“I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” (Isaiah 44:22 NLT)
- Today is Yom Kippur. It ends at sundown. This is the holiest day of the year! - It’s a day to pause, reflect and inspect your life. - Is there anything unclean. - Anything that shouldn’t be there in the presence of a Holy God. - It’s a day to repent, receive his forgiveness and thank Him for doing what we could not do. - Because it’s more than just an inspection of our lives, it’s actually the day of judgment. - Judgment can be a scary word but it isn’t. - Judgment simply means that a judge has come to a decision. It’s a decision for or against someone. - But for us as Christians, it’s not based on the good things that we have done. - It’s all based on the work of our Messiah, Jesus, and what He has done for us. - Romans 5:11 says, “We also rejoice in God [rejoicing in His love and perfection] through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received and enjoy our reconciliation [with God].” - Instead of a day of dread and fear, it is actually a day of rejoicing in the work of Jesus on the cross and in His resurrection! - It was a perfect work! - All your guilt is gone and All your sins are paid for! - The judge has ruled in your favor based on the work of Jesus and He has judges “for you!” - But we have to remember to receive His finished work on our behalf. - Don’t just recognize what was done, No, receive it as payment in full for your sins! - You were once lost and now you have been found. - You were once condemned to the death penalty but you are now a free man or woman! - You were cursed but now you are blessed! - Receive it, celebrate it and by all means live out your freedom, everyday! - God bless you, on this day of Judgment! - Have a great Monday!