As I sit here at my computer easily keyboarding my thoughts, it is almost inconceivable to me that I made it through my undergraduate college days in the early 1980s with a manual typewriter and notetaking with the old-fashioned pen and spiral notebook. No cell phone, no tablet, no electronic devices aiding me through my education. Typewriters are now obsolete, along with corded telephones and wringer washers.
But even more incredible is the complete replacement of an old mundane system of ritual sacrifice to a religion of the heart in which God would remember people’s sins no more. This is such a radical change that it would be like having self-cleaning dishes or total speech-to-text “writing” of “papers.” It is much more than a labor-saving device; it is a completely different system that leaves the old system obsolete forever. That is what Jesus Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice did on our behalf.
We live in a New Covenant era in which God has put his laws on our hearts and written them on our minds. No typewriter, no computer, no keyboard necessary because the blood of Christ has introduced a seminal change in how we relate to God. There is now a thorough forgiveness that no longer requires any labor, ritual, or work. Indeed, it is finished. Now, we live into the new reality provided for us. It is an era of great peace, joy, and goodwill. It is so good that it would be absolutely ridiculous to go back to the old way.
Slow down enough in this season to connect or re-connect with the most wonderful of truths: Jesus Christ came to save sinners.
Saving God, you have completely taken care of the sin issue once and for all through the blood of your Son. Forgive me for my predilection to retreat into old obsolete ways of trying to earn peace and joy, instead of adopting the new, which sometimes seems almost too good to be true. Thank you for deliverance and new life in Jesus Christ. Amen.