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January 13, 2014, 4:21 PM

Salvation has come to this house

From the time that Adam and Eve disobeyed God and became sinners God has been seeking to save the lost. Adam and Eve sinned and immediately they lost the true perspective. They were ashamed and afraid, emotions they had never felt before. All they could do was seek a solution on their own. For their shame they sought the covering of fig leaves. For their fear they ran from the presence of God. This was a dreadful predicament. All of their solutions would ultimately lead to death, banishment from their Creator, the only source of hope and life. But God, who is rich in mercy, according to His great love with which He loves us, came and sought after Adam and Eve, sinners. He made them look again at their sin. He forced them to understand that sin has far reaching consequences. He made them understand that only He can provide an effective solution. There in the garden He established both a temporary solution and a permanent solution. The temporary solution would point to the permanent. Adam was warned that the wages of sin is certain death. From this point on a substitute would be chosen from the flock. The chosen lamb would be killed on behalf of the sinner. The lifeblood of the lamb would be spilled out. This would be a foreshadowing of the true Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who would come at the right time to offer His own blood as a sacrifice for sinners.               

I was once in the place of Adam and Eve. I too sought my own solutions to sin and fled from the presence of God. I was reminded of the love of God this morning as I read in Luke 19. Jesus came looking for Zacchaeus. He was a wee little man in stature and according to the Jews, a chief of sinners. Yet Jesus calls him down from the tree and initiates a relationship. Zacchaeus received Him and his life was forever changed. Here is what Jesus said in his regard. “Today salvation has come to this house.”

Has salvation come to your house? Can you say with Zacchaeus and me “I once was lost, but, now I am found.” Today is the day to reject your own solutions and the solutions of the world and come to Jesus at the calling of God. 

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