Friday, September 20, 2019
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A Second Chance Was Given

For when man was out of favour with God, the effort to reconnect the previously rosy friendship or relationship that man enjoyed with his maker was not from the ‘guilty’ but from God Himself. After the first chance given to man by God, God was still interested in mankind which prompted His offer of SECOND CHANCE. The second chance exists by grace. The second chance exists to redeem man from his sin after flopping the first opportunity.

It is a common parlance we say—“opportunity comes but once.” But in this case, opportunity is coming not once, but twice. This, show how great and loving is our God. Despite man’s first flaw, God still enthusiastically presented a second opportunity to bring back his estranged creation. Will this second chance finally mend the broken relationship of God and man? Will man not take for granted this magnanimity coming at a crucial time like this?

God is not interested in the destruction or downfall of man. God does not want anybody to perish because anytime a soul is lost to hell, He feels bad. One could only imagine what may be going through God’s mind over the dogmatic display of unrepentance by man today. It is high time man (human) comes to his right senses and reflects on the infinite, undiluted and unconditional love of God. The same person you blackmailed for your predicaments (sin) is coming back to stretch a hand of love and friendship to you. Well, this is the reality of how important we are to Him (God).

Ironically, right from the outset, man has demonstrated an act of ingratitude blaming God for his woes. Adam said — “is it not the woman you gave to me that brought me into this mess?” Mr. Adam was not ready to accept his fault; he was playing blame games with God. So Eve forcefully fed him with the forbidden fruit? Conversely, Eve was also quick to do the same blaming the serpent for her mistake.  However, you may say that Eve is his better-half so he could not have rejected her offer?

Nonetheless, to be forewarned is to be forearmed! God instructed them (Adam & Eve) earlier. Therefore, their action is inexcusable because they have shown total negligence and disobedience to God’s directive. Interestingly, this act of blackmailing and blaming others is still very evident in our lives today. We are always quick to pass the blame when guilty. What a deja vu! Howbeit, behold what manner of love the father has bestowed on us that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know him (1 John 3:1). Not minding the ingratitude of man, God still want us to be referred to as His children.

Hence, an offer of redemption; a second chance is now in our court. The almighty God in His infinite mercy despite our disobedience and continuous unrighteousness has offered us a second chance for us to amend our evil or sinful ways. If this opportunity is used wisely by man, then our friendship with God becomes more solidified. However, if we take it with levity, the end product of our action may not be pleasant at all.

The nexus of this message is that Jesus will not come to die for the second time. He is only coming to take home His loved ones during His second coming to the world. Note this: man was supposed to live as immortal which we flopped through Adam. Fine! The next opportunity (second chance) for man to live like a king again is through Jesus which of course, is done already. This obviously implies dire consequences, if this opportunity is squandered.

Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross of Calvary signifies a second chance of truth, love and redemption for humanity. ‘Second chances rarely happen, when they do, they are like gold ready to be harnessed without wasting time.’ Man’s atonement for sin and redemption to his creator is sealed already, so what are we waiting for?

Mind you, for all that is in this world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life— is not of the father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it, but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:16-17). And again, 1 John 1:8-9 says if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. . .

Beloved, we all know the magnitude of frailty and prejudice that Jesus subjected Himself to just to bring us back to our maker. This time around, He is not going to come like a Son of Man anymore; He is coming in His glory, in His majesty to judge the world. Initially, He came as a LAMB—so gentle, so cool, very calm, and very accommodating, but in this dispensation, He is coming as a LION. He is not going to take or accommodate any rubbish. The lion of Judah is coming to separate ‘light from darkness.’ Those who are found wanting are in serious trouble. Of course, you know what an earthly lion is capable of doing when he is angry or hungry?

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