09/19/2012

(Romans 3:23,24 NIV) “23.for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24.and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

 Do you like sweet and sour chicken?  I do!  Every time I go to a Chinese buffet restaurant all I ever get is the sweet and sour chicken.   And what makes this dish so interesting is what the name suggests: a balance of both sweet and sour tastes in one sauce.

If you read the Bible, you’ll discover that its message is “sweet and sour”, as well.  One part of its message might seem “sour” to hear.  It’s called the law.  And its purpose is to show you your sin and your absolutely desperate need of a Savior.  Here is a law passage found in Romans 3:23, “for all [including you and me] have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

It doesn’t feel so good to realize that we have sinned, that we are guilty and that we deserve to be punished by God forever.  The message of the law leaves a horrible, sour taste in our mouths – a taste we never want to experience again!

But it is that “sour” taste of the law that makes the “sweet” message of the gospel even more appealing.  Here is a taste: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified (declared innocent/ not guilty) freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23,24)

The sweet solution to our sour state of sin is found only in our Savior.  By his grace (a love that we didn’t cause or earn) he justified us (declared us innocent/ not guilty).  How sweet it is!

We need the sour sting of the law to remind us that we need a Savior.  We need the sweet salve of the gospel to show us who that Savior is.  It’s all in the Bible.  Dig in!

Digging into the Bible, just like you,

Pastor Schumann

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