Fresh Hope – 13th April 2017

As we draw closer to the day known historically as ‘Good Friday’, let’s take a few moments to think about the magnitude of what happened on the day that Jesus was crucified.

Throughout the whole Bible, no blood except the blood of Jesus was ever called ‘precious’. Millions of animals were slain for sacrifices used in the Old Testament, yet for all of that blood that was offered it was powerless to take away a person’s sin once and for all.

1 Peter 1:18-19 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Imagine for a moment that you had a dining room table with a large stain in the middle of it. When visitors came round for a meal, you would more than likely cover the table with neatly ironed table cloth and cover the stain. The cloth would successfully cover, but could never take away the stain. Once the visitors were gone, the cloth would be washed and put away and the stain would be still there.

Just like that table, we all have stains in our lives that seemingly cannot be removed. We all tend to cover them in order to appear pretty perfect in front of others. It’s only when we are on our own that we allow our stains to be revealed.

In the Old Testament, the animal sacrifices made for sin had only the power to temporarily ‘cover’ people’s sins, but when Jesus was seen for the first time in public as a man, His relation John said…’Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1 v 29)

Jesus’ blood works not just to cover our sin, but is the only blood that can TAKE AWAY our sins once and for all. He gets right to the root of your problem and when you invite Him into your life and ask for His forgiveness, HE has the power to cleanse you from all sin and make you right with God. No wonder John was excited when he saw Jesus.

Why settle today for a life that keeps covering up your faults and past mistakes when you can come to Jesus and confess your sins, knowing that He will completely wash your sins away and give you a brand new life?

1 John 1:8-10 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

Pastor Mark

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