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Covered in Red

Daily Devotional for March 31, 2015

Read: Romans 4:6-8; 5:8-9

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What's that, Grandpa?" Sam pointed to some small cards and pieces of shiny red paper on the kitchen table.

Grandpa smiled. "Grandma found these when she was cleaning the attic the other day," he replied. "When I was a boy, we used to get these as prizes in cereal boxes--they're something like your baseball cards."

"Wow! They're really old!" Sam was impressed. "What are the shiny red papers for?"

"That's what makes these cards interesting, Sam," replied Grandpa. "Look at this one. It's a picture of Babe Ruth." Grandpa showed Sammy the picture of a famous baseball player, then turned the card over. "Now . . . see this question? It says, What was Babe Ruth's real name?' To find the answer, we put this shiny red paper--it's called cellophane--right over the question. Now what do you see?"

"George Herman Ruth," Sam read. "The question disappeared, and the answer showed up! Cool!"

"Right," said Grandpa. "This cellophane taught me a lesson."

"You mean because you learned that guy's real name?" Sam asked.

Grandpa laughed. "Something more important," he said. "When I was young, I knew I was a sinner--I was the church troublemaker." Sam grinned. "I'd often heard that we need to have our sin covered by the blood of Jesus," continued Grandpa, "but I never understood it until my Sunday school teacher brought this very same Babe Ruth card to class to one day. Someone read the question on the back,' he said as he turned it over. But he had put the red paper over the question, so we told him we could see only the answer. He nodded. When the question is covered by the red paper, you can't see it--you see only the answer,' he repeated. And when you trust Jesus as Savior, your sin is covered by the blood of Jesus. Then God can't see your sin anymore. Instead, He sees the answer to your sin-problem. He sees Christ living in you.' I've never forgotten that."

Sam nodded thoughtfully. "I'm going to remember it, too," he said.

What does God see when He looks at you? Does He see your sins, or are they covered by the blood of Jesus so that God sees only the answer to your sin-problem? If you trust in Christ as your Savior, your transgressions, or sins, are forgiven. They are covered, and you are blessed. Accept Jesus as your Savior today. (See the ABCs of Salvation at the end of this book.)

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
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