There once was a king. His kingdom thrived and was a paradise. Not once had he ever done anything wrong. Yet in the distant parts of the kingdom, some of his subjects started doing bad things—lying, cheating, stealing… some even committed murder. The worst crimes of all, was that many of his subjects left the kingdom and served other kings against him.
He had done no wrong, yet people betrayed him.
Because the king was perfect, he was also just. He saw to it that crimes were all punishment to keep order in his kingdom.
One day, three men were brought before him. The first said, “but I have only lied. It didn’t hurt anyone.”
But it had. The king knew exactly how the man’s lie had caused pain and mistrust deep inside the hearts of the ones he had lied too. So, as a just king, he had to see that the man was arrested and put in prison.
The second man said, “but I have only had an affair. We weren’t in love. It didn’t hurt anyone.” The king knew the pain caused by this man’s affair and how deeply it had wounded his wife. So, he saw the man punished and had him placed in prison with the first man.
The third man said, “but I have only killed one man. He stole from me and deserved it. There are worse people out there than me.” But the king knew how sorrowful the murdered man’s family was and the pain they were in. He had to punish the third man as well, so he placed him in prison along with the first two men.
The people of the kingdom grew angry at him. They threw rocks and stones at him while others left the kingdom altogether. They demanded answers, wanting to know why the king placed a liar in the same cell as a murderer and why the man who had an affair was held with them as well.
They hated and despised him and often times, insulted him.
Yet the king was just and had done no wrong against them. They didn’t understand that as a just king, he had to see to it that all crime was punished.
Friends, this is exactly what God does for you and I. He is holy and righteous and cannot abide by sin. Any sin. He is also just, which means that crimes against him—all sin—must be punished.
But here is the difference between the king and the story and God…
God saw our punishment. Because we sinned against him, regardless of what the sin was, we were due to be arrested and placed in the prison of the universe—Hell. This meant eternal damnation and separation from God.
But He loves us! God didn’t want us to suffer the punishment that we were due. That created a bit of a conundrum. How could God, who is Holy and righteous and pure, just let us go, when we had committed sin against Him? He couldn’t; justice had to be served.
That is why God came down as man through Jesus Christ. When he sacrificed himself on the cross, Jesus took the punishment of our sin for us so that we could live eternally with Him and be spared!
Some people may ask, “Well, if God didn’t want us to die from our sins, why create sin? Or why not make everything perfect?”
Here’s the thing:
- God did create a perfect world but we as humans allowed sin to enter.
- God didn’t want us to all be robots, which means He had to create us with free will. It isn’t His fault that we use our free will to sin against him.
It’s time that we stop blaming God for our choices to sin. If sin hadn’t been created, then we never would have had free will. We would have been robots forced to serve God and that isn’t what He wanted.
Instead, He chose to save you, whether you believe in Him or not. If you believe in Jesus Christ and trust Him like you would a parachute before jumping out of an airplane, then repent of your sins, you can be free from the punishment of sin.
Don’t wait a moment longer to get right with God. In these perilous times, people are dying from the coronavirus and even if you’re young and healthy, people die every day.
You don’t want to wait until you’re in eternity, until it’s too late to get right with God.
If you choose to believe in Jesus and give your life to Him, what have you got to lose? Nothing. But if you choose not to believe and when you die and you have to face eternity…
What if you’re wrong?
Then, you have everything to lose.
Don’t wait until it’s too late.