Daily Archives: February 15, 2012

Exodus 21,22; Mt 27:51-66; Romans 8:11

Exodus 21&22 is a list of rules, some of which have the harshest penalty of death. I keep seeing the words, the Penalty is death over and over. “Isn’t my penalty death without Jesus?”Then in Mat 27:51-66, Jesus dies for my sins & the veil is torn from top to bottom.

The veil is a visual reminder to me that Jesus died on the cross so I could come to Him freely without any priests or other obstacles in the way. There is no longer anything separating me from Him. My penalty is no longer death, but life. Just as the dead bodies were raised from the dead, my body is raised to life when I accept Jesus and His death on the cross for me & my sins.

It makes me wonder, what barriers I am still putting up in my life that keep me away from the freedom of approaching Him? Am I truly walking in this freedom or still walking as though I was dead?

I became a Christian when I was 7 yrs old. I never had one of those death to life experiences where I felt like Jesus rescued me out of the pit. I grew up hearing about Jesus dying for my sins. I believed it as truth. Over the years it has made its way from my head to my heart. And I know Jesus has been teaching me how to live as a “raised body” and not a dead one. There have been times in my life that I have been walking around in a fog, with no purpose, like I was dead. Letting anxiety steal the joy out of my life. But, I want to live with the same power that rose Jesus from the dead, as it says in Romans 8:11 MSG, “It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from the dead life. With his Spirit living in you. Your body will be as alive as Christ’s!”

Dear Jesus, Thank you for loving me enough to send your son to die for my sins. Forgive me for when I get distracted or let things get in the way of my relationship with you. Please help me to live in that freedom every day. I can only do it in your power. Thank you that you don’t want me to stay where I am, but you always pursue me. Amen

So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do it give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!” (Romans 8:12-14 msg)

Amy (amyctanner)

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