“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God . . . .” Romans 3:23 (KJV)
Our lives were full of faults, failings, weaknesses, and mistakes, but Jesus, on the cross, covered every wrong and made it right with His very Blood. His sacrifice declared us not guilty and justified us before God. His offering wiped completely clean the slate of our errors! Each of us can now stand before God without a mark of displeasure. I like the way Joyce Meyer (one of my favorite televangelist) describes it. She says, “it is to be made as if you never sinned.” Picture, if you can, an empty blackboard, a blank slate, or in today’s terms an empty whiteboard or smartboard that was filled with mistakes, hate, unforgiveness, indifference, ingratitude, and much worse — all gone. Then picture yourself, no matter your age, as fresh as a newborn babe, and you can see the magnitude of Christ’s precious gift.
There is something about a clean slate. It just begs to be written on. Just realizing the option and privilege to — at any time — at any age — in any condition–no matter what you’ve done — start over, is strangely wonderful. To be able to imprint something honorable with your life — with never a reference to your past, is indescribable. To realize no matter what you have been or done — the account is balanced and the debt paid, is extraordinary.
Every time I think about Christ’s sacrifice, I love the Lord even more. I can hardly believe that God loved me in spite of me, knowing what I was and even what I would become. There was no trial, judge, jury, fine or penalty for my offenses, simply a love that would not let me go. Thank you Lord, for your Grace and your Mercy when it was justice that suited our case. Just as the songwriter wrote, I sing today, “O How I love Jesus.” “O How I Love Jesus.” “O How I love Jesus.” “Because He first loved me.” Yes, Jesus paid it all on the Cross and wiped every slate clean. And with gratitude I rejoice to say, “since Jesus died for me, surely I can live for Him!!!
This post is for those who may feel helpless, hopeless, unloved, or unworthy of Christ’s love. I want you to know you are the very reason Jesus gave His life. Jesus said, “The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) That’s the depth of the love displayed on the Cross. Please listen as gifted singer, preacher, pastor, Smokie Norful seals the message of this post.