My English cousin Arthur was a great cyclist. He rode for miles with his mates. One day he barely missed being hit by a car causing him to veer off the road, throwing him off his bike, landing on the ground on a pointy rock which lodged in the base of his spine. He never rode again. Never walked on his own without the help of calipers and crutches. I remember him telling me that when he looked down at his legs on the ground that day, they felt like they were still up in the air.
Many paraplegics have a similar experience. Called ‘phantom feeling’. They can still feel their damaged limbs in positions contrary to what their eyes see.
That phenomenon came to mind as I was reading what the Apostle Paul wrote: ‘Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast–as you really are. (v. 7). He says that sin can take off like wildfire. Like rapid-rising yeast. He says to get rid of it. Find the sin, name and confess it, and move on as God’s forgiven children.
Only God can get rid of our sins. He did that by sending Jesus to die on the cross for us, which brings salvation and forgiveness. The old yeast is thrown out and a new batch is made.
Paul says ‘…as you really are’. But so many times I don’t feel it. Phantom feeling. Forgiven… yet carrying around that load of guilt as if Jesus did nothing for me. Nothing. Still toting my sins on my shoulders. Phantom feeling.
Shouldn’t we start to believe the Lord? Get rid of the old yeast. Be the new…’as you really are’.
Lord, thank you for forgiving me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.