Transformation in Christ – Reachable and Not Allusive - Wednesday, January 8th
Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I.” John 8:8-11A
“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” Isaiah 43:25
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 1 John 1:9-10, 2:1-2
I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The bullies in our story were not interested in seeing this woman restored to God and righteous living. They needed her to be forever lost in her ashes in order to feel alright about themselves within the framework of their self-righteous religious system. But this is a story about redemption and restoration for one woman and Jesus sees to it that the bullies are removed from the equation so that He can hold out to her the promise and provision of beauty without the lie that “ashes only” are her destiny. Ashes need to be confessed and renounced so the destiny of beauty offered in Christ can be received.
There is a freedom that is indescribable that comes to the one whose soul is laid bare before God in true repentance. In full acknowledgement that alone and on our own we are “ashes only” we embrace by faith redemptive forgiveness from the penalty of sin (eternal separation from God) and we enter into a lifetime of being in His presence. Our eternal connection with God is the work of grace and nothing else. We constantly affirm that all beauty (true righteousness) comes from Christ alone and we walk in His presence in order for that which cannot be achieved on our own to be achieved by Him in us and through us. When we sin (ashes) we do not hesitate to come to Him for relational forgiveness and cleansing.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, Thank you that you didn’t leave me lost in my ashes. I am so grateful that you have made yourself totally accessible to me so that I am free to become all you have in mind for me to become. I am blessed by the beauty of righteousness you are bringing about in my life. Amen!
Posted on Wed, January 8, 2020
by Ken Hart