Matt Hickman, with Mother Nature Network, reports:
Sweden, birthplace of the Smörgåsbord and the world’s preferred solar-powered purveyor of flat-pack home furnishings, is in a bit of a pickle: the squeaky clean Scandinavian nation of more than 9.8 million has run out of garbage. The landfills have been tapped dry; the rubbish reserves depleted. And although this may seem like a positive — even enviable — predicament for a country to be facing, Sweden has been forced to import trash from neighboring countries.
You see, Swedes are big on recycling. So big, in fact, that less than 1 percent of Swedish household waste ended up in a landfill last year or any year since 2011.
Good for them! However, the population's remarkably pertinacious recycling habits are also a bit of a problem given that the country relies on waste to heat and provide electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes through a longstanding waste-to-energy incineration program. So with citizens simply not generating enough burnable waste to power the incinerators, the country has been forced to look elsewhere for fuel. Says Catarina Ostlund, a senior advisor for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in 2012: "We have more capacity than the production of waste in Sweden and that is usable for incineration."
The solution has been to import (well, kind of import) waste from other countries, mainly Norway and England. It's kind of a great deal for the Swedes: Other countries pay Sweden to take their excess waste, Sweden burns it for heat and electricity.
It’s hard to imagine a country with its own affairs in such good order that it can take other countries garbage! So it was with Jesus. Jesus has no garbage of His own, which is why He was free to help you and me with our garbage! If you are burdened with sin and guilt, Jesus is the trashman.
“Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins” (Hebrews 10:11).
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).