I took the train to London yesterday to pick up my Dad. He had driven himself to one of the hospitals there, where he had an appointment to get some kidney stones ‘zapped’ out of him. It was a simple enough procedure, but he wasn’t allowed to drive anywhere until today, so I went to pick him up. We had a great conversation coming home, and it was a really good time for us to spend together.
I won’t go into the details of how the procedure works, especially since I would be sure to relay it incorrectly! However, the whole concept got me thinking: wouldn’t it be great if all the unhelpful things inside us could be ‘zapped’ out? To be able to have a quick procedure that would blast into tiny little pieces all the ‘stuff’ that keeps us from engaging fully with God?
Be sure, as I am, that we all have stuff inside us that keeps us from engaging fully with God. That chasm of sin that keeps us from a complete relationship with the Lord is deeper and wider than any of us would ever like it to be. There are days when our desire to connect with God is overpowered by that stuff inside us that yanks us in another direction – to an addiction, an old habit, the wrong kinds of influences – you name it. The Bible calls it our sinful nature, or the flesh. Whatever you might like to call it, there is always a force inside us that keeps us from a complete relationship with the Lord. It would be great to be able to go in and just zap it right out.
Sounds strange, I know – but that’s what Jesus did. He bridged that chasm of sin with the cross. He paid the price to restore us to a right relationship with God. He paid that price once for all. It need not be paid again. Jesus has done the ‘zapping’ ! “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed” (1 Peter 2.24, NLT). The wounds that Jesus bore blasted away our sin, blasted away that which would have power over us, but which cannot win the victory, for Jesus himself has already won the victory!
So be encouraged: the price has been paid, the stuff has been zapped, the sin has been atoned for. Satan has been banished. Death has been swallowed up in victory. We can be fully engaged with God. The One who lives inside us by faith is greater than the one who dwells in the world. Thanks be to God!