Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pirates and Ninjas are Like the Gospel

Stickfas!

I shared this following story with my youth group on Sunday to demonstrate the idea that fair is not an issue in the Gospel story.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
We can read verses like Romans 5:12 and be pretty bummed. We didn't choose Adam to represent all of us. What's Adam's deal, anyway? Isn't he kind of stupid for screwing it up for all of us?

But then we scroll down to Romans 5:18-19 and we read about Jesus taking all the bad stuff away.
Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
That happened a long time before we were born as well. We also didn't choose Jesus or know what He was thinking. So, the sin and the solution happened long before we came along.

It's like getting home to hear your parents tell you this crazy story about how your room was ransacked by pirates who traveled way too far inland. They took all of your favorite things. Your parents would have stopped them, but the pirates had swords.

Just as you're starting to be really angry and confused (who wouldn't be?) they continue. Apparently the pirates were stopped by this amazing ninja who happened along. The ninja took care of the pirates and returned all your stuff, plus he left some cool new things as well.

You weren't home all day. You couldn't stop the pirates or help the ninja. But this was done. For you. 

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