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April 14, 2011

We are approaching Palm Sunday and passion week. These special occasions remind me of a dramatic picture of the work of Christ hidden in the first seven verses of Leviticus 14. People who had been healed from infectious skin diseases were told to bring two birds, some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop to the priest. One of the birds was killed and its blood was poured into a clay pot with water. The live bird, the scarlet thread and the hyssop were dipped into the blood of the slain bird. The person to be cleansed was sprinkled seven times with the blood that dripped from the hyssop. Then the live bird was released to fly away.

There were reasons why the Lord called for this type of offering. Everyone has infections sooner or later. These infections are outer signs of the reality that we all have been infected by sin. An innocent bird was sacrificed to show God’s people the cost of their sin. The bird that was dipped in the blood and released provided a vivid illustration that we too have been released from our sin now that we are covered by the blood of Christ.

Jesus Christ died for us, not so that we can go through life feeling guilty, but so we can be released from the grip of sin and fulfill our God given destiny. If you see a dove fly by wearing a peace of scarlet yarn like a necklace, remember that you too have been released from sin so you can fly freely.

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

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