Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Perfect Salvation

Each day I will be posting from the daily Bible Reading plan we will be doing at West Side. On weekdays we will be going through the New Testament. On the weekends we will read passages from the Old Testament books of Psalms and Proverbs. We invite you to join along.

Why did Jesus come to this earth? He came for one reason, to heal and restore the relationship between man and God voided by sin. Along the way, he spent his time healing those who were afflicted because of sin. Today’s reading (Matthew 9) outlines those very acts for us.

We must remember that personal sin is typically not the reason many of us are afflicted with diseases and hardships. These things are a result of the curse of sin. However, one can be afflicted with a disease because of personal sin. The person who is sexually promiscuous may catch a sexually transmitted disease. This is a result of a personal sin. However, the person born with cerebral-palsy is not being punished for personal sins, or even their parent’s sins; it is a result of being born into a fallen world, afflicted by the curse of sin.

That is why Jesus had to come. Sin had separated man and God from having the relationship He desired. While on his way to the cross Jesus gave some foreshadowing of what it will be like in heaven. No more disease, no more death, no more hardships, no more separation from God. His healings showed that his salvation brought about perfection, healthiness, and the privilege of being in the prescience of God.

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