God Cried First

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

Freedom Tower PinkMost people today have lost the fact that God cries. Somewhere in all our wrong ideas about God, we have lost the idea that our tears and sadness come from being made in God's image according to Genesis 1:26-27. We feel things deeply inside of us because God did first. Our Lord Jesus Christ felt the pain of the cross before the world was created when He knew what would have to be done to redeem the world from its sin. Our Lord came into this fallen world and personally saw and experienced what sin and death had done to everyone. Our Lord cried when He heard the news of Lazarus's death and saw the pain of His dear friends in John 11:33-35,
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. "Where have you laid him?" he asked.
"Come and see, Lord," they replied.
Jesus wept.
So, when the New York State Senate passed their radical abortion bill last week it surely seems the Lord cried. According to an article by Faithwire author Will Maule, this bill would effectively remove any restrictions on abortion up to the day of delivery with no criminal penalty. The New York legislators have really legalized open infanticide in our nation. Maule writes,
The New York Senate was seen erupting in feverish applause after voting 38-24 to approve a bill which would allow abortion up to birth. Heralded as a major victory for pro-abortion activists, the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was signed on the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.
Governor Mario Cuomo celebrated the legislation by ordering the Freedom Tower's spire at One World Trade Center to be lit up pink to show support for unrestricted women's rights to have abortions at any time and under any circumstances. That tragic action put on public display for the whole world the values of our Nation. Sadly, all of the Senators, along with Governor Cuomo and many others celebrated this action because they felt they had the moral high ground and were doing the right thing. They saw themselves as "good people" and went home that night and slept well in their beds.

It is hard to imagine that well educated and paid representatives of the citizens of New York could participate in such pagan legislation and end up celebrating it from one of the highest buildings in the world. It seems abortion/infanticide has now become almost a "sacrament" to the radicals in our culture that allows murder as a legal way to provide cover for people's unrestricted sexual behavior and practice. Infanticide like this, it should be mentioned, has not been legal or seen in Western Civilization since the darkest days of the Roman Empire during the Caesars. It is as though 2000 years of Christian ethics and morality have been swept away by a rapidly emerging neo-paganism that has exalted the pagan gods of the Old Testament that were condemned by the Lord and His prophets 1000's of years ago. And the saddest part of this unfolding drama is that the people behind it think they have morality, and maybe even "god" on their side. We are clearly seeing the words of Isaiah coming to pass in Isaiah 5:20-21 before our eyes,
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
As the Lord of Glory looks down on at this current behavior in New York, the Lord has been here before and with the same reaction. In the days before Noah and the flood, the Lord saw similar patterns of sin and behavior that made Him sad about what had happened to His beautiful creation. In Genesis 6:5-6 we hear about God's heart and what He saw going on,
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord grieved that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
How interesting then, that the Lord's first reaction to sin is grief and pain.....tears if you will. God is sad at what has happened to us and what we have done to each other. If you doubt that just ask someone to describe a partial birth abortion. No, we are destroying our lives and the lives of others and it seems that few have the courage to stop it one way or another. Most of our nation is distracted with our lives while the foundations of our society are crumbling all around us. Sadly, this is also true in many of our churches; it is a rare church that even raises such moral issues to its congregants.

But the one thing that people need to realize in this current hour is that God is God and He is Almighty. God's first reaction is always sadness and pain when sin overwhelms the creation, but it doesn't end there. While God's heart may start with love, compassion and mercy, the Lord eventually moves toward justice. God's heart for us is always seen in the cross, but the cross combines love and justice. The Lord of creation will not let His creation stay in sin or its pain for long. Because God is love, eventually the Lord will move toward some form of judgment. Those judgments came on the people in Noah's day and the story line has not changed. In Genesis 6:20 we hear the Lord dealing with His justice in a way that should get everyone's attention in New York and around the world.
So the Lord said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them." But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
And so the flood came. For most people Noah and the Ark is a cute story from the Bible you remember at a children's zoo, but not much more. Few of the New York legislators would ever think that their actions might bring about a divine reaction one way or another. For many in our world, the God of the Bible is sleeping or maybe doesn't really care about the murder of children. Surely God doesn't cry about such things. But if people believed the Lord Jesus Christ's words about Noah they might think a little differently. In Matthew 24:37-39 our Lord said,
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
It may still be hard for people today to believe that God cried first. And yet, those tears precede His judgments. We are living in the days of Noah, so even the Lord in all His love and goodness will not allow infanticide or any other such sin to go on forever. If God didn't do something about sin, God wouldn't be God. God is the God of the New York legislators and the murdered children.  Both groups will receive His justice in His time and in His ways. Most people are glad to have God do something about someone else's sin; it is just their own sin that people tend to ignore.

In this season of tears, as we watch our nation's precipitous moral decline, we need to cry out for people to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. Our Lord's death on the cross is a reminder that our Lord wept over our death and sin first, since our Lord was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world according to I Peter 1:19-20. The Lord came to forgive us and restore us. Our Lord did not come to condemn us but to save us and yet judgment will and must come to those who reject His love and mercy in the Gospel. We are living in dramatic and prophetic days here in America as they emerge around us each day. We need to get into the Ark of safety by putting our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. When the judgment finally comes it will be good to know that there was a way of escape and blessing that was and is found in Christ alone. May each of us run to our Lord's open arms today and find life and life eternal in Him.