“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Galatians 6:15-17).
Today’s Morsel: I see many people wearing tattoos these days, and I often ask some of them what their tattoos mean? Surprisingly, many of them do not know. Many will tell me that they got them while they were drunk or out partying with others, and so they really don’t know. Many of them have tattoos marking them with marks that represent hate, prejudices, gangs, witchcraft, promiscuity or men and women whom they no longer have any dealings with. But as I told the church a few weeks ago, we often do things that we are not aware of when we know not Christ, yet once we know Him, then we must not make the same mistakes. As Paul said, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Corinthians 6:11-12). Paul knew why he had the marks upon himself when he was asked. He said that he bears in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, every stripe he had received from being beaten, every cut from being shipwrecked, every bruise from being stoned, and every scrape from being dragged, he knew that it was because of Christ and for the sake of the gospel. How many marks do you have because of Christ and for the gospel?
Sing: He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. Surely, He bore all our sorrows and by His stripes, we are healed.
Thought For Today: Is His Name in your forehead?