6th January 2013

New Year Good News

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
Hebrews 10:19-22 (NIV UK)

How time flies!  So another new year fades into the memory, with all the hopes, possibilities, and opportunities that the future might bring. Many people like to make New Year’s resolutions, hoping that this year will be different—better than all the years that have gone before. Of course, most New Year’s resolutions are broken before the first few weeks—or months—of the new year are over.

Here’s a suggestion.  Why not try something new this year? Instead of making New Year’s resolutions about things not to do or things to do, why not make a resolution to have a guilt-free year?  Wouldn’t it be nice to go a whole year without any guilt? With no sense of foreboding that God is going to dole out some kind of punishment against you for sins you have committed, whether knowingly or unknowingly?

Well, there’s good news. The gospel of Jesus Christ does not simply tell you a set of facts about Jesus; it lets you in on an entirely new kind of life – a life free from a guilty conscience. That’s because Jesus Christ has already done absolutely everything necessary for your salvation. He has already forgiven all your sins–past present and future. He has already presented you perfect and sin free to God the Father.

Jesus is your righteousness. He is your perfect sacrifice for sin. In him, you are both forgiven of all your sins and made perfect and sinless. Jesus stands in for you in every way before the Father as the perfect Son who has kept all his Father’s commandments.  He has paid your penalty and he has made you righteous in himself. He both substitutes for you and represents you. That’s why Hebrews 10:22 says that he cleanses you from a guilty conscience.

When you put your trust in Jesus you are placing yourself in the hands of the God who loves you, wants you, and will never let you go. Not only does he cleanse your guilty conscience, he begins to change you from the inside out, transforming you into the person he has already made you to be in Christ.

That’s why this could be the best year you’ve ever had.

Thank you, Holy Father, for time. It’s a gift given to humanity so that we can continue to function in this world. Memories dim; hurts fade. We ask the gift of cleansing that you offer us, to transform us from what we are into what we will be. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach

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