Does Having It Easy Make It Hard?

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As we read through the crucifixion today, I am reminded of a sentiment that I often have while commemorating Christ’s sacrifice. Each Sunday, I take part in communion. We say a prayer and have a very small piece of unleavened bread; then, say another prayer and have a sip of grape juice. All of this is done in remembrance of Christ.

A cracker and juice.

That’s what I do to honor Jesus being my sacrificial lamb.

Why do I have it so easy?

I do not say this to discount our everyday Christian walk which daily reminds us of our shortcomings, but I do often wonder if we have it so easy that it becomes hard to hold true to the holiness that we are called to.

Have you read through the book of Leviticus? I know it is tedious and boring to comb through the laws that the Israelites had to adhere to, but have you paid attention to what they had to do to remain holy? There are sacrifices after sacrifices listed that had to be performed in the name of remaining pure. Law after law spelled out to explain the boundaries of right and wrong. Some things seem so commonplace to us that they don’t register to us as a problem that had to be atoned for.

  • Leviticus 4 lays out the offerings if they unintentionally sin and become aware of it. Unintentional sin! Offerings had to be made for accidents!
  • Leviticus 5 states what has to be done if they unknowingly touch something unclean. Again, for something inadvertently done!
  • Leviticus 12 explains the purification process for a woman after she has a baby. The process is twice the length if she has a girl instead of a boy. This is something she has no control of and yet, there is still a price to be paid.
  • Leviticus 20 gives several laws in which the only acceptable punishment was death. Our culture glosses over adultery, but the Israelites had to die for it. Even something as mundane to us as cursing your father or mother received the death sentence.

Imagine if these laws were still in effect today. There were no hidden sins. If you succumbed to temptation, it had to be addressed publicly. If you had to pull a bull, goat, or sheep to the priest, what would you avoid doing? If death was to be your punishment, would you go an extra step to honor your father and mother? If your adultery committed in secret would be known by the whole community, would you be as tempted to walk down that path?

A cracker and juice.

Every Sunday, I have a ten-minute somber celebration of the fact that my sins were nailed to a cross over 2,000 years ago. There is no public display of the sacrifice I have to bring to atone for what I have done. I sin and I ask God and anyone affected by it for forgiveness. No one else knows.

Is it so easy that it is hard? Yes, I think this actually makes it more difficult to maintain our holiness. When the person who we are held accountable to is not physically seen, we can hide our blemishes, with only Him knowing the truth. We can secretly commit sin without the accountability that comes with your community knowing. We walk into church with an air of perfection instead of the obvious sinner that we really are. Everything gets pushed under the rug, invisible to all.

We only read about the sacrifice that was offered in our place. We do not see the cost. We do not stand at the foot of the cross watching Christ die in our place. Not given the proper reverence, it can fade into the past like ancient history. Our culture marches forth as if it never happened.

A cracker and juice.

That’s how we remember that it is not something of the past. It atones for us daily, even 2,000 years after the sacrifice was offered.

If you lived under the old law and had to publicly acknowledge your sins, would you make different choices? The reality is that they were made public on a cross and the ultimate price was paid.

Will you take that for granted or not?

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