whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love.
“Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
God’s Delivering Ways
From: Our Daily Journey
A missionary pilot from an African nation visited our church to talk about how God was using the airplane our congregation had helped purchase for his ministry. He’d studied aviation in our city and, upon graduation, returned to Africa to use the plane as an air ambulance. The roads in his country are in bad condition, and there’s a distressing lack of medical care in the rural villages from which he transports patients. Without air transport, people would die because they have no access to basic medical care or medicine.
Growing up, the pilot had next to nothing—he didn’t even have shoes as a boy. His family often had to resort to eating a certain kind of tree root just to survive. But God provided for him every step of the way and continually delivered him from seemingly no-way-out situations.
His story reminds me of the way God cared for the Israelites in the desert—every step of the way, over and over again. In Deuteronomy 1:31, Moses reminded the Israelites, “You saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for a child. Now he has brought you to this place.”
I can look back on my life and see how God has gone ahead of me (Deuteronomy 1:30). But when in the middle of waiting for His deliverance, I can become discouraged, thinking He’s forgotten me. The truth is, God hasn’t forgotten. He’s a good Father caring for me, His child (Deuteronomy 1:31). While I seldom know how provision or deliverance will come, my missionary friend from Africa reminds me that God is always, always trustworthy and will take care of us. His delivering ways are always present.
Sin laid on Jesus
From: Charles Spurgeon
‘All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ Isaiah 53:6
Suggested Further Reading: 1 Peter 2:22–25
There was a relationship between our Lord and his people, which is too often forgotten, but which rendered it natural that he should bear the sin of his people. Why does the text speak of our sinning like sheep? I think it is because it would call to our recollection that Christ is our Shepherd. It is not, my brethren, that Christ took upon himself the sins of strangers. Remember that there always was a union of a most mysterious and intimate kind between those who sinned and the Christ who suffered. What if I say that it is not unjust but according to law that when a woman gets into debt her husband should bear it? And with the church of God sinning, it was but right that her Husband, who had espoused her unto himself, should become the debtor on her behalf. The Lord Jesus stood in the relationship of a married husband unto his church, and it was not, therefore, a strange thing that he should bear her burdens. It was natural for the next of kin to redeem the inheritance, it was most seemly that Immanuel, the next of kin, should redeem his lost church by his own blood. Recollect that there was a union closer even than the marriage bond, for we are members of his body. You shall not punish this hand of mine without making the sentient nature which dwells in the brain to suffer therewith; and does it seem strange to you that when the inferior members of the body have transgressed, the Head should be made to suffer? It seems to me, my brethren, that while substitution is full of grace, it is not unnatural, but according to the laws of everlasting love.
For meditation: The identification of the Lord Jesus Christ with sinners whom he would call his brothers was entirely appropriate (Matthew 3:13–15; Hebrews 2:10–14,17). For God to forgive repentant sinners is not a matter of justice abandoned but of justice applied (1 John 1:9).
Christ manifesting himself to his people
By: Charles Sourgeoon
“Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?” John 14:22
Suggested Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
I was reading a short time ago of a Mr Tennant. He was about to preach one evening, and thought he would take a walk. As he was walking in a wood he felt so overpoweringly the presence of Christ, and such a manifestation of him, that he knelt down, and they could not discover him at the hour when he was to have preached. He continued there for hours, insensible as to whether he was in the body or out of the body; and when they waked him he looked like a man who had been with Jesus, and whose face shone. He never should forget, he said, to his dying day, that season of communion, when positively, though he could not see Christ, Christ was there, holding fellowship with him, heart against heart, in the sweetest manner. A wondrous display it must have been. You must know something of it, if not much; otherwise you have not gone far on your spiritual course. God teach you more, and lead you deeper! “Then shall ye know, when ye follow on to know the Lord.” Then, what will be the natural effects of this spiritual manifestation? The first effect will be humility. If a man says, “I have had such and such spiritual communication, I am a great man;” he has never had any communications at all; for “God has respect unto the humble, but the proud he knoweth afar off.” He does not want to come near them to know them, and will never give them any visits of love. It will give a man happiness; for he must be happy who lives near to God. Again: it will give a man holiness. A man who has not holiness has never had this manifestation. Some men profess a great deal; but do not believe any man unless you see that his deeds answer to what he says.
For meditation: The above account may be a blessing or a temptation to you! If we seek experiences for their own sake, Satan will ensure that we get some; our business is to seek to know Christ more and more (Philippians 3:10; 2 Peter 3:18).
Nina Keegan, Author, Source
Recently, and with great caution, I opened the door to my storage closet with the best intentions of doing some spring cleaning. I took one look inside at the cardboard boxes, bags of who-knows-what, a plethora of abandoned “tchotchkes” – you know, the things we haven’t even seen in a couple years, all that stuff we couldn’t possibly live without.
“Sigh,” overwhelmed by the task, I promptly declared, “This is not happening today!”
Closing the door, I declared my spring cleaning officially finished. Out of site, out of mind.
We tend to stuff things away, thinking we need to hold on to them just in case. We essentially become bogged down with weighty, old inventory. We stuff it all in there until alas, the door can finally close it all off to the world.
Our minds are so much like those over-stuffed, messy closets. What are we clinging to that is holding us back from a life of victory?
There is so much abandoned, but not forgotten junk we need to rid ourselves of. We are often overflowing with pain, deep hurt, unforgiveness, and bitterness. Or perhaps our closet is lined with approval addiction, fear of punishment, fear of failure, self-disqualification, trauma, grief, and loss.
Pain is the place where we can always meet authentically with God. He knows where you are, who or what has hurt you, and why. He is never surprised by what’s in your closet. We cannot hide anything from God.
It is time to clean house and let everything go. It is time to make God our priority over our pain. God wants to meet you right there, in your closet. God wants to be the light in the darkness and restore you on every level.
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 NLT
What have you endured for the sake of peace? What have you stuffed down because the process of letting go can be so painful?
Pain brings up what’s really at the core of who we are. It pushes us past faking things for the sake of avoiding conflict. When we are face-to-face with the pain, which bin will we finally place it in?
It’s time to ditch the obligation of pretending everything is OK. It’s time to banish fear of disappointment. God is in charge! He wants us to be spotless, wiped clean, empty vessels, ready to be filled with His glorious power and purpose for life.
Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 ESV
Seek Him first, “God where are you in this?”
He’s is never not where we are.
Even through the pain, God is always good. He is always working out a testimony in us that ultimately brings us confidence in who He is. Being in the war with God (bringing Him into our mess) gives us a clear path to His faithfulness and promise of restoration. This makes it abundantly clear to us that our victory will ultimately glorify God.
Go into your closet, meet God there! It’s time for some spring cleaning! God is waiting for you!
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret. Matthew 6:6 KJV