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January 21, 2014

AfterGlow: The Boo-Boo House (June 1993)

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by Phillip Morrison
July, 1993

Our three-year-old grandson delights in telling people, “My daddy works at the boo-boo house!” Translated into adultese, that means his father is a physician and the boo-boo house is the hospital. Apparently Sam and Don Dobbins’ niece (page 25) have normal vocabularies for three-year-olds, with boo-boo being a favorite word.

These children will grow up and learn to deal with their minor scrapes and bruises. The hurts which require Band-Aids now will hardly be noticed when more serious pain is experienced.

Sin is much like that. It hurts tender consciences, but becomes more easily tolerated as our consciences adjust to the evil forces which bombard them. Early on, the sin is so painful we can hardly stand it, and the tears of remorse flow freely. Later, we become so hardened that the pain is hardly felt and the tears are dammed up, then dried up. What was once roundly rejected is now readily accepted. Like Lot moving toward Sodom, we get so accustomed to the darkness of sin that we hardly notice we are moving away from the light.

Sin is much more than a boo-boo. No minor hurt to be covered by a Band-Aid, sin is always fatal unless cured by the Great Physician. A splinter in a finger? We can pull it out ourselves. A painful speck lodged in an eye? We can manage. But we can’t do our own brain surgery, or cure our own cancer, or remove our own sins.

The blood of Jesus, freely given by a loving God, is the only cure for sin. We are dead in our trespasses and sins, and only God can give us life.

When a friend was criticized for saying that we do not contribute anything to provide our salvation, I asked the critic, “And what have you contributed to provide for your salvation?” I’m still waiting for an answer. Yes, I have faith. Yes, I have been baptized. Yes, I go to church, read the Bible, pray, give, commune, teach, love, serve. Those are certainly appropriate responses to God’s love and grace, but they don’t buy me anything. What I most need cannot be earned; it has been given, and it can only be received.

The shame of our sin causes us, like Adam and Eve, to hide from God. But he won’t allow it. He still comes searching and searching, not willing that any should perish. Only total rebellion and rejection can overcome his determination to reclaim us for his own. His grace is greater than all our sins.

It is not surprising to find that the very last words in the story of God’s grace are these: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen” (Revelation 22:21).Wineskins Magazine

Phillip MorrisonPhillip Morrison was, for many years, managing editor of Wineskins Magazine and wrote the column “AfterGlow” opposite its inside back cover. He was also the former managing editor for Upreach magazine, and worked as a fund-raising consultant and conducted study tours to Bible lands.

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