Why doesn’t God do something?
The answer is two fold, He has and He will.
The cross of Christ has become so familiar a symbol that it’s true worth has been diminished.
At the cross, God didn’t send a book or a messenger to address our plight, He came Himself.
J.I. Packer summarizes that work as follows;
- (1) God, in Denney’s phrase, ‘condones nothing’, but judges all sin as it deserves: which Scripture affirms, and my conscience confirms, to be right.
- (2) My sins merit ultimate penal suffering and rejection from God’s presence (conscience also confirms this), and nothing I do can blot them out.
- (3) The penalty due to me for my sins, whatever it was, was paid for me by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in his death on the cross.
- (4) Because this is so, I through faith in him am made ‘the righteousness of God in him’, i.e. I am justified; pardon, acceptance and sonship become mine.
- (5) Christ’s death for me is my sole ground of hope before God. ‘If he fulfilled not justice, I must; if he underwent not wrath, I must to eternity.’
- (6) My faith in Christ is God’s own gift to me, given in virtue of Christ’s death for me: i.e. the cross procured it.
- (7) Christ’s death for me guarantees my preservation to glory.
- (8) Christ’s death for me is the measure and pledge of the love of the Father and the Son to me.
- (9) Christ’s death for me calls and constrains me to trust, to worship, to love and to serve.
Our problem is not first and foremost that we have been sinned against, it is that we are sinners ourselves and have sinned against a holy God and deserve that judgment that we judge others with.
Jesus did something…He came Himself and became one of us…and paid for our sins.
Martin Luther wrote;
‘All the prophets did foresee in spirit, that Christ should become the greatest transgressor, murderer, adulterer, thief, rebel, blasphemer, etc., that ever was . . . for he being made a sacrifice, for the sins of the whole world, is not now an innocent person and without sins . . . our most merciful Father . . . sent his only Son into the world and laid upon him the sins of all men, saying: Be thou Peter that denier; Paul that persecutor, blasphemer and cruel oppressor; David that adulterer; that sinner which did eat the apple in Paradise; that thief which hanged upon the cross; and, briefly, be thou the person which hath committed the sins of all men; see therefore that thou pay and satisfy for them. Here now cometh the law and saith: I find him a sinner . . . therefore let him die upon the cross”.
Jesus came once Himself…and He ‘s coming again.
God “did something” and is “doing something”…His kingdom has come and is coming, someday soon it will arrive with Him in it’s fullness.
“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.” (Hebrews 10:12–13 ESV)
The King is coming…and all His enemies will be defeated.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.””
(Revelation 21:1–8 ESV)
We are called to perseverance and endurance…one does not “endure” good times and blessings.
We persevere in the face of trial and many tribulations…we were promised these things.
By faith we hold to the promises of a day when they are no more.
Our faith is not in vain.
Persevere, my friends…He’s not finished yet.