The other day I was driving with my son in the car. We passed a graveyard and he pointed to it and said, “Look! What a mess!”
I said, “That’s not a mess, that’s a graveyard… It’s supposed to look like that.” To which he replied, “No, it’s a mess!”
Then I thought, “That is a mess!” Because that cemetery was full of corpses. Every corpse represents a person, a soul. Every person who once lived is somewhere right now for eternity. And they’re not all in the same place. And they’re not all in a good place.
What a mess!
Imagine if Adam and Eve hadn’t eaten that fruit in the Garden of Eden! Before they broke the only rule given to them… There was no plan for death to be a part of life. It isn’t a natural part of life like everyone tells you when your first pet dies. It’s a consequence to disobedience. It’s a consequence of sin.
Genesis 2:16-17 [the one rule]
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
Genesis 3:19 [one of the consequences, death]
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.
What a mess!
Imagine what life would be like if we could just follow the law. But we are incapable of it… That’s why we need grace.
I heard someone say to me the other day, “I think as long as you’re a good person, Jesus will understand… I think.” She didn’t sound too sure of her theory, but was hoping it’s true.
Here’s the deal. We need Grace because none of us are “good enough” to be perfect. Perfection is not something we are capable of living up to. We need grace because we make a mess of things. We are messy and God runs towards the mess. We disobey, God loves us anyway.
So, yes, it’s a mess. Life as we know it, is a mess. We’re a mess. But we’re a beautiful mess. And we’re a beautiful mess being made new through faith in Jesus Christ.