God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthian 5:21
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh. Romans 8:3
My parents graciously opened their home to my family to escape Hurricane Florence's path. I'm forever grateful for their kindness and willingness to have their routine thrown out of whack to care for me, my wife and two girls. Even though they've done their best to distract us, my heart is heavy and uneasy.
I desperately want to be back in Wilmington, but the city I love is virtually cut off from the rest of the world. Roads are washed out. Highways flooded. Trees and debris litter the way. Trying to make my own path would be futile at best, and reckless at worst. Like every other evacuee, I am at the mercy of the crews working around the clock to clear a way home.
As I scroll through Facebook, weather maps and transportation websites, I'm reminded of the hope we have in Christ. I know at first this might seem odd, yet pause for a moment and consider the state our sin and struggle left us in.
We were utterly helpless, separated from God and living in a broken world. Just like my path home to Wilmington, we were cut off from an intimate and close connection with our Creator. No matter how much effort, determination, or religious hula hoops we jumped through, we couldn't make things right and earn our entrance home.
We were evacuees waiting for a way back. Christ did for us what we couldn't do on our own. He conquered death so that we might experience a full life. His mercy made things right. Through the cross, he cleared the path for reconciliation and redemption to take place. He made a way back home for us. The beauty of the Gospel is a rescue mission.
How has Christ rescued you? What would it look like for you to walk in this path today?
God, thank you for rescuing me and making a way where there wasn't one. You offered me Your hand and pointed me in the direction of where life can be found. Let me remember that it is by Your wounds that I have been healed. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.