– Ravi Zacharias
Covering of Sins
In the Old Testament, the sacrifices only covered sins but never took them away, and it was “under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Heb 9:22), but “with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1st Pet 1:19), our sins are taken away…forever, proving the supremacy of Christ, however, we don’t overcome sin all at once…we still sin (1st John 1:8, 10), but hopefully, we sin less than we use to. It’s called sanctification (Rom 8).
Creating the New
When God called us to Himself through Jesus Christ (John 6:44), we had a heart problem; we needed a new one, but God has given us a new heart and not one of stone; a heart that should seek to please Him. In fact, we’re brand new creations in Christ (2nd Cor 5:17), which gives us a right standing before God (2nd Cor 5:21), so out with the old and in with the new….the things of God should crowd out the things of the world, but again, it’s not like making instant coffee. We’re justified immediately, but the old man doesn’t die quickly or easily (Rom 7). It takes time.
Getting a New Heart
When we received a new heart, it’s like God suddenly revealed Who Jesus is and His purpose for us, and now our lives have meaning. Without meaning, life is…meaningless, but to those who have been given His Spirit, we know that God desires to use us as a means to save some (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8), and to do what Jesus would do if He were here physically on earth (Matt 25:34-39; James 1:27), so doing these things for others is doing it for Him (Matt 25:40).
Time doesn’t discriminate. It waits for no one. Tick, tick, tick, and there goes the last minute of your life, never to be recaptured again, and perhaps a lost opportunity. You’ll never get a second chance at doing good again five minutes ago, so redeem the time, then wait for the time of His glorious appearance, when we desire to hear His most precious words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt 25:21).