So when the woman saw the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6
Most of you have heard the rhyme ...
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
It all goes to show that small events can have great consequences.
That is certainly the case for the 17th- century ship, Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senor del Rosario. In 1622, the ship, filled with treasure from the New World, was part of a fleet that was supposed to bring its collected riches to Spain.
Tragically, the ship was caught in a hurricane, and along with other vessels, was lost in about 1,300 feet of water near the Florida Keys. Because the ship foundered, its money was lost and never reached the Bank of Madrid. Without an infusion of cash the Bank of Madrid collapsed. Because of collapsed banks 300 percent inflation continued on in that country, and the Spanish monarchs were not able to pay off their wartime debts. Because Spain couldn't pay off its debts it lost -- and never recovered -- its designation as a world-class power.
Little things can have big consequences. Adam and Eve, I'm sure, would agree.
When they gazed at that pleasant-looking, little, fruit hanging on the forbidden tree, when they took a nibble from its flesh, they never could have imagined the negative consequences that would result from their actions.
Little things can have big consequences. Perhaps you, like me, would also agree. Most of us have committed small sins, that is, sins which seemed insignificant and inconsequential. Only in retrospect did we see their terrible results.
Little things can have big consequences. The Lord would agree with that. Jesus of Nazareth was only one Man. Still, as the Son of God, the life He lived for us, the suffering and death He endured for us, the third-day resurrection He won for us have changed everything.
Because of the sacrifice Jesus made, no longer do believers find themselves condemned by their sin; no longer is hell their final ending; no longer are they separated from their Creator. Because of Jesus we are saved.
And that, my friends, is hardly a little thing. On the contrary, it is everything.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks that Jesus gave His life to win my forgiveness and salvation. May I always appreciate the magnitude of His gracious gift. In His Name I pray it. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries