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July 26, 2019

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18a
If you’ve ever prepared your own fresh lobster for dinner, you’ll agree that their moniker as “roaches of the sea” is much deserved. They are nocturnal, sewage and cadaver-consuming garbage disposers of the shallow, murky, near-shore waters. Unless you have a professional chef cook them for you, they can taste as bad as you might expect. Many of today’s delicacies—like frog legs and oysters—were once peasants’ food. It’s a rite of passage for a chef to turn something common and filthy into a delicacy. But without experience, no amount of garlic butter can compensate for the gamy, chewy taste of a poorly prepared, wild-caught lobster. We too were once as filthy and revolting as bottom-dwelling lobsters. No amount of perfume (or fig leaves) could cover our sinful nature. We needed a professional. And Christ didn’t just clean us up; He took our sin to the grave. He didn’t just make us seem tolerable as garlic butter can do for wild lobster. He made us into beings whom God sees as holy, righteous, and precious to Him.



Scripture Focus

Isaiah 64

Insight

Stop trying to be good and understand that Christ has re-made you! Now go forth and conform yourself to your re-Maker.

Bible In A Year

  • 2 Chronicles 35-36
  • Psalm 25
  • Mark 4