I was drinking coffee with a friend who is preaching at a local church this weekend. We bantered about this and that but got around to the topic of sin and grace. If I were to tell you exactly what he has in mind for Sunday’s message, I would have his attorneys knocking at my door. But I can say that I’ve been thinking about it ever since. And this, oh blogsphere, is what I was thinking when I woke up this morning.
Imagine Eden, where the Maker is once again visiting the garden for fellowship. This time, though, he’s calling out for His kids: “Adam? Where are you?” This question probably hadn’t been asked before this moment in our cosmic history; it never came up. Adam and Eve were always there, out in plain sight.
Not this time.
This time God has to reach his hand out to the Man and Woman, the only part of the creation that had been shaped by — and had remained in — His hand.
We all know why they were hiding. It was because of Sin, which we see rearing its ugly head for the first time and doing what it has done since the garden: seperating people from God and people from people.
But consider again the fact that God is looking for them. Searching, calling out, seeking. His holiness has been greatly offended yet He’s on the hunt. God is asking questions for which He already knows the answer. He knows exactly where they are. He knows precisely why they’re hiding. He realizes full well that our short human history has just taken a sharp turn and that what will happen next was not on the original plan. Holiness is about to respond to unholiness. The penalty about to be laid down is so extreme that it will later require a great sacrifice by the Son.
Fortunatley we now live with Christ at the center. Yet we continaully re-enact Eden. Again and again. Daily. Hiding creatures being sought out by the only one who can fix this whole mess.
The point? We chase after sin, but grace chases after us. We’re so good at indulgence; God is so good…period. We eat the wrong fruit and hide; God knows what we’ve done and seeks us out, knowing full well the sin we find ourselves in.
Grace is waiting for us to give in to the chase, raise our hands and scream “I give up!” This is what the Savior is waiting for. We need this love and transformation. Chasing sin? I need to turn around and see that Grace is chasing me with an even greater passion.