Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Follow the One Who Protects You from Falling

To the one who is able to protect you from falling,
        and to present you blameless and rejoicing before his glorious presence, 
to the only God our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
        belong glory, majesty, power, and authority,
            before all time, now and forever. Amen.
Jude 24-25 (CEB)

Thanks be to God and glory to His name for His goodness and salvation offered to sinners through Christ Jesus!

Sinners—who are the sinners? We are the sinners, all of us. Every one of us have fallen into pits of trouble, walked onto paths of destruction, or chosen the ways of sin. 

God’s word in Romans 3:23 clearly states that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Those words are hard to hear. We look at others and readily see their failings. We willingly point them out to anyone who listens. Yet we don’t like to be reminded of our own shortcomings, and we certainly don’t want anyone else to know what we’ve done. 
God knows! He knows everything. He’s our Creator and He knows everything about us. If you don’t believe me, believe Him. God spoke these words through King David. 
Lord, you have examined me.
    You know me.
You know when I sit down and when I stand up.
    Even from far away, you comprehend my plans.
You study my traveling and resting.
    You are thoroughly familiar with all my ways.
There isn’t a word on my tongue, Lord,
    that you don’t already know completely.
You surround me—front and back.
    You put your hand on me.
That kind of knowledge is too much for me;
    it’s so high above me that I can’t fathom it.
Psalm 139 (CEB)

God knows us and still loves us, more than we can imagine. He loves us sinners while knowing our thoughts, words, and deeds. Why? How can He love us so much? 

Remember those convicting yet truthful words from Romans 3:23—all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Well there’s a BUT that follows in the next verse and it refers to grace. Romans 3:24 states but all are treated as righteous freely by his grace because of a ransom that was paid by Christ Jesus (CEB).

God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son to die in the place of sinners, and those believing in His name will be saved (John 3:16). God gives grace through Jesus Christ, the sinless sacrifice. Jesus willingly took upon Himself all our horrible sins. The wounds inflicted upon Him are my sins and your sins. And by those wounds, we are healed when we repent and believe in the Savior Jesus Christ. Scripture confirms it.

This saying is reliable and deserves full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I’m the biggest sinner of all. 1 Timothy 1:15 (CEB)

He is God’s way of dealing with our sins, not only ours but the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2 (CEB)

God caused the one who didn’t know sin to be sin for our sake so that through him we could become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (CEB)
He was pierced because of our rebellions and crushed because of our crimes. He bore the punishment that made us whole; by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 (CEB)

He carried in his own body on the cross the sins we committed. He did this so that we might live in righteousness, having nothing to do with sin. By his wounds you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24 (CEB)

What wonderful words of truth! It’s the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The news we see and hear around the world is full of gloom and doom. But this news of salvation by a sinless Savior, who willingly took upon Himself the sin of the world, is incredible and timeless. It’s news for all! He chooses to offer love and grace to sinners (Romans 5:8) and forgiveness when sinners repent of sins. 

But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong. 1 John 1:9 (CEB)

Worship Him for His love and saving grace! Here’s a link to the song “By His Wounds” sung by Steven Curtis Chapman, Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, and Mark Hall. The images are graphic but they speak truth about Jesus. (The pictures are from Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”).

Jesus presents us blameless before God when we sinners repent; He covers our sins with His righteousness. And He lives through Holy Spirit to daily protect us from falling back into sin, if we listen to His voice. He is available to us and His righteousness goes before us. He says:

If you wander off the road to the right or the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, “Here is the road. Follow it.” Isaiah 31:21 (GNT)

He says to us like He said to the men He chose as His disciples, “Follow me!” They made the choice to follow Jesus. Will you too follow Him?

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