News from the front porch: Christ still loves, offers redemption
The news reports following the aftermath in the Boston tragedy were compelling in how the FBI was able to observe every movement of the terrorist hidden in the boat with pinpoint accuracy.
He could not hide. He was apprehended, although it took law enforcement a little while to convince him of that. Perhaps he thought that he could kill anyone who tried to look into the boat.
I did not watch the movie that came out several years ago, “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.” I’m told it portrayed people being killed that tried to look inside the ark. What was inside the ark that a movie-maker would depict as bringing judgment to those who looked inside it?
The Bible tells us that the ark held the two tablets of the Ten Commandments, the pot of manna and Aaron’s rod. These items were tokens of man’s rebellion. The two tablets of the Ten Commandments represented man’s rejection of God’s standards. The manna represented man’s rejection of God’s provision, and Aaron’s rod, man’s rejection of God’s appointed priesthood.
God did not want to look at these tokens of rebellion.
Once a year on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies to sprinkle on the mercy seat the blood of the animal that had been sacrificed.
When the blood was there, the entire nation of Israel was forgiven. God’s judgment passed over them and they were blessed for another year. (Leviticus 16.)
Today, the blood sprinkled on the mercy seat is not the blood of bulls and goats, but the precious, eternal blood of the Son of God. Jesus is our “mercy seat.”
When we believe in Christ and receive him as savior; God does not see our sins and count them against us because he sees his son’s blood. He does not want us to look inside the ark by focusing on your sins. He wants us to focus on Christ and his finished work. The miraculous spiritual life through Christ living on the inside of us flows to the outside and perpetually renovates our mind, will, emotions, and body.
This could even happen for the terrorist after all he has done. Justice will come full circle upon him.
However, Christ still loves him and offers redemption from his sins before God.
“So Christ has now become the high priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that great, perfect sanctuary in heaven, not made by human hands and not part of this created world. Once for all time he took blood into that most holy place, but not the blood of bulls and goats and calves. He took his own blood, and with it he secured our salvation forever.” Hebrews 9:11-12
Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.