August 18, 2017

Isaiah 53:6 (NLT) — 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

The Statue of Liberty is a symbol for universal freedom to all the United States citizens and the people who visit the country. It stands on Upper New York Bay and has welcomed millions of immigrants who have arrived in the U.S. by sea. Notice that the word all in the first sentence only includes United States citizens and people who visit our country. And notice that the Statue of Liberty is just a symbol for universal freedom. The Statue cannot give true freedom to anyone.

Now notice that our memory verse starts with all and all is implied in the middle and our verse ends with all.

All people who have ever lived from the beginning of time have strayed away from God by sinning. All people from the beginning of time have left God’s path to do their own thing. But God because he is full of unfailing love, grace and mercy took all of the sins of all the people who have ever lived and put all those sins on Jesus! Jesus is not just a symbol for universal freedom he is freedom.

John 8:36 (NLT) — 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.

He doesn’t just welcome certain people to enjoy this freedom from sin; he welcomes all. 

John 1:12 (NLT) — 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

When God says all he truly means all. It doesn’t matter if one is a gossiper or a murderer or a sex trafficker. It doesn’t matter if a person has only committed one sin or ten million sins; all are welcome to come and receive Jesus.

Some times in front of businesses there will be a sign that says: No shirt, No shoes, No service. Jesus serves us all.

What a wonderful, freeing, liberating message to carry into the weekend > God laid the sins of all on Jesus!

Romans 6:6–7 (NLT) — 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

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