No Longer Bound by Sin and Shame
Filled with shame, he regretted his decision to eat of the forbidden fruit. Then he heard the footsteps of God.
Embarrassed and humiliated, she hung her head as her accusers publicly exposed her adulterous relationship. Then she heard the footsteps of Jesus.
Our sins leave the residue of shame, humiliation, and regret. That’s what sin does – it lures us into momentary pleasure, but leaves us with a lifetime of pain.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
In the Old Testament, God had Moses build a tabernacle, which served to illustrate the relationship between man and God.
A thick, heavy material separated the people from the presence of God, found in the Most Holy Place. Only the High Priest could enter, and only once a year.
Man was separated from God. But God loved us, and sent Jesus to redeem us from our sin and shame.
When Jesus died on the cross, the Bible and history describes a great earthquake, and that the veil in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom!
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. (Mark 15:38 ESV)
God Himself tore the veil of separation, giving us unlimited access to His presence.
Often, when we have sinned, we find ourselves hiding and filled with shame.
The woman caught in adultery.
Each had sinned. Each deserved death.
Then they heard the footsteps of God.
Did God kill them or condemn them?
No, He redeemed them.
Just like He did you.
Isn’t it time to come TO the presence of God instead of running from it?
The veil in the Temple? That represents your sin. Sin separates us from God. But God tore sin and destroyed its power.
You can now come boldly to the Throne of Grace, and you will find mercy and grace.
Do you hear His footsteps?
Look up. Your redemption has arrived.
Thank You for the grace and mercy we receive through Jesus Christ. Today I choose to walk to You. I refuse to allow my past to keep me from my future.
In Jesus’ name, amen!