Zechariah 3:9 “See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,” says the LORD Almighty, “and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.”
In a single day, Adam took the fruit from Eve and human sin tarnished the whole of Creation.
In a single day, Christ took the cup of wrath from God and human sin was removed from Creation.
In a single day, we are each given the breath of Life to begin a new journey in the world.
In a single day, breath is taken from our lives and we may be given the opportunity to enter into the next world.
In a single day, we are given the offer to believe in Christ who can forgive us and restore us to God’s everlasting Kingdom.
In a single day, we can reject Christ’s offer and fail to be redeemed, leaving us separated from God forever.
In a single day, we can seek God’s grace, be cleansed of our sins, and rejoice in God’s love forever.
In this single day, what will we do?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, all that we have is this single day with which to get things right with God, so that we may be forgiven of our mistakes and restored to His Presence through Your grace. Help us to encourage our loved ones and others to receive these blessings in this single day. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.
John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment on today’s message, please send him an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s image is John’s latest Communion drawing called “Glasgow Cup.” It’s in the art nouveau style of one of his favorite Scottish artists Charles Rennie Mackintosh. You can view a larger version here: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8045/8118104006_81dd7214e3_b.jpg