"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..." Genesis 1:26
Tomorrow we will be celebrating Independence Day here in the United States. In our Declaration of Independence our forefathers wrote these words. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
"All men are created equal". How true that is. Although when we look at people, we don't always see that. We categorize people. We put them in classes. We look at them through our own standards. We label them. We make judgments that this one is better than that one based on some human accomplishment. We act as if the affluent are better than the uneducated. We think that the rich are more nobler than the poor. Then there are those we place on pedestals and others that we look down our noses at. We tend to think that we are better than some other people. But the truth is, "we are all created equal".
We are all created in the image of God, after His likeness. Every person born on planet earth, past, present and future, has been created by God and in His image. Every person originally started from dirt. We all enter this life through the womb. So we are all equal in terms of how we are created.
We are all created with feelings and emotions. We all hurt. We all feel pain. When we bleed, we all bleed the same color- red.
We are all the same/equal in the fact that we are all born into this life as sinners. "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." (Romans 5:12) We are the same in the fact that we are all lost, separated from God, under the death sentence, and in need a Savior because we can't save ourselves. We are the same in the fact that if we are going to be saved and have eternal life, we all have to come the exact same way to salvation. One group may try to work their way to salvation, another may put their hope in some ancient prophet to save them, or another may think that their goodness will save them. While many others believe there are many ways to be saved, to have eternal life, and to get to God, there is but One Way. We are all the same in the fact that Jesus is the Only One who can save us. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) There is no other way besides Him.
As we celebrate the freedom of our nation this week, will you declare your independence from sin and death by turning to Jesus the Only One who can save you and set your free?
Have a great day. All men are created equal... we are all born into sin and we all need a Savior. There is only one Savior for all of us-- Jesus.
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