Sunday, 16 May 2010

Christ Took Away Our Excuses

The music leader at this morning's service at Edson Baptist spoke about a book he was reading by Dr Martin Lloyd-Jones, a good Anglican. Actually, for a Baptist church, I am amazed and rather encouraged at how many Anglicans are held in high regard here; J.I. Packer, John Stott and the aforementioned Dr Lloyd-Jones among them. Our Pastor attended the recent ReFocus conference in BC where he said he enjoyed hearing Charlie Masters.

But I digress. The point our music leader was trying to make concerned those who may think that whatever sin they have had in their life may be too much to be forgiven.

So I condensed it into a couple of soundbites regarding Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.
His sacrifice was necessary, but it was sufficient.

But the train of thought proceeded to go further. It occurred to me that it not only took away our sin, it also took away our excuses. Because it may be that this, "woe is me, my sin is too great for God to forgive" lament, might just be an excuse to avoid facing accountability. John the Gospel writer says,
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (3:19)

When Jesus took our sin upon him on the cross, he also took away any excuse we might have to reject his freely offered opportunity for salvation.

Take Care

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