Power for Today
Once...But NowColossians 1 (NIV)
“Once you were alienated from God...but now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight.” (Colossians 1:21~22, NIV)
On October 1, 1998, New York City celebrated the renovation of the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal in mid-town Manhattan. The renovation took two years and cost nearly $200 million. Perhaps the most striking part of the renovation was the scrubbing of the concourse’s interior. One can now see clearly the painting of the breathtaking, starry-night sky ceiling. Eighty-five years’ worth of soot, grime, and dirt had been cleansed. Restorers, however, left untouched a small square of dirt in the northwest corner of the ceiling. This square serves as a reminder of how filthy the terminal had become before being cleaned.
The cross stands as a reminder of just how sinful we had been before we were cleansed with the blood of the Lamb. It stands as a reminder of what it cost for us to be cleansed. In order that we could be cleansed of our sin, a price had to be paid. Jesus paid that price-with His body and blood on the cross. In order that we could be cleansed, we had to submit our lives to Him who paid the price for us. Before we responded to His cleansing sacrifice, we were dead. Beginning with our baptism into His death and resurrection, we have chosen to be alive in Him.
O, God and Father, as the hymn writer has said, “I was so lost I should have died, but You have brought me to Your side.” I praise You for the cleansing sacrifice of Jesus. In His name. Amen.
- DAVID FRITZ, Mineola, New York