Sometimes I find reading the account in Genesis frustrating. It's like these people never learn! Lying, betrayal, pride, women bartering over their shared husband, an entire family sneaking away, thoughtless words, the list goes on and on.
But this week I had the thought, possibly for the first time...... if my life was summarized in a couple pages of the Bible, and some of my worst thoughts and actions were written down for everyone to see, would I come across any better? Likely not. Sure, the list of sins would be different, but there would be sin aplenty to choose from.
I am a sinner. You are a sinner. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all sinners. Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah were all sinners. The list goes on and on, and includes every single human that ever lived.
He lived a perfect, sinless life so that He could redeem us - a sinful people with no hope of redeeming ourselves, no hope of restoring our broken relationship with God (and with each other!). And, as we see in our NT passage today, He began that restorative work during His short 3 year ministry on earth. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, speech to the mute, and life to the dead. At least, temporarily. For now.
But with His death and resurrection He demonstrated His utter power over the sin that infects us all, and His victory over death that will, instead of being the end that we sometimes falsely perceive it to be, usher us into the beginning of an eternity more spectacular then we can even imagine. Where we will be eternally healed of every illness, see with perfect vision, speak with redeemed speech, and where we live and never die.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Genesis 33-35; Matthew 10:1-20