Running a Red Light
As noted in a prior post, three years ago I sold my only car mainly so I could finish building this website but buttressed by the fact that I was sure I wouldn’t mind the extra exercise that “biking it” would bring, that this would be wonderful and a welcome change. (Warning: going carless isn’t for everyone.)
Ergo, I didn’t run a red light yesterday but while out walking I saw a car that did, with a second car a nanosecond ahead of it and that made me remember the time in high school that I did run a red light since it was clear that the car two inches behind me in the next lane over wasn’t going to stop either. So as the yellow light was just turning red, whoosh, there our two cars went right through.
I remember my exact thought and feeling at that very instant: how comforting it was that someone else was going through that just-turned-red light, too.
That returned to me like a bolt of lightning yesterday, but this time a second sensation hit me right after that memory: that’s very similar to how it is spiritually!
I didn’t have to suffer in sin all alone because Jesus was right beside me, having gone through the exact same situations and temptations and sufferings which I and every other person will ever experience (and then some, in His case).
What a comfort!
But it’s not just that He experienced those same things we do (EVERYTHING BUT the sinning) …
- “Therefore, He [Jesus] had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17)
… but that He went so much further and B-E-C-A-M-E sin on our behalf, so that we could stop being dead and rather be born / become alive spiritually…
- “And you were dead in your transgressions and sins” (Ephesians 2:1)
- “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
… and become the righteousness of God in Him.
- “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
What a Savior. What a friend.
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