Prayer for the day
I pray that the God of peace, who brought our Lord Jesus back from the dead to become the great Shepherd of the sheep by the blood that sealed an eternal covenant, may make you ready to do his will in any kind of good action; and turn us all into whatever is acceptable to himself through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Scripture for the day
Sin is an overwhelming concept. But it’s not only a concept. Sin is overwhelming in its effects on us. And sin is overwhelming because of how powerless it can make us feel.
As we read through the Psalms, we’re struck with the saving power of God, but also with the damning power of sin. David explains that they (the Israelites) had been overwhelmed in their sin, but in that feeling of hopelessness and helplessness, God was able to deliver. The imagery speaks of being immersed, covered, with the sand of sin above their heads, and God reaching through the mire in order to grasp the wrists of the Israelites and drag them to safety.
What fitting imagery for sin: quicksand. Sin is not simply an annoyance; it is deadly dangerous. But sin does not have the last word. Quicksand doesn’t win when there’s a rescuer this strong!
Paul talks about the life of the believer being “dead to sin.” This death, Paul says, is accomplished by baptism into the death of Jesus. How this is accomplished is mysterious, but the outworking of the death and life of Jesus is that sin is no longer able to hold mastery over us. We have transferred allegiance to the King of the Universe, the God of Heaven and Earth, and our great enemy, Sin, has been conquered by the death and life of Jesus Christ.
It is in this victory, says Paul, that we are invited to live. We are called into the light. Let us live in the life and death of Christ, conquering the sin that once overwhelmed.