By Dr. James C. Denison
President, the Center for Informed Faith, Dallas, Texas
April 20, 2010
Topic: your Father’s grace
Organisms only a Father could love
Whoever said “don’t sweat the small stuff” never worked for the worldwide Census of Marine Life. Today’s Dallas Morning News tells us about 2,000 scientists from 80 nations who are trying to construct a census of every kind of life in the oceans. They’re studying microbes, zooplankton, larvae and burrowers in the seabed, discovering more than 5,000 new forms of marine life. Researchers think there may be several times that many yet to be found.
Their Creator knows each one. He knows every sparrow which falls to the ground and has numbered every hair on your head (Matthew 10:29-30). The Savior who could call Zacchaeus by name (Luke 19:5) can call your name this morning. The King of the universe is watching you read these words while his Son prays for you and his Spirit prays within you. He loves you and likes you and wants an intimate, personal relationship with you today.
Think for a moment about the grace inherent in such love. You know that a hospital operating room must be absolutely sanitary for surgery to be successful. When I visit someone in a hospital isolation room, I must wash my hands and face carefully, then put sterile garments over my clothes and hair so that I don’t bring germs which could kill the patient into the room.
In Rio Rancho, New Mexico, chips are fabricated for computers in rooms larger than three football fields. The technicians spend their shifts encased in GORE-TEX “bunny suits.” Workers also wear helmets which pump their expelled breath through a special filter package. Powerful pumps in the ceiling replace the air in the lab eight times a minute. All so computer chips will be clean enough to work.
God’s heaven is perfect, more pure than any computer lab or hospital room. The God who is “holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8) must have a perfect realm for himself. What happens if he admits us into his heaven with sin in our lives?
Please raise your hand if you’ve never lied. If you have never stolen something, or acted out of ego and pride, or lusted after someone, or broken another of God’s laws. Were it not for grace, you and I would have no hope of heaven. But “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God considered your eternal life worth the death of his perfect Son.
I cannot comprehend such love. Our youngest son came home last night to spend a few days in Dallas. Janet had already bought his favorite foods and planned her meals for the week. We arranged our schedule to spend as much time with him as possible. When Craig walked through the front door, my heart leaped as I jumped to my feet and ran to hug him. I would die for him without a moment’s thought.
To imagine the Father watching soldiers impale his Son with my sins is beyond my comprehension. But such is his amazing grace for us. No organism in the ocean is beyond his omniscience; no human is beyond his love. This is the assurance of God.