He Jumped In

Every action the Father commits is with the sole purpose of getting closer to us. He lives and breathes to connect because He is connection embodied.

On the flip side, there isn’t one action the Father has ever done to cause distance between humanity and Himself—not even one millimeter of distance.

Everything Jesus said or did, no matter how challenging it was, was to bring us closer to Himself and the Father together with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus didn’t die because the Father couldn’t connect with us anymore because of our sin, He died because we lost our ability to connect to Him. He never turned His back on the Son in the same way He never turned His back on us.

When the Father saw we couldn’t connect anymore, it anguished His heart to the such a degree that He decided to send in a rescue team. Jesus was the recon force that jumped into the dark ocean of our sin and delusion to rescue us.

God was dying to connect with us again so much so that He died to restore us to the connection he desired and designed in Eden.

It was our radio that was broken, not His. God never stopped sending out the full signal of His love towards us, we simply lost the ability to receive His signals. So even when we felt afar off and distant, the distance was only in our own minds. We were never separated from His love and favor, we simply thought we were.

I’m not minimizing our pain before Christ: perceived separation still hurts like the dickens and feels real. The good news is, the truth supersedes our own feelings and perception!

Sin separates us from God in our own minds, but sin never caused God to be repulsed by us. It caused Him to lunge in our direction with a lifesaver.

If you saw your own child drowning, would you jump in and rescue them? Or would you let them drown because they weren’t supposed to jump in the pool?

Contagious Sin?

“Fear Sin!” said Jesus, never.

Christians can have an unhealthy tendency to cut people off in their lives who aren’t living right with God. There’s this unspoken fear that bad company corrupts good character. Actually I just quoted Scripture, but it’s important to remember that throughout the Bible, love is notorious for making exceptions—we just need to ask whether our relationships with others are motivated out of need, or love.

While the Bible teaches us to run from sin, the parallel pursuit of holiness must be grounded in our love for God instead of our fear of failure. In love, there is plenty of room to walk in faith as those who live by the Spirit and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. Again, I’m quoting Paul.

I understand that people are afraid of compromising their walk with the Lord, but when your own personal spirituality is prioritized at the cost of others, it inherently becomes a self-centered focus. I would dare to say that in this scenario, whatever you’re growing in, it’s not God. In contrast, the heart postured in love is always in pursuit of the prodigals. Remember, Paul is the same guy that said he would gladly go to hell if it meant his Jewish brothers could taste of the Lord’s salvation.

We are never called to condone sin, simply for the fact that sin inevitably destroys those that we love. However, we cannot exercise our God-given authority as ministers of reconciliation if we believe we are called to remove our witness from the lives of those who have missed the mark. Reconciliation never comes through isolation—that is the devil’s domain where fear, shame, and despair fester in the darkness. As Christ’s representatives we are called to provide a light in the darkness and a path to the Father. We are meant to open doors, not leave them shut.

So are we to fear sin? Absolutely not. We should be much more concerned about the  souls hidden in the dark should we selfishly choose to withhold our light. We must ask ourselves when we will we start believing that our freedom is greater than their bondage. “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!” Now that was Jesus.