Phil Wickham - Messiah
by Peter Chan on May 27th, 2014

Good vs. Evil. Are humans naturally good people or bad people? Are we inclined to benevolence or malice? Biologists might argue that humans, although intellectually advanced, are animals just like the rest of the kingdom Animalia and therefore behave according to the Laws of Nature. This would mean that human behavior is neither good nor bad but rather natural and in accordance with the carnal requirements of survival, existence, and reproduction. I think we can all agree, however, that this does not cover all the bases.
There are clear examples and instances where humans just tend to do “bad” things and hurt each other without reason or justification according to the Laws of Nature. I’ll let you use your imagination to fill in that blank. These actions would not fall under the umbrella of animal behavior. So this leads us back to the question: are humans naturally good people or bad people? Whether you come to an answer philosophically, scientifically, or logically, Scripture is pretty clear on its stance. Psalm 51:5 reads, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Further, Isaiah 53:6 states, “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned – every one – to his own way…” It would seem that the authors of both books recognize that man is, indeed, sinful. Humans, even if well-intentioned, have a tendency to fall away from God’s holy standards. The most amazing thing, however, is contained in the second half of Isaiah 53:6 which states, “… and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” This, of course, is in reference to the greatest love of all; the love that God has for His creation through the sacrifice of His only son, Jesus. In the end, no matter how “bad” or “malicious” we humans can get, God gives us a way back to Him… at no cost to us.

Phil Wickham, in his self-titled 2006 LP, released a song titled “Messiah” which beautifully illustrates this very idea. In it, he addresses some of the difficulties of a Christian life. Sure, not every Christian will face religious persecution or run into life-threatening situations because of their faith, but every Christian struggles with sin and every Christian struggles with living a holy life. Living according to God’s holy and perfect will almost seems counterintuitive to modern culture. To deny yourself and take up the cross? To love your neighbor? To give away a portion of your hard-earned income? It’s crazy talk! Or is it? Lucky for us we have a hope. We have a savior. We have a messiah. The Messiah. Jesus.
“You are our only hope.”

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