DayBreaks for 5/29/18 – A Shocking Vision

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DayBreaks for 5/29/18: A Shocking Vision

Perhaps you’ve seen the movie, “The Green Mile,” starring Tom Hanks.  In that movie, Tom Hanks plays a prison guard who is in charge of the section reserved for death row inmates.  His staff cares for the inmates, and escorts them on the night of their execution to the electric chair.  The name of the movie comes from the color of the floor…and how long the walk must seem to those who are condemned to die.  The movie certainly gives one moments of pause as the inmates are taken, when their time has come, to the execution chamber.  The way different characters responded to their approaching fate was thought-provoking, and as I am prone to do, I tried to put myself in their place.

Perhaps that’s why I found Don Everts writing in The Smell of Sin so intriguing.  Here’s what he had to say: “Our sins are immense and we are guilty.  We are tried and convicted, and it’s a death sentence.  And our time has come and the guards are stiffly escorting us down the long hallway to the electric chair that rightfully awaits us.  Dead men and women walking.  And when we round the last corner, the guards simply have to let us go…because the chair is already in use.  Jesus is in it.  And he’s being electrocuted.”

God, have mercy on us.

PRAYER:  Jesus, what can we possibly say that will begin to express our thankfulness for what You have done for us by being executed in our stead.  We are amazed at such love!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 09/23/11 – The Stop Sign and Fire

DayBreaks for 09/23/11 – The Stop Sign and Fire

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23

Dorothy Sayers, the mystery writer, was also a devoted Christian. Dorothy Sayers was attempting to explain the moral law of God. She pointed out that in our society there are two kinds of laws. There is the law of the stop sign, and there’s the law of the fire. The law of the stop sign is a law that says the traffic is heavy on a certain street, and as a result the police department or the city council decides to erect a stop sign. They also decide that if you run that stop sign, it will cost you $25 or $30 or $35. If the traffic changes, they can up the ante. That is if too many people are running the stop sign, they can make the fine $50 or $75, or if they build a highway around the city, they can take the stop sign down, or reduce the penalty, making it only $10 if you go through. The police department or city council controls the law of the stop sign.

But then she said there is also the law of the fire. And the law of the fire says if you put your hand in the fire, you’ll get burned. Now imagine that all of the legislatures of all the nations of the entire world gathered in one great assembly, and they voted unanimously that here on out that fire would no longer burn. The first man or woman who left that assembly and put his or her hand in the fire would discover that the law of the fire is different than the law of the stop sign. Bound up in the nature of fire itself is the penalty for abusing it. So, Dorothy Sayers says, the moral law of God is like the law of the fire. You never break God’s laws; you just break yourself on them. God can’t reduce the penalty, because the penalty for breaking the law is bound up in the law itself.

We would like to delude and comfort ourselves by thinking that God’s laws are all just like the law of the stop sign, and not like the law of fire.  They’re not.  We think that we may just bruise ourselves a bit when we violate one of His laws, but Romans 6:23 says it’s a far more serious thing to violate His law and put our hand into the fire of sin: the result of that is death.  And that’s a lot more serious than a bruise or two.

PRAYER: Father, give us the gift of discernment and wisdom to grasp the seriousness of our sin.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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