because of someone you know, I ask you to consider something very important. Please excuse the bad examples you may have encountered that bear the name of Christ and not the character of Christ. They are *not* reflecting the love or light of Christ in those moments and should not be used as a standard for all of Christianity. Instead, get to know and fall in love with the actual standard, Jesus himself! Then, when you’ve seen how difficult it is to consistently live like Jesus, give yourself and everyone you see the grace and love necessary to look at the truth of Christ and try to grow into it.

Now, if you’re interested in this little droplet to the point of desperately needing it to quench your thirsty soul go to the third splash.


One Response to “The Second Splash”

  1. P* Says:

    All so true & beautifully written (read…lol), my friend!

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