Good Friday morning ...

Here's a Friday morning question for you: When are our sins covered by the sacrifice of Christ?

And here's the answer: Our sins are covered when we confess them. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" [I John 1:9]

That is some great news! But it isn't the whole truth!

Our sins were covered when Jesus Christ died on the cross over two thousand years ago. Somehow in the mystery of God's perfect will, all people ... all those who had sinned before Christ's sacrifice AND all of us who would sin later ... were included in that Good Friday event.

Each time we celebrate the Lord's Supper we recall this incredible fact. "Do this," He said, "in remembrance of me." Paul puts it this way: "Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes" [I Corinthians 11:26]. Our sins were covered long before we were even born to sin ... when the Son of God laid down His life on the cross.

But that is still not the whole truth! There's more.

Our sins were covered in God's mind before man was even created with the freedom to sin. Sounds incredible ... but it's true! Jesus Christ was "the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world" [Revelation 13:8]. Our sins were covered before we even committed them. How's that for grace?

So the problem is not that man sins ... but that man rejects the remedy. He denies the gift. He rebuffs, refuses, repudiates God's grace.

In fact, God's Word teaches that He sent His Son precisely for sinners. In Jesus Christ ... God has accepted ALL sinners. In Jesus Christ ... God has been reconciled to EVERY sinful human being.

The question now is ... will sinners acknowledge this gift? Will sinners recognize it and appreciate it and welcome it?

Paul, the apostle who considered himself to be the "worst of sinners," wrote these words out of his profound experience on the road to Damascus: "God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" [Romans 5:8].

We are not condemned because we sin ... but rather because we will have nothing to do with the Savior.

"Whoever believes in Him is not condemend, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son" [John 3:18].

We were long ago washed in the blood of the Lamb. Bask in that wonderful truth this weekend ... and enjoy it in the Lord ...

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Service Times

8:00 AM - Traditional Worship Service

9:40 AM - Sunday School & Bible Study Classes for all ages

10:45 AM - Contemporary Worship Service

Holy Communion is celebrated at both services on the first and third Sundays of each month.

Location

Grace Lutheran Church & School

12200 McCormick Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225

(904) 928-9136

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