The story is told about a relatively quiet suburb where several residents were extremely upset by careless drivers who would drive speed down their streets recklessly. They started a petition to present to the City Council demanding that the police patrol the area with greater frequency and “throw the book” at drivers who ignored the speed limit.
The City Council agreed and police were dispatched to patrol the street. Within hours, five drivers had been ticketed for ignoring the speed limit. All of them were fuming at the fines they received. The kicker: All five of these drivers had signed the petition calling for hefty fines for speeders. We hate sin, right? At least other people’s sin.
The season of Lent calls us to self-examination – emphasis on self. It’s time to quit judging others harshly while ignoring our own sins. It’s time to be honest with ourselves and to repent of our sinful behaviors. It’s time to go through the Ten Commandments (and Jesus’ interpretation of them, see Matthew 5) and acknowledge our sins and our need to repent, our need to change. That means turning to God and asking for His forgiveness. And He will forgive. Not because we deserve it, but because of His Son Jesus.
A movie has just come out entitled Hotel Mumbai. It tells the true story of a 2008 terrorist attack on this hotel in Mumbai, India. Over 200 people were killed.
A reporter interviewed a guest who had been at the hotel for dinner that night. The guest described how he and his friends were eating dinner when they heard gunshots. Someone grabbed him and pulled him under the table. The assassins came striding through the restaurant, shooting at will, until everyone (or so they thought) had been killed. Miraculously, this man survived. When the interviewer asked the guest how he lived when everyone else at his table had been killed, he replied, "I suppose because I was covered in someone else's blood, and they took me for dead."
The Bible tells us that there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). Romans 6:23 tells us the wages of sin is death. But the same verse goes on to say: “… but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
On the Cross, Jesus shed His blood for the sins of the whole world. Christians are saved by being “covered in Someone else’s blood” – the blood of Jesus.
Are you covered by His blood? Is your sin atoned for? “If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. [1 John 1:7].
Jesus died for your sins. Jesus rose for your salvation. I invite you to attend a local congregation this Lent and then on Easter as we receive the salvation Jesus has won for those who will believe in Him.