The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit. (John 3:8)
Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 17:1 – 19:37
Relate: Are you familiar with spoken word? It is a form of poetry that has a style, a flair that almost creates its own music. There is a spoken word I recently heard from a Muslim poet that starts out with this…
You say Jesus was God and that God had descended.
We say Jesus was man for Jesus was dependent.
Our God is all great and He cannot be comprehended.
You say God was murdered but you believe that He pretended.
God gave us brains, and God gave us logic.
But I guess that God wanted us to use them in everything else but this topic.
From there it continues to go on talking about how illogical it is for God to become a man and then to die on the cross and then somehow this is what it takes for people to have their sins forgiven. To a Muslim it doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t to an atheist either. Digging through some old comments from an earlier blog there I found this…
The resurrection makes the whole thing absurd. If Jesus really died, there is no resurrection. If there is a resurrection then there is no sacrificial death. There is only one or the other. You can’t have both. The Bible isn’t really saying that Jesus died for our sins but that He had a tough time for a couple days.
Let’s face it, in a way both are right. As far back as the fifties (as in 50AD), enough people were calling the gospel foolishness that Paul addressed it first thing in one of his first letters. We rebelled against God. He came down to earth, died, and was resurrected. Believing and accepting the sacrifice Jesus paid sets us free from our sins. Somehow.
React: Yes, there is confusion and controversy over how God could come to earth, die on the cross to forgive our sins, and somehow this allows us to be born again (or born of the Spirit). What I love about it is that Jesus as God preempted all the debates when He Himself said it can’t be explained. Yes it happens. It is the most beautiful of stories. It is the most pivotal event in the history of humanity. But it is inexplicable. There is nothing I love to read and learn more about than the fact of redemption. Nothing. But I still don’t get it. No matter how smart I think I am, no matter how intelligent Nicodemus was, no matter how great of a genius any of us might be, it is beyond us. We are not God. We can only submit, acknowledge what He has done, and be grateful that we are forgiven and can have a new life in Him.
God, I thank You for Your incomprehensible grace. I don’t get it. I don’t understand why You would love a sinner such as I. I don’t understand how Your sacrifice nearly two thousand years ago covers my sin today. I don’t get how the God of the universe could (or even would) come and dwell in me. I know it is true. I don’t know how but You are God and I am not. I surrender my life to You. I submit my will to You. You, Jesus, are God and because of Your death I can live. There are no words to say. Thank You.