You’re hiking on a beautiful trail in the White Mountains high above the tree line on a sunny day. It’s hot and humid in the valley, but is cool and refreshing in a soft breeze. The views are amazing. You’re on top of the world, but you get a blister.
You’ve had a wonderful Christmas with your family. The kids are playing nicely with their new toys. The tree is green and smells of pine. The fire is roaring in the fireplace. Joy to the world is playing softly in the background, and you step on an ornament hook.
You’re on a date in the city, and it’s going fabulously. You’re connecting on a deep level. They’re funny, intelligent, good looking, hold a good job, and believe the same faith as you. You’re mind is fast forwarding to what the future may hold, and you step in dog poo.
Sometimes life can seem so perfect, yet one little thing can remind us of the brokenness of it all. One little scratch on the surface leads to rust and decay, and deeper problems down the road. One little negative word can bore into your mind and make you question everything you are and stand for. One little sin can begin an avalanche that brings down the entire world. That’s what we read in Genesis 3 as Adam and Eve sinned and it quickly turned into a devastating event. Relationships were damaged. Adam and Even pointed at each other. Adam blamed God. The world around them would produce pain. They were embarrassed to be themselves.
They were in need of restoration. And, God would provide. Jesus would bring restoration through his death and resurrection. Jesus would live a completely perfect life. Not one misstep. Not one harsh word. Not one sin. Not one angry thought. Not one impure act. Jesus brought salvation in that BIG moment on the cross, but it only worked because he lived perfectly according to God’s law in all the little things. Paul writes about that restoration in Romans 5: For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
What a turn around! Even the smallest sin is overturned and life is given in abundance. We look forward to that day when restoration is complete. No more crying, no more pain, or stinky poo, or ornament hooks, or blisters. Perfection will be perfection again!
Dear Jesus, Thank you for living the perfect life for me! Amen.