Dear Hope family,
Thought for the Week
Lockdown – Keeping Safe
Hebrews 4v15 “[Jesus] was tempted in every way as we are – yet was without sin.
As we know very well, we are in lockdown at the present moment so that the contagious Covid-19 is not passed on. We are protecting ourselves and others. This is very much like the Old Testament Law method of purity. Every measure was taken to avoid being contaminated by someone else or something else that might be “unclean”. Hands were washed, people were segregated, objects should not be touched.
We also know very well that we are seeking a vaccine which works inside each of us to enable our bodies to fight Covid-19. This will mean that we can be free of all the measures being taken to protect us. This is like the good news of Jesus Christ: he made the way for God’s Spirit to come into each of us at our new birth. For the ultra-clean Pharisees it was horrific that Jesus mixed with those who were likely to contaminate him (the leper, the sinner, the prostitute etc). But Jesus was not contaminated by these at all: he was immune to it. Jesus passes this immunity on to us by his Spirit: he transforms our hearts and minds so that we can resist sin and temptation and remain pure and holy. Paul repeatedly says “live by the Spirit, not the sinful nature”. This means that we are set free from the restrictions of the Old Testament and we can live lives of freedom, mixing with sinners and yet remain pure. In short, if you have faith, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4v4), and you can stand against the sin of the ungodly. This is not a call to be stupid, but it is a call to live by faith.
May God fill you with his Holy Spirit today and empower your mind and heart to fight the battle with sin. You are now a person of faith in Jesus, not of fear of contamination.
With love and blessing,
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