"Just the Facts"
February 6, 2013
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalm 32:1-2
On the old television show, Dragnet, Sergeant Joe Friday asked, "for the facts, just the facts."
Well, the facts of this case are as follows:
1. Luxury cars like a Mercedes, an Audi, and a Volvo were vandalized in London.
2. The vandal had used a screwdriver to scratch words like, "Very Silly" and "Really Wrong" and "Arbitrary" into the paint of those cars.
3. Newcastle University Professor Stephen Graham was found guilty of causing $29,000 worth of damage to those cars.
4. Professor Graham says he doesn't remember doing the deed. He believes he had a bad reaction to alcohol, antibiotics and prescription drugs.
Those are the facts, except for one.
I wonder how the owners of those cars felt when they saw the damage, which had been done to their vehicles. I can only guess they could only believe their cars had been ruined.
This is probably the way God felt when He first looked at His children who had been corrupted by sin. Once they had been perfect in every respect. He had made them that way. Now they were marred by transgression and the penalties disobedience had introduced into the world.
Car owner or God -- the feeling of seeing evil's vandalism must have been terrible.
Of course, those car owners had a simple solution to their problem. Because they were covered by insurance they were able to take their cars to the shop and have the graffiti removed and the vehicle repainted. Soon their cars would be as good as new.
Fixing humanity's problem was not nearly as easy. There was no insurance to pay for the damage, which had been done in the fall. There were no shops that could make things right. There was no paint that would cover our transgressions.
Still, God wanted to save us, and for that reason He proposed a new and incredible plan. This plan called for His Son to enter this world and live our lives. During His three-plus decades of life, Jesus would live for us. He would take our place under the Law; He would resist all temptation, and He would die our death. Then, three days after His body had been laid into a tomb, a risen -- a living -- Jesus would show the world His victory over sin, death and devil.
Because of what Jesus has done, all who believe on Him find themselves in agreement with the Psalmist who says, "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity."
And those are the facts -- just the facts.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks I am saved by Jesus' suffering and death. Now may I do all I can to share those facts with a world, which is still in darkness. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries