(Hey lovelies. I wanted to let you know that pictures used in this post are from the manga Fairy Tail. That means that you should read the text in the pictures from right to left.)
For Easter, my pastor gave a first-person sermon. He presented Peter’s view of his time with Jesus, from Jesus calling him to his denial to his redemption. It made me think about redemption, which we touched on a little while ago when I posted on grace. It also makes me think about God always being with us.
I guess the main thing I want to get across is that redemption is for everyone. No matter what you’ve done it’s available to you. We talked about the gift of grace being given freely, all you have to do is accept it by believing in God. So, to be honest, I was looking at the pictures on my phone and some of them screamed “redemption”, reminding me that I wanted to write about it. Since I have three pictures on here, let’s look at three points. And yes, I picked the pictures out before I knew what direction this post would go.
**God will never leave or forsake us**
God is on our side. He is with us in happy times and sad times. One place in the Bible this is mentioned is in Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV), “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
In John 14:15-31 Jesus tells the disciples that the Holy Spirit is being sent to dwell among them. They will never be alone. In moments of pain and sorrow, hardship and confusion, it can hard to see or feel God working in and around us. But if we believe in God, then we should believe in His promises. If we believe God is a good God, a loving God, then we should believe He will keep His promises. If we believe that God will keep His promises, then what Jesus said in those verses is true, He will never orphan us.The Spirit of Truth is with us now and will be forever.
**God’s grace washes away our sins**
“What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. O precious is the flow that makes me white as snow. No other fount I know. Nothing but the blood of Jesus. ” I love the song, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.
What Jesus did on the cross washed away our sins. His blood, a sign of His grace and mercy, of His love. It’s a spiritual cleansing. We are bathed in His love.
Jesus said that He is the light of the world (John 8:12). Have you ever had the sun shining down on you and just felt peace? Or maybe it’s when the moon and stars glow at night that you feel it? Maybe it’s just me, but I love looking at the stars at night. The way they shine in the darkness, the same way we shine in the world because of God’s love. I feel like it’s His way of saying, “You can see My light even in the dark. I will shower you with My love and wash away your sins.”
**God welcomes us with open arms**
Jesus died on the cross for our sins and calls us back to Him. Jesus told the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). The father in the story rejoices over his son’s return. The son was “dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (v 32). Don’t you think God does the same when we return to Him?
If we are called to forgive others multiple times, don’t you think that God will forgive us as much if not more? He forgives. He uses our stumbles to grow us. He welcomes us back into His arms when we come running to Him. His love for us is no less.
He redeems us. He doesn’t reject us, even if we have rejected Him for years. He calls us Loved. He calls us Son or Daughter.
Three points to know:
- God will never leave nor forsake us.
- God’s grace washes away our sins.
- God welcomes us back with open arms.
It’s good to be posting again and chatting with all of you Lovely People of the Internet. I will talk to you soon.