Date: Wednesday, April 30
Scripture: Hebrews 9:23-28
Verse: But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Hebrews 9:26b)
I once heard it said that dealing with regret is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube. It just can’t be done. Many of us know there are things we have said, done, and not done that have hurt people who are close to us. We want to take them back, but that cannot be done. We wish we had a time machine which would allow us to relive the event, and this time do the right thing, but life doesn’t work that way. You cannot put the toothpaste back into the tube. The only way to restore a relationship damaged by something we have done, is to receive forgiveness which is totally in the hands of the other.
The same is true of our sin. As we have been looking at this week, sin damages our relationship with God. We cannot take it back, pretend it did not happen, or present an argument convincing God what we have done is not really a big deal. All we can do is rely on God to forgive us, and allow us to remain in relationship with him.
Today’s text reminds us God is ready and willing to do just that. Through Christ’s sacrifice of himself, sin is removed. We are forgiven and our relationship to God is restored. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube, but you can have the countertop cleaned and start again.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your sacrifice, and for your complete forgiveness of all my sins. Amen.
Action: Tackle a cleaning project you have been putting off, mindful of the cleaning God has done in your life.
Respond: What analogies, like not being able to put toothpaste back in the tube, have you heard about mistakes, regret, forgiveness, etc.? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” or “1 (or more) Comment” below.
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