Revelation is a beautiful gift when you can observe the God of yesterday for today and believe in His Word and Promises.
Today I read Numbers 19 and within this chapter, God gave specific instructions to Moses and Aaron for using water to cleanse the people.
The instructions entailed using the ashes of a sacrifice to purify the water. If any person became unclean, the water and ashes would be used to make the person ceremonially clean again.
“A man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They are to be kept by the Israelite community for use in the water of cleansing; it is for purification from sin.” Numbers 19:9 NIV
In addition, the commentary mentioned that the Israelites could not worship God unless they were ceremonially clean.
“But if those who are unclean do not purify themselves, they must be cut off from the community, because they have defiled the sanctuary of the Lord.” Numbers 19:20 NIV
However, after reading this chapter and the commentary, I thought about how we, as believers, get to come to Jesus in our sin. The Israelites had to be ceremonially clean and purified before they approached and worshipped God. But we can come before Jesus with our sins, defilement, uncleanness, and impurity. We can stand before Him, broken, a sinner asking forgiveness. And God is faithful to forgive us, cleanse us, save us, redeem us, and love us all because of the ultimate sacrifice performed by His Son Jesus.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV
We remain in our sin!
We have no relationship with God!
We have no right to come before Him!
We die an eternal death because of our sins!
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,” Ephesians 1:7-8 NIV
I am thankful to God that this revelation reminds me that I am “made new!” I can come to God insufficient and His grace is sufficient for me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14 NIV
A new covenant!
A new relationship!
A new story!
A new ending!
All because Jesus became the ultimate and last sacrifice for my transgressions.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
So, I pray for you today that you know how loved you are by our Heavenly Father. You were created to dwell with Him in a loving, nurturing relationship. Therefore, know it is never too late to start living “Made New!”
In Jesus’ name, Amen!