Daily Devotions for Thursday, December 18, 2008

Daily Devotions

Thursday, December 18, 2008

 

Current Study: People Who Made a Difference         

 

Today’s Topic: He Robbed Us

 

Today’s Scripture:   2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

Last Sunday in church our worship team introduced a new song to us. The words to this song really touched my heart. They are so deep with meaning. They were written by Michael W. Smith, and the song is entitled Welcome To Our World. Read these words carefully, and when you’re done, I want to point out a truth from them that is powerful and really impacted my heart.

 

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting
Welcome Holy Child
Welcome Holy Child

 

Hope that You don’t mind our manger
How I wish we would have know
But long awaited Holy Stranger

Make Yourself at home
Please, make Yourself at home

 

Bring Your peace into our violence,         
Bid our hungry souls be filled
Word now breaking heaven’s silence
Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

 

Fragile finger sent to heal us,

Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us in born
Unto us is born

 

So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world

 

Look at that last verse. In it is the entire Gospel message. Jesus wrapped our injured flesh around Himself and became man. He walked among us and experienced everything we experience, from the emotional distress of the death of a friend to the temptations to sin. Yet He did not sin. He was fully God while fully human. He was undeserving of death. Yet He robbed us of our sin. That line just captivated me. Jesus robbed me of my sin. He became a sin-stealer. To rob someone means to take from them what does not rightfully belong to you but does rightfully belong to them. Think about that in relationship to sin. Our sin rightfully belongs to us, as does the consequence of that sin – death. Jesus, who, as the perfect Son of God had so sin, became our sin for us. He who was undeserving of death died for us. He robbed us of our sin.

 

But think some more. When you are robbed, what you had no longer is yours. It becomes the possession of the robber. You may claim ownership to it, and if it were ever found it would be returned to you, but while in the possession of the robber it is his. Our sin is gone. It is in the hands of the sin-stealer. He has buried it in the deepest sea, and removed it from us as far as the east is from the west. We will never get it back. For that we shout HALLELUJAH! But He has not left us wanting it either. In return for our sin He has left us with His holiness. We are experiencing the abundant life of Christ Himself. Again, shout HALLELUJAH!

 

Let me offer you one more challenge this morning. Next time you are in church and participating in worship, try paying attention to what you are singing. Think about the words and their meaning. Spend that time truly worshipping God. Forget those around you and what they are doing. Don’t worry about what you sound like. Don’t worry if you must be silent and meditate on the words instead of singing them. Just get into God, and let Him fill you. I think you’ll be surprised by the power of His Spirit as He ministers to your heart and mind.

 

Pastor John

 

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