The Overwhelming Weight of Sin

When I read the news I am sometimes overwhelmed at the sin described there.
The Sandusky trial and the conviction of a 38 year-old man who raped an 11 year old in Shoreline are two stories I read today that reminded me how the fall of humans rolls on and even gains momentum in history.
As a pastor, privy to stories about the unraveling of folks lives in our little community, I feel weighed down by sin and its powerful effects on our daily lives.
I wear a Greek Orthodox prayer bracelet to remind me to pray the Jesus prayer for my own sin and sinfulness: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
I just noticed the little wooden cross hanging from a lamp in my office. It was hand carved by an 80+ year old woman in Kunming, China, who gave it to me as a gift after telling me about the brutal beatings she suffered for refusing to deny Jesus Christ.
Neither this little stick of wood, nor the first-century rough-hewn Roman cross on which Jesus was crucified, can bear the weight of human sin past and future, but Jesus Christ who was nailed to that cross could and did bear the weight.
Sometimes I awaken to the fact that the only reason I can maintain sanity and hope, in light of my sin, the sin I know about in my friend’s lives, and the sin I read about in the newspapers and history books, is Jesus, the crucified, buried and resurrected Jesus, who lives and is the way to God the Father.

Posted in Staublog in June 23, 2012 by | 1 Comment »

One Response to The Overwhelming Weight of Sin

  1. ST062312 | Dick Staub on June 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    […] Sometimes I awaken to the fact that the only reason I can maintain sanity and hope, in light of my sin, the sin I know about in my friend’s lives, and the sin I read about in the newspapers and history books, is Jesus, the crucified, buried and resurrected Jesus, who lives and is the way to God the Father. Read more. […]

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