Crossing the Ever-Widening Canyon of Sin


My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1)

Because we are incapable of living sinless lives (deep is the mind and endless the thoughts of my human design), Jesus Christ in Heaven will intercede on your behalf with the Father.

Jesus represents the Lord God’s ultimate forgiveness. We will never be good enough to sit in the castle of Heaven with God. God is too pure, too holy, too sinless. His Son, His Human Person, Jesus Christ, serves as the bridge to God, that goes over the awful breach of sin. If God said, “You can get into Heaven if you count all the grains of sand on all the beaches on earth.” We would start counting immediately and we would never finish – not even the first beach! Look at all the other works-based religions in which salvation is never quite realized in this life because of its utter impossibility. They’re on the right track, but without Jesus, the ever-widening canyon of sin will never be crossed.

There are grains there under the grains that we don’t even know are there, grains that are uncountable. That is the way with grace – and with sin too. We can’t even fathom the depth or the height of God’s grace, and his forgiveness. We can’t even calculate the love of the Father for the Son, nor the love of the Son for us. These are also grains of sand. Sin is a grain too, but when Jesus is added into the equation – as the great calculator – all those grains of sand on every beach in every human heart is the total known by Jesus and whispered to the Father when we appear in front of him for judgment. This again is the Great Divide between Christianity and every other religion. We are offered forgiveness. We don’t have to count the impossible grains. We don’t have to do spiritual calisthenics to tilt the balance in our favor. We don’t have to kill, eat or give to get into heaven. We don’t have to keep going around and around the carousel of living on this planet until we get it right. Life under God is not “Groundhog Day.” We cannot get it right, ever. But we have our intercessor, and His name is Jesus. Call on Him.

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