This spring has shown us to enjoy every day

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By Rev. Marvin Bublitz

Redeemer Lutheran, Monkton & First Lutheran, Logan

Enjoy the sunshine.

As I write these words it is a beautiful sun-filled day.  I am not sure what it will be like when you are reading them.  But today, sunshine abounds!  The farmers are busy in the fields, the birds and squirrels are doing what birds and squirrels do and some are basking in the warmth of the day at the beach.  By all accounts it is a perfect day.

But I see in the forecast some rain coming.  Good news for the crops already planted – bad news for beach goers.  And isn’t that how life so often works out.  Some are praying for rain to water the crops while others are praying for a few more days of sun to plant some more. No matter what happens not everyone will be happy. No matter what the good Lord sends us, we always seem to want something more, something different.

As God tells us in Ecclesiastes (1:9) ‘there is nothing new under the sun’.  Way back in the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve fell into the trap of wanting something more, something different from what the good Lord had given them.   And we know what happened then.  Sin and trouble and turmoil and sickness and death entered God’s perfect creation.

And because of sin all of God’s creation came under a curse. His very good creation would now become a sin-filled existence.  And we can see every day in the news how that sin plays out in our world.  Although today is sun-filled here, there are those whose life is darkened in Mississauga and in various towns and schools across the world when violence and hatred rears its ugly head.

There is nothing new under the sun.  After sin entered the world, one of Adam and Eve’s sons killed his brother.  Sin grows and festers.  It breaks and destroys.  And as God has declared, ‘The wages of sin in death.’  Sin leads to death.  Adam and Eve were created to live forever in paradise.  But sin led to a death sentence.  And not just death in this life, but eternal death.  For sin we deserve to be condemned to eternal death in hell. 

Not really a nice thought on such a sun-filled day.  And many do not like to hear about such punishment. Many avoid talking about it.  But not talking about something does not change the facts.  And the fact is we sin and because of sin we deserve eternal death in hell.

What a sad thing if I were to stop here.   What a sad thing if God were to stop with that judgement against sin. 

God tells us through St. Paul in Romans 6:23, ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’  God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to take our sin and the punishment we deserved.  And so, through faith in Him, we are no longer are condemned to hell but can live in the paradise of heaven forever. In Jesus, God changed our situation.

As His children, every day is SON-filled for us.  Every day is a blessing from our Heavenly Father as He sustains us through this life until our Saviour takes us to the life to come in heaven.