Friday, June 29, 2012

Redemption: Why I Hate That Lebron James Won The NBA Title

Yesterday I wrote why I was happy that Lebron James won the NBA Title.  I haven’t changed my mind about that, but there are two sides to this story.  I’m still happy he won and had this great story of redemption, but like most stories of redemption it isn’t a perfect parallel to Christ’s redemption.


Lebron worked hard after last season’s loss.  He went to work, prepared himself, got himself better and did the work to get back and win.  He picked himself up by his bootstraps and put it together.  That’s a great story.  That’s a great picture of hard work, perseverance, and never giving up.  The problem is that is not the story of Christ’s redemption.

The Story

The story isn’t:
  • God creates
  • Man takes a flying leap into sin and is cursed
  • Man keeps all the laws that God lays out
  • Man is redeemed
The story is:
  • God creates
  • Man takes a flying leap into sin and is cursed
  • God becomes man and pays the price for sin
  • Man is redeemed by grace through faith
Do you see the difference?  Maybe this will help.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(Romans 5:6-8 ESV)

We were weak, without hope, without help, without anything in ourselves to help ourselves and in that moment God sent Christ to live and die and rise.  It wasn’t man working hard.  It wasn’t man putting it together.  It wasn’t man pulling himself up by his bootstraps and getting better.  It was God saying, “I love man and I will redeem him.”

God stepped down from His throne, emptied Himself of his divine characteristics, and became man.  He was born.  He had dirty diapers.  He cried.  He grew up.  He lived sinlessly.  He taught.  He had compassion.  He was falsely accused.  He went to a cross.  He paid the sin debt owed.  He went in a grave dead.  He got out of that grave 3 days later resurrected.  He ascended to Heaven.  He prays for us now.

He did this because we couldn’t redeem ourselves.  He did this because He had unending, never stopping, unconditional love for those whom He created.  This is redemption.  This is how we are redeemed.
Christ is all,

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