“FALLOUT OVER CALVARY”

  The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on the 26th of April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine). It is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history.  Another such disaster occurred when the 9.0 earth quake hit Japan on March 11, 2011.  The three story wall of water dissolved coastal towns. But still it was not over; only the earth and sea had spoken. When the quake hit, the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi complex shut down. But, then the wave came over the sea wall, drowned the backup generators needed to cool the reactors and took out the spare batteries.  The electrical plant with six nuclear reactors on Japan’s northeast shore was badly damaged by the earthquake.  Tsunami prompted mass evacuations, as the 4 plants spewed radiation into the environment. In Japan, radiation has been found in raw milk, sea water and 11 kinds of vegetables grown near the complex. The immediate and long term health effects of the radiation are a real concern.  The news and pictures are almost more than we want to hear and see.     

  But, I want you to see the deadly fallout of sin.
We should readily admit sin has touched us, contaminated our lives.  Sin is a very deceitful force.  It slowly deteriorates us until we have completely become disintegrated into nothing. Sin robs us of our real meaning and purpose for living.  It separates us from our greatest need, God.  The Bible states clearly that “we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
A picture shows a man with dirty hands and someone asks, what is the first thing this man needs to do in order to have clean hands?  Most of us say, go wash them.  No, the man must admit first they are dirty before he will go to the agency for cleansing.  So, with man, we must admit that sin has soiled us, dirtied us, separated us from God.

  God’s remedy for man’s sin is in the fallout of Calvary. 
The Apostle Paul writes of this when he wrote in Galatians 4:4-5: “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” God made His Son to be sin for us.  Jesus walked directly into sin’s most concentrated radiation, allowing Himself to be touched by its curse, and let it take His life.  Jesus knew that there was no way to save mankind except to allow the deadly curse of sin to fall upon Him.

  The offended one, God, must prescribe the remedy. Sin had built up in intensity until it became a critical mass at Calvary.  But, the Son of God threw His own body across the chain reaction of sin and broke it’s destructive power in order to save you and me. Permit the radiation of the love of God in Christ Jesus to counteract the radiation of sin in your life.

  “I felt His love, the strongest love that mortal ever felt;  Oh how it drew my soul above, and made my hard heart melt.  My burden at His feet I laid, and knew the joy of heaven, As in my willing ear He said the blessed word, “Forgiven.”

  In the shadow of the Cross, every person may stand forever safe from the fallout of sin.

2 Responses to ““FALLOUT OVER CALVARY””

  1. Hi Max,

    This was another great devotional ….. God has been working with me lately about writing a Christians response to such a tragic event (The Tsunami and Nuclear events)… I could not find better words or expression than that which you have shared with us this week.

    With your permission I would like to include it as a portion of my weekly devotional as well.

    Looking forward to you and Joann coming and sharing some time with us here at The Lighthouse.

    Your co-worker in Christ
    Bobby

  2. Dear Max, Each devotional you send out each week are thoughts “From Your Heart” that needs to be read . You touch so many hearts with your thoughts. So many that receive your devotionals comment how much they enjoy each one and how they are blessed .I am your #1 Fan ! Thank you for taking the time to send then out each week. .
    Love and Prayers , Joann

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