Well, You Have to Admit

To receive God’s gift of salvation, you have to admit you need it.  The problem is that many of us don’t want to admit we have a sin problem. Not to ourselves. Not to anyone else. 

Have you seen that old commercial by LifeLock? The “dentist” tells his patient that he has one of the worse cavities that he has ever seen and then starts to leave. The patient asks in a panic, “Aren’t you going to fix it?” The dentist calmly and coldly replies that he is not a dentist but a dental monitor! Praise God that He is a sin cleanser and not a sin monitor!  

God always had a plan to cleanse us from sin as we see in Ezekiel 36.

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe my ordinances.”

Ezekiel 36:26-27, NASB

Every single one of us needs saving. John tells us bluntly, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (I John 1:8, ESV).” Bad news unless you read the next verse, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9, ESV).”

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

Isaiah 53:6, ESV

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Buy it Free

Many years ago, I had a precious conversation with a friend’s daughter that touches me to this very day.  This sweet little girl, probably no more than five years old, greeted me in her driveway to ask if I would like to buy one of her homemade crafts. When I asked how much it cost, she replied with a grin, “It’s FREE!”

Without knowing it, my friend’s daughter brought Isaiah 55:1 to life for me.

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”

Isaiah 55:1, ESV

None of us has the “money” to buy eternal life.  Even our “righteous deeds are like a polluted garment (see Isaiah 64:6).”  The Bible leaves no room for doubt – we have no righteousness without Jesus Christ. How then does one buy something for free?  Someone else paid for it, of course!

“Out of the anguish of His soul He shall see and be satisfied; by His knowledge shall the Righteous One, my Servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the many, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:11-12, ESV

As we can see in Isaiah 53, Jesus paid dearly for our sin. We earned death from our sin, but Jesus graciously paid our debt with His life.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 6:23, ESV

Praise God that Jesus won salvation for us with His righteous life (see Isaiah 53:10)!    The only One righteous is God’s Son, the Word made flesh (see John 1:14). Jesus gained victory over death and shares the spoils us when we receive Him!

“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God…”

John 1:12, ESV

Do you want God’s love and salvation? Buy it free! 

Thank you, Jesus!

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