Lent Devotions 2008: Wednesday 12 March

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14)

It was looking like a scary Christmas. The kids were expecting lots of presents, but the bank account was low, the car needed repairs, and utility bills were on the rise. It was looking bleak. So imagine my utter amazement and joy when out of the blue a cheque for £250 arrived in the post. Great rejoicing followed as Christmas was saved.

Our spiritual journey is a bit like that. We seem to be in real difficulties. God demands so much, but we can do so little. God wants our all, but we only give a little. God commands us to be perfect, but no one is perfect.

By God’s standards we are in serious trouble. In fact, the words in this text used to describe us are dead in trespasses and uncircumcised in flesh. These are not flattering terms. They tell it to us straight. There is nothing we can do to impress God or earn His favour.

But God, knowing our hopeless situation, sent our deliverer Jesus Christ to nail our sins to the cross, to cancel our debts, and to make us alive through the forgiveness of our sins. All the things we needed, even if we didn’t even know it, God has provided for us through Jesus death and resurrection. Jesus gave His all for us, and He was perfect in our stead; thus, God gives us Christ’s perfection in place of our sin. Hence great rejoicing should follow as we are saved!

Prayer: Blessed Jesus, You have forgiven our sins, raised us from death to life, cancelled our debt, and turned our despair into joy— Thank You, Amen.