How time flies!
It’s another new year already, with
all the hopes, possibilities, and opportunities that the future might bring.
Many people like to make New Year’s resolutions, hoping that this year will be
different – better than all the years that have gone before. Of course, most New
Year’s resolutions are broken before the first week of the new year is over.
Here’s a suggestion.
Why not try something new this year?
Instead of making New Year’s resolutions about things not to do or things to
do, why not make a resolution to have a guilt-free year?
Wouldn’t it be nice to go a whole year
without any guilt? With no sense of foreboding that God is going to dole out
some kind of punishment against you for sins you have committed, whether
knowingly or unknowingly?
Well, there’s good news. The gospel of
Jesus Christ does not simply tell you a set of facts about Jesus; it lets you
in on an entirely new kind of life – a life free from a guilty conscience.
That’s because Jesus Christ has
already done absolutely everything necessary for your salvation. He has already
forgiven all your sins–past present and future. He has already presented you
perfect and sin free to God the Father.
Jesus is your righteousness. He
is your perfect sacrifice for sin. In him, you are both forgiven of all your
sins and made perfect and sinless. Jesus stands in for you in every way before
the Father as the perfect Son who has kept all his Father’s commandments. He has paid your penalty and he has made you
righteous in himself. He both substitutes for you and represents you.
That’s why Hebrews 10:22 says that he
cleanses you from a guilty conscience.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have
confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and
living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we
have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a
sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts
sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed
with pure water (Hebrews 10:19-22).
When you put your trust in Jesus you
are placing yourself in the hands of the God who loves you, wants you, and will
never let you go. Not only does he cleanse your guilty conscience, he begins to
change you from the inside out, transforming you into the person he has already made you to be in Christ.
That’s why this could be the best year
you’ve ever had.
I’m Joseph Tkach, speaking of LIFE.