"Now hear my absolution…"

This morning on the way to meet with our church family I sat beside my oldest in the van. He pointed to a picture of Eve holding baby Seth in his Action Bible. He had a questioning look on his face, wondering at this new child of Adam and Eve’s after the death of Abel and the banishment of Cain.

We were listening to “Joy” by Rend in the background.

I told him how Seth was God’s grace in the midst of their pain. Seth means “appointed;” in their sorrow God appointed this grace to them. I mentioned a line or two from “Joy” – the pain will not define us, joy will reignite us…the dark is just a canvas for His grace and brightness…

And then…
I broke as I whispered, lump in throat, “He is so, so good.” Such undeserving people…Us! Such a relentless love…God!

I don’t know if we’ll meet Adam and Eve on the streets of gold one day. I don’t know if they’ll be the first to break ground when the resurrection call is given, but I hope so. I hope to rise up right beside a woman who knew the sweetness of communion with the one true God only to betray Him with a bite of bittersweet, temporal fruit and then was separated from Him by the reality of sin and then was clothed by His grace and pursued by a love that took Him to hell and back just to have her with Him again. I want to praise Jesus right next to that woman because that woman’s story is my own…over and over again.


Beneath the Waters (I Will Rise)
This is my revelation
Christ Jesus crucified
Salvation through repentance
At the cross on which He died

Now hear my absolution
Forgiveness for my sin
And I sink beneath the waters
That Christ was buried in

I will rise, I will rise
As Christ was raised to life
Now in Him, now in Him
I live

I stand a new creation
Baptized in blood and fire
No fear of condemnation
By faith I’m justified

I rise as You are risen
Declare Your rule and reign
My life confess Your Lordship
And glorify Your Name
Your Word it stands eternal
Your Kingdom knows no end
Your praise goes on forever
An on and on again

No power can stand against You
No curse assault Your throne
No one can steal Your glory
For it is Yours alone
I stand to sing Your praises
I stand to testify
For I was dead in my sin

But now I rise, I will rise
As Christ was raised to life
Now in Him, now in Him
I live
Hillsong Live, Cornerstone


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