Under the skin, we are all the same

I am looking for blog ideas all the time.  Several weeks ago, our minister made a comment that I have been tossing around in my head, trying to find a way put this message in a blog.  Today, another sermon, by a guest minister, gave me the connection I have been looking for. 

If you were to break down what we are made of, in an effort to define who we are, you would end up with DNA.  According to Wikipedia, DNA is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms.  Each species has its own DNA, so that means that all humans share the same basic genetic instructions.  Almost all of our DNA—99.9 percent of the three billion “letters,” or nucleotides, that make up the human genome—is the same from person to person.  This would mean that, deep down, we are no different from the person sitting next to us.  The person struggling with health or financial issues could be us, but for the grace of God.  It also means that we all share the same genetic instructions as Jesus, the one who showed us, by example, how to give grace. 

This is an area I struggle with all the time.  Would Jesus give grace to someone who was ‘abusing the system’, or who felt entitled to help from others, or who wasn’t willing to make changes in their behaviors?  There are many examples in the Bible of Jesus giving grace to those who seemed to least deserve it, but there are also examples where Jesus allowed someone to suffer the consequences of their actions. There were 3 crosses on Calvary–Jesus didn’t use His power to stop the crucifixion of the robbers on either side of Him.  The crosses we bear are not always of our own doing, but Jesus also shared hope and forgiveness when He told one of the robbers that, because he asked for forgiveness, he would share a place in paradise.  God’s perfect plan has many ways of being revealed to us and in March 2009, scientists were able to reveal another mystery.  One of the essential proteins in the human cells is leptin.  Leptin plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure.  Scientists were able to use a powerful electron microscope and take a picture of what this protein looks like…..it is made up of tiny crosses! All of our cells carry many crosses inside.  Our cells depend on this protein, these crosses, for energy. 

Within our cells, our DNA, each of us carries the same crosses.  So, no matter what we look like on the outside, we are all the same on the inside….where we end up just depends on which side of the cross of Jesus we are on.