hahah Actually I wonder if there are any readers really reading my blog..But just in case if anyone is wondering, what happened to the Hesitant Prize fighter during this period of silence… Here’s a slight summary

1. I think one of my blog entries has talked about my Trip to Bali
2. Later on, I visited Puncak in Indonesia, and stayed in Wisma Berkat (AKA Grace Village) It is up in the hills and there are a lot of flowers and trees… as well as tea plantation
3. Returned to Singapore, yet flew off once again to Indonesia, visiting Bandung (A place with many flowers) , Banjarmasin (In Kalimantan), and Jakarta. Received a lot of love from the church members there.. 
4. Started work in Service Bureau as a Project Manager

Today is the evangelistic service in church, on my way back on the bus . I overheard a couple talking to themselves, saying they are wondering why does God need to go through all the sufferings so as to save man. Actually, this is a question that was in my mind for a long time.

As I am thinking about it, I remembered this old illustration that I heard from a preacher…

There was once a King who ruled his kingdom with fairness and justice.. He is known to show no partiality to anyone, and there are many laws that he made, to protect the people. There is this one time, the people bought a prisoner to the king, demanding for justice. The person that they bought to the king, is none other than the prince, his only son… 

Everyone was looking at the king, wondering whether he would show favor to his son and free him from this humilating punishment.  The king hestiated a long while.. as it is his son, this decision may have hurted him very badly..Finally, he sentence his son guilty, and ask for the punishment to be prepared…

At the point, before they executed the judgement, the king stopped it, took off his royal robes… walked over to his son, telling him. “My son, you must learn from now on, not to commit this mistake anymore. and be a good person”.. and the king took on his sons robe, and walk towards the punishment ground.

Sometimes, we tend to ask ourselves If God love the world, why doesn’t he pardon mankind for their sins? Why go through all the trouble to choose Abraham, from then to raise a people of God, and from the people, give birth to Jesus, who would take away the sins of everyone through his death on the cross. Why don’t God just forgive everyone and bring them all to heaven?

Beside being the God of Love as most churches love to describe him as, we tend to forget that our God is a one that is Just (Deut 32:3-4). Can you imagine this God, if he were to just pardon everyone just because he loves them and throw away his righteous judgement because of Love. Can a God like that be worth our respect, if he shows partiality to the ones he love, and willingly throw aside his principles? How would we even know if one day this God decided to show partiality and throw us all into hell?

All along, God created human beings to share his glory, and he wanted his creation to love him. When I was a boy, I often think, if I am in the garden of Eden, I will make sure I chop down the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, perhaps if Adam cannot see it, then he will not sin, and we would all be happy in Eden….

Then as I grow older I realised, God wanted mankind to love him, and God never wanted to take away the choice. He doesnt want mankind to love him because they have no other choice, God never made the choice so difficult. He only forbade Adam to eat that one fruit. (Gen 1:15)

However, we all know the outcome of this story, man choose to disobey God and took of the fruit, and from then on,  man disregarded Gods standard of right and wrong, and did anything their heart wills. (Gen 6:5) Although deep in our hearts, we know what is good, however, alot of us are unable to do the right things at times (Rom 7:18-25). And the worst part of it, is that the wages of sin is death. (Rom 6:23). It is appointed for man to die once, and after that to face judgement (Heb 9:27)

God because of his love for man, still wanted to save him, However, God himself, is the righteous judge too. He cannot deny his own nature, forsake his righteous judgement, and let man go scott free without a punishment. Do not think of God as someone who love to see evil man perish.. God never wanted death for the wicked, but rather want the wicked to turn back to God  (Eze 18)

As the result, God sent his own son, Jesus to die for our sin and to pay the wages of sin. (Jn 3:16). However, God still gives all of us a choice, whether to accept his love, to believe and be baptised, (Mk 16:16, Acts 2:38). From now on to keep his commandments, take up our cross and follow him (Mk 10:17-21). He has also given us his holy spirit to assist us in this heavenly walk (Jn 14:26). Now Gods part of the plan is complete, and it now depends on the church to spread it. will you be part of it?