The other day I purchased a product guaranteed to get the "gray" out of my hair in just a few easy minutes. I did this because at age 31 I already have salt and pepper hair.
I wanted to go back to that lustrous look of youth that I once knew, so out to the store I went in search of something to give me back that wonderful dark mane I use to have. I purchased my "answer" to dark, youthful looking hair and went back home.
I made sure to carefully follow the instructions on the bottle lest my dreams of darker hair turn my "do" into something that looked more like some freakish experiment straight out of a pumpkin patch.
The solution worked like a charm. As I write this I am now beaming as I look in the mirror – youthful, dark hair!
The only problem is that in six weeks I will have to go through this same process again, you see, the problem lies in the fact that my "gray" is just covered, it hasn't been taken away.
This reminds me of the view of Jesus death, burial and resurrection that some seem to hold. They think that Jesus has just covered their sin and day after day they seek to get their sins "re-covered"
One of the wonderful truths of the New Covenant is that Jesus doesn't just cover our sins, He takes them away.
John was baptizing near the river Jordan, Jesus came walking through the crowd and John pointed Him out and said
Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29
Jesus has totally removed our sins. If the concoction that I used were to totally remove my gray hair then there would be no need to ever reapply it ever again.
The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that the children of Israel confessed their sins once a year to receive a covering or a passing over of their sins until the following year. The same writer says that if these animal sacrifices had been perfect then they would never need to be offered again. He then writes that the Israelites "once purged" by a perfect sacrifice never again would have any consciousness of sin. The writer of the book of Hebrews then tells us,
He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14
How were we sanctified? The author of Hebrews answers:
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10
In our Christian walk some feel the need to confess their sins in order to keep on getting forgiveness and remain in right standing with God. I submit the following questions to you if you're a Christian with this kind of belief system:
How many of your sins did Jesus die for?
How many of your sins did Jesus take away?
When did Jesus die for your sins?
How many sins had you committed when Jesus died?
How many of your sins did Jesus take away when He died? Of course, He took them all. When did He die? Jesus died two thousand years ago. How many sins had you committed when Jesus died? At the time in which Jesus died, you had committed no sins as of yet because you were not yet born.
The truth of the gospel is that God placed all your sin on Jesus when He died and God forgave you through Christ's perfect finished work then and there. You stepped into this grace when you trusted Christ as Savior.
Many believe that Jesus forgave them of the sins they committed before salvation but God didn't just place your "past" sins on Jesus. All your sins were future when they were laid on Him. Jesus took them all and He does much more than cover, He takes them all away.
Child of God I encourage you to rest in the truth of God’s complete forgiveness today.
Paul Rupe has served as associate pastor as well as a number of other positions in his local fellowship. Paul currently is web administrator for Gracespirations Daily Devotion an outreach of Teleo Ministries.
You can visit Paul online at http://teleoministries.blogspot.com