Einstein said the definition of insanity was repeating the same things and expecting different results. Yet for thousands of years before him and in the decades since his death, people have always held fast to the old way of doing things. Sometimes this was simply a fear of change and sometimes it was simple stubbornness. We can easily get set in our ways and not be sure of the way out of our own habits.
Since the time in the Garden of Eden, human history has shown that mankind was incapable of keeping the laws of God. And from the beginning, God has said that the penalty for disobeying that law was death. “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[d] of it you shall surely die.” (Gen 2:17)
The entire human history is filled with God loving and God fearing people believing and worshiping God and wanting to please Him, but continually failing to live up to His rules. His standard is higher than any human is capable of accomplishing. As a result, every monotheistic religion out there believes in some sort of scale system. If we can just follow the rules enough to offset the ones we break… if we can be good enough, repent enough, pay penance enough, it will reconcile with the areas we have violated the laws.
After thousands of years of this, Jesus arrives on the scene and says something different. He says that since mankind is incapable if fulfilling the law, He is there to fulfill it. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matt 5:17)
The Israelites have always prided themselves on being the people of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They have held strong that because they are a chosen people, they alone will inherit the Kingdom of God. Yet God spent thousands of years demonstrating the even His chosen people (the best mankind had to offer) were incapable of fulfilling the law. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
Not only does God demonstrate through Jesus that His grace goes to the world and not only to His chosen people of the Israelites… but He goes further to warn the Israelites not to rely upon their heritage alone. Just after Jesus praises a gentile centurion for having such incredible faith, He says “I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt 8:11-12)
Don’t be insane. Don’t rely on the old ways that have accomplished nothing. Recognized that only He can save you.
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