Sometimes, I think we see ourselves as dirt.
Yeah, something like that. Like maybe we don’t feel like we are good enough.
Or we don’t believe that God hears our prayers because we think we are so sinful and hopeless…
But we’re not.
We’re not hopeless. We’re not seen as sinners anymore. We’re not living under the law. Why? The blood of Jesus rescued us.
Hebrews 10:19-23 says this to us in encouragement.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
We have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus. Because of His death, we have communion and a relationship with God.
Because of the blood of Jesus, we are seen through the lens of His holiness. The curtain between God and us has been torn. His love for us broke the separation.
We have a full assurance of faith! Our hearts are sprinkled clean and we are counted pure. We have hope! And God is faithful.
That passage is soooooooo encouraging to me. See, I know that my sin nature is, well, sinful. Nobody needs to tell me that. HOWEVER. My sin does not define me, because it has been paid for. The blood of Jesus (via the cross) is what purifies me. Not by anything I’ve done, of course!
There’s one thing that’s the most important to know: The Cross is enough.
I can’t do anything to add to the finished work of Christ because it has already been done.
We are not perfect, but we are holy because of Christ. He has rescued us and poured His holiness over us.
There is nothing we can do to make Him love us more, to hear our prayers any better, to give us more blessings, to make us “less sinful”, to make us more joyful. It’s been done. We are loved infinitely, and we will never be loved or accepted by God any more than we already are.
The Cross covers it all.
We are pure. We are loved. We are adored. We are accepted. We are holy. We are blameless. We are redeemed. We are worthy. We are wanted. We are hope-filled. We are defined by the Cross. We are blessed. We are children of God. We are saved. We are good enough. We are righteous. We are forgiven. We are more than conquerors.
But why are we all these things?
We are all these things because of what Jesus has done. We are all these things, yet we cannot boast about it. Why? Because when we were undeserving, He came to save us.
Seriously, we did not do anything to earn this. It’s a free gift.
And that’s what makes it so AMAZING. We are forgiven because of the blood of our Savior.
We are holy, righteous, and redeemed. We are loved, and we are forgiven.
We need to live in light of that.