I know it is Good Friday, but burning within my heart are words from the Holy Spirit in the book of Hebrews 10:1-2,
“For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no long have had consciousness of sins?”
Then Hebrews 10:10,
“By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Also, Hebrews 10:18,
“Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.”
These passages clearly tell us that the blood of Jesus Christ totally cleanses us of all sin. Since that is true, for all people and for all time, we are not to have a “consciousness of sin.” In other words, we should not be rehearsing, feeling sorry, and a host of other “mourning” attitudes about our past.
Instead, in the newness of life Christ brings, we are to move forward in the life and power shared in Him and with Him, always flowing in the obedience empowerment He brings to us.
A constant attitude of “mourning for our sins” will keep us sin-anchored and sin responding. However, when we step into the faith given to us in our salvation through Christ, (Romans 12:3) we are empowered to leave the old and return to the new.
Do we ever forget the price paid, NO, NO – a thousand times NO! But a life lived in the joy of total release from the sin empowers us to live in the realm of the Holy Spirit. That is what that horrible day gave us in Jesus!
Galatians 5:16 “But I say, walk in the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
The instruction is clear. Leave sin behind and walk in our Lord Jesus Christ with heads up – empowered by His grace, mercy, and truth!
I am overwhelmingly thankful for all our Lord has done on my behalf and I am putting my nose in His book to see how I can fully embrace all He has accomplished for me. Then, I choose to be released from the sorrow of the mistakes, sin, and shortcomings we all have, and I run with endurance the race set before me. Join me!
Life Has Come!
All passages from New American Standard Bible Updated, Lockman Foundation.