In this world that so desperately needs to hear the message of forgiveness, now is not the time for Christians like you and me to deny our Savior.
It’s time for us to be amazed again.
Are you amazed that Christ’s message has the authority to save you? It starts by remember that we are sinful. We need to hear that message from Christ. If we don’t, then we will reject Christ. But in the anguish of our sins, we see our need to be saved. And Christ satisfies that need.
That’s what’s amazing about Christ’s message. We never deserved him or his message. But God always loved his creatures. He wanted to save them. So he did.
Christ came with God’s authority to cast out sin. We see a glimpse of that authority when Christ cast out a demon from a man in the synagouge. "Jesus rebuked the spirit, saying, 'Be quiet! come out of him!'" (Mark 1:25) Did that demon know what was happening? You bet he did! He said to Christ, “Have you come to destroy us?” Notice the demon says “us”—us demons, the powers of hell, the power of Satan. Yes, Christ had come to destroy you all! And with one word of authority, the demon submitted to Christ. Amazing!
Here we stand in our lives, confronted with the demons of sin--our sin--everyday. We are powerless to stop sinning. But Christ comes and with one word he casts sin out of your life. Sin must flee before Christ’s authority. It happened in baptism. There the authority of Christ was invoked as you were baptized into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And Satan fled. In worship the pastor announces your forgiveness. And Satan flees before Christ’s authority. Christ stands with hands and side pierced, his blood staining a cross, and making payment for sin so that no sin could own you, so that no sin could trouble you, so that no sin had power. His authority makes sin flee. Amazing!
Be amazed at Christ’s authority. Be amazed that sin has no place in your life. Christ puts you on notice today that your sins don’t master you. Be amazed that you’ve been saved by Christ’s authority. And then cling to that authority.
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