Recently I received a nifty little NOAA weather radio as a gift for five years with the company for which I currently work. It is a cordless unit that receives AM, FM and NOAA weather transmissions and runs on either a rechargeable lithium ion (LI) battery or three AAA batteries. You can charge the LI battery using either a cable, a crank or a solar cell, which makes it great for emergency situations, such as when you have a power outage, are stranded out in the wilderness or lost at sea.

One of the features of this unit is a small reset button. If something goes haywire with the power source, you can press this button, and it gets the radio working properly once again.

During my devotions about a week ago, it occurred to me that Jesus was our Divine Reset.

When God gave Israel the Law and the Ten Commandments, they were His way of showing people how to live. They were perfect guidelines on how to worship Him and get along with each other. To live by them well guaranteed an individual a long, prosperous and generally blessed life; to disobey or disregard them meant you were inviting trouble, poor health and a generally cursed existence (c.f.—Deuteronomy 28).

The problem is, people aren’t perfect. We have an uncanny ability to complicate things and mess them up royally.

First, as we see in the book of Judges, Israel forgot God’s laws and miracles and did whatever “seemed right in their own eyes” (Judges 17:6 & 21:25, NKJV). After God gave them, in David, a centralized government with a god-fearing king and provided a magnificent worship center through his son Solomon, things got better for a while. People started doing what they were supposed to do. But then less dedicated men came into power; laws were disregarded, and the nation began to spiral into sin again. Occasionally, a godly king would bring the people back to YHWH, but these reforms would only last so long as he was in power. Following the good king’s death, folks would slip back into their bad beliefs and behavior. Finally, God sent all of Israel into exile to get them to realize what a mess they’d made of themselves and their society, and to get them to come back to Him.

When Israel returned to their own land under Ezra and Nehemiah, they were reintroduced to the Law, and reforms were made. However, with the influence of other cultures—first Babylonian thought, then Persian, Greek and finally Roman ideas—God’s Law got twisted. Rabbis from various sects, including Sadducees and Pharisees, had reinterpreted the Law and added to it so much that it was impossible for anyone to live by. Enter Jesus Christ.

Into this morass of confused and harried people, Jesus came with a simple message: “Repent!” (Mark 1:15). According to Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, that word, metanoeo, means “to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins.” Baptism is the expression of this desire to be separated from our wrong-doing and be dedicated to God instead (Romans 6:3-14).

Christ boiled the Law down into two simple principles: 1) Love God; 2) Love each other. (Matthew 22:37-40 & Mark 12:29-31) Jesus proved that human beings were incapable of doing this, that we are hopelessly alienated from God, because of our tendency to choose wrongly. However, He offered Himself as the means for us to be reconciled to our Creator. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

Both Jesus and His disciples taught that the way to be saved, healed, forgiven and freed from sin was to believe in Him (John 3:16, 6:29, 9:35-38, 11:25-26, 14:1 & 20:30-31; Acts 16:30-34; Romans 10:9-11; 1 Peter 1:8-9; 1 John 3:23). And then, in order to have the power to love and live like Christ, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit, whom He provides to those who believe and ask (Luke 11:13; John 14:26; Acts 1:8, 2:37-39, 5:29-32, 10:34-47; Romans 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14).

So, when humanity was stuck—not functioning according to God’s purpose and plan—“at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6, NASB). He reset us, so that we can now live in a way that pleases God—provided that we turn from sin, trust Christ to save us, and then live according to the Holy Spirit’s direction (Romans 8:1-11). We no longer function in the old way, because we are “new creatures in Christ”—not just reset, but renewed through His death and resurrection (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).

Has your life been reset? Have you turned from sin to God through Christ? He is the ONLY reset button we have (Acts 4:11-12). Don’t wait another day for God to restore and renew you through Him!

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