Pastor’s Pen: Who am I?
In recent years there’s been an outpouring of superhero movies. They have quite a following and appeal to most people. The ones I enjoy most are those characters that could have been me.
If I had been bitten by that spider then I could have been Spider-man. Just throw on a mask and that’s who I am. If I had the resources – and know-how – I could put on a black suit and become Batman, plus get to drive and fly around in some really cool toys with great weapons. But the reality is that behind the mask, Spider-man is Peter Parker and Batman is Bruce Wayne.
They are everyday people like you and me. With the mask they become something else.
Many of us have a mask. We put it on and leave it on. We think to ourselves, “This is who I am.” We become liars or thieves or gossips or homosexuals or fornicators or slanderers. We are certain that is who we are and we cannot change. We are drawn to those things, each of us to something different perhaps; but all with a sin nature. But that isn’t who we are….or who we need to be. The mask can come off. Our true self can shine through.
But this mask cannot be taken off by human hands and dropped aside. Only one man is able to remove the mask, the lie, of sin. That is the God-man, Jesus Christ. Paul lists numerous sins in 1 Corinthians 6, “… sexually immoral … idolaters … adulterers … male prostitutes … homosexual offenders … thieves … greedy … drunkards … slanderers … swindlers …” None of us are exempt from that list. We’re all filthy, horrid sinners.
“And that is what some of you were,” Paul writes. That last word. It isn’t “are,” it’s “were.” You USED to be that, but are no longer. The mask has been removed through the shed blood and power of our Lord Jesus Christ. “… you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Now you are different. You are a “new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
You no longer need the mask of sin.
Allow Christ to remove it.