June 19, 2014 - God's Solution
By Beatrice Northcutt
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ... And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world" (1 John 4:10,14, KJV).
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, man was estranged from God. Although God created man to worship and have fellowship with Him, Satan tempted man to disobey, bringing death and sorrow into his life.
Man's life was perfect in the Garden. Everything he needed was provided — there was no worry or pain, and he would never die — but when sin entered his heart, death was pronounced upon man's body and he was driven from the Garden, putting the burden of his living upon him. From the sweat of his brow man would earn his living, and his body would feel weariness and pain. The knowledge man gained from eating the forbidden fruit only brought disappointment, sorrow and pain. Sin still does the same to man today.
But through God's Son, sin can be wiped away forever. God is so big, but He became small by sending His Son in the form of man so He could minister to humanity's needs.
There is a story about a father and his young son walking along a country road, hand in hand. The son noticed his father's big shoe step on an anthill. The boy knelt down by the hill, watching the ants as they wiggled on the ground. Some were dead, some were injured, and others were running about, excited and scared.
"Father," the boy said, "look at the poor little ants. They're hurt! Can't we help them?"
Even though they had compassion for the ants, the father knew their hands were too big to assist the ants.
In response to a similar situation, God sent His Son, Jesus, so He could be small like man and rescue us from death, hurt and fear. God saw how we were wounded, just like those tiny ants, and He gave us His only Son to take on the form of man and take care of us. Aren't you glad God had a solution for hurting humanity?
— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kan.
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