Our world is broken.

Since sin first entered, we’ve suffered from it, had our hearts broken and died from it.

This video went around the Internet recently:

When I first heard that, what I heard was pain. The pain of a child with no father, a victim of sin trying to find meaning in brokenness. Hope in darkness. Love from, well, anybody.

This video is the result of sin.

It hurts us, yes. But even those sins we think “don’t hurt anybody else” truly do.

All of us have sinned. Since the Fall, we have struggled.

We find it hard to believe in a God who is Love because we don’t know what love is.

We get lost in darkness, not knowing what’s ahead, burdened with the weight of responsibility but having no guidance, not seeing where to go or what to do.

We find it hard to trust in a Heavenly Father because our own fathers have failed us somehow.

But then He came.

For millennia, there had been an inseparable gulf between God and His creation. God was God, we were Men, that was that.

But then He came.

We had lived for years under the oppression of sin and despair.

But then He came.

God and Man were joined. Scandalous, really, when you think about it. God became Man. Who even does that? You can’t make this stuff up.

“There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

God swam the gulf, bridged the gap and broke that barrier.

Suddenly we had access to God in a way we never had before. He experienced everything we did, everything except sin.

Awkward teenage years? Yup. Dealing with anger, sadness, betrayal? Yup. Been there, done that.

Everything except sin. Throughout his life, Jesus never felt the pain and hopelessness of sin, the feeling of being separated from our God

And then they killed him.

And when He was hanging bruised and torn and bleeding on the cross, He felt the weight of the all the sins of all humanity, past, present and future.

He felt the brokenness of separation from His Father.

He cried out, in the words of a lost child, crying for its Daddy, “Abba, abba, why have you forsaken me?”

And then he died.

Jesus died, suffering under the weight of your sin so you don’t have to.

But oddly enough, that’s not the “good news,” the Gospel that we as Christians preach.

The good news is that He rose again.

You can believe in Love – just look at a crucifix.

You can have hope – even in the dark of a tomb, there is an Easter Sunday for you, if you join your pain and hurt with Christ’s.

You can believe – God our Father promised that Jesus would be raised from the dead, and so He did.

The Gospel isn’t just that Jesus came, died and rose. (Though isn’t that enough?!)

The good news for our world is that you do have a Father who keeps His promises. There is an answer for the pain and brokenness you feel.

That answer is a Person, God who became Man and who is Love.

And the best news?

He’s only a breath away.

 

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