Felix Culpa

Hey you. Yeah, you. I’ve got something awesome to share with you! I can’t quite put into words everything I’m feeling as I write this, but I will certainly try my best. We’ve all had those moments in life when we couldn’t contain the excitement that was within us.  No matter what the source of our excitement was, we just could not seem to keep it under a lid.  That’s how I feel right about now.

So why are you so excited, Nneka?

I’m glad you asked. 😀 The source of my current state of mind is none other than…

JESUS!!!

Yes, I said it. I don’t mind saying it again either. I am filled with passion, joy and enthusiasm because of the living Jesus! I may as well be bouncing off the walls (but inwardly because it’s kinda hard to type and bounce off the walls at the same time 🙂 ). And I understand that you may not be able to relate to my excitement so let me explain why I feel this way.

Have you ever forgotten about something really good and remembered it later? Like when you find a $10 bill in your pants before doing laundry. Or when you forget that you had some leftover red velvet cake in the fridge. Something you had previously been aloof to is now very real to you and ready to be made use of. These examples are only a fraction of what I’m attempting to convey here. I am definitely not trying to compare Jesus to money or food. But the basic gist I’m getting at is the same.

See I’ve been living aloof. Not that I forgot about Christ or the price he paid for me, but the implications of this truth seem to have been drowned out by the broken record repeatedly screeching “Jesus died for you”. Now don’t get me wrong – his death still had meaning to me. But if we’re honest with ourselves, sometimes we loose sight of the magnitude of Christ’s death and resurrection. Today God reminded me yet again that Jesus Christ did indeed die on the cross for me and that because of this event, I have gained so much. I’m not sure if you have any idea what Jesus was feeling right before he died that brutal death (check out Matthew 26:36-46) but it was hard. His body didn’t want to go through everything he knew he had to go through but he did it anyway because he loves you and I. He was fearful, as any human who is about to die would be, but he chose to submit to the will of the Father. Simply because he knew what was at stake.

Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. – Psalm 103:2

And what gets me even more, is the fact that God knew not everyone would accept his love. He knew some would reject him but he still gave up his one and only son for the sins of all humanity. For past sins and for the ones we are going to commit. Jesus endured separation from God and bore his wrath on that lonely cross just for us. He was willing to do whatever it took for us to be his again. I MEAN COME ON!!! If that’s not love I’m not sure what is. I personally know how many times I fall short and just how much I struggle. But God sees my effort and rewards it. If you’re reading this right now, there’s a reason why.  God wants you to know that he sees you trying and it’s not for nothing. Regardless of where you are, what you’ve been through, or what you may even be struggling with presently, Jesus died for you and he loves you more than you know.

“Felix culpa” is a Latin theological term that means “happy fault”. That’s exactly what the fall of man was – a happy fault. I know it sounds like paradox but hear me out. If it wasn’t for sin, there would be no need for Christ. It’s because of sin that we get to experience the beautiful redemption that God planned all along (Hebrews 10:10). So as twisted and messed up as we are, there’s hope for all who will turn to him. And just to be clear, this is not a license to continue in sin. If you know what you’re doing is wrong and you continue to do it, you’re abusing the grace of God. It’s his never-ending love that should compel you to change. It’s just so mesmerizing, what Jesus does for us. He takes our mess and makes something exquisite out of it. This relationship grows and deepens the more we surrender ourselves to him. He is the bridge between us and God. Thanks to what he did on the cross, we have free access to God the Father anytime, anywhere, in any condition.

But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises. – Hebrews 8:6

I don’t know about you, but this life-changing truth fills me with an excitement that I can’t contain.

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  1. My aim is not to be negative, but just to honestly state the degree to which “happy fault” is a paradox. As beautiful as Jesus is and his gift of salvation to us because of his deep love for us, the sin which resulted in the fall really plagues us today, and most often prevents us from receiving the privilege of getting to know Christ. The only happy aspect of this fall is Jesus dying for us, which is so big that it makes the fault I guess happy.

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    • Yeah it’s a contradiction that isn’t easy to reconcile in your mind. It’s true – the only happy thing about it is that it resulted in Jesus coming to this earth. Thanks for speaking your mind, I love dialogue that inspires critical thinking!

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  2. Beautifully written Nneka! 🙂

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