As a lot of us know, the fourth of July was some months ago, the day when americans celebrate this country and the freedom that we have had since 1776. It isn’t just recognized, we celebrate with get-togethers, barbecues, and fireworks….lots and lots of fireworks. Even more recently was the fun event that happens every four years…. the um…. oh you know, what’s that thing that almost everyone hates talking about now? OH, that’s right, the election! I’m not going to talk about the election, because well, that’s not what this post is about, but this post is about something that both of these events have in common: freedom. Americans, and others around the world, love freedom. It’s an awesome thing to have, and we are so, so blessed by GOD to have it. But sometimes, and a lot of the time, we take for granted and or forget the real freedom that we have, that we have always had.: the freedom from GOD, with CHRIST!!!!!!!! GOD has given us freedom through CHRIST that didn’t and doesn’t have to be confirmed by signing a document, keeping a flag raised, or wearing three supportive colors. GOD’S freedom is FREE with CHRIST to us, because HE sacrificed for us, because HE loves us, so soooo much. And it is obviously so important to know this, for we can’t, don’t and won’t know True Freedom until we know that GOD is True Freedom, and that with HIM, through HIM, with CHRIST, through CHRIST, we are free(John 3:16-17, Romans 8:1-4, Galatians 5:1).
What I mean in the title of this blog post is completely a part of a metaphor; a beautiful, wonderful, peaceful, loving, indescribable, incomparable metaphor that has been happening for forever and ever and ever, wayyyy before 1776.
GOD loves us so much, that HE sent HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST, perfect and blameless and so much more, down to this earth, where there is hate, discrimination, hurting, sorrow, pain, evil, cruelty, etc., to walk this earth, spread Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, and so much more, and be hated and spat on, ridiculed and beaten, nail to a cross and killed. THE KING OF KINGS, THE LORD OF LORDS, THE GOD ALMIGHTY, HIS BLOOD was poured out, HIS BLOOD was spilled, oh was it poured, oh was it spilled, and it isn’t an accident, it’s THE TRUTH, HE IS THE TRUTH. And as HIS blood poured out, as it spilled, so did HIS everlasting, continuous GRACE. It kept pouring, it kept spilling, and it is still doing so to this day, and it will continue happening forever and ever and evermore, no matter what(Isaiah 53:5-6 “5. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. 6. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” John 3:16-17 “16.”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.””
GOD. Oh how precious is HE, THE LORD GOD AND SAVIOR OF ALL, JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. Oh how precious is HIS NAME, THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES, THE KING OF KINGS, THE LORD OF LORDS. And it isn’t just His name that is so soooo precious, it is HIM. HE is the precious Lamb that was slain, THE LAMB OF GOD, whiter than white, whiter than snow, purer than pure, purer than the freshest water that one can ever drink, HE IS. For HE is perfect, HE did no wrong, none whatsoever, even in the midst of evil and wrong itself while on earth, with us, sinners. HIS pureness is so pure and more that HE has cleansed everyone, each person, each sinner, as white as snow, whiter than snow actually. And only HE can do so, for there is none more pure than HIM, none who could and or can ever be more pure, for no one can be pure without HIM, it’s just not possible, ever!! HE is beyond the purest of pure, being PURENESS HIMSELF. HE always has been, always is, and always will be!!!! Even in the midst of us, HE IS PURE, even in the trials, HE IS PURE, even when things seemed to be at their worst, HE IS PURE, even when dark actions and thoughts and a words were and are thrown at HIM, against HIM, HE IS PURE, in every moment, HE IS PURE, COMPLETE AND BEYOND PERFECT PURENESS. So pure that even when the storms came, literally and metaphorically, HE IS STILL PURE, and even when people doubted, are doubting and will doubt HIM, HE IS STILL PURE. So pure, that HE performed, continues to perform, and will perform miracles from GOD THE FATHER, PURENESS HIMSELF, that when HE died on the cross, water came out of HIS body, out of HIS side, along with HIS precious blood, that was poured out from GOD, THE LORD GOD OF ALL, in HIS plan, for us, and we can continue to see HIS pureness even after that, oh it didn’t stop there, for HE is so pure, soooo purer than pure, whiter than white, brighter than bright, that HE rose from the grave, from the dead 3 days later, and HE still continues to remain THE PERFECT PURENESS, THE PUREST OF PURE, FOREVER AND EVER AND ALWAYS!!!!!!!! John 3:16-17 “”16. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.””
GOD IS THE ONE TRUE GOD. No circumstances can ever change that, for He is the one Who knows about the circumstances in the first place. No person, even a president, and no issue, even in America, can change the fact that He is The One Who we need, Who everyone needs, and instead of relying on a person or an outcome of a situation to change us and save us, we need to look to and focus on THE SAVIOR OF ALL, GOD, Who was, is, and Who is to come, always and forever!! He is The Truth, and since He is The Truth, HE is what matters, HE AND HIS WORD. Not a constitution, not a set of freedoms and laws, for those freedoms are only temporary, but the TRUE FREEDOM that we have in GOD through CHRIST JESUS is THE TRUTH, everlasting, eternal, and just like HIM, so so amazing.
We are sinners, all of us, no questions. I could literally end this section with that sentence alone because that is the point I’m trying to make in using red to compare to us. We are sinners, we make mistakes, we always have and we will continue to do so until the day of the coming of The Lord, Christ-OH WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY- and we can’t erase anything we do by ourselves, ever. We are stained, we are just covered, completely covered by the evil, the sin, the shame, there isn’t a way out…. or so we may think.
BUT GOD. Oh, I love that sentence. BUT GOD, being so loving and gracious and merciful and forgiving, washes it all away, all of it, completely. He looks at us, even so much covered in the nastiness of sin and shame, stained with the evil that we have been a part of, and loves us. HE LOVES US, ALWAYS. No questions asked. He looks at us and smiles because He doesn’t see sinners who cannot be saved- He sees His children Who already have been. He has forgiven us and taken our place before time existed. He wants us to know that, to know Him and to run to HIM. He wants us to turn away from the mess and run to Him, LOVE.
Ephesians 2:4-10 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
WE ARE MADE COMPLETELY NEW IN CHRIST JESUS THE LORD GOD OF ALL!! Isn’t that amazing?! How can someone contain the excitement about that. The Lord God of all, THE ALMIGHTY, saves us, completely. GOD has washed away our sins, completely. We are no longer stained in sin and shame but washed new, pure and covered instead in The Love, Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness that has set us free, we at free, completely, indeed. No more shame, hurt, or pain. HE has taken everything bad and said “Forget about this, you don’t need the sin, you don’t have to feel the pain.” And HE has told us time after time after time after time, eternally, that we are HIS children, we are forgiven, we are loved, we are pure, and we are definitely made new in HIM.
“Let Us Reason”
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.