What Would You Do?
A very clever human resources person devised a test for those applying for a job. The test simply asked "What would you do?" She instructed the applicants to write their answers to a scenario that asked; you are driving along in your car on a wild stormy night. You pass by a bus stop and see three people waiting for a bus:
a) An old woman who looks as if she is about to die
b) An old friend who once saved your life
c) The perfect specimen of a man (or woman) you have been dreaming about
Which of the three would you choose to offer a ride to - knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?
1. You could pick the old woman because she looks as if she is ready to die
2. You could pick up the friend who once saved your own life - a chance to pay him back
3. You could pick up the perfect specimen of a man or woman - depending on who you are.
The candidate who was hired out of 100 applicants, had no trouble coming up with the answer: "I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the old woman to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams." How perceptive!
Suppose you were God. The human creation you made has become rebellious. It does not desire to be in obedience to you, which is sin. You have three choice:
1. Destroy your creation because of its' sinful rebellion
2. Banish your creation from your presence forever
3. Provide a means by which you can restore a loving relationship with your creation.
Because God is a loving God, I know He would not have had a problem deciding which of these three He would choose. The Bible tells us in John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." 2 Corinthians 5:21 says; "For God made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us; (He who knew no sin), that we might be made the righteousness of God." That is the story of Good Friday - Jesus became sin for us and died for us so that we might be restored to a loving relationship with God. And because God accepted the sacrifice for sin, our sin will not be held against us - we have been forgiven! All we have to do is ask for that forgiveness. The resurrection of Jesus authenticated th sacrifice for sin. It was the final act that restored us to a loving relationship with our Creator. When Jesus said, "Because I live, you too will live," it promised every believer a wonderful hope for the future!