That’s Not Fair!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

That’s not fair!

Ever hear that one?

We like things to be fair. Things not fair infuriate us. Even little kids know when fairness has been violated.

Ever meet anyone thinking that they will go to hell? Ever meet anyone who thinks the people they love are going to hell?

It’s crazy. What do people think is the criteria for getting to heaven? How does someone get to heaven?

People may not know, they’re just sure that they and their loved ones are going there.

That’s crazy. Based on what? Based on what truth?

God tells us clearly that the way to salvation and eternal life is through Jesus Christ.

  • “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
  • Jesus declares, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Our text tells us that we are saved by God’s grace in his Son, Jesus Christ. We are saved when we place our faith in Jesus.

Heaven is God’s place. Only God gets to set the rules for how one gets to heaven. Not you. Not uncle Joe. Not Aunt Mary. God, and God only.

Burk Parsons says, “Heaven will be full of thankful people asking, ‘Lord why did you choose me?’ And hell will be full of people demanding fairness and getting it.”

There will be many on judgment day, many who have rejected God’s gift of salvation through his Son, Jesus Christ, many who chose on their own to reject Jesus, demanding fairness.

“That’s not fair! I never murdered anyone! I never raped anyone! I lived a good life. I was a good person! What am I doing in hell?”

What they do not know is that their punishment is exactly most fair for sinners. It would be unfair if sinners were not judged.

Not everyone goes to heaven. Not everyone is saved.


If God Would Only Tell Me What to Do…

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:1-4).

“If God would only tell me what to do…”

“If God would only speak to me…”

Ever hear that? Ever say that? How do you suppose God speaks? How would you like for God to speak to you?

Let’s say you heard a voice. How would that go down? Try telling your friends that you’re going to quit your job, start a new career, marry someone, etc. because you heard a voice. Yeah. Try that.

How do you suppose God speaks? How does God communicate with us?

God already has spoken. God continues to speak. God has never stopped speaking to us.

We call it God’s word. It’s his Bible. If you want to listen to God, you open your Bible and read through it. Study it.

You don’t do it willy nilly. God should I marry Bob? Should I marry Mary? and then like a crap shoot you open the Bible to see where it opens and read the first verse that comes to view.

That’s dumb. That’s not reading the Bible.

To read the Bible, you study it. You go verse by verse, daily reading God’s word. You go to Bible study. You attend worship to hear God’s word proclaimed.


Because God speaks through his word. And whatever it is you are going through, as you systematically study God’s word, hear the exposition of God’s word God speaks to you through his word.

God is always leading and guiding us through his word. Open it. Study it. Hear God’s word preached.

Forgiving Our Sins is Brutal

“If the offering to the LORD is a burnt offering of birds, you are to offer a dove or a young pigeon. The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off the head and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. He is the remove the crop and the feathers and throw them down east of the altar where the ashes are. He shall tear it open by the wings, not dividing it completely, and then the priest shall burn it on the wood that is burning on the altar. It is a burn offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD” (Leviticus 1:14-17).

At least once a year, I read through the entire Bible. Every time I do this, I get to sections of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and think…what? Why is this even here?

So, I confess, I don’t get big chunks of the Old Testament. I don’t understand why it’s important for us to know the exact dimensions of the tabernacle, how to make the garments for the priests, what metals were used to make the lamp stand, the dimensions of the holy place.

And then there are the instructions for the sacrifices. The description of the sacrifices is brutal!

Every day, animals were sacrificed. They were butchered, torn apart. Blood of the animals were sprinkled on the altar, on the priests, on the people.


I can only imagine the smell. I’ve smelled some rancid smells traveling in the unrefrigerated meat markets of developing countries. In the summer time, you can smell them from miles away.

The entire butchering, tearing the birds apart at the wings, burning, sprinkling of blood. It’s just so darn bloody, smelly, and brutal. Most modern persons seeing an animal sacrifice would be so offended by the grisly scene.

And, I think that’s the point. Forgiving our sins is not easy. It’s messy. It’s stinky. It’s brutal.

What happened to Jesus was not pretty. It was messy. It was brutal.

When we find ourselves offended by the animal sacrifices, it’s because we don’t take seriously enough the offense of sin against God. God is telling us through the sacrifices and the sacrifice of his Son on the cross that the business of forgiving sins is brutal, costly, and painful. But Jesus did it. Because it was, and still is the only way to transform sinners into children of God.

Thank you Jesus. Thank you God.