It’s good to be back in the blogging world. The hiatus was a bit longer than originally planned, so if you are a regular reader here at Honest Church, thank you for your patience!
I want to jump right into today’s subject matter, because this post has been rattling around in my head for a few weeks now and I’m excited to get into it. A few months back, I recommended a collection of Puritan prayers called The Valley of Vision. If you haven’t gotten a copy of it, go online and order one as soon as you can – I promise you, you will be blessed by the rich, theologically deep prayers you find there.
I try to pray through at least one prayer a day and as I spoke to the Lord through the words of a particular prayer entitled "Meeting God", I was struck by these words:
“I am all poverty as well as all guilt, having nothing of my own with which to repay thee, But I bring Jesus to thee in the arms of faith, pleading his righteousness to offset my iniquities, rejoicing that he will weigh down the scales for me, and satisfy thy justice.”
What a beautiful picture of the work of Christ! Because of our sinfulness, we have heaped up an infinite amount of guilt on the divine scale. Evil thought after evil thought, sinful action after sinful action, we pile guilt on that scale until it is horribly tilted in the wrong direction. Even if we put ourselves to work giving to the poor, feeding the hungry, and lobbying for social justice, we succeed only in adding filthy rags to the mountain of sin we have accumulated. The scale creaks ominously, sounding out our doom. There is no hope – the scale is tipped ever against us. We are hopeless.
And yet, the prayer proclaims that, “where guilt is most terrible, there thy mercy in Christ is most free and deep.”
Christ, through his sacrificial death on the cross as the Last Adam, has forever weighed down the scales for us. He has erased the mountain of evil we inherited at birth and added to all our lives and has tipped them eternally in our favor! When I think about the absurd amount of sin that I have on my personal scale – and about how I add to that sin each day – I am overwhelmed by the grace of Jesus in His act of weighing down the scales for me.
Christian, I pray that today you embrace the beautiful reality that Christ has weighed down the scales for you and that if you are trusting in him today, you never have to worry about that scale swinging back in the wrong direction!
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*All quotes taken from The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett - Banner of Truth