According to the Christian Bible, New Testament, John 1:29, when Jesus approached John the Baptist, John uttered the famous words, “There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world!”
A great sentiment, but how does Jesus do that? If we are looking for Jesus to come down from where He is exalted, wave a magic wand, and change the hearts of every human being, and perhaps nature, we may be waiting a long, long time.
Hearts are changed one at a time, like eating cashews. We may spend our entire lives blindly living in sin. We may not know there is light beyond the quagmire. But there is. Our hope is in the name of Jesus, the Christ.
Jesus lived on earth to teach us about how to connect with God, His Father and ours. This crucial connection leads us away from sin, any thought, word or deed that is outside of God’s plan. I am convinced that God has a plan for each and every one of us, and His plan is always for our utmost benefit.
It takes some effort to follow Jesus. Like a game of Blind Man’s Bluff, we may flail around reaching for Jesus to come into our lives and make big changes. And in reality, He is only a moment’s heart-prayer away.
If we are already following Jesus, sometimes we may still find ourselves flailing. Take heart! Jesus is always there for us, eager to help us center ourselves and focus on our re-creation. As we follow Jesus, we are becoming new creatures, with a comfort and peace that the world alone cannot provide.
Stating again, becoming new creatures takes effort.
This does not mean that we do not receive absolution when we ask for forgiveness. However, if we are sitting in the pew or the confessional, and we receive absolution from the minister or priest, we have choices to make.
If we leave the confessional with true confidence that we will work toward removing the cause of sin from our lives, we are on our way to becoming new creatures in Christ Jesus.
However, if we leave the pew or confessional thinking that we have been absolved, only to commit the same sin, then, “Houston, we have a problem.”
I pray with my heart each day that I am found worthy of a God so great. Have faith.