Become a Real Piece of Work
Pastor John Hamel
“He hath not dealt
with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as
the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that
fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our
transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:10-12)
There was a popular
TV program that glorified the nefarious, bloodstained culture of a certain
ethnic underworld group. You may know its name.
Tony, the program’s
murderous namesake, is quoted as having said, “We’re just like any other
family.” In a sense, Tony S. is right. Tony’s family is just
like all other families in that all have sinned and fall short of God’s
expectation of us. (Romans 3:23)
Someone said, “For a Mob guy, crime
is only what he does. Family is what he really is.”
Of course, this is simply not true. It’s impossible to separate who
you are from what you do.
You are what you
do. You do what you are.
All human beings,
not just mobsters, murderers and “wise-guys,” need to have their nature
changed. We sin because we are sinners. (Ephesians 2:3)
sinful because of our blood ties to Adam, the original sinner! (Romans
No one is “more” or “less” guilty of sin than another.
Again, we all fall short of God’s high expectations for us. (Romans
3:23) This is why we all need Jesus.
Jesus can tell us a
whole lot more about the spilling of innocent blood than any “realistic,”
“truthful” television crime drama ever could. Jesus personally and
willingly spilled His own innocent Blood on behalf of all other murderous
blood-spillers. (John 10:18)
Jesus allowed Himself to be “whacked” in the most horrible way to pay for the sins of
even His own “whackers.” Jesus knows experientially what it’s like to
be brutalized by the “Mob.” He hung
naked and bleeding to death, the flesh of His body literally torn open, as
the mob stood before Him, mocking, joking, spitting and cussing at Him.
Sleepless and in
shock, gasping for breath, His heart literally pumping the last traces of
innocent Blood from His body, Jesus cried out, “Father, forgive
them. They have no idea what they’re doing.” (Luke 23:34)
Giving up His physical life, Jesus then descended into the bowels of Hell to pay for the sins of those who sent Him to the
torture stake that day -- YOU AND ME! (John 3:16; Acts 2:31,32)
Father then raised Jesus up from the dead and returned Him to His position
of Honor at God’s own right hand.
The Bible says all who accept Jesus
getting “whacked” in their place are now seated there “in Him.” (Ephesians 2:6)
you? Are you a “wise-guy”?
Are you wise enough to realize that
to God “Sin is Sin” and no one, not even a “Mobster” is worse than anyone
I’ll say it for the third time.
“All have sinned and
fall short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
You know what that word “all”
means in the original language? It means “ALL”
You may not live a
life of crime, but you know that you are guilty of sin.
Why not say,
“Jesus, You’re my choice. Forgive me
for my sin.” (Romans 10:13)
Know what God will say about that sin?
“I, even I, am he
that blots out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and [I] WILL NOT
REMEMBER thy sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)
In other words, God
will say, “FUGGEDABOUDIT.”
Now run with Jesus. He’ll rub off on you and you’ll
become “a real piece of work.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Be Blessed … John
and Barbara Hamel
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