Going, Going, GONE!

Read: Romans 5 and 6

This past Monday night I spent some time watching Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby. When it comes to baseball nothing is quite as thrilling as watching a baseball soar through the air, into the night sky, into the outfield bleachers, and hearing the announcers proclaim, “It’s going, going, GONE!”

In God’s Word the book of Romans proclaims that about our sin. Chapters 5 and 6 are full of testimony and truth about Jesus coming to earth and dying on the cross to pay the penalty for sin. Not just others sin, but our sin. Chapter 5 begins by saying, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” A little bit later in verse 8 it says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

The wonderful British pastor Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) once said, “Jesus came to take away sin in three ways: to remove the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and, at last, the presence of sin.” To me that sounds like the home run call. Jesus removes the penalty of sin from our lives when we repent of that sin (going). Jesus removes the power of sin and temptation in our lives when receive this gift from God (going). And finally, Jesus removes the presence of that sin from existence in our life forever (GONE!).

In Romans 6 the apostle Paul talks about us becoming dead to sin and alive in Christ. That holds true in our daily lives today, but it also holds true for our past. We aim to live righteous and Godly lives for Jesus. In order to do that we must proclaim and believe that our repented of sins of the past are gone forever.

My prayer this week is that we can live in that truth. I hope that we can truly live in the freedom, grace, and forgiveness that Jesus has bought for us on the cross of Calvary. If you have repented of sin in your life you can believe and trust that it is gone in the eyes of God. You can live with that freedom and the weight off of your shoulders. It also leads us to ask ourselves if there is any sin in our life right now that needs to be repented of. The freedom of Christ’s forgiveness awaits!

Make it personal: As you live in Christ’s forgiveness this week give thanks to God for what he has done for you and for how much he loves you. The Message Bible paraphrases Romans 6:23 and says, “Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.” And to that we say, AMEN!

Have a grace filled week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church