By Pastor Ruth Denboer
It’s amazing to me as I try to understand the grace of God. The scriptures this week started out in Leviticus. Here we see just a glimpse of the very specific detail God went to in order to purify His people from their sins. As wonderful as it was for them to have the opportunity to have their sins forgiven … it was a terrifying process. Literally, a matter of life and death if they did not completely follow God’s very specific directions. Although the whole process was rigorous and frightening, the Israelites took the instructions from God very seriously. They realized that this process was allowing them to be in right standing with God once again. Even though it was difficult and distant, they recognized it was indeed God’s grace being bestowed upon them. What a contrast to how we understand forgiveness and our relationship with God today! We read in Hebrews that we can come into the presence of God boldly and with the confidence that are His children.
How is all this possible you ask?
Glad you asked! JESUS! The difference for us is simply Jesus. I am overwhelmed with the amazing grace we are offered through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is incredible that as we confess our sins directly to God, we are instantly forgiven. Jesus’ sacrifice paid the price for every one of the sins I’ve ever committed and ever will commit. Your sins are completely paid for as well.
Why then do we sometimes live with guilt or shame?
I think the answer was revealed in Psalm 32.
3When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. 4Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
5Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
It really is this easy for us! Jesus paid the full price of our sin. When we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us completely. So as I read the passages for this week, I was so humbled by the amazing grace of God in sending Jesus to be the final sacrifice for all sin. We really can live forgiven and guilt free!
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for allowing me to come into your presence so personally and intimately. Thank you for paying the price for my sins, past present and future. I could never deserve this, but I choose to confess my sins to You, and accept Your generous offer of forgiveness. Help me to never forget the price You paid for my sins, and how much You desire me to live guilt free!
~ With a grateful heart. Amen