Insipid History

by J. Randal Matheny
I disagree with the Marquês de Maricá, who wrote in his book of maxims, published in Rio de Janeiro in 1850, that “there would be no history more insipid and insignificant than that of men, if they all had good judgment.”
If all men had good judgment, we would still be living in Eden. I can’t imagine that being insipid or insigificant in any way.
But the bad judgment of men does make for an interesting history, to say the least. Human bad judgment seems to have no bounds, from Eve listening to the serpent, down to the last stupid burglar story we read, or on to one of my own dumb choices in recent memory.
But human history is most interesting at the judgment of God, at the Cross of Christ.
There, where God and man and the Evil One met, mercy and justice came away the victor. History found its hottest, most intense point, measured by any grade one might choose.
God became man and did the most manly thing of all, in death, and did the most unhuman thing of all, death for sinners.
So Paul says, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT).
Nothing insipid or insignificant about that. Let’s consider that truth as we eat the Lord’s supper.

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