Week 7 of Castle Rock comes to a close today! What a wonderful week we’ve had!
My name is Katie or “Wide-Eyed” and this is my third summer working at the Towers. Next to my parents, sports and a few close friends, the ministry of Pine Cove has had one of the biggest impacts on my life.
Myself and the rest of the staff are here to serve because of a story your kids have heard from their counselors in hang times and in Bible Study this week.
This story is a love story about a King who came down from His throne to save His kingdom from death. It has impacted the hearts of millions all over the world and it remains the most life-changing love story we could ever hear.
Let me share it with you.
When our perfect Father created the world, he made it blameless and without fault. Because of his deep love for us, he desired to share a relationship with us. But the perfect world he had made became tainted when two people disobeyed and went against what God had said.
The perfect relationship creation once had with the Father was severed. Our human condition is painfully clear when we gaze into God’s word:
No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.
Even though we are totally depraved, that doesn’t mean we’ve committed every kind of evil deed. We’re not as bad as we can be, but rather, we are as bad off as we can be. No matter how hard we strive to create “the perfect world,” crime rates continue to soar, divorce rates climb and families are still broken.
Since God is holy and we are imperfect, when we die we cannot be in his presence. The consequences for our sin is death and eternal separation from God.
We try to work our way to perfection by going to church more, giving a bigger tithe or reading our Bible. But unfortunately, God’s standard isn’t just “good enough” – it’s perfection. How do we, as people who are as bad off as we can be, fix the broken relationship we have with a holy and perfect God?
Here’s where the plot twists and we realize the beauty of what God did for us.
Jesus Christ, God’s son, came to earth and lived the perfect life that we couldn’t. He was fully human and fully divine (John 1:1, 18) and he experienced every kind of temptation we have. He took the punishment we deserved and died a criminal’s death in our place as his feet and hands were nailed to a tree.
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
The price of our sin has been paid in full by Jesus’ death and resurrection and now we have the opportunity to restore our broken relationship with our Maker. We can’t do this by working harder or doing more good things. Rather, we accept this free gift of eternal life in complete faith and belief that he alone can save us from our sin.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
We can restore our relationship by faith, and belief that he is our only hope for eternal life. When God looks at us, he no longer sees our sin, but rather, he sees us as perfect and without blame. This love story is incredible and life-changing.
If you have never heard this story, we encourage you to seek to know more about what it means to have a relationship with God who created you and wants to know you! If you have heard it, we just wanted to share what your kids were learning this week and remind you of this amazing grace. We encourage you to talk about this good news with your camper!
Thanks for reading! It’s been a privilege to learn alongside your campers this week!
Katie or “Wide-Eyed”