...you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. — 1 Corinthians 6:11B ESV
The Biblical references for when someone chooses to become a disciple of Jesus are breathtaking. The imagery of our redemption shifts from changing our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh, from being clothed in dirty rags to robes of righteousness, becoming fishers of men, a cross meant to kill now invites everyone to eternal life, paupers are now priests, orphans are adopted as sons and daughters of God Almighty, brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, a covenant promise that lasts for eternity, now and forever a part of a family.
Everything changes when we choose Him. As for our Savior, He chose the human experience to face the struggles and temptations we all encounter in life. Knowing He’s experienced that pull towards sin, yet He knew no sin invites us to approach His throne of grace with confidence. In Christ, we are saints, sinners no more! Do we still sin? Absolutely. Until His return we will continue to battle sin, but it will never have the victory. Our Savior has seen to that. Sin cannot define us anymore because of the redeeming power of the cross. The lies, fear, selfishness, pride, lust, gossip, judgment, you name it, every sin is covered by His sacrifice. Any sin in our past, sin we have chosen today, and the sin we will choose tomorrow, while it matters, it’s not our identity any longer. Guilt and shame are powerless because of Him. Lovely Ones, let’s hold our heads high, joyfully walking in the reality of knowing Christ. See what our redeeming Lord has done! “To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5-6 ESV
Father, it’s such a wonder You’ve made me clean by Your mercy and grace. For Who You are and what You’ve done, I am in awe. I love You so much! Amen.
What sins are you clinging to? Recognize the sin, ask His forgiveness. Rejoice in His grace and freedom.
What redemption imagery resonates with you? Tell the story of your redemption to someone He brings across your path today.