Devotion - October 24, 2014
Hymn of the Week
O Jesus, let your precious blood
Be to my soul a cleansing flood.
Turn not, O Lord, your guest away,
But grant that justified I may
Go to my house at peace to be:
O God, be merciful to me!
(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal â€“ Hymnal 306, verse 3)
O God, be merciful to me!
What makes me think that I, a sinner, can approach God, the Judge of all, with confidenceâ€“even on my best days? What makes me think that I, a sinner, can have any expectation of anything good from the God whose will I violate in thought and deed and word on a daily basis? What makes me think that I, a sinner, can have any hope of mercy from the Almighty?
God himself gives me hope. God himself generates such an expectation. God himself fills me with confidence.
The basis is Jesusâ€™ precious blood: â€śThe blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sinâ€ť (1 John 1:7).
The effect is cleansing: â€śThough your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like woolâ€ť (Isaiah 1:18).
The result is an open invitation: â€śCome, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the worldâ€ť (Matthew 25:34).
The declaration is not guilty: â€śFor all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesusâ€ť (Romans 3:23-24).
The blessing is peace: â€śTherefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christâ€ť (Romans 5:1).
Dear friend, when your sins press down upon you, know that you can approach God and appeal to his mercy. Jesusâ€™ blood has made perfect payment for your sins. You have been cleansed; declared not guilty. You can live in peace.
O Jesus, let your precious blood be to my soul a cleansing flood. Turn not, O Lord, your guest away, but grant that justified I may go to my house at peace to be: O God, be merciful to me!
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