Proverbs 22 1-22-22

The main point is that our sins are dealt with. The choice to receive that truth is ours.

17 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, (18) for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.

John the Baptizer said, “Behold [take notice and see], the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus made several references to his mission. In 3:14-15, he said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness [see Numbers 21:4-9], so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” In 12:27, he said, “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.” What, exactly, is it that Jesus did?

Sin has been described as a cancer, venom (from the serpent), heart disease, and other metaphors. The consensus is that we cannot help ourselves. We need the Healer. But, the death that sin causes has been dealt with. Now, Jesus’ paradigm statement, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth [about sin and how I am going to deal with it], and the truth will set you free,” makes perfect sense because Jesus has led us into the light of grace and truth (John 1:17). We were healed and are being healed as we walk with Jesus!

Tomorrow, we will look into Jesus as our Representative. For today, it is enough to revel in our freedom–and healing–in Christ!

Abba, thank You for the freedom we have in You. You have removed every hindrance of us coming to you. All we have to do now is turn from the darkness that is all around us to the light of your face. I am reminded of the hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus [you], look full in His [your] wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his [your] glory and grace.” That is exactly how I want to live today, Lord. Amen.

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