Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Desperate Wickedness

Jeremiah 17:9 KJV - The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Looking at the world around us, is there really any doubt that man is evil at heart?

Those examples are recent news as of August 2012. I'm sure you can think of more. No doubt a year from now, more stories of evil will eclipse these. Desperate wickedness. The legacy of man.

James 4:1 NKJV - Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?

What did that Sikh temple murder want? Less brown people walking around?

What was the Colorado theater shooter trying to achieve? I wonder if even he knows.

The drug cartels? They are easy enough to understand. They want to own the illegal drug market, and will kill anybody who gets in their way.

Those headline-making examples of evil are extreme, of course. Each of us, though, in our own way, is capable of taking part in just as much evil. What is the most angry you have ever been at somebody? Would you act on it if you thought you could get away with it?

This is not to say that everybody is spending every moment of every day working on evil. Are there people out there doing good things? Of course they are. But, if you leave people on their own, the result is eventually evil, it just is.

John 2:24-25 KJV - But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Crowds were following Jesus wherever He went. Yet, Jesus did not hang out with the crowds and give them what they wanted, because He knew the heart of man. He knew what was in man.

Romans 5:8 NKJV - [8] But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

And here lies the mystery: Who can understand this level of love? Why doesn't God just call it a failed experiment and start over? Man has gone bad like spoiled milk or raw chicken left out in the sun. Why not toss us out? Because He is demonstrating His love for us, when we deserve nothing.

Let's look at Romans 5 again, this time, looking at verses 7 and 8:

Romans 5:7-8 NKJV - [7] For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. [8] But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

We might give our lives for a loved one, or even for strangers. But for people who are infinitely more evil than us? Would you give a kidney to save an active Al Quaeda terrorist? Or maybe for a death row inmate? I probably wouldn't. But God, demonstrating  His compassion, His care, His love to us, gave us a gift beyond comparison. His own son!

Romans 5:21 NKJV - [21] so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The desperate wickedness of the heart of man is not more powerful than the blood of Jesus. Desperate wickedness deserves the death penalty, but Jesus died for us, taking that penalty. If you would like to accept that pardon from the death penalty, the process starts over in Romans 10.

Romans 10:9-10 NKJV - [9] that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. [10] For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Jesus alone can conquer that desperate wickedness, and He has done so. All He asks is that you let Him change you forever. The choice is yours.