It starts in Genesis. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… God saw it all, and it was good!
After Adam and Eve sinned, entropy began. Everything that has order, moves towards chaos. The only way to maintain that order is through an intelligent outside force.
Just as a worn-out and wrecked vehicle can’t restore itself, neither can a fallen man fix his relationship with God on his own. Without God’s help we are separated and without hope.
Jesus is Creator and also Redeemer. Out God is a redemptive God.
Starting over is often much easier than trying to fix something that is broken. Starting over isn’t the way that God works, He is constantly starting with broken things and making new things.
We need to be thankful to God for the redemption that He has done in our lives. We really have an awesome, loving God. He didn’t create us, watch us fall, and then eliminate us. He has done all of the redeeming work, all we need to do is respond and accept His gift.
From creation to crucifixion so that we can pass from entropy to eternity. God’s redemptive work doesn’t stop after we believe. He wants to, and does, continue to work in us and move us towards greater perfection.
We have wounds… Jesus too has wounds/scars. We all have a past, many of us have been wounded by our past. Jesus has a heart for people that carry wounds. If we can let things go and give them to Jesus, He will bring healing into our lives. Jesus wants to redeem those wounds.
God often uses those who He brings out of really dark place to minister to those who are still in that place. God is glorified in our lives when we trust Him with our brokenness.
Scriptures used – Genesis 1, 2, Colossians 1:13-18, 1 Peter 1:7, 2 Corinthians 12:8, Isaiah 42