By Herb Berkley
Everyone has a history. I have a history. You have a history. The things contained in that history may not be as wonderful and pretty as we expected early on in our lives. Our expectations of pleasing God were shattered with failed attempts to say no to the world. We have a tendency to carry around the ugly undesirable parts of our history with us like a boulder on a chain connected to our leg that we locked and threw away the key for. We walk in shame, and intense labor, because of the things we’ve done, or the people we’ve been, or the people we’ve hurt.
An inescapable part of our reality is this very clear understanding of who we are now and who we have been leading up to this point. God created our minds to be in a constant state of reconciliation. Even though we’ve turned away from the sins of our past, the now unfolding history being changed, we still hold on to these feelings of regret and anguish? It’s penetrating at times when we reflect back on our past. We labor on and toil in life and these things sometimes haunt us. We see an old picture or drive through an old town and it takes us back to a time when we were not our best most desirable human and certainly not the most pleasing to God. The good news is that there is a perfect way to resolve this problem
Jeremiah 31:34 New International Version (NIV)
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
Matthew 11:28-29 New International Version (NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Psalm 103:12 New International Version (NIV)
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
The amazing thing about Christ is that when His sacrifice was complete the key to unlocking the boulder of our past and the hammer to crush it was set on our front doorstep. We only have to reach out and take it in the way in which God’s son manifest in His life through the words in the New Testament. The burdens of life can only become lighter if we share them with someone strong enough to carry them and strong enough to “ERASE” them from our history; releasing us from the bonds of this world to help us rise up into the greatest, most desirable human in the eyes of God. Jesus perfect history allows our personal human history to be cleaned, to be cleared, to be revised in good standing with God. That’s really good news for all!