True enough, the dentist had a hard time, too removing my temporary crown this morning when I went there so they could replace it with the permanent crown. The assistant had applied a strong glue as it would take me a few weeks for this morning’s follow up and she didn’t want the temporary crown to come off loose. She surely did a great job doing so!
How it hurt a bit, as the gum got a little irritated with the pulling and yanking. Until it finally came off and my new tooth looked great!
And so it is with a new life with Jesus! How can we not be aware of His power and saving grace! We are rotten inside that is replaced with His righteousness. It surely hurt, maybe a bit or maybe even too much, when we are being stripped off of the things of this world.
But I was hearing a different Voice as I stared at the calming framed of art in front of me, as the yellow glare of soft light shone over my face, it was clear: “I see My Son, Jesus as I look at you. Yes, I do not see those ugly sins anymore. You are beautiful.”
Those words spoken with unfathomable love.
The dentist handed me a mirror to look at my new crown. And as I stared at it, I knew I had no right to question those words I heard because it was the truth! I should question myself instead: "How do I look on the One Who loved me [us] first?"
“God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.” – 1 Corinthians 1:30 [NLT]