You know what’s fair?
Death. Death is fair.
Death has no problem with you being poor or rich. Death makes no qualms about your sexual identity. Death doesn’t give a rip about your gender. Death couldn’t care less about your skin color. Death has no issue with how old you are. Death simply does its thing, and doesn’t care about you or those around you.
Isn’t that fair? Taxes may affect people differently, bosses and teachers may prefer one person over another, society may accept one person over the other, the law may favor one person over the other, life may seem more inclined to one person than another, but death? Death accepts all. “Come one, come all!” cries out Death.
And yet, in this world of injustice, in this world of tipped scales and playing favorites, in this world where everyone cries out “Unfair!”, this world fears Death. You want fairness? You want an equality? You want complete inclusion? You want “social justice”? Death is your thing.
There is one other thing that is as fair as Death, and it also conquers the fear of Death. That “thing” is the invitation to salvation through Jesus Christ. Let me explain.
God, at the start of humanity, created a man and a woman, a male and a female. They were named Adam and Eve, and they were perfect. Then, instead of obeying God, Eve was tricked and Adam willfully disobeyed God, resulting in sin. That’s a problem, because God is perfect, holy, set apart. When Adam and Eve were perfect, they could walk and talk with God as they pleased because there was no separation. Then they sinned and that perfection they had was ruined, severing that relationship they had with God.
This is a problem, obviously. Man’s sin separated him from God. That separation goes beyond death. Death is not cessation, but separation: an eternal separation from God. This sin problem has made its way down to all of us. We’ve all sinned, myself included, and I could write a whole blog post on just the sins I’ve committed today. You know what sin is too. Lying, stealing, cheating, violence, lust, anger, murder, rape, etc. all counts as sin, and the Bible says that all of us have sinned. Isaiah 64:6 reads,
“For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”
For a more succinct way of putting it, Romans 6:23 reads,
“for all [a]have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
All of us have sinned, all of us are unclean, all of us fall short of the glory of God. What are we to do? Our “righteous deeds”, the things we believe and hope can outweigh the bad, are like a filthy garment. Nothing we can do can save us. We got ourselves into this mess, and now we can’t get out.
Thankfully, God made it so that He’s got us all taken care of. Here’s the verse that may be most familiar to everyone: John 3:16 (and the next verse John 3:17), which reads,
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
God loved the world (all of us) so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world as a man. He lived a perfect life and was eventually hung on a cross to save us. Our sins demanded payment. This payment was life, and the price was steep: a perfect life. The infraction was against Perfection, so Perfection was demanded as payment. I don’t know about you, but I’m not perfect. Thankfully, Christ was that perfect life. He died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, was buried, and rose again on the third day that we might be saved.
What do you need to do to be saved? To have this eternal life? This restored relationship with God through the work of Christ on the cross? You simply need to trust that Christ died for your sins and rose again as your only way to heaven and an eternity with God. Not trust in Jesus AND your works. Those are “filthy garments”, remember? Once you’ve done that, congratulations! You now have eternal security, knowing that when you die, you will be with God forever in heaven. You relationship has been restored with God, and you can now begin growing that relationship with Him for the rest of your life. I recommend starting with getting a Bible (God’s Word), reading Philippians once a day for a month, and finding a Bible believing church.
Did you notice something about what Christ has done on the cross? It has no asterisk, no fine print. It is for all. Black, white, purple, green, male, female, goat-person, rich, poor, old, young, tall, short, CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the local high school janitor, all are welcome to come and be saved. This is for everyone. But, unlike Death, which is fair because it comes for everyone because of the sin they’ve done, salvation is fair because it is available for everyone because of what Jesus Christ has done. While Death is based on your performance, salvation is based on Jesus Christ’s performance, and His performance has conquered death.
So, come one, come all! Death is coming, sooner than you’d think, and then it is over. Your opportunity to be saved ceases, and separation from God begins. Death is fair. Salvation is fairer, because it isn’t based on your performance, and nothing you do after salvation can ruin it according to Romans 8:38-39,
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Salvation is for everyone. Everyone needs salvation. Jesus paid for all of your sins, and in exchange for taking the punishment for your sins He is extending eternal life. All you need to do is trust that Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again.
Come one, come all!