We just returned from a four day trip to lovely Niagara Falls. For those of you not familiar with this area of the country, this wonder of the world sits literally on the border of New York state and the country of Canada. The Niagara River comes out of Lake Erie heading North toward Lake Ontario and dumps into the Niagara gorge at Goat Island where the river splits to form the Horeshoe (AKA: Canadian) falls and the Rainbow (AKA: American) falls.
It’s a site to see, for sure. Jen and I had a great time. I mean, it’s the honeymoon capital of the world, how could we not?! 🙂
We did notice one recurring theme as we walked around, stood in lines, people watched and took in the sites. People are all the same.
Let me back up for a moment. The entire falls area, surrounding park and town were filled with people from every culture and country of the world. Indian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Western and Eastern European, French Canadian and even a few Americans too! It was amazing to see all the different people groups having converged on this relatively small city to stand in awe while watching Niagara do its thing.
As we people watched, we came to a striking conclusion: People are all the same. Yes, skin colors are different, facial features are unique, language is diverse, food, clothing, etc. BUT – people, at their very core, are the same. If you watched closely, you could spot what we mean. Here are some behaviors we noticed that we think prove our point:
- French husbands get annoyed and roll their eyes at their French wife.
- Japanese children throw fits and disobey their Japanese parents.
- Indian parents panic when they lose their little girl for 10 minutes.
- Romanian’s faces light up when they see old friends or family members.
These people, from thousands of miles away, from entirely different cultures, who speak languages I will never learn – are all just like me. They are people, and all people are basically the same. The things that make us different are really only secondary. Essentially, we’re all the same. We struggle and stumble. We get annoyed and scared. We worry and make bad choices. We try, succeed and fail.
This is why the good news of Jesus Christ, who He is and what He has done is such good news! It applies to all people everywhere because it addresses the basic need of every human being, regardless of tongue, tribe, nation or skin color. The effects of sin and rebellion are everywhere. No people group lies unaffected. The gospel solves this basic problem. The person and work of one man, who was also God, directly affects and changes the very core of human nature for those who repent and put their trust in Christ. Sin and death are met with sacrifice and life. The cross and the resurrection reverse the curse!
I loved the experience of seeing the falls again after so many years. I loved being with my wife. No matter where I’m at, its always great being with her. I also loved and am thankful for the lesson God reminded me of as we watched the nations of the world move all around us. People are the same, so His solution is the same. The Gospel is so glorious because what of what it solves for its recipients.