Our car is being recalled. From the letter we received in the mail, here is the problem in a nutshell: “Your vehicle has a condition in which the transmission shift cable may fracture at any time. When the fracture occurs, the driver may not be able to select a different gear, remove the key from the ignition or place the transmission in park.” The word crash is mentioned twice in the notice. After giving us the bad news, we are presented with even worst news in capital letters, “PARTS ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.” Gee, thanks for letting me know about something I can’t do anything about. This is so like the world: problems galore and no real solutions readily available. Contrast this with God’s ways. God informs us that we have a sin defect which puts us in imminent danger. That’s the bad news clearly stated in Scripture. However, the bad news is always followed up with the good news so that we can have peace today. Jesus took our sin problem on as his own. He dealt with the sins of the world once and for all by his perfect sacrifice on the cross. Jesus rose from the dead to show us our future filled with hope. With God, the problem is identified. With God, the solution has already been implemented. With God, the outcome is guaranteed: we are highly favored by God and can look forward to our forever home of heaven. Thank you Lord Jesus for letting me know about all the wonderful things you have done to keep me safe.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.