Colossians 1:21-22 — 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight without blemish and free from accusation (NIV).

In July 2017, my family and I recently traveled to Kampala, Uganda, for missions work. On our way out of the country, the security at Entebbe International Airport placed a tag on my carry-on bag that said, “Accepted.” This meant my bag was allowed on the plane because it passed the security standards set by TSA.

The bag did not do anything on its own to be accepted because it can do nothing. )I know this sounds silly, but stick with me here.) It was not the bag that made it accepted; it was the person who packed the bag that made it accepted.

Likewise, we as believers did not and could not do anything on our own to be accepted by God. On the contrary, only through God sending and giving His one and only Son as a sacrifice for our sinful nature could we be stamped as accepted. It took a perfect sacrifice to perfect some very imperfect people.

Jesus’ blood carries in it everything we need to be washed clean and tagged as accepted, moving us out of the kingdom of darkness into the marvelous kingdom of light. His blood gives us access into the throne room of God, right into His very presence. That’s good news, y’all.

Hebrews 10:14-15 — 14 It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people. 15 By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process (MSG).

—Heidi Jonker

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