I know the gospel, but I love when God reminds me of it in a way that makes it seem like the first time I’ve ever heard it.
I was reading in Isaiah 25 tonight, and the Lord pierced my heart as I read verses 7 & 8.
On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.
As I read those words, I was almost brought to tears of joy because of what Jesus did for me.
Shroud is defined as “a thing that obscures something,” and that’s exactly what sin does to us. Sin distorts our image and who we were meant to be. Sin gives us an illusion that, at times, can make us look like we are okay even though we are dying. It takes us farther from God’s plan for us, and no one is immune. It is a sheet that covers all nations.
And Jesus took care of it once and for all – one time and for every person. I’ve never deserved what He did for me, and that makes His sacrifice even more amazing. On my best day, I still sin, and, yet, His love for me remains the same.
On that mountain He took care of the thing in me that I could never remove – the thing that condemned me to die. On that mountain He had the victory. He conquered sin and death.
Jesus, you are so trustworthy, and my hope is in you.