Lent Devotional April 1: Access Granted
He (God) concludes, “I’ll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins.” Once sins are taken care of for good, there’s no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them.
So friends, we can now – without hesitation – walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.
So let’s do it – full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Hebrews10: 18-23 (The Message)
The blood sacrifices of lambs and goats made by the ancient Hebrews seem very odd to us today. But don’t we try just as hard to make ourselves acceptable and presentable to God? Don’t we try to clean ourselves up by doing penance for our sins through serving or doing good deeds? Don’t I hope working for God will balance out the things I’ve done wrong? Some of us strive our whole lives to be “good enough” for God. Take a moment to reflect on the things you do to “win” God’s love.
As unbelievable as it may seem, Jesus, by dying on the cross, has made us presentable to God – forever. We are beloved children of God, thanks to Jesus, welcome at His table just as we are. We can be confident that we can come with our skinned knees, dirty hands, and runny noses because we have been washed clean by Jesus.
Our access to God was assured once and for all by the once-for-all sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. We’ve been given the master key to the Most Holy Place, where God resides. We’re insiders! We can walk right in! So let’s do it!
Prayer: Father God, I come to you imperfect, with skinned knees from stumbling. On my own I can never measure up and can never deserve to be at your table. It is only through Jesus Christ that I can be clean and worthy to come into your presence. Thank you, Lord, for making me presentable inside and out. May I start each day full of belief and confidence in your promises and loving grace. Amen.