However, the Bible is a treasure trove of passages that describe the incredible rescue Jesus has worked for us, for days when we need reminding!
This week I’ve been reading and re-reading a short passage in Colossians 2. The Apostle Paul is encouraging the Colossian church, reminding them of who Jesus is, and all that they receive in following him, so that they will not grow discouraged or move away from what they believe.
In verse 6 Paul urges them:
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Yet he doesn’t just expect the Colossian Christians to conjure up perseverance, faith, and thankfulness from nowhere. In verse 13 Paul gives them (and us!) a spectacular reminder of the gospel, the good news that saves us and joyfully sustains us:
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
- “When you were dead” God saved us and gave us new life when we were spiritually dead – unable to save ourselves, or earn his favour in any way – The God who was willing to save us at our worst will not leave us now!
- “He forgave us all our sins” All our sins – forgiven, once and for all!
- “having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness..” Our huge debt of sin, the one that we daily add to, is cancelled having been paid in full at the cross of Christ. It no longer has the power to condemn us! Jesus has borne our just condemnation and punishment himself.
What powerful, life-saving truths! And yet I can find them hard to really accept personally, when I look at the multitude of ways I have failed God even today.
Maybe you absorbed it all on first reading, but in order to help myself to really trust and rejoice in these words I’ve made a few changes, personalising the pronouns!
13 When I was dead in my sins and in the uncircumcision of my flesh, God made me alive with Christ. He forgave me all my sins, 14 having cancelled the charge of my legal indebtedness, which stood against me and condemned me; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
When it sinks in that these things are true about me, today, forever, because of Christ, I can’t help but be humbled, encouraged and truly joyful- I’m grinning as I write this!
What a wonderful saviour Jesus Christ is!
Enjoy your day!