“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
Last month, a social media post went viral when Heather Chacon, an assistant professor of English at Greensboro College in North Carolina, shared a photo of herself holding a vintage jar of Vicks VapoRub. She wrote: “My son has been sick, (not Covid) and my mom loaned us the SAME jar of Vicks she used on me growing up. Heather used the medicine on her son and it worked just as effectively as when she was a kid. The expiration date on the jar was January, 1987. Other people added to her post saying they too had used jars of VapoRub that were decades old and it worked extremely well to clear up their congestion.
Manufacturers place expiration dates on their products to give you, the consumer, a timeline for when you are to use up your food and medicine. And although VapoRub was still good after 35 years, in many other cases, you are wise enough to recognize the product will not be safe or effective after the expiration date. You wouldn’t eat pork chops from your freezer that are 35 years old. You would toss out a carton of eggs you found to be a year beyond their expiration date. And of course, you would pour that old carton of milk down the drain simply because of the way it smells. Most foods don’t hold up over time and need an expiration date.
Thankfully, God’s forgiveness has no expiration date. Unlike food and medicine, God’s mercy never comes to an end. As we celebrate World Wide Communion Sunday on October 3rd, you are reminded that God’s forgiveness never loses its effectiveness. For you who trust in Jesus as your Savior, “there is now no condemnation” because all of your sins are forgiven through his sacrifice on the cross. You may need to check the expiration dates on the food you consume; but you never have to worry about God’s forgiveness going bad.
In Christ’s love, Pastor Steve