Thursday, May 29, 2008

Birth Announcement

Life does not come with an eraser. It isn't even written in pencil. Our every word and deed leaks out in permanent ink. We can't unslap anyone or unsteal anything. Insults, slander, and gossip are never re-translated into compliments and kind words. None of our impure thoughts fall to the cutting room floor of our minds.

None of it can be erased...without Jesus. Thank God for the gift of His Son, Jesus. The moment we place our faith in Jesus, confessing our sins to Him, He wipes them away and makes them forever gone. Our sins are written in permanent ink, but because of Jesus, God takes the cross in His hand and uses it as an eraser across our hearts. Our permanent stains are no match for the powerful cleansing blood of Jesus.

Jesus not only makes us clean, He makes us new. He told Nick, "You must be born again." Paul told the Corinthians, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away; behold, all things become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). Before we are ever in the obituary column, we find our birth announcement in heaven's newspaper. Jesus gives us a fresh start!

It makes sense. Followers of Jesus follow Jesus. He was born, died, and rose again, defeating sin and death. When we invite Him into our lives, He takes us by the hand and leads us through our own "old self" funeral and "new self" resurrection. With His hand in ours, we are reborn free from sin's stain and death's claim.

Like a return trip to the buffet, leave the old stained plate on the table and get a new, clean one...compliments of Jesus.

Perry Crisp

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