It’s easy to see for anyone that watches or reads the news or has social media, that we live in a world that has little value for human life. We worship me, myself, and I, and we see children, handicapped, and the elderly as a burden and a hindrance to our lives, finances, relationships, education, and careers. We live in a world that loves death, and it is opposed to loving our neighbors, and giving of ourselves for the good of someone else.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but from the world. We are not to love the world or the things of the world. We are to be separate and holy. We are called to love God, and love our neighbor. Our world says – like the serpent in the garden – that we can be as God. It says that we don’t have to submit to anyone our anything, we can rule and govern our own lives and do whatever is right in our own eyes to ensure our ease, comfort, convenience and success. No cost is too great to serve the idol of self.
God has much to say concerning how we are to love Him and love our neighbors. That we are to worship Him and only Him do we serve, we are to think more highly of others than we think of ourselves, and we are to love others as we love ourselves. Isn’t that a peculiar statement? Love others the way that you love yourself, you know how to put yourself first in all things…try doing that for someone else. If you have any doubt in your mind that you worship and serve yourself, just take a look at the photo reel on your smartphone.
The imbalanced love of self leads to a whole host of sins, and the wages of sin is death. God hates sin, and hates death. You might think no, God is love, He never hates…allow me to let Him speak for Himself:
Psalm 5:5–6 (ESV): The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
Proverbs 6:16–19 (ESV): There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.
Psalm 7:11 (KJV) God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
God hates sin, He hates all evildoers, He is angry with the wicked every day. Because we sin every day we are deserving of death and eternal punishment. How will we stand before a holy God on the day of judgement? Our due penalties must be paid, they can either be paid by us in eternal punishment or they can be paid by Christ, who abolished death, and will give us life eternal with Him.
What are the implications for us that Christ our Savior abolished death? We have to first ask ourselves what death is, why there is death, and what do we have to do with death ourselves? The mind set on the flesh loves death, and we love our sin. The wages of sin are death, it is the due penalty that sin earns, inaugurated by the corruption of the fall that reaches every aspect of creation. Death is not natural, it is not what we were created for. We were created for life – eternally – in sweet and glorious communion with our Creator. Eternity is written on our hearts, we know that we are eternal beings. We will live forever – either in communion with God in heaven, or under His eternal wrath and judgement in hell. Jesus Christ destroyed death on the cross, having lived a perfect sinless life that we can not live, He bore the penalty of our sins, dying a death that we earned and He did not deserve, having become a curse for us, He lived, died, and rose again. He abolished death for those that are His.
So, we are to ask ourselves, how shall we then live?