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Today in my Daily Quiet Time Alone with God I am meditating on the grace and forgiveness of God.
I began by singing "Beneath the Cross of Jesus."
Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand, The shadow of a mighty Rock within a weary land; A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way, From the burning of the noonday heat and the burden of the day.
There lies beneath its shadow but on the further side The darkness of an awful grave that gapes both deep and wide And there between us stands the cross two arms outstretched to save A watchman set to guard the way from that eternal grave.
Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see The very dying form of One who suffered there for me; And from my smitten heart with tears, two wonders I confess The wonders of His glorious love and my own worthlessness
I take, O cross, the shadow for my abiding place; I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face; Content to let the world go by, to know no gain nor loss, My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.
Then I went forward into my meditations and prayers. Two of the passages I am meditating on that are especially meaningful to me right now are Hebrews 10:18 ("Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.") and I John 4:18 ("There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.")
As I pray this morning, I am, therefore, claiming a third passage from my meditations: Psalm 103:10 ("He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.â€ť). This is my prayer as I seek to draw near to God and offer up to Him an acceptable sacrifice of service in Tyumen, Russia.
â€śO Lord, deliver me from the consequences of my sin and folly for the consequences due have fallen on Jesus as my Substitutionary sacrifice, O Lord God. Let it not affect my life; as if it had never occurred-- no evil ramifications, no penalty, no reaping the sin I have sown. The ripple will not reach the shore, for it will be as if the stone were never cast. Neither the physical nor the spiritual ramifications of my sin will come upon me, for God has not only forgotten my sin but delivered me from the path of its oncoming consequences. No punishment, no retribution. No debt to be paid, no ill will on Godâ€™s part to be undone. No favor to be curried, no love to be rekindled, no impending humiliation, no reminder of failures past, no one last poke, jab, slight or score to settle before it is all over.
Satan, the world and the flesh will have no hold, no opening, no accusations. It will be as if it never occurred. The bullet is dodged, the tide has ebbed, the flow is stopped, the blow is checked. The child is plucked from the path of the rushing train. Christ has fully absorbed the judgment of God. The pain, the suffering, the humiliation, the grief, the sorrows, the judgments, the vengeance, the wrath, pain, the anger, the retribution, all this and more has Christ suffered and paid for as my substitutionary sacrifice on the cross some 2,000 years ago. Christ and Christ alone, the perfect substitutionary sacrifice received in His body, in full, while on the cross."
The full consequences of my sins, having been fully imputed and then punished, leave nothing left to be paid-- God is propitiated â€“ completely, totally, fully satisfied. The only ramification in my life will be good â€“ Godâ€™s grace. That which is good and only that which is good will result and must be defined as such. I need never cringe in fear thinking, â€śWhat bad thing will God now do to me for this sin?â€ť For all my sins were imputed to Christ while on the cross 2,000 years ago and, then, all the â€śbadâ€ť things were done to Him as He hung there in my place, as my personal substitutionary sacrifice. And God having fully expended His infinite wrath on His beloved Sonâ€™s body is satisfied; nothing is left for me save the love, the grace and the mercy of God.
May we all come to know the full extent of the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
By His mercy, II Corinthians 4:1 Rev. John S. Mahon Grace Community Int. â€“ Tyumen, Russia (deep in the heart of Siberia)