Building on yesterday’s blog about repentance, let’s look at Acts 3:19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Your thought may be- I’m a good person and I don’t deliberately sin. What have I ever done that needs to be wiped out? I don’t murder or steal. Isaiah reminds us in 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.” Sin, no matter how small, separates us from Holy God. God can not tolerate sin so without Jesus to make us clean in His sight we are lost and truly in need of repentance. Through Jesus we are made clean and whole, forgiven. Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus’ path to the cross through His pain and suffering provides a way for you and I to be forgiven. Without His sacrifice on the cross, we would left in our sin without hope of salvation. Romans 5:8 -11 tell us about God’s solution to the problem of our sin separating us from Him. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him though the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, though whom we have now received reconciliation.” Paul uses complex words like justified, reconciled and reconciliation in these verses but the meaning is clear- through Christ’s death on the cross and the shedding of His innocent blood we can receive forgiveness and be brought back into full relationship with Holy God our Father. Praise and Thank Jesus today for this wonderful gift of sacrifice that has provided you a way to salvation and hope for eternity. That hope is the refreshing that comes from the Lord though repentance.
Be refreshed today,