December - 4 - Tuesday

There is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 3, 22.23; 5, 8

At an official dinner one of the guests introduced himself to his neighbour at the table, who was a Christian, in a very immodest way. He spoke of his father who was a high local government official, mentioned his mother’s distinguished family background and spoke of his two brothers, one a banker, the other a surgeon.

“For my part,” replied the believer, “I have no praiseworthy ancestors. My father and my mother were both gardeners in the service of a good master. But one day my mother was inveigled into stealing, and my father was an accomplice to the deed. They were both thrown out and had to suffer the consequences of their wrongdoing. And if that wasn’t enough, I had two brothers, one of whom killed the other. But tell me, aren’t we in fact related?”

Adam and Eve and their sons, Cain and Abel, of whom the Bible reports on its first pages, are our forefathers and therefore related. We cannot conceal this fact. Our nature is determined by our descent. Each one of us bears the inherited stamp of sin within us. That is why everyone commits sins and rebels against God. Therefore all can principally expect the same judgment from God.

But God is love. He does not wish to condemn us, but to save us, so long as we grasp His outstretched saving hand.