trACker number368 Jesus Replaced The Marked Original In Your Photocopier
by Dudley Anderson 7/22/2011 / Devotionals
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22 July 2011
Dear God Tracker
Jesus Replaced The Marked Original In Your Photocopier.
"I'm sure that mark wasn't on the original," I mused to myself as I stood gazing at the black splotch on the lovely white printed page that had just immerged from my photocopy machine. Opening the top of the machine I examined the original form and sure enough, there it was, a smudge just off to the right of the second paragraph. Paging through the 50 copies I had made I noticed that every copy reproduced by my Xerox machine had the offending mark in the same spot. I must have had a grubby thumb when I placed that original document in the machine.
Thinking spiritual at this point my mind wondered about sin. In the beginning God had created us in his image perfect, sinless, spotless. Adam and his dear wife were clean and crisp originals of the human race but sadly, things did not remain that way. Shortly after man was created Satan placed his grubby thumbprint on him resulting in violation of the Creator's image. The moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God, a dirty great black smudge called, sin appeared on the image of mankind. Just like the 50 pages in my hand that had been spoiled because of the marked original, every copy made from the original man would reproduce the same spoiled image, every time.
The Bible says that all have sinned and missed God's perfect image. Every son of Adam has the mark of sin on him, just like my marked photocopy. This is why God, in his gracious providence, sent us the original image, his Son. Jesus is the unique image of God, because he is God. Colossians 1:15 says, "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation." For our sake then, though sinless, Jesus took the mark of sin upon himself when he died on the cross but left sinin the tomb when he rose from the dead. If, because of sin, the copies made from Adam bore the same marred image then, because of the spotless Christ and by faith in him, every copy made from his image will be immaculate and clean. He became sin for you so that, in him, you could become the righteousness of God. If you confess and repent of sin then he will forgive you and purify you from all unrighteousness.
It's not by religious observance, it's not my good works and it's not my any human effort that you could ever remove the smudge of sin from the pages of your life. It is only by calling on the name of Jesus, God's pure and spotless original, and by putting your faith in him that you can remove the stain of sin from your life. Jesus replaced the marked original in your photocopier.
God-tracking is reproducing God's original in the machine of your life.
(Please read the prayer below in Don't Give-up, Look-Up.)
Our hope is that, by sharing experiences in tracking the will of God, we will draw closer to him and discover the awesome value of walking with God. Let us know what you think by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org God knows the plans he has for you. So go ahead and track them!
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GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
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Verse of the Week
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes.
"Jesus Christ dwells in us. We are God's powerhouse." --- Maria Woodorth-Etter
Don't Give-up, Look-up!
Look-up and Fix Your Eyes On Jesus!
Renewed In the Image of My Creator
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
"O Lord God I realise that I am a sinner. Not only have I committed sinful things but I have been born with the mark of sin in me. I ask your forgiveness and call on the name of Jesus to be saved. Come into my life, O Lord as I put my faith in the work of Jesus in the cross. Jesus took that mark of sin so that I could be made new and clean. This I accept, in Jesus name. Today I put on the new self modelled according to Christ. By your grace and by faith I believe I am now renewed in the image of my Creator. Thank you Lord. Amen."
Dudley began writing for radio. He currently presents for UCB UK and writes a weekly devotional called, trACker. trACker reaches hundreds of people and is published online. Dudley also pastors a church in the UK. More at: www.godtracker.co.uk