The Lord looks down from heaven
on the human race to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good, not even one.
Easter week is approaching. The week of death, sacrifice, sin, and denial. This week approaches because when God looked down on the human race he saw no one who is not tainted with corruption, no one who could find God—or even look for Him—on their own.
We have all gone astray.
I think the most difficult part about this reality is not that we have gone astray, but that we keep going astray again and again.
Each new day brings more opportunities to harbor anger and bitterness in our hearts. It presents us with temptations to judge others quietly while pretending to love them. Each new day offers selfish motives, greedy thoughts, and prideful denials.
And we take these offers time and time again. Too often.
Our continual decisions to return to acts of death and corruption slowly turn our lives into walking cemeteries. We are not what we could be; we are not what we were created to be.
And so the week approaches. The week of death, sacrifice, sin and denial. But it is also a week of mercy and rescue. A week of uncompromising, undefeatable love in the face of our habitual self-destruction. Death approaches, but Life is close on it’s heels.
I sense the mingling of gratitude and sorrow; regret and joy. I grieve my own corruption and celebrate God’s reckless love.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8