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AND THE WINNER IS…..

Have you noticed that almost daily, many awards/titles are handed out? Some are official like the Nobel Prizes, others are more humorous/tongue-in-cheek, and lots of others fall in between. Here are some of them:

Asians/Singaporeans of the Year 2018

Most Livable Cities in the World

America’s Top Model

Masterchef SG 2018

Time Magazine Person of the Year

Twenty Biggest Idiots on Facebook

Most Valuable Player (National Basketball Association)

The Biggest Loser (of weight)

The Biggest Fraud Against a Government Agency 

The Greatest Aviation Mystery

I wonder who decided which candidates are shortlisted and selected within these categories?  And how important are these awards? 

How about an award for God?  Some have likened the Bible as the “Greatest Love Story” for 3 reasons:

1God initiated it. From the moment Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden at the beginning of human history, God saw the damage, and initiated His Plan of Salvation because of His love for the people He had created. The seed of the woman many generations later (Jesus Christ), would crush the head of the serpent (Satan) who tempted Adam and Eve to fall. The whole of the Old Testament in the Bible points forward to this great event.

2God executed it. This Plan took thousands of years to fulfill through God’s chosen People the Jews. They were imperfect, but would be the nation within which Jesus would be born and would die on the Cross as a sacrifice for guilty humanity. Although his own Jewish leaders (ironically) were the ones who sentenced Him to die, God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day, to confirm His divine status. John 3:16: God loved the world so much, that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have eternal life.”

3God continues to offer His Love to everyone no matter how evil he or she is from any race or culture in the world. All the above-mentioned won awards because of something they achieved or how they looked, or what they possessed ie, was based on their human effort. God on the other hand did not see anything attractive, or commendable in any of us. We were not worthy at all of His love or even His attention.  In fact we are all worthy of God’s wrath because we have “all sinned and fall short of God’s glory.” (Romans 6:23). 

Yet in His love He sent His Son to be our Redeemer, a Saviour who died on a Cross to demonstrate His mercy and love. This is not “love because of”. It is love “inspite of”. God loves us inspite of our sin, our wickedness and evil.  Over centuries God planned His gift of salvation: His Holy Son in exchange for unholy lives. That’s another award God deserves: “The Best Offer Ever!”

You know what would be “The Best Response Ever”? If you said “yes” to this awesome offer. What say you?

Ps Graham

 

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