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John 11:43-44 ” When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’ “

Are you bound up in the burial clothes of sin?  Do addictions have you shackled to a life you hate?  Do you long to be free of the things that have kept you from moving ahead?  Then obey the command of Jesus, “Come out!”   Yes, the decision is yours to make.  You can remain wrapped up tightly in the burial clothes of sin, guilt and shame…or you can walk out of that grave you call your life today and live.

Mark 2: 16-17 “…they asked His disciples: ‘Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ “

As His ministry became more well-known, Jesus became more popular among the social outcasts.  Why?  Because He wasn’t concerned about maintaining His squeaky clean image, or only being seen with the right people.  Jesus went where the need was.  So here we find Jesus at a large banquet made up of every kind of questionable personality and reputation.  But He looked beyond the person and saw their potential… and wasn’t afraid to go where they lived.  You won’t find the healthy in the hospital…you’ll only find the sick.  Just as you won’t find most lost sitting in the pews on Sunday.  As Christians, we need to be willing, just like Jesus, to go where the need is.

Hebrews 10:26-27 ” If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

We probably all know a person who has fallen away.  Someone who consciously rejected the spiritual enlightenment they had once received…who had tasted of God’s goodness, but chose instead to abandon their faith.  And when we intentionally reject Jesus Christ, we’re essentially saying that His sacrifice on the Cross meant nothing.   For when anyone falls away, they have turned their back on God’s truth and can only then look forward to His final judgment.

I John 1:8-9 ” If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

The world doesn’t talk about sin as such.  To them, sin is an archaic word.  They’d rather shape the idea of sin into a palatable and more tolerable commodity that people will just accept without question.   I found an interesting quote about this.  The world says, ” My right is my duty.”  The Christian says, “My duty is my right.”  The question here being –  what is your focus…putting yourself before others… or putting others before yourself?   This is where sin and truth collide…it’s where the world deceives us into thinking sin isn’t that big of a deal…but truth tells us we need to come out from under the cloud of lies and self-indulgence and repent.

Matthew 8:3 ” Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”

When we come to Jesus, He says to us, “Be clean!”  And at that moment we are purified from all the pollution, guilt, and shame of our sins.  For it says in Psalm 51:2, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”  Where we once were covered with the filthy stains of sin,  we are now cleansed…our nastiness replaced by pristine purity and righteousness through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  For it is only through the blood of Jesus that we can become cleansed from all our transgressions…it is only through Jesus we can be saved.

Isaiah 6:5 ” Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips…”

In the presence of God, Isaiah realized instantaneously his sin of impure language.  In that moment of God’s presence, there’s never any vague, broad sense of sin…rather the Lord will laser focus in on some specific personal area of your life you need to change.  Your attention will be directed to it,  followed by conviction to take personal responsibility and confess the sin to Him…followed by you acknowledging your need for forgiveness.

Ephesians 2:3 ” All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.”

All of us do it…we daydream.  Pleasant fantasies that transport us from the drab and boring into over the top imaginings.  But if we indulge in these musings more and more, they will soon take over our life…for the real world can never compete with fantasy.  And it’s here in this verse we’re warned about willful pleasure-seeking thoughts.  As humans living in a sinful world –  ungodly thoughts are going to drop into our minds…thoughts that can even shock and embarrass us.  Like, “Where did THAT come from?!!)   But it’s at that moment we have to take captive that thought and make it obedient to Christ. (II Corinthians 10:5)  For if we give in and allow these thoughts to have their way in our mind…our vivid daydreams will lead us farther and farther from God into disobedience.