But now in Christ Jesus, you who were once far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For through Him we have access to the Father.  Ephesians 2:13, 18

A while back I read a story about Sarah Bird, a mother in economic downturn. She was hyperventilating, thinking about college tuitions and rising living costs. (We all know how that feels!) Then she thought of her mother—a single mother of six who always seemed so strong. What would mother say? she asked herself. The first thing that came to mind is: “point to the blood.” Her mother was a nurse, and when any of the kids fell down and were crying, she would say, “Point to the blood.” If there was no blood, you were going to live. But you know what? In our case, because there is blood—the shed blood of Christ—we will live.

            We need a Savior. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, sin entered the world. Everyone from that point on was born a sinner. Relationship with God was broken. For the first time, man experienced shame and guilt. God killed an animal (shed blood) in order to cover them. It was a picture of what was required by a holy and just God—a picture of things to come. Hebrews 9:22 says: In fact, the Law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. That is what sin requires. When we say we should go to heaven, because we “aren’t that bad,” we have no idea what sin is to a righteous and holy God. (This is a lame illustration, but if you spilled wine or splattered mud on the front of a white wedding dress, do you think the bride would say, “Oh, it isn’t that bad?” No. That would not be acceptable. She wants it spotless.) Well, God says that our sin is unacceptable to Him. Because of that, we are under God’s wrath—except that Jesus, God’s Son, took our place and received the wrath of God in our stead. Wow! Are you humbled yet? Are you being reminded of the prayers you prayed yesterday that sounded a lot like: “God, what have You done for me lately?”

            I hope you are broken by your ingratitude and, instead, stand amazed at God’s great love. The next time you are freaking out, feeling cheated in life, worried about tomorrow, frustrated about your circumstances, and wondering how you can trust God---point to the blood. His blood gives you free access to God, makes you His child, and sets you free from striving to earn what your heart longs for. We all sin every day, but come back to the gospel of God’s grace in Christ—His payment, His power, His constant presence in your life. That gospel is the only foundation upon which we can build a life—an abundant life. And it’s given freely through the blood of Christ!

God, I stand amazed at Your great love and grace that gives me life! Life!! Amen.

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