The Third Splash

The third splash is a truth droplet more brilliant than the first two, probably for its slightly different color. Don’t miss the deep shade of red mingling with the light playing and reflecting in this one. This is the simple solution to the problem in the first droplet and the action step that follows the second.

This droplet waits to splash into the depths of your soul, saturating everything it touches with its crimson sparkle. The third splash is this: every one of us has the opportunity to live in a purely loving and right relationship with our holy and perfectly just God, and it’s a choice.

By now you’ve gathered there is a problem. A huge chasm spans between us who have gone our own way and the perfect, holy God who made us. Since he is perfect, God separates himself from that which was imperfect, or he could not remain so. Since he is just, he has to have perfectly fair consequences for rejecting him. It’s more than that, though. He wanted us to genuinely love him and fully choose to love him on our own, so he created the choice.

A choice? Yes, a simple choice. Don’t shrug off the deep significance that appears to be wrapped in plain simplicity. This is two eternal roads diverging, and the destinations are entirely different and more meaningful and impacting than you can imagine. The roads are easily traveled, and even offer quick course correction at nearly every point…except one. But, I digress.

The main thing about this truth droplet is the color, and it’s there for a reason.

“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. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:16-18)

Do you see it? The brilliant crimson shimmer is right up there!

God’s plan was to allow his Son to assume the penalty for all the sins of all mankind that have ever been and ever will be. God’s plan to bring full restoration to his creation in the “mega-time out” for disobedience was Jesus. Do you know the story? He was born an innocent baby, lived a perfect, sinless life, and was still perfectly innocent while he was accused, beaten, and crucified (See the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). God’s plan for redemption, the plan for bringing us all back into loving relationship with him, the plan that satisfied all of the wages of sin was Jesus. “[H]e gave his only Son” (John 3:16).

The part we can’t miss is what follows next: “whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16b). Belief is the turning point of the whole verse. Contrast it to verse 18: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

Here the roads diverge. It’s so simple! That’s what I love most about scripture. Certain things are crystal clear, and the most important things are almost always this simple. To believe and trust in him or not to believe or trust, that is the question.

Remember when I said the light sparkling in the truth droplets might be so bright you’d be drawn in by their beauty…or you’d have to look away? This is that moment of decision. Look or look away, but know you’ve seen it. There’s no question the truth has never wavered or left any wiggle room. Truth is truth. The crimson-colored droplet waits, suspended from a crossbeam, ready to splash into the depths of your soul. It’s ready to wash away every past, present, and future sin, ready to establish a right relationship with your perfect and holy God right now. Do you want it?

If we want to know we are in right relationship to God, we have to do it on his terms. After all, he is not the one who has offended, we are. His terms are to “believe in him” (Jesus). If you’re interested, can I encourage you to have a quiet moment with your God?

Tell him you know you’re not perfect and, in fact, have offended him in going your own way.

Tell him you’ve sinned, and there’s nothing you can do to fix it or erase it. Confess anything specific that comes to mind.

Tell him you believe Jesus died on the cross for your sins and you want his blood applied to every sin–past, present, and future.

Ask Jesus to be your Savior (taking away every sin) and your Lord (the leader of your life).


Now, because you asked, your sins have been forgiven. Wouldn’t you want to show love to the One who could and would do that for you? Wouldn’t you want to give everything to the One who would remove every obstacle between you and a holy, just, and loving God? Now would be the time to find out exactly what your life could look like as you follow *HIS* lead and walk in *HIS* ways!

Let the ripple effect begin!


One Response to “The Third Splash”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Please forgive the length of this particular page. I couldn’t help it! 😉

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