It’s difficult to get to Saturday night, take a look around the house, and have so many things remind you of your sins of the past week. The promises made and not fulfilled, the thoughts of anger and frustration, the mistakes and the sadness and the guilt. You count the Commandments you’ve broken and realize that it takes all ten fingers to enumerate them. Not a single one is left untarnished by the filth of your life.
Right then, in that moment, God sits before you in the judgement seat. He looks upon your life and points down to you and prepares to cast you into the realms of damnation for all eternity. A fit and deserved punishment, to say the least. For how can we stand before God in our evil ways, our sinful flesh, and not be guilty?
And yet, before the Lord strikes you down, Christ steps in front of you and says, “I will take the punishment.” He turns to you, and shows you His hands and feet, pierced for you. He takes your hand and places it on His side and says, “See, I have paid for you.”
You then look around your room and see no more sin, no more pain, no more fear. All that once brought you shame is gone, and now brings you peace in Christ. You hear Jesus whisper in your ear, “I have held you to My Heart since your baptism. I have kept you close when you ate and drank at the Supper. You are saved by the faith you receive in My Word. You are Mine.”
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1b