A message from Pastor John Hall
Four months ago, I sprained my ankle playing basketball. I jumped up for a rebound and landed on my brother’s foot twisting my ankle. I will never forget what it feels like to have one of my bones pop. I wasn’t able to walk for days because there was a big bruise from the tips of my toes to three quarters of the way up my shin. I had to go to the doctor for an X-Ray. As they gave me the results, I realized one of my least favorite things in the world is an X-Ray. Because an X-Ray shows a problem (in this case a sprained ankle) but it doesn’t tell you how to fix it.
This is NOT how Christianity works. The Bible does not show us our sin and just tell us to “be better”. It’s not just an explanation of our problems, but it is also a solution to our problems. The Bible is not an MRI or an X-Ray, but it’s a remedy.
Jesus Christ has given us a way to God through his death. He is the solution to our sin. Why is it so important that we realize Jesus is the cure and not a diagnosis? It’s because our primary focus in recovery shouldn’t be our past mistakes, but it should be our future in Christ.
Please understand, I think that it is important to realize that we are sinners. However, I think it’s more important that we realize that Jesus paid for our sin. Think of it as a 1-10 ratio. For every one of our sins, we can take ten looks at the cure for our sin… Jesus.
This is the essence of what it means to be in recovery. None of us can live perfect lives. God knew this, and that’s why Jesus came to live a perfect life for us. He died a death that we should have died and was punished in our place so that we don’t have to live perfect lives. Perfection should not be the goal in recovery; the goal should be dependence on our cure, Jesus.