Why God is Important
We cannot handle tragedy alone. Those who love us can surround us. It is God who enters into us through Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul explains it this way. "For Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
2 Corinthians 12:10
Even the Psalmist found personal comfort in God's presence. .
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;”
Originally we were created in God's image to live in His glory. But, for a brief moment, His glory has become eclipsed by our own lust for glory. That fateful event happened when our first parents were told a lie, "You can be like God."
The message we share is that no matter how godlike our human intelligence leads us to believe we are, God alone is truth and life. We cannot attain this through our own resources. God must give us this new life which He has done through Jesus Christ.
I have been given life. The life I now live in the flesh is toast; it’s ended. Thus the life I am now living in the flesh is a spiritual life which I live by faith—faith in Christ who is not only my life, but the life of all believers. This is a life we share.
The Promise of a New Covenant
The law the Scribes and Pharisees followed was that she was guilty and should be stoned to death.
As Jesus is kneeling and writing in the sand, He looked up as if to say, “Who has the right to judge her?” When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” –John 8:7
Jesus alone has the right to judge.
Therefore be sure you“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
The Scribes and Pharisees in the Old Testament refused to believe that Jesus had the right to speak with such authority. They were direct descendants of God. That was the cause of Jesus’s anger—He was sent from God. They belonged to another .
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
This Jesus who stood before them brought the promise of eternal life to them. This was all according to God's plan.
His Father said the following. "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
Here is what Martin Luther writes about the old and the new covenant."Under the law of God, we are all condemned sinners. When we “play God” by condemning another, we are living by the old covenant--the covenant Satan bound us to.
“We live bound by one of two laws, one of two covenants. One is to live according to the lie that promised us ‘You can be like God,’ that binds us to eternal death or the new covenant written into the hearts and minds of those who believe in one God. Martin Luther expresses the following thoughts on this new covenant. ‘This light of understanding in the mind, I say, and this flame in the heart is the law of faith, the new law, the law of Christ, the law of the Spirit, the law of grace. It justifies, fulfills everything, and crucifies the lusts of the flesh. Thus St. Augustine says beautifully on this passage: “In a sense the man who with a love of righteousness lives righteously lives the Law itself.”’”
–Luther’s Works, Volume 27
This righteousness is a new state of being. Obviously, we still have the old minds, simply because we use them in order to live. But, these minds are corrupted. Because they cannot prove the existence of heaven, hell, and the God, they deny these truths.
God touches us with truth. It is a gift given to us through faith. Worldviews do not contain any truths that compare to the promises God made to us in the new covenant. Faith is given.