Reflections of Our Savior

September 2015

 

 

     Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1,2 NIV2011)

Dear members and friends of Our Savior:

     Life is a struggle. Notice that I did not ask, “Do you struggle?” You do. So do I. Sometimes it’s a struggle like getting the kids fed, dressed and off to school and then then you getting to work on time. Or it’s the bills. You finally get caught up and then your tooth breaks and here comes a bill for a root canal and crown. And there are health issues, yours and someone else’s that you care about, or care for.
     All of these are struggles and, of course, there are more. But there is another struggle that is the biggest struggle of all. The Bible verses above come at the heels of a struggle of the greatest order. In Romans chapter 7 the Apostle Paul talks about his, and our, struggle against our sinful natures. He says that he has the desire to do what is good, but he cannot carry it out. He says that he doesn’t do the good he wants to do, rather he does the evil that he doesn’t want to do. “What a wretched man I am!” he proclaims. We too confess that we are poor sinners who cannot get it right, and who struggle with our temptations, our failings, and sins.
     But thanks be to God. He gives us the victory over sin through Jesus Christ our Lord! The Bible verses above tell us sinners what we need to know. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. There is no condemnation for you--you are in Christ Jesus! You are free from the law of sin and death.
      This freedom from condemnation gives us a daring confidence to struggle all the more against our sinful natures. This victory over sin that Christ won for us encourages us and enables us to embrace his Spirit and the strength the Spirit provides in all of our daily struggles. Knowing that we are not condemned, but forgiven, gives us the daring confidence and courage to lift our heads and see each day as an opportunity to live in the glorious freedom that our loving God has granted us.
           There is no condemnation for you!

Pastor Johnson