What we deserve
Ephesians 2:2-3 (ESV) in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
You are worse than you think you are. There is an evil inside all of us that is greater than we would ever like to admit. We all know that there is an inner darkness that if not controlled would destroy everything in its way.
Evil is in our nature.
And this very nature is what has caused us to sin against God. He’s the biggest obstacle in our way. He is the one that has set in place limits that keeps us from getting what we want. So we curse Him, deny Him, reject Him, ignore Him, excuse Him away, mock Him, and yearn to wish Him away so there wouldn’t be anything to rattle our conscience.
This crime we have committed is not a small one.
It’s not like getting a speeding ticket or not paying your taxes–it’s a much bigger offense. And a slap on the hand is not enough.
Watch out! Here comes our sin popping it’s ugly little head again. It doesn’t think it deserves punishment and if it does, it believes we should only get a slap on the hand.
Because pride says that we are not that bad, especially compared to some people we know. Which might I point out is the sinful act of judging and comparison.
But we have sinned against an infinitely Holy God so our punishment should be comparable—of infinite proportion.
Eternal death and separation from the most beautiful, loving perfect being—God; Yahweh. That’s what we deserve. But that’s not what we’ve gotten.
What we got instead
Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
Our sin is greater than we think and we are worse than we’ll ever admit. But His grace is sweeter, bigger, more far-reaching than anything we will ever do or say. TYhe precious blood of Jesus Christ covers ALL of your and my sin for all eternity.
So instead, we’ve received merciful patience from a God who waits on a sinful human race to repent and be adopted into the family of God. We’ve received a loving savior who has chosen to take our death, sin and the wrath of God on Himself and give His righteousness in exchange.
A slap on the hand is not a proper punishment for what we’ve done and it’s not an ample payment before an infinitely Holy God. But the shed blood of Jesus Christ the perfect sinless Son of God is.
And God in His incessant love gives it to us willingly—instead of wrath we get free, unearned favor with God.