REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY
Day 19-Exposed By The Cross, Part I
It was while rehearsing gospel truths in Romans 5-8 that the apostle Paul was moved to speak of his struggle with sin and exclaim, “O wretched man that I am!” While reviewing God’s abundant saving grace on another occasion, Paul was prompted to confess that he was the “the foremost” sinner of all.72
Likewise, the deeper I go into the gospel, the more I comprehend and confess aloud the depth of my sinfulness. A gruesome death like the one that Christ endured for me would only be required for one who is exceedingly sinful and unable to appease a holy God. Consequently, whenever I consider the necessity and manner of His death, along with the love and selflessness behind it, I am laid bare and utterly exposed 73 for the sinner I am.
Such an awareness of my sinfulness does not drag me down, but actually serves to lift me up by magnifying my appreciation of God’s forgiving grace in my life. And the more I appreciate the magnitude of God’s forgiveness of my sins, the more I love Him and delight to show Him love through heart-felt expressions of worship.74
72-1 Timothy 1:15. “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.”
73-Hebrews 4:13. “…all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”
74-Luke 7. “(37) And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that [Jesus] was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, (38) and standing behind Him at His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the head of her hair, and kissing his feet and anointing them with the perfume…(40) And Jesus answered him, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ And he replied, ‘Say it, Teacher.’ (41) ‘A moneylender had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. (42) When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?’ (43) Simon answered and said, I suppose the one whom he forgave more.’ And He said to him, ‘You have judged correctly.’ (44) Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?…she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. (45)…since the time I came in, [she] has not ceased to kiss My feet. (46)…she anointed My feet with perfume. (47) For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.'”