Monday, August 15, 2005

Problem & Providence

Judah's Problem:
Upon a glance at Judah, many might think they see his biggest problem in life looking right back at them--the apparent Port Wine Stain that covers 80% of his face. And, while his PWS & related Sturge Weber Syndrome may present many challenges to Judah over his lifetime, it is not his greatest problem. Judah's greatest problem is everyone's greatest problem. He is a sinner and in need of a Savior.

Left to ourselves, we live as enemies of God, the One who lovingly created us. Because He created us, we are obliged to live in submission to Him and to worship Him. But, we have rebellious hearts that deceive us and lead us to seek independence from God's rule in our lives. In our rebellion, we also seek to worship anything and everything other than God. The Bible calls this sin, and it says not only are we ALL sinners (Romans 3:23), but also that the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23)--eternal separation from God and damnation in hell.

Judah's Provision:
We are very grateful Judah was born in the United States & even moreso, a half hour away from a world-reknown hospital where he receives excellent care. We see this as God's merciful provision to Judah. A MUCH GREATER PROVISION has been made to Judah and to all of us, however, for our greatest problem--that is the provision of God's Son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ came to earth, fully God and fully man. He endured all the temptations we face daily and yet was without sin. He always chose to obey His Father. Because He lived life on earth like noone in all of history, perfectly, He was the Only One suitable to make provision for all our sin. How did He do this? By dying on a cross. Jesus endured excruciating physical suffering on the cross, but above that, He incurred the full wrath of God, His Father, on Himself for your sins and mine. He was our substitute, our provision.

However, in order for us to take advantage of what Christ did for us, we must receive by faith Christ's atonement. How do we do this? The bible says, "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)

Judah has not yet received Jesus as his Savior; we trust that one day he will. All the laser treatments for his skin, surgeries and drops to keep his eye sight, scans and tests to see what's taking place in his brain cannot compare to the provision of Jesus Christ to Judah and to you!

If you have any questions regarding what we've communicated here, please email us. We'd love to the opportunity to explain further and to help you know God's greatest provision for our greatest problem.


peg said...

I know where you got that evangelistic gift from..your Dad is smiling down from heaven at you! You go, girl!

Anonymous said...

Bri, you amaze me with your constant perspective! Never let go your grasp! Speaking as a parent, there is only so much we can do, then God fills in all the rest. What a great day when Emma accepted Jesus into her heart, Dec 1, 2004. I pray we'll be celebrating for Norah, Judah and Tucker one day!