by Britney Hamm
I jokingly told one of our college students recently, “You get the power of the all-better kiss when you become a parent,” after she witnessed me put that power into action.
Anytime my 2-year-old daughter gets an owie, she runs to me for an all-better kiss. She may be on the verge of tears, but after I kiss her owie and proclaim it “all better” she runs away happily and returns to whatever she was doing. Whether there is still any residual pain or not I couldn’t say, because my proclamation that she is all better is enough for her to believe she is all better.
Today as I administered another all-better kiss, I couldn’t help but think about the picture it paints of a greater all-better kiss.
The work of Jesus on the cross is like the ultimate all-better kiss. Jesus takes broken, sinful, filthy sinners and declares them righteous in him.
“Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith…” Rom. 5:1
Jesus said “It is finished” with his final breath on the cross. He proclaims us right in the sight of God when we repent and believe in him as Lord and Savior. When we stand before the throne of grace we find absolute healing from our sin. By his wounds we have pure and total peace with God.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isa. 53:5
Jesus dealt with our sin with absolute finality. Though we still deal with the presence of sin and brokenness, the battle for our identity as saints has already been won. Our status before a holy God has been changed from unclean to righteous.
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” Col. 2:13-15
At the cross our souls were made all better. We went from dead in our sins to alive in Christ forever!
“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” Rom. 6:8-11
This is the good news of “the ultimate all-better kiss.” There is no trace of doubt– only absolute assurance that our sin has been dealt with. Healing has been administered and Jesus is restoring us even in the midst of this sin-sick world.
When I give my daughter an all-better kiss, there is no doubt in her mind that my kiss has power. She believes that whatever pain she is experiencing has and will be healed by that kiss. Because of that belief, she is able to run away joyfully and go about her playing, unhindered by whatever pain still remains.
As we wage war against the sin that still dwells within, we must repeatedly run back to the cross where Jesus rescued us from the power of sin, death, and the wrath of God that we justly deserved. We must believe, as my daughter believes of my all-better kiss, that Christ’s work truly has power. And it does! What the Bible says about Christ’s work on the cross is actually true. And Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4).
ABOUT THE WRITER
Britney lives in Missouri with her campus missionary husband, Travis, and their blue-eyed children Ambrielle and Elias. Brit is a former dancer who had horse jockey aspirations and played street hockey. Her well-rounded interests also include theology, chocolate, disciple-making and ballroom dancing. But her favorite thing to talk about is how God breaks into our lives with his grace.