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  • 2012 Sep 01

New Beginnings by Christ's Blood

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him. . . . And all . . . will mourn because of Him. . . . "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
-Revelation 1:7-8

Are you ready to meet this Jesus-the almighty God who is coming soon? You will be if you let Him "give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; . . . and cause you to walk in [His] statutes" (Ezekiel 36:26-27, emphasis added).

God's Word offers a life of new beginnings. The ultimate new beginning is called the new birth, or being born again by God's Word. Being born a second time is the ultimate new beginning because you get to start life completely over again-like the woman caught in adultery.

Christ's blood gives us a new beginning in our assurance of God's complete forgiveness. In Christ, rather than crumpling before Him with the law pointing out all our sins, the law becomes our delight: Let Your tender mercies come to me . . . for Your law is my delight (Psalms 119:77). The words "tender mercies" remind us that none of us get what we deserve. That is what mercy is all about. Grace is getting the undeserved favor of God; mercy is not getting the rightly deserved punishment of God. When God is merciful, He is withholding what we deserve. "For Your law is my delight" translates into "As I read Your Book, I realize that You have made provision for my sins."

Here is the good news of salvation: The only thing that you and I have to give to God is our sins. We don't have anything good enough to give to God. So He says to us, "Do you know that you are a guilty sinner? Then give Me your sins, and let Me put them upon Christ!" He became sin for us, so we can now say: "I have a new beginning in my assurance of God. Because of Your tender mercies, You are withholding Your wrath from me. That has revived me that I may live, for Your law is my delight!"

Christ's blood gives us a new beginning in praise: Let my soul live, and it shall praise You (Psalms 119:175). "Let my soul live" simply means "Let my soul be energized to worship You!" Instead of being dead in our sins, like the "walking dead" of the leper colonies, we are alive in Christ who gives us new life. He revives us so that we can praise Him!

Can you, with all your being, worship, magnify, and praise the Lord? If not, you need a new beginning. The good news is that the Lord Jesus Christ says to you, "You don't have to live with a hard heart. You don't have to live with a sin-stained heart. You don't have to live in despair-feeling hopeless, helpless, and having no purpose in life. My power is ever-present to provide a new beginning for you!"

Make a choice to live in hope: When you are born again, you become a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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