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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Beautiful

At some time in your life you have probably heard the phrase the good, the bad and the ugly.  In fact, there was a movie made with that title back in 1966 starring Clint Eastwood that made the phrase popular.  Perhaps you have seen it.  I have never been a big fan of this genre of movies so I have not.  The movie from my understanding has three characters one good, one bad and one ugly.


This little article has really nothing to do with Clint Eastwood or showdowns at high noon.  I do, however, like the phrase.  To me it describes the state of man in great detail.  But I would like to add one more word to the phrase- the beautiful.


Let’s first consider the good.  When God created man he created him from the dust of this earth and created him in his own image.  Man was upright and morally perfect.  Because of this man had no reason to be ashamed before an all holy God.  In fact, in the beginning God would appear to Adam and Eve and walk with them in the garden. (Genesis 2 and 3).


The good, however, didn’t last long.  Next comes the bad! When Adam sinned in the garden by breaking the one law that he had of not eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam essentially chose death over life.  Because Adam was the head of the human race, sin and the curse of death was then passed down from father to child from one generation to the next. (Romans 5:12)


The bad though gets worse.  In fact it gets pretty ugly.  You see even though we inherit the sin nature of our fathers before us that is not what condemns us.  What condemns us is the fact that we ourselves continue the tradition of sin.  Man doesn’t have to learn how to sin.  Watch a child and you soon realize they don’t have to be taught how to lie, covet, or steal.  It comes naturally.  Even as we get older and learn what is right and wrong we still often chose sin over that which is good.  No man escapes this curse.  The bible tells us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  The bible also tells us that the punishment for our sin is not just death, but an eternity in hell. (Romans 2:23 and Revelation 20:15)


Because of the total depravity of man it would seem as if there was no hope at all.  Where things are impossible with man though it is not impossible with God.  Here comes the beautiful.  God provided a way for fallen man.  God came in the flesh through the person of Jesus Christ to break the curse of sin for all those who will believe.  This didn’t come without a price.  In order for us to live eternally without the curse of sin, he had to become our substitute.  He took our place and died on the cross doing it.  Thanks be to God though that death could not keep him in the grave for three days later Christ arose.  He is now sitting at the right hand of God where he continues to this day make intercession for the saints. (1 Peter 2:24, Acts 16:30-31)


My question to you my friend today is where do you stand before God?  Does your situation look ugly or by the loving grace of God more beautiful each and every day we get closer to eternity?

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