Words from the Heart for Monday March 19th, 2018
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
I Peter 3:18 (NLT)
For Our Sin
Safely home…what wonderful relief…what wonderful words. If you have endured driving through a bad storm and have finally pulled into your driveway, you know that feeling. But there’s no joy as great as when “safely home” refers to our eternal home with the Lord. That’s the Lord’s desire for us. He has made a way through His death on the cross.
Non-Canadians get a chuckle out of the fact that in this country we have a SIN – they think we need a number to sin. The Canadian social insurance number has been a part of Canadian life since 1964 as a means to administer various government programs. The SIN was originally designed to serve as a client account number in the administration of the Canada Pension Plan and Canada’s varied employment insurance programs. In 1967, Revenue Canada started using the SIN for tax reporting purposes.
There has only been one perfect, sinless person to ever live, in the history of the world. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, guaranteeing His deity, and was born of a virgin named Mary, guaranteeing His humanity. Because He was sinless in nature and sinless in action, there was no need for Him to suffer any penalty for His own guilt. He could, therefore, be an acceptable sacrifice for ours. 1 Peter 3:18 says “Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.” Under the Old Covenant, the blood of sacrificial animals was shed on the altar in the Temple in Jerusalem. But the sacrifices had to continue year after year, and had no power to transform a life or reconcile a person to God. Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, suffered once for all time. No more annual sacrifice needed. A once-and-for-all day of atonement. He died so that we could be reconciled to our Creator God. He offers that as a free gift. Have you accepted it?
These have been words from the heart.