And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
We tend to assume that God looks at things and events and people the way that we do. Or the way that the people around us do. It’s natural, but not right. Because God is God. He’s not a man, he’s not a woman, he’s not a human, he’s God.
So when it comes to the matter of our own personal guilt (talking here about those who are in Christ), it can take some time for us to grow into understanding that God doesn’t look upon us with human eyes, but with his own. When we sin, it can be tempting to want to avoid God, “Because,” we reason, “he’s probably mad or upset with me.” Or, “I’ve just done this so many times–I know he’s disappointed.” And while making choices that are contrary to God’s will is not…well…his will, if we fail to draw near to him because of our shame or guilt, we fail to recognize the power of his grace and his bloody sacrifice.
Sin is not a problem for those who’ve put their faith in Christ!
I don’t mean that we don’t have failures, or make mistakes, or need growth and maturing. But in terms of the sin-debt that we once owed–this hefty fine that we once were on the hook for–ours is covered. There’s no need for us to try to cover ourselves. Or to make ourselves suffer for our sins. Or to distance ourselves from God because of things we’ve done wrong. Or try to do something good to get in his good standing again. We’re not that good anyway.
This is a little hard for me to grasp personally sometimes, because I tend to view success as performance based, and because, I have to often cast down the lie that God’s default position with me is “disappointed father.”
No. His default position with his children is loving father. Abundantly loving father.
How does he respond to our sin when we come to him in humility? The same way that he did to the woman caught red-handed in adultery: “Go and sin no more.” He has no stones in hand. He is waiting to see you overcome, succeed and thrive!
He’s already paid the hefty price for our sin, once and for all! So sufficient, so powerful was this grace that he doesn’t have to repeat his bloody death year after year.
I must be clear: What I’m saying is that grace equals power to get us out of sin, and does not equal a license for us to remain in it. When we choose to remain in our sin, and we continually exalt our lordship over God’s, well, the Bible speaks often and so plainly about God’s opinion of the proud, and it ain’t good. You really can’t willingly walk outside of the umbrella of God’s will and expect to not get hit with the rain of consequences. So, there’s that. Our problem is not sin, but rather a matter of our maturing and being perfected. So that’s good news.
Hebrews says that when Christ comes back, it won’t be to once again deal with our sin–he took care of that the first time around. But it will be “to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.”
So if you’re really tired of the restrictive nature of our fleshly frames, tired of your mess ups and tired of your sin, take heart; our full redemption is close!
Don’t look at your sin, look at your Savior!
I will come to you whole
I will come to you broken
I will come to you joyful
I will come to you in pain
I will come to you free
I will come to you burdened
I will come to you holy
I will come to you sinful
Whether running or walking
Or kneeling or crawling
I will keep coming to you
Until I look more like you!