As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, it is right that we should rejoice and even wallow in the wonderful truth that all of our sins have been forgiven once and for all through HIs sacrificial & substitutional death on the cross (Hebrews 10:12)! It is right that we thoughtfully and actively enter in to the freedom of having been set free from the penalty, the shame and the guilt of our sin. Christ has died so that we would know & enjoy this freedom – Hallelujah!
It is equally as right however that we don’t forget the awfulness of our sin and the abhorrence which God has for it. It is equally as right that we remember that even though God has forgiven us of all our sins through the death of His Son Jesus upon the cross, He still hates the sin that put Him there.
God’s absolute abhorrence for sin is something that we see from His response to the Israelite’s idolatry during their journey through the wilderness. In Exodus 32, we read that the people had grown tired of waiting for Moses to return from Mount Sinai and so asked Aaron to build them other gods to worship instead, declaring that they were the gods (and not the One true and living God) who had brought them out of Egypt (Exodus 32:4). This sin so grieved God and was such a great betrayal of the people’s covenant promise to Him (Exodus 19:8) that God’s righteous anger “burned” against them (Exodus 32: 10) and led to 3000 being slain.
Despite God being “compassionate… gracious…slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin”, He nevertheless clearly hated their sin & could not “leave the guilty unpunished…” (Exodus 34: 6&7).
As well as rejoicing in the fact that Jesus Christ has stood in our place and taken the punishment that all our sin deserves and requires, my prayer is that we will also remember the awfulness of our sin; that we will see just how much our sin grieves God and how much it cost God to remove it from view – that it cost Him His own dear Son! My prayer is that as our awareness of the true offensiveness and the immense cost of our sin increases, so too will our hatred of it and our resolve to repent of it by the Spirit’s power which is now at work in us – the same power that enabled Christ to overcome temptation (Luke 4:1) and which raised Him from the dead (Ephesians 1: 20). To God be the glory!

Oh, to see the dawn

Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us,
Took the blame, bore the wrath:
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin;
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees,
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
‘Finished!’ the victory cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God, slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Notices and Points for Prayer

On Sunday May 30th, in anticipation of my stepping down as pastor, the eldership have invited Chris Rogers (the speaker at our Easter services) to preach with a view to being considered for the post of interim pastor @ Lonlas from September 2021. Following his visit, the eldership will of course be looking to the membership for their feedback. If you have any questions or preliminary observations about this then please feel free to contact either Jim, Mark or Bruce. Please pray for the eldership and indeed for the whole church at this time of transition – that the Lord will give spiritual discernment & make His will known.Once again, if you are intending to join us for corporate worship @ Lonlas this Sunday @11am, please can you let Dawn know in advance. Thank you.

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