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Born identity

'You were rescued by the precious blood of Christ.' 1 Peter 1:19 CEV

You won't remember the most defining moment of your life, and you had absolutely no choice in it. It's the day you were born.

When you became a Christian, the Bible describes it like a second birth: 'you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God' (1 Peter 1:23 NIV). Just like your first birth, this is the defining moment of your new spiritual life and, although with this birth you make the choice to follow Christ, the promise of a fresh, new start is all down to Jesus: 'you were rescued by the precious blood of Christ' (1 Peter 1:19 CEV). That's why Jesus' death is spoken about so much in church. At first it can appear strange to celebrate a death, to eat bread and drink wine to remember his body and his blood. But it was something Jesus asked us to do: 'Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins"' (Matthew 26:26-28 NIV).

It's only because of Jesus that we can be forgiven and be born again with a new identity.

So what now? Thank God for Jesus. Thank Jesus for dying for you with his blood.

Soulfood: Ezek 22-23 Mk 15:1-20 Ps 132:1-10 Pro 15:1-4,

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