Third Sunday After Pentecost
Scripture: Psalm 30
Psalm 30 is considered the Psalm for the day of Hanukkah. Life itself is full of mixed emotions, circumstances and complications. Sin is the new normal, we try to live to people’s expectations and guide life with our emotions.
Psalm 30:3 “You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death” upon reading this, the verse speaks of what the resurrection of Christ did and continues to do for all humanity- if they have received Him whole heartedly.
Everyday I am reminded that Jesus died on the cross, our sins died with Him and so as our normal living habits, when He was buried, so were our sins and when He rose from the dead and all our sins were washed away and we were made new! In this life, there’s a saying “there is nothing new under the sun”. But, 2 Corinthians 5:17 contradicts with this saying and it states “For I am a new creation because of Christ” and many others who have accepted Him and are heading down the path of accepting Him as their Lord and Saviour, have the same privilege.
Sin will always lead to death. (Romans 6:23- For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord)
It is because of Him that sin no longer has a hold on our lives and this warrants glory to the Father and daily celebration here on earth, which the Psalmist addresses in the next few verses of the scripture. In this life, let no evil win for Christ Jesus won victory when He rose from the dead and is within us forever.
-Temukisa Tuliaupupu, Congregational Christian Church in Samoa
Jesus, thank you for I am a new creation, we have a clean slate; and a new beginning. Lord You have made this possible. All that held us back before, our past pain and struggle as well as traumas no longer have authority over our lives. The old has past, the new has begun. We now have the opportunity to become more like who created us.
Teach us that there’s no more fear, no more hate and no more worldly pain. Lord we pray for lost souls and declare that we can do nothing apart from You.
Bless Your Name Jesus.