As soon as Adam disobeyed he and Eve hid themselves from God. Right away barriers came up between man and God. Of course the great news is God wasted no time to go and find him. Although Adam was the one who broke the law God was quick to mend the breach.
Often we tend to think God is mad at us for sin when according to the record of the first sin he didn’t appear mad at all but rather longing to repair what had been severed. The fear and disconnect was in man not God.
Last night at the jail we read Matthew 8. The chapter is focused on faith. It walks us through several different scenarios in which various people were made whole because of their faith in Jesus. First there’s a leper cleansed, then the servant of a Roman centurion and Peter’s mother in law. Each of them was made well by simply believing in Jesus Christ. There weren’t any hurdles or grand tasks to perform just faith in Christ.
The next scene was the disciples panicking in a boat during a storm. Jesus was napping when they awakened him crying out for him to do something! He got on to them saying, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?”
As I thought over this chapter the overall message to me was the only barrier between us and God is faith. Either we trust him or we don’t. It isn’t finding the correct religion or denomination, being baptized by dunking all the way into the water or sprinkling or the way we perform communion services. Some are divided over which translation of the Bible to use, speaking in tongues or not? Singing from hymnals or more contemporary songbooks? There is absolutely no end to the things that divide us but it isn’t coming from God’s side.
The Bible tells us “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” Just as God went looking for Adam in the beginning he is still looking for all that have put up barriers blocking the way. By faith we are reconciled through Christ no matter what seems to be in the way. It doesn’t matter if we are Jew or Gentile, male or female, bond or free we are all one in Christ and he is willing to make us whole.
Written by Louie