– Totality –
Just a quick thought for you today:). It was really cool to see the solar eclipse. Did you get a chance to see it? My family and I were able to minister the Gospel during the event because there was a viewing party where large crowds had gathered. We borrowed some glasses so we could see it good. Even though we were not in the line of totality, it was cool to see how the temperature dropped and it got darker in the middle of the day. The news and newspapers talked so much about the, “Line of totality” and how many people were traveling to it. They said traffic was nuts:)! In that line that stretched across the United States, the sun would be completely covered for less then a minuet I think. But it was totally covered. Anyway, hearing that phrase over and over, “Totality”, just made me think about the complete and total forgiveness that the precious Lord Jesus purchased for us.
Jesus said, “It is finished” on the cross. He did everything once for all for all time. Nothing we do can make us better even a tiny bit. If it was possible to be good on our own and merit Gods forgiveness, then Christ died needlessly. “…for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! (Gal.2:21)” Jesus gave His life as the perfect, unblemished lamb. He appeased Gods wrath that we provoked. “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him..”(Rm.5:9) As a mediator, he came between wicked us and a perfect God. He covered us. David say, “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” Ps.32:1 and Paul quotes him in Rm.4:7.
Paul says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” Eph.1:7. When you are “Born Again” and believe in Jesus, you are completely forgiven and God can now look at you, and see His Son, covering your sin. Think about it! Paul murdered christians and he found Gods complete forgiveness. Jesus talked to a women who had 5 husbands, and He didn’t even mention her sin but rather spoke to her one of the greatest revelations in the Bible (John 4).
God says, “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. All our sin is totally covered. There is not greater happiness in the whole world than knowing you are forgiven. No matter what you have done, no matter what you are dealing with, you can enter the Fathers, “line of totality” so to speak and receive complete forgiveness.