Our final installment in the “Unlikely Heroes” series is no other than Jesus Christ himself. To understand why Jesus is an Unlikely Hero we need go back… wayyy back… further than the cross… further than a group of wise men standing over a baby (notice i didn’t say 3 wise men hehe)… further than a boy who killed a giant… further than Abraham. My friends we must go back to the beginning.
According to the accounts in the book of Genesis God created EVERYTHING! Then he created the very first man. This man was named Adam. He sat Adam down gave him a mission then gave him one command…
“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
~ Genesis 2:16-17
Simple enough right? He could have eaten from the pair trees, the apple trees, the fig trees. JUST DON’T TOUCH THE FRUIT FROM ONE IGNORANT TREE!!! that’s it! One would think that this would not be a hard thing to do. if it were me i’d be like “ok let’s grab some spray paint. paint a big huge red X on the tree. build some fences around it. and post a sign that says ‘eat this fruit and you will die… seriously God said so.'”
But now adam didn’t do this. No, he felt he and his wife (came later) would have enough will power to say no to the temptation of eating from a tree that has fruit that will kill you. Logical enough. and i applaud his self confidence in their will power. Bravo. Glad he had self-esteem
Sadly though… they messed up. In Genesis 3 we read how Satan came in the form of a snake, started up a convo with eve
[i’d like to take a moment to pause on my commentary on this event to provide you all with a very important thought… if a snake walks up to you and begins to speak in a language that u understand to be a language only spoken by humans… i suggest… YOU WALK AWAY!!!! CUZ SOMETH’N IS VERY WRONG THERE!!!… ::cough:: sorry, now back to the commentary]
and tricked her into eating from the tree that God very specifically said ‘NO EATING.’ then she turned 2 Adam and he went “oo yummy” and ate the fruit… then a light went off and they said “oh snap! we at the fruit. lets hide!”
Thus causing the disease known as sin to enter into the world. We were eternally separated from God. You see God is holy and can not allow sin to be in his presence. Everyone say “thanks adam and eve”
Because of this. Everyone is born into sin. Like i said it’s like a disease. You can try to deny it all you want. You can sit there and plug your ears and scream out ‘LALALALALALALALALALALALA” But the fact remains… from birth, every single human being is born a sinner. In fact Romans 3:23 says
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
What is sin? Theologian Wayne Grudem describes sin as
“… any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature“
Now you ask me, “Dallas, I get it, we are messed up… but why does this make Jesus an Unlikely Hero?”
I’m getting there just continue to take this ride with me. Let’s walk through Scripture to see what exactly was done so that we would be able to live a sinless life (and yes it’s possible to go a day without sinning once you’re covered in the blood of the Lamb).
Romans 6:23 starts off by saying
For the wages of sin is death
Which we know from Genesis. But if you continue to read the verse it also says
but the free gift of God is (B)eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Christ provides eternal live. Free from our sins.
How? well Romans 5:8 reads
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us
Look at the last 4 words. “…Christ died for us” It took the sacrifice of a perfect sinless being to make it possible for man to enter the Kingdom of God. This point is further proven later in scripture in 2 Corinthians 5:21
He [God] made Him [Christ] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Who can partake in this amazing gift? Romans 10:13 reads
for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.
How do we do this? Romans 10:9,10 reads
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
That’s the formula friends. Confess that Christ is your Lord, and Believe that God raised him from the dead and you’ll be saved. Part of that confession of Christ as Lord is a complete repentance. Meaning you turn away from the lifestyle of sin that you live and you strive to live as Christ did. Sinless. And yes it’s possible.
but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
~1 Peter 1:15-17
So again you come to me. “Dallas, what does this have to do with Jesus being an Unlikely Hero?
We, man kind, are sinful, we brought it on ourselves. No one helped us. Yeah, the serpent had a lil chat with Eve. But it was man’s choice to eat the fruit. It’s our fault that we are in this condition.
What makes Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the third part of the three in one, an Unlikely Hero?
He didn’t have to.
God could have said. “fine, you messed up, so you’re all are going to go to Hell now.” Instead, He loved the world so much, He gave his only begotten son, so that whoever believes in him wouldn’t die and go to Hell, but would instead have everlasting life. [click here to see for yourself]