Happy Independence Day Ghana. As we celebrate freedom from colonial rule, it is important that we remember our roots as Christians and celebrate our freedom from sin too. What kind of freedom do we have as Christians? What story do we have to tell the world?
You’ve probably heard this before. Humanity was lost in sin and needed a savior. How did that come about? So, in the very beginning of everything, Adam and Eve were the first representations of man and woman respectively.
They lived happily in Eden till they had an encounter with a serpent. The slithering serpent in the beautiful lawns of Eden had a plan to destroy God’s beautiful creation.
The serpent’s plan was beautifully executed with the best skill in deception. Eve was deceived and she did not only eat the forbidden fruit, but she also served Adam with it too. God got angry, banished Adam and Eve from Eden, and here we are now…
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Due to Adam and Eve’s sins, all men were considered sinners and unworthy to stand before God. This is exemplified in the Jewish laws. When Moses delivered the Israelites from the land of the Egyptians, the mosaic laws were imposed on Israel to reveal how high God’s standards were.
Man needed the law of God in order to understand that it is not simple to please God by our own standards. God’s laws are beyond us and our sinful nature cannot allow us to live up to His standard.
The fact that we were not able to be righteous in God’s eyes necessitated a solution. God decided to send His son Jesus Christ to come and live amongst men. Christ came to pay for our sins. Though He had never sinned, He was crucified in our place so that we can be righteous in God’s eyes.
Due to Christ’s work, we can now reach God’s holy standard. Our righteousness is no longer determined by the law but by Christ.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old thugs have passed away; behold all things are become new.
Now that Christ has died for us, all we need to do is to believe that He is the son of God and declare that He is our Lord and savior. Once we believe and accept Him as our Lord, we become new and all our sins in the past do not matter anymore.
As Christians, our roots are in Christ and we always have to be thankful for the fact that He saved us from sin’s punishment. We are no longer dependent on the law to be righteous, our righteousness is now dependent on our belief in Christ.
As we’re remembering our roots as Ghanaians, let us not forget our roots as Christians.