Imagine for a moment a story about Cookie Monster. Cookie monster has a problem. He Loves Cookies. He spends his nights dreaming about cookies and his days thinking about them. He is obsessed with cookies.
One day while Cookie Monster and his brother were hanging out in the kitchen, their Father walks in with a bag full of Freshly Baked cookies. Cookie monster’s nose starts to twitch. The Father puts the cookies on the kitchen counter and turns to his children and says, “Now Look Boys, Do Not Touch My Cookies! Anyone who touches the cookies will be in big trouble!”
Now as the father leaves, Cookie Monster mouth start to water, his fur stands on end, and his tunnel vision is fixed on the bag of cookies. In his mind he can hear the words of his Father saying “Don’t Touch my Cookies!” But everything inside him is saying just the opposite. He is torn and starts to justify what he wants, against the father’s words and soon in his mind he thinks to himself, “Maybe I can have just one cookie.”
Needless to say, we know what happens next, Cookie monsters is after all, a Monster.
*Cookie Carnage here!*
Cookie monster doesn’t even take the cookies out of the bag, tears right through it, making a mess of the entire area. Cookie crumbs, chips and pieces of bag go flying in all directions! The scene is not suitable for young children.
Just as Cookie monster is satisfied himself, he hears a terrifying sound of his father coming back into the kitchen. Suddenly the words of his father are louder and clearer than ever, “Do Not Touch My Cookies!”
His little monster heart begins to burst with fear as every footstep gets closer. He looks around frantically to try and cover up the evidence but it is too great a mess and there is no time. The Father gets closer. Cookie Monster’s lower lip starts to tremble and shivers crumbs from off his mouth. As the Father enters the room Cookie monsters holds his breathe, preparing for the worst…
The Words are deafening and echo through the whole house.
“WHO ATE MY COOKIES!?!”
The father is full of Rage, not two minutes have gone by and his words have been disobeyed. The Father Reaches for his Belt and reaches to lay hold on Cookie Monster with the Crumbs still on his mouth. The father approaches Cookie monster with the Belt in hand, ready to unleash judgment upon the guilty, when all of a sudden…
Cookie monsters brother, steps between them and says “It was me, daddy. I ate the cookies…”
The Brother begins to take the full wrath of the father. The belt rips through the air and gashes deep into the skin of the brother. The full anger and wrath of the Father is unleashed on the brother of cookie monster. The weight of the lashes pummels him to the floor. Soon pools of blood start to form on the floor. The screams of agony and carnage as the brother took the full weight of punishment for Cookie monster’s works.
For a fleeting moment of absolute horror, cookie monsters locks eyes with the blood shot, tear filled eyes of his brother as he glances upwards from the floor. Instantly, Cookie monster’s heart sinks deep as fear grips him. For sure his brother would open his mouth now, to declare his innocence and turn the father’s punishment against cookie monster…
As the sound of the belt thundering through the air to tearing flesh fills the room; as the brother to ok a breathe between his screams of excruciating agony; As cookie monster’s heart was about to fail him, the brother looks away, not once opening his mouth against cookie monster. The scene was too much for Cookie Monster. He steps forward opens his mouth and screams out “Father, Stop!!” with his lips trembling and tears running down his face, he confesses, “It was me…” “It was me…”
How do you think Cookie monster would feel about his Brother after this?
He would love his brother beyond words.
How do you think Cookie Monster would feel about cookies after witnessing the abuse his brother took for him?
He would hate cookies because he saw what cookies did to his brother.
This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all cookie monsters. But our problem is not cookies, our problem is Sin. God gave us the Law, and we all have broken it. But God Loved us so much that he came to earth to bare the full wrath and punishment for our sins. Jesus was beaten with a whip, had his beard ripped from his face, a crown of thorns pressed deep into his head, spit upon, stripped naked, humiliated, dragged through the streets like a dog, nailed to a wooden cross and ultimately tasted death and all the loneliness, shame and separation that comes from our sin towards God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
He did this, so we would never have to experience that. He did this in hopes that some of us, after seeing the savagery of our disobedience towards God would be like cookie monster and step forward and confess “It was Me! I sinned against you God!”
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
He did this for you like he did this for me. Not only does he offer forgiveness, he also offers you a new heart. It is not a religion. It is about Relationship. Its not about good works, its about the Free Gift of God to all humanity that we must receive.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
If you want to receive that gift today, you can. Simply by being honest before God and doing like cookie monster did and saying confessing that it was really you that has sinned against God.
Pray this prayer in light of this understanding from your heart.
Dear Lord Jesus. I come to you today, just as I am. A sinner. I confess that I don’t know you like I should, I don’t love you like I should and I don’t know how to be anything else but a sinner. But I believe you died for my sins on that cross, so I ask you to forgive me of all my sins. I Repent of all the things I have done that you had to die for. I ask you for your Mercy to be on my life. Come into my heart, and make me a new Creature. Give me a Future in You, and Let me know You. Fill me with Your spirit. I give you my life in exchange for the one you have for me. Wash me in your blood and Come make me new. I accept Your free gift of Salvation Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, the Holy Spirit comes alive in you. Just like when you were born no one had to teach you to sin, the Holy Spirit will now give you a new nature and no one will have to teach you to live holy, it will come natural. A couple things to do, talk with Jesus, He loves you more than you love yourself. He’s not going to come and make everything perfect, but he will give you a new life.
Also, get a good bible, and read a bit of it everyday. God created the whole universe with four words, “Let there be light.” How much power do you think you would have in your life, if you read a little of the bible everyday?
Lastly, it’s also good to find a good church or group of Christians who love God. Not every church is of God, nor is every person who confesses to be a Christian a real believer. But I have full confidence that if you ask the Father, He will guide you to where He wants you to be.
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