Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sin: A Fifty-Point Earthquake

In 1906 an earthquake and subsequent fires leveled the proud and beautiful city of San Francisco.  More than 30 years after, scientists could estimate that the earthquake measured at least 8 on the Richter Scale of Earthquake Magnitudes. A magnitude 8 earthquake releases as much energy as detonating 6 million tons of TNT.
Not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty or danger, the people of that city went to work at rebuilding. From out of the deaths, rubble and ruin rose a more beautiful, modern city.  And the natives of San Francisco were very proud of their city.
The human race came forth beautiful and sinless from the creating Hand of God.
In granting human beings the gift of freedom of will, God opened the possibility of sin.
He gave us to power to choose -- to choose even against Him!
Sin became a reality, shook the human race to its foundations and almost devastated us.
Original Sin was a 50 on the "Metaphysical Richter Scale" -- a super-quake which destroyed the unity of the human body and soul, the unity between human beings, and the human race's unity with God.
But God was not discouraged, and taught us not to be discouraged.

Included in His overall plan of redeeming us and all creation of the effects of our sins, He devised a way of rebuilding the human race into an even more beautiful work of His art and wisdom.
To accomplish this, God Himself came to our rescue by His power as God, but He wanted us to be saved by one like us; that One is the Lord Jesus Christ, God's Only Son.



Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,
          and through sin, death,
          and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned.
If by that one person’s transgression the many died,
          how much more did the grace of God
          and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
          overflow for the many.
For if, by the transgression of the one,
          death came to reign through that one,
          how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
          and the gift of justification
          come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, just as through one transgression
          condemnation came upon all,
          so, through one righteous act
          acquittal and life came to all.
For just as through the disobedience of one man
          the many were made sinners,
          so, through the obedience of the one
          the many will be made righteous.
Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more,
          so that, as sin reigned in death,
          grace also might reign through justification
          for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21


Saint Paul reminds us that, through a man, SIN entered the world, and through a Man, God's  Grace would be plentiful in a measure beyond imagining. That Man is Jesus Christ.  But He was more than a human person, He was God's own Son: Jesus was divine Himself.
Because Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, is greater than any human person, likewise, the restoration He brought to mankind is greater and more powerful than the devastation we caused by sin.
To be redeemed by God’s Son Himself should be a source of great joy for all of us.
God thought enough of us, that He sent His own Son to repair what our sin damaged.  Sending His Son is something we could never have guessed would happen.

Because of His Son’s work, God our Father is very proud of His redeemed children.
In us, He sees the handiwork of His almighty power and love.
He sees the image and likeness of Christ in us.

But, WE must not be proud of ourselves. We leave pride to God – because HE has accomplished all the good that is within us — through His Son, Jesus Christ.


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