We claim to believe in the death and resurrection of God’s Son but most times we act differently. If God incarnate really died as a sacrificial lamb, and rose again, surely, a murderer or adulterer can be restored, renewed, recreated. Whatever was powerful enough to cause God to become a man, die and come back from death to life as God of all, surely must be powerful enough to redeem the worst of humans and the worst of situations. Should it not?
Why do we exempt certain kinds of people from redemption? Why do we exempt situations in our lives or in the world from redemption? What manner of hypocrisy makes us do so? The Creator came down from heaven, became a man and died, then rose again. Who is too wicked, who is too far gone to be redeemed by such a sacrifice? What individual or societal challenge is beyond such a sacrifice?
The Son of God, the Creator, not a mere animal was the slaughtered lamb. The Creator’s blood, not the blood of an animal, is the covering. He was sacrificed and came back to life. Now, who is beyond redemption? Who cannot be recreated by the same power that raised Jesus Christ from death? Now, who is hopeless? What is hopeless? Why do we act as though that sacrifice and the shed blood is limited? Do we really believe God the Creator of all things was the sacrificial lamb meaning everything and everyone in the universe is covered?
Lord help me to lead a life worthy of the sacrifice that recreated me. Let my present internal experience and external manifestations testify that God was the lamb that redeemed me. Help me not to negate my own redemption and dishonor your offering, your sacrifice, your life, your blood by relating with anyone as though they are beyond redemption. Help me to see that no one and nothing can possibly be beyond redemption given that you, the author of existence are the one who died and rose again.