FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011
"But Christ gave himself...one sacrifice for all time." Heb 10:12 TLB
Notice how God dealt with sin in the Old Testament. The priest took a lamb, shed its blood and offered it on the altar. As the sacrificial smoke went up, the priest would sprinkle the ashes on the ground, then stand on them. At that moment the person's sin was atoned for and their guilt removed. What a beautiful picture of your salvation! At Calvary, the fires of God's wrath were fully expended on Christ. In that moment, He was both your High Priest and your sacrificial lamb. When He cried, "It is finished" (Jn 19:30 NIV), your sins were paid for-from the cradle to the grave. And the minute you trust in Christ as your Savior, your standing before God is altered; you are "made righteous" (See 2Co 5:21). In the early days of the American West one of the greatest fears the wagon train masters had was prairie fires. The hot sun could start them, and before you knew it you were engulfed in flames. But a wise wagon train master would immediately give the order to back up the horses and wagons onto the ground that had already been burned. Why? Because the fire could not come where the fire had already been! Charles Wesley wrote: "Payment God will not twice demand; first at my bleeding surety's hand, and then again at mine." Jesus "took the heat" for every one of us. "He...bore our sins in his body on the tree" (1Pe 2:24 NIV). So today, if the Devil is beating you up because of your faults and failures, tell him, "I may not be perfect, but I'm redeemed, loved and accepted by God!"
Published on Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 6:10 AM CDT