Originally scheduled for April 1
It eventually happens to most of us. We meet
someone who is sure he has a perfect proof that God cannot possibly
exist. It goes something like this:
You tell me that God is good. He is
100% good; there is no “dark side” to him.
You tell me that God is omnipotent —
he can do anything he wants.
Then this God of yours could erase
evil from the planet if he really wanted to. And being good, he
would really want to. So therefore your God doesn’t exist.
There is a simple answer to this. The people
who study apologetics in detail don’t use this very much; but it has
the virtue of being short as well as simple. Either:
God is not good, OR
God is not omnipotent, OR
God isn’t finished with us yet.
God the Merciful is waiting so that a few
more of us might be saved. His patience will run out one day, we do
not know when. But when it does, we will see the Day of Judgment.
God will judge the living and the dead. He will do so on the basis
of what people knew. Those who are experienced Christians who really
foul things up are in for a nasty surprise. Those who are completely
ignorant and did the best they could will be punished appropriately.
We will all be judged on what we knew.
But how do God’s judgment and salvation
relate to each other? Judgment reflects his righteousness. His
salvation reflects his mercy. These two things touch at the Cross.
The horrible price that was paid for
our sins—the life of Jesus, the sinless man, the Christ.
The unfailing grace of God, who sent
his Son to that Cross.
This is what Christ commands you to remember
as you partake of communion. It is not to be done lightly. As you
take communion this morning, remember that horrible price — and the
unfailing grace that price brought to us. There is no greater love.