Our Lord and Savior lived and walked in a fallen world displaying the mercies of God everywhere he went. He manifested the fullness of godly compassion, mercy, and grace perfectly. In his purity and completeness, he saw sin for what it truly is and the subsequent intrinsic corruption of everything in Creation.
Colossians 1:16 tells us, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”
The Creator of the universe took on human form and he experienced firsthand the tragedies and overwhelming stench of sin. How much did his soul hurt as he navigated the world he had created? How incomprehensible the tragedy, the pain, the sorrow, the grief that our sinless Savior fully experienced moment by moment of his time on the earth? His Creation corrupted because of mankind’s disobedience. Death, sickness, sadness, terror, oppression, misery, all of it. We cannot know the depths of the lingering and constant offense of sin. What on earth would we liken this to? An ever present stench of death? A permanent nausea-inducing smell locked in the senses, the soul, and the mind? No, all of this falls short. We cannot know the fullness of the offense to the Lord’s holiness because our whole existence is plagued with the familiarity of sinfulness.
As beings who are born in sin, live in sin, are surrounded by sin, commit sin, love sin, we cannot comprehend the infinite offense that even the “lowliest” of sins is to our holy God. We even create categories of “lowliest” sins versus “highest” sins in order to excuse ourselves. We are rebels seeking to dethrone the Sovereign of the Universe, worthy of whatever his justice demands. We pervert truth and justice and substitute it with our own tainted versions of it to benefit ourselves. Hopeless, condemned, and fallen.
If not for the the grace and mercy of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Meditate on the vastness of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. He demonstrates grace and mercy to those that we would refuse. He is accessible, ever-present, gentle, and humble yet powerful, righteous, and eternal ruler. He preserves his people, he rules and reigns over every molecule, every planet, every star, and lovingly gives his fullest attention to those who come in faith.
Exclusively in Jesus is salvation, hope, justice, truth, meaning, and purpose found. He stands as an impenetrable fortress to all who would take their refuge in him. He offers unbreakable hope, faithfulness, trustworthiness, and strength in every single moment of need. Bring your cares, your burdens, and your anxiety and find rest in the Lord Jesus Christ.