Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit”
Devotionals are mostly to inspire and encourage, I pray these would be more than that. I pray they would be life changing, prepping us all for tomorrow’s challenges should the Lord choose to allow them to come as we go deeper and mature in the things of God. We need our foundation in Christ solidified that even in peril times (false teaching, troubled economy, under attack etc) we have a strong foundation to fall back on, truth in God’s word.
Resurrection day depicts the victory of Jesus over death. There had to be a death experience before there was resurrection victory. Death could not hold or contain Him, sin tried but He conquered the day death was crucified, 1Corinthians 15:55, “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Jesus died once and now lives FOREVERMORE. He came back to life, complete and whole yet with visible marks on His body, (scars). These were marks of nails on His hands, feet, where they pierced Him on His side. I believe even the marks of the crown of thorns forced on His head and marks on His back were visible. I have often wondered how come the marks did not disappear at His resurrection. I believe serve as a reminder to us of what it took for us to be saved. Also to serve as proof to those who found it hard to believe it was Him like Thomas at His resurrection. He was wounded for our transgressions according to Isaiah 53:5 yet in His coming back to life He did not have wounds but scars.
Scars ought to be reminders yet many believers treat them as wounds. They go about poking their scars bringing back wounds already healed by the Lord. Are you living a condemned life over what God forgave you for and given you freedom to live for Him? The scars brought about by your history are not wounds to be poked but rather scars serve as reminders of where He brought you from. Whenever I remember my scars, I am humbled to the fact that He saw me wounded and dying in my sins and He picked me up from the miry clay when no one else could. I do not use the reminders to condemn myself; I use the reminders to thank Him even more for His finished work on the on the cross for us. I am glad that even though He saved me, He did not take away my scars (history), which brings this scripture alive Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,…”.
Those who are in Christ have their sins washed away by the blood of the Lamb. The blood of the Lamb is the only blood that could screen sin in our lives when nothing else could. The blood of the Lamb not only took care of what we did, it also took care of what we almost did and what we could have done. It took care of the past, present and future. Because we are washed clean, we might still have scars but we will not feel condemned anymore as they are not wounds. Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us”. You might remind the Lord of your past sins, He chooses to remember them no more, He took care of them. Why not put the things in the past and look to Jesus as you desire to grow more and more in the fear and the knowledge of Him? Building your life on a foundation He has laid. Using your scars to testify to Thomas (family members, friends, neighbors) that you were once dead but now alive in Christ. That your scars are a testimony of what God can do and has done. And you live victoriously because you’ve learned that scars are not wounds to be poked. Blessings Ev
- The Sure Foundation Is Christ, Part 1of2, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- I Am Not Dead Yet, Part 2of2, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)