Mercy and Grace | Day Three
By: Kate Downing | Mercy in Salvation
When I was in elementary school, I looked forward to the State Fair more than Christmas because there were rollercoasters and Dip-n-Dots in the same place. (Which in my eight-year-old mind, they were the two greatest things known to mankind.) If I was really lucky, my parents would splurge for the “all-access” pass that was signified by a stamp on the back of my hand. That stamp meant that I could ride the giant swings or any other ride as many times as I wanted.
Truthfully, that stamp had no actual value to it, it was just ink on the back of my hand. Instead, it was what that stamp stood for that had value. It meant I had an all-access pass to the best day of the year!
We started talking yesterday about the idea of atonement (to pay the penalty of a wrong) for sin. Specifically, we talked about the mercy seat being a place where the blood of an animal was offered to God as atonement for sin. That blood offering is a lot like that stamp I would get on my hand at the fair. The blood itself did not pay for sin; it did not have saving power, just like my stamp didn’t have value in and of itself. Instead, it was what the blood represented that had great value. The blood represented the coming of the ultimate atonement for sins—Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.
Spend a minute asking the Lord to speak to you today through His Word. Lay down any distractions going on in your mind and thank Him for this opportunity to spend time with Him!
Read Hebrews 9:12.
We are told here that Jesus entered into the “holy places.” This is a reference to the place in the Temple (the place of worship for the Jewish people) where the mercy seat was kept. It was the most holy and special of places. It was the place where the presence of God resided. The writer of Hebrews says that Jesus entered this holy place not on the basis of the blood sacrifice of an animal but on the basis of His own blood sacrifice.
What does this verse say Jesus’ blood “obtained” or “secured”?
Google the word “redemption” and write out Hebrews 9:12 with the definition of the word “redemption” added in.
It is on the basis of Jesus’ atonement for our sin that we can receive salvation from sin and evil. For thousands of years people had to rely on an animal sacrifice to be a temporary fix to a permanent problem. And all the while that animal sacrifice pointed toward the need for and the coming of the ultimate sacrifice. This sacrifice was the perfect Son of God who loved you and I enough to lay down His life so that we might live.
Read John 3:16.
Whether you’ve heard this verse one million times or this is your first time reading it, read it again and write down a sentence summary of the verse in your own words.
God’s love for you led Him to send His Son to pay the penalty for sin that you owed.
God’s mercy offers you life instead of death.
We have the opportunity to respond to this incredible love, to receive this mercy God offers us. Jesus atoned for our sins by offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice. He desires for you to accept His forgiveness and surrender your life to Him. If you have never done this before, let me tell you, it is so simple! It’s as easy as A, B, C.
A – Admit that you are a sinner in need of mercy. (Romans 3:23)
B – Believe that Jesus is God’s Son who died for your sins and offers you forgiveness
from those sins. (Romans 5:8)
C – Confess that Jesus is Lord and Savior of your life. (Romans 10:9-10)
If you have never done these things, never accepted Jesus as your Savior, then let me encourage you to pray this prayer or something like it. There is nothing magical in the words of this prayer; the power is in your heart behind it.
Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner, and I need your mercy. I believe that Jesus is your Son and that He died on the cross for my sins. I believe He rose from the dead and is alive! Please forgive me for my sins. I trust in your love and salvation and surrender control of my life to you! Thank you Jesus, Amen!
If you prayed this prayer for the first time today, accepting Jesus’ gift of salvation and forgiveness of your sins, let me be the fist to welcome you into the family of God! I couldn’t be more excited! We’d love to know that you surrendered your life to Jesus today or that you have questions about what it means to be saved, so please click the “Contact” tab at mintedtruth.com and send us an email letting us know about the incredible decision you made today or the questions you have!
Whether you accepted Jesus as your Savior today or a long time ago, Jesus’ atonement for our sins should bring us to a place of gratefulness and boldness in coming before Him.
Read Hebrews 10:19-22. Why can we enter into the presence of God (the most holy place) with confidence (vs. 19)?
What are we commanded to do in verse 22?
What does it mean to “draw near to God”?
What are some practical ways you can draw near to God this week?
Thank the Lord for His offer of salvation and mercy! Ask the Lord to help you draw near to Him this week in your thought life and in your actions.