Reflections of Our Savior
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.
(Romans 8:3 NIV2011)
Dear members and friends of Our Savior:
I know the Ten Commandments. I’ve even memorized them. You, too? If not, you should. The Ten Commandments tell us everything that God wants us to do, or not do. The Ten Commandments tell us the will of God. They are good. They are perfect. They are holy. They must be. The Ten Commandments are the holy law from a holy God. Enough said, right? Since they are from God, I’ll just do what he says!
But it’s not that easy, is it? I want to keep the commandments, but I cannot. I am weak. The sinful nature is a weakling in all things spiritual. It’s not that there is anything wrong with the Law. It’s that our sinful natures render it powerless to do anything good, spiritually speaking.
O.k., I have another idea. There must be something I can give to God that he will accept that will balance the scales of holy justice. But, no, that won’t work either. The Bible tells us that even our righteous acts are like filthy rags. Everything we do is stained by our sinful natures.
We sing a hymn during Lent called “Not All the Blood of Beasts”... “could give the guilty conscience peace or wash away the stain.” No matter what you or I try to do or give to God to make up for our sins, we cannot do enough.
Yet remember this: Your sin offering was made. During the Lenten season we come face to face with sin’s punishment, and it is not on us, but on our Savior. He became a human being so he could be a sin offering--so he could shed his holy blood and give his perfect, sinless life on the cross for sinners like us. The Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world offered the once for all sacrifice necessary to pay for all sin, for all time.
What peace and comfort that gives us to take our sins to the cross and view with our own heart and eyes the grace of our God and the love of our Savior.
Please take advantage of the many worship opportunities in the month of March as we go with our Savior and behold again his wondrous love and his glorious cross. Marvel in the forgiving mercy of our God and love of our Savior, of the price he would pay to save us for himself. AMEN.