Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Daily Light - October 27, 2010

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"But we see Jesus..."
Hebrews 2:9

When God created man in the Garden of Eden, he gave him dominion over all things on the earth. All of creation was subject to man and his authority. The author of Hebrews is recalling this fact. God did not put things under the authority of His angels. He gave man that authority. As a side thought, that makes you wonder if this is the reason that Satan, who was an angel created by God, hates man so much. We know that he was filled with pride, and it must have been devastating to him to not have the authority that was given to man.
It amazes me every time I read that God created man and crowned him with glory and honor. God loved His creation so much that He chose to allow him to have dominion over His good and perfect creation. Man enjoyed a God-given authority that we cannot even fathom today. However, as you know, everything fell apart when man fell in sin. What was once paradise for man became a curse to his flesh! Man chose to step outside of the perfect plan of God and do what he wanted. Since that moment this world has literally been headed toward complete chaos. How sad it is to realize all that man gave up for a moment of pleasure and self-gratification! If you were to dwell on this fact very long, it would leave you with a hopeless and empty feeling. That is why the author of Hebrews states the discouraging news, "But now we do not yet see all things put under him." What do we do as we look at this sad position of man in light of the fall? Do what the author suggests next.
"But we see Jesus." There is absolutely nothing that we can do about our fallen state through our human power. There is no amount of goodness in us to overcome the evil around us. As a matter of fact, the Bible teaches us that there is no goodness in us at all, and all the things that we declare to be righteous are as filthy rags compared to God's holiness. So look at Jesus. Keep your eyes on Him. Why? Because Jesus came to this earth as man, maintained His sinless and holy state, and tasted death for us and in our place. He in His love brings us into His family. He in His mercy declares those of us who are completely sinful to be wholly righteous before the Father. He through His suffering became the Captain of our salvation. It is through His work of sanctification in our lives that He makes us one with Himself and declares us to be His brethren.
When I see Jesus in this way, I am truly amazed that He would come and rescue a sinner like me. We must today stop dwelling on a fallen world or even our fallen selves, but we must look up and see Jesus once again.
May you see Jesus today!

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