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  1. Thanks so much for sharing. I read this article this morning during my devotion and I was truly blessed. I felt as though I was ushered right into the throne room of God. Yes Jesus came to take away not just some but all of our sins. But it is even better than that. He has the power to change us so that we don't have to keep sinning. How wonderful is that! Oh that men would praise the Lord for His wonderful acts towards the sons of men! Glory Halelujah!

  2. Beautiful lesson Lillianne. Is that Hillcrest in Dallas? I remember it well. I too had a similiar experience while living in the Dallas area. I was on my way to work one morning and got a speeding ticket. Just a few hours later I had to deliver some things in downtown Fort Worth and while walking across the street I got a jay walking ticket! Two tickets in one morning! I did go to the traffic court and pleaded for mercy and one ticket was dismissed. The judge kept hinting at me to plead another way or something but I did not catch on. I think he would have dismissed both tickets. Thank God for merciful judges! At the same time Jesus does not dismiss our charges. He pays them Himself! Thank you Lilliane for a wonderful post, and one that hit home with me.

  3. Sometimes we present God the Father as being this stern judge.
    My understanding is that Jesus is not only the sin offering, He is also the defense attourney and also the Judge. See Is. 33:22, and Acts 10:42, 2 Tim 4:1. Everything that can be done has been done
    by Jesus. What a wonderful, loving, saving God is He!

  4. Lillianne, actually the lesson of the tags is already taught in scripture. The high priest was to wear a breastplate with twelve gems representing the twelve tribes of Israel. It was worn over his chest and was suspended from his shoulders (tied to the two stones on his shoulders which also bear the names of the twelve tribes). Jesus is our High Priest who carries the burden of His people on His shoulders and over His heart so as to never forget them or the burdens they have.

    • Tyler and Lilliane, thank you so much for this picture that will now be forever in my mind: The breast plate of the High Priest which has the tribes of Israel represented on it, can also be seen as having the sins of the people "tagged" on it, as in Lilliane's post.

    • I had not thought about the similarities of the illustration I used and the high priests breastplate. It is such a blessing to realize that Jesus carries the weight of our sins on His shoulders.
      Thank you for your comments and for reading.

  5. Hi Lillianne,

    In 1979, I was the manager of a natural food store and I was a single, unwed mother. Every day I would drive a couple of miles from the store to visit my 6-month old baby at the baby sitters to nurse him. Enroute, the police stopped me three different times for speeding. In court, I was told I would loose my license, so I explained how the store needed me and so did my baby. The judge dismissed my tickets. I wasn't a Christian, but looking back, I see how good God was to me. Thanks for the ideas and great post.

  6. Good Morning Lillian. I thank God for using you to speak to me this morning. My life lately has been full of guilt because of my faults/shortcomings/sins. What an assurance as I confess this morning that indeed Christ has paid it all. Doesn't give me the right to sin because I know I have an Attorney who wins cases, but gives me hope that should I fall again I have a Attorney to stand on my behalf. Be blessed this beautiful Sabbath day and forever.

  7. The work of Jesus at this time is to remove sinfulness, not just taking our guilt as we keep sinning. The day will come when His office will cease, and if we are to be saved at all and be presented faultless, we will have achieved complete victory. THIS is what Jesus is working to accomplish, and as we look around the sanctuary, we see the means by which this is accomplished in us. He wants a people who have perfect driving records like His, but we understand from scripture that we are not capable of driving perfectly ourselves. We need a Perfect Driver to take over the driving. This is taking Christ's yoke upon us, by learning of Him, who was dependent upon a greater power from outside Himself. We must be like branches, clinging to the life-giving Vine.

    Lillian, your illustration works as we understand the implications that point out our duty. The delay that has allowed over 7 generations to rise up after 1844 must come to an end. Jesus is not the delay, yet God's mercy delays Him. He said it would be only one generation who would see all those things come to pass and eternity ushered in. Which generation will gain the victory at last?

    Malachi speaks of those polished jewels that are worn by the high priest. It is "they that feared the Lord" and "that thought upon His name". They are righteous and serve God.(Mal 3:16-18) They are found to be faultless, overcoming even as Jesus overcame. While God's love is infinite, His mercy will not last forever for all who continue in sin.
    Let's allow Jesus to finish His good work He has begun in us. He has given "exceeding great and precious promises" that we might become partakers of His Divine nature. "Bless the Lord O my soul!"

  8. Lillianne,

    I think that if one appreciates the great value and privilege of driving, then one might be careful about breaking the law. In Indiana, even if one violates the law in their personal vehicle (example-speeding), that violation goes against them if that person has a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). The idea is that one is a professional driver, whether or not they are driving their personal vehicle, a Greyhound bus, or a triple trailer truck. Besides, one can make a living in multiple ways by driving. In this context, having a substitute when one violates the law is powerfully meaningful. It can also serve to improve one's driving. Breaking the law happens to the best and most conscientious of drivers. I have met drivers with between 400,000 - 1,000,000 miles without an accident or fatality. So, a Mediator/Substitute is necessary.

    I need to rethink and re-appreciate the privilege of being a Christian. My idea of grace is unmerited empowerment to improve. The ones whom Jesus covered their sins in your example certainly, given the privileges that Christ has so freely given, need His empowerment to refrain from doing those sins again and again. Is it possible that some Christians view Jesus as being more "lenient" than man when it comes to law enforcement and consequences? Example: alcohol use. Jesus can and will forgive one who might succumb to alcoholism more than once. In Indiana, in contrast, a two-time CDL offender of driving while their blood alcohol limit is .04 (half of the limit of those with standard driver's licenses), would lose their CDL for a lifetime.

    • Thanks David, for focusing on another aspect of the Atonement. It is an aspect that is often neglected -- namely the cleansing of the heart temple.

      Mary was to name her baby "Jesus," because he was to save His people from their sins. He didn't come just to forgive sins that are past but also to save us from sinning in the present. For that He needs our cooperation. We need to make ourselves available to Him -- to spend time with Him and to listen to His voice as it comes to us through the Holy Spirit. And we need to claim the power He so willingly gives us to overcome sin.

  9. Thanks Lillianne for your comments about Christ taking the tags of our
    Sins and placing them upon himself. This is why I love home and serve him. To Godbe the glory.


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