Holy God

God is holy and our sin separates us from Him. He cannot tolerate sin. He loves us, but he cannot embrace us as long as we embrace sin. The truth is, we deserve to be punished by God for our rebellion. It really stinks, but that doesn’t make it less true. We have a problem that we cannot, on our own, make right.
I watched the TV in horror as the space shuttle exploded in a million tiny pieces. Everyone on the shuttle was killed. The ground crew apparently knew that during lift-off, some small piece of the spacecraft broke or fell off, but it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time. But it was a big deal. It was a matter of life and death.
A Vaccination works by giving a person a small dose of the virus so that the body builds up its own immunity. A similar thing has happened in our culture regarding sin. As we have indulged in sin, we have become immune to its effects and blind to its presence. Sin is rampant in our society and it is in us. We see it and think it is no big deal. But that’s wrong. Like the small piece of spacecraft that broke off, our sin is a matter of life and death.
We need to understand God’s hatred for our sin, and his incredible love for us. God doesn’t stop hating our sin in order to love us. He had to fix the sin problem in order to embrace us. Instead of punishing us for our sin, Jesus was punished. Jesus went to the cross so that the love of God could be demonstrated, and the holiness of God could be satisfied.
-Pastor Dino Griffin