Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Day Without a Yesterday

Belgian priest, mathematician, and astronomer, Georges LeMaitre wrote to Albert Einstein inquiring about his theory of relativity. In his letter, LeMaitre made the following statement “Your theory suggests there was a day without a yesterday.” The inquiry was a statement crafted by a person who was both a scientist and a theologian. LeMaitre developed a theory that would later become known as the Big Bang Theory suggesting our universe had a single moment of creation that set in motion an expanding universe. That first day of the Big Bang was a day without a historical yesterday. All things became new at that moment.

A follower of Jesus Christ is supposed to live each day with the same newness that would have taken place on the first day of creation.  With each new day, we are offered a day without a yesterday. Our sinful past does not follow us in the mind of God. What follows us is a slate wiped clean by the mercy of God. That realization might be the most profound expression of God’s love a human will ever experience. God spoke of that reality in Scripture, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). 

We are being followed by a yesterday of complete forgiveness. We cannot run away from the love of God. Every lie that wants to pull us back into a false yesterday where regret and sorrow attempt to displace the love of God must be challenged.  When lies appear and attempt to communicate an unforgiven past, confront them and say “No more!” God has chosen to remember our sins no more and neither should we unless the Spirit brings them to mind as part of a redemptive process. Any other remembrance of a painful yesterday is a lie. Today is truly the first day of your new life - a day without a yesterday. 

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