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Jesus forgives ALL your sins

Monday Psalm 103:8-12 (NRSV)
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love
toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.

The psalmist says God removes our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west.
In other words, you are completely separated from your sins. You can’t get close to them. They are far from you.

What sins do you need to remember are as far from you as the east is from the west?

Tuesday Luke 24:45-47 (NRSV)
Then [Jesus] opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”

Over the past year, what are some ways you have helped fulfill this quest to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name to the nations?

What are some ways you have fulfilled it over your lifetime?

What are some nations or people you care about?

How will you proclaim to them the message of repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus name?

Wednesday Luke 24:45-49 (NRSV)
Then [Jesus] opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Tuesday we read Jesus’ final assignment to his followers: repentance and forgiveness of sins was to be proclaimed in Jesus’ name to all the nations. Today we read how the task is to be accomplished: the disciples will have power to spread the good news when they receive the Holy Spirit.

La Jolla Lutheran Church sign: Jesus forgives ALL your sinsHave you asked to receive the Holy Spirit?

If you haven’t, what’s stopping you? If you have, what gifts and abilities have you been given?

What are you interested in doing to advance God’s kingdom?

Thursday Acts 10:9-16 (NRSV)
About noon the next day, as [the messengers from Cornelius] were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. Then he heard a voice saying, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.” The voice said to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” This happened three times, and the thing was suddenly taken up to heaven.

Centuries before, God had told Israel through Moses what was acceptable to eat. Peter had followed those restrictions his whole life. Now Peter sees a group of unacceptable animals and is told to eat them. He refuses three times, and three times is told “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” It was confusing, since God was the one who had called the animals unclean. (We’ll hear more of this story tomorrow.)

What are some things God or the Bible have said that were confusing to you?

Friday Acts 10:28,34b-43 (NRSV)
[Peter] said to [Cornelius and his guests], “You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.. . . I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Before Peter saw the vision of the unclean animals, he had heard Jesus’ words that the message about forgiveness was to go to all nations. But since Peter was forbidden by Jewish law to associate with Gentiles, he assumed that Jesus meant only the Jews in all nations. The vision of the unclean animals convinced Peter that he should not exclude anyone from the command to tell all nations the good news.

Who have you not told about repentance and the forgiveness of sins?

Saturday Acts 10:44-48a (NRSV)
While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

The gift of the Spirit to the Gentiles convinced Peter that all people were welcome in God’s kingdom.

What are have you done this week because of Jesus?
What do you want to do next week because of Jesus? What do you need help with?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.

For Monday: The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

For Tuesday through Friday: Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.


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