30th March 2020

Passing the Buck

“Then the man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.’ And the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’”
Genesis 3:12-13 (NKJV)

No one can imagine a better world, where there was no sin, no ‘neighbours from hell,’ but peace and tranquillity, a beautiful garden with a gentle river flowing through, with exotic flowers, a variety of trees and all kinds of friendly creatures. This unique environment was where God walked and talked with Adam and Eve, the first humans, on the face of this earth. The Bible does not say how long the serenity lasted but that they disobeyed their Creator and were cast out of the garden. They incurred the penalty of sin and this passed death upon all humanity.

The consequence of their rebellion brought misery and self-centredness, which all humans have inherited as well as the proclivity like Adam and Eve in the header scripture to pass the buck as we witness in our own human nature. I am guilty of it. But by grace of God I am a child of God and I delight to do the will of my Father in heaven, even though there is a battle going on between the flesh and the Spirit in me.

Jesus Christ was the only human who was not self-centred but totally God-the-Father centred, doing His will as it says in John 5:30, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” Our Lord Jesus did not pass the buck. He squarely faced the Devil and told him to get behind him, when He was severely tempted in the wilderness. And the Devil left Him. Jesus was that second Adam from heaven who came to undo the deed of the first Adam, thus reconciling the world through His death (1 Corinthians 15:45). For the whole world was cut off from God, but now we have access to the throne of the grace of God through our Saviour, Jesus Christ, our Lord (Hebrews 4:14-16).

We need not pass the buck any more. Jesus has said we should deny the self, take up the cross, follow Him and be His disciples. To overcome self-centredness we have to walk in the steps of Jesus Christ, our perfect example. This glorifies our Father in heaven who demonstrated His love for mankind by sending His only begotten Son to die a most shameful and excruciatingly painful death on the cross between two criminals. Praise God and give Him thanks for working out His glorious plan of salvation for mankind through His Son.

Merciful Father, You are worthy of worship and praise. Thank You for restoring the intimate relationship which our first ancestors, Adam and Eve, had with You in the garden of Eden. Help us never to turn away from You but yield and surrender to You. In Jesus’ name I pray.

Study by Natu Moti

About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

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