Now, this story from my childhood is completely ridiculous. All of you from the moment this story began knew what the outcome would be. Humans can’t fly on their own, much less with a bed sheet on a windy day! The ability of flight is one of the physical limitations that we humans have. It just can’t happen for a varied number of reasons. It does not take long for us to recognize that we have many limitations, some physical, some emotional, some mental, and some spiritual. We can’t always do the things we would like to do and many times this is our own doing. Humanity’s greatest limitation though is that we all struggle with sin and its evil desires. This limitation creates more than just a small problem that we just can live with, like not being able to fly. This limitation creates division between us and others and, ultimately, us and God.
Thankfully, God did not and does not leave us to mire in our limitations. He sent His Son, Jesus, to conquer all on our behalf and offer us His gift of grace that overwhelms our limitation of sin. It is Jesus’ perfect life and sacrifice of that life that is the key to our freedom. Hebrews 4:15-16 says that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Through Jesus’ death on the cross, we are welcome to come to Him, despite our many limitations and rely on His power to help us when we fail and fall short.
Ben will be bringing a message from God’s Word to us this Sunday, July 12th