An interesting thought gripped me during my pastor’s sermon series on Breakthrough yesterday. Since we live in AZ, it was particularly interesting how he used the visual of the Grand Canyon to make his point that sin alienates us from God. He challenged Christians who confess salvation through the blood sacrifice of Jesus to make sober choices daily to walk in their freedom and not in slavery of sin.
He shared his experience on a tour in the Grand Canyon and was startled at his guide’s explanation of the amazing panoramic view. “Isn’t judgment beautiful?” the guide asked. Whoa! What did he mean? This beautiful monument was not created by man. It was the result of the judgment of God for sin during the flood recorded in the book of Genesis.
“Based on the fact that the eruption of Mt. St. Helen's formed a canyon in a very short time period in the early 1980s, as well as other evidence, there is good reason to believe the Grand Canyon was formed over a very short time period. The evidence also shows it is preposterous to think the Grand Canyon could have been formed slowly over millions of years by the Colorado River.” Russ Miller
Creationist, Russ Miller, presents his case in the You Tube, “The 3 Day Formation of the Grand Canyon” if you are interested in more details.
Getting back to my pastor’s point, there is justice for sin. We have a choice to receive forgiveness from a Savior who paid the price of man’s sin and reap healing mentally, spiritually and physically or else we can continue in the empty sin patterns that lead to destruction.
Once you were separated from God. The evil things you did showed your hostile attitude. But now Christ has brought you back to God by dying in his physical body. He did this so that you could come into God’s presence without sin, fault, or blame. This is on the condition that you continue in faith without being moved from the solid foundation of the hope that the Good News contains. You’ve heard this Good News of which I, Paul, became a servant. It has been spread throughout all creation under heaven. Colossians 1:21-23
The Grand Canyon is a perfect reminder that though we have a merciful God, He’s a just God too! We choose. It’s either freedom or slavery.