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May 7, 2007 / beidson

Monday Morning Gospel

When my alarm went off early this morning, I remember lying in bed thinking, “I am really forgiven. I am a new creation. In Christ, God is for me, not against me.” This reality is better than any cup of coffee I could ever drink. I am forgiven; I am favored by the Favored One.

As real as my sinfulness is, and as real as my sin is, the grace and pardon of Christ are just as real. This is not fantasy salvation; this is the gospel. It has really happened. My peace with God and resurreciton to eternal life have been secured for me by Christ. I can worship in a building with hundreds of other sinners because we share the same Spirit. When I sin, I know I can find reconciliation; they will not turn me away. When they sin, they know I will forgive them. Even more, I will restore them by the Spirit of Christ and by His Word.
Romans 5:1-11 reads

“1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die– 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

I’ve got every reason to get out of bed on Monday mornings. It’s a day like every other day. I am hoping in Christ, and I trust in the faithfulness of God, who acts on behalf of those who call on his name. Why would I stay in bed? The gospel is for Monday mornings. I will rise up out of my bed and praise the Lord, because one day he will cause me to rise out of my grave and praise him.

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