Words from the Heart for Friday April 7th, 2017
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.
I Peter 2:24 (NLT)
By His Wounds We Are Healed
Peter often lacked understanding as he walked along with Jesus on the way to Jerusalem and the cross. He even denied the Lord. But, after the resurrection He became a great spokesman to announce the purpose of Jesus’ death. He even understood what the Old Testament prophets had said in advance about the Redeemer. What Jesus accomplished for us through His death has brought us a great salvation.
Healing isn’t always physical. Sometimes there is need for emotional healing as well. And Canadians often understand this. When five Mounties were shot, three of whom were killed, in Moncton, New Brunswick, back on June 4, 2014, the entire country grieved. So did every member of the RCMP across Canada. And Canadians responded. Don Rogers, a Mountie stationed in Labrador, wrote, “Businesses and government organizations lowered their flags to half-mast. Children asked their schools if they could wear red to show their support of the RCMP. A wreath was laid under the flagpole. Small tokens of appreciation were dropped off: flowers, fresh fruit, pretty much whatever people could give to show their support and to share the grief and perhaps ease the burden of my members in support of the greater RCMP family.”
If you have ever painted your house, you know how carefully you live your life for a time afterwards to make sure that you don’t get mark on it. It will eventually happen, of course. We live in a world where things are always decaying. Marks on the wall show signs of life and homes are made to be lived in. Every human being is marked as well, by the sin that so easily trips us up and ruins our lives. But our lives are meant to be lived in, and not just by ourselves. The Bible tells us that the redeemed of God are Temples of the Holy Spirit and He comes to take up residence in us. He wants His people to be holy and as we yield to Him, He fills our lives with His holy presence. But before Jesus can take up residence in us, He must remove our sin. How does He do this? 1 Peter 2:24 tells us: “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” This is a mind boggling thought. The perfect God-man Jesus carried our sin in His body. He who knew no sin became sin for me and for you. And when He died, our sins died as well. Don’t let them come alive in you again. Walk in Jesus’ freedom. I’m Bob Beasley and these have been words from the heart.
These have been words from the heart.