Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Bethany Bullet - February 9, 2010

In one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes is…

Kramer and Newman hatch a plan to use a mail delivery truck headed to MI to take empty bottles and cans to the state that has the highest redemption value for recyclables. The famous Seinfeld-ism that comes from this episode is Newman’s cry, “Oh the humanity!”

You are aware I’m sure that it isn’t just empty cans and bottles that are in need of redemption? So are sinFULL hearts and spirits. That describes us. Whether you are prideFULL, hateFULL, or lustFULL, you are sinFULL. Some of us willFULLY equate our goodness as smugly superior to others. We uncover the transgressions of society, gleeFULLY pointing out the guilt of those “out there”; yet not merely exposing sin for sin, but doing so in a manner that suggests we are somehow less guilty before God than they. There are others of us who pitiFULLY moan our state, desperate to disguise our shame but certain that it is seen and known by all and that somehow our debt and ours alone is too great to be covered - “Oh, the humanity!”

The journey to a place where we might be redeemed ends not at MI but JC. Jesus Christ is where one arrives at the redemption center for a fallen humanity.

  • He who… “emptied Himself and took the form of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Phil 2)
  • He who… “Redeemed us from an empty way of life not with silver or gold but with his own precious blood, for He is a lamb without spot or blemish.” (I Peter I)

“Oh the divinity!” We might cry. For in Christ, God was willing to pay the price for our redemption.

-Pastor Kevin Kritzer


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