Translating God's Word for a new generation
Our culture is fascinated with rebels—characters such as Han Solo, Ferris Bueller, and Katniss Everdeen. Though not perfect, we admire how they stand up to authority. Being a rebel is good or bad depending upon whom one is rebelling against. When the authority is God Almighty, rebels are not looked upon so fondly … Israel rebelled against God, and Ezekiel told them that very thing; the people of Nazareth rejected Jesus, rebelling against their own hometown prophet; Paul was a rebel himself, first against the followers of Jesus, and then on their behalf. Sin is rebellion against God. Yet God forgives us through Jesus’ death and Resurrection, turning our rebellion into reconciliation and rejoicing! Despite our weaknesses and inclination to rebel, God’s grace comes to us in Jesus, and He is sufficient for us.