March 23, 2018

Ephesians 3:12 (NLT) — 12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Have you ever been afraid to come into someone’s presence because you talked about them behind their back or did something that affected them negatively or you disobeyed a rule and now you were being called before an authority figure like at school?

Growing up my dad always called me ‘Danny’ except when I did something wrong and then it was ‘Daniel’. Well one day when I was in high school I had somehow gotten ahold of a Playboy magazine. And then I was stupid enough to bring it into our home. I remember going into the bathroom, because it was the only door inside the house with a lock on it, and I pulled out the magazine which I had hidden under my shirt and I began to look at it.

Well don’t remember all the of the details but I think mom had called out that it was time for supper so I washed my hands and went into the kitchen to eat. A few minutes later I hear this voice holler from down the hall, “Daniel I want to see you right now!” Immediately my heart sank down to my feet because I realized that in my hurry to respond to mom’s call to supper I had left the magazine in the bathroom.:( Needless to say I did not go boldly and confidently into my Father’s presence. If I could have snapped my fingers and vanished into thin air that was the moment I would have chosen.

Aren’t you thankful for Jesus? Aren’t you glad that he forgives? Aren’t you glad that your record is clean and no matter what you have done, thought about doing or said, you can come boldly to Father God because he won’t be there to accuse you or punish you because Jesus took the accusations and Jesus took the punishment on your behalf. We never have to come timidly or hesitantly to Father God because of Jesus. Remember that in the Old Testament the worshiper was never examined it was always the lamb that was examined. It was the lamb that had to be perfect not the worshiper.

Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away all of our sins. He was examined. He was found to be perfect. He was slain on our behalf and his blood has cleansed us from all sin.

John 1:29 (NLT) — 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

1 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT) — 7 Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.

Certainly sin has its consequences; even forgiven sin has its consequences but there should never ever be an instance where we are hesitant and scared to go to our heavenly Father. Think about it; where else are we going to go? He is not there to condemn us but to welcome us and love us. (Think prodigal son) The beauty of being in God’s family is that out judgement has been moved from the future to the past and Jesus took that judgement for us:)

Hebrews 4:14–16 (NLT) — 14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

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