April 12, 2018
God nowhere holds a man responsible for having the heredity of sin, and does not condemn anyone because of it. Condemnation comes when I realize that Jesus came to deliver me from this heredity of sin, and yet I refuse to let Him do so.
So try to fix your life. Try to take all the problems of your past, all the things you've done that affect your life now that constantly come back to haunt you, and make them go away. You not only can't, but the good news is you don't have to. You only have the same condition that everyone who walks and has ever walked the planet is born with- the inherent disposition of sin. You didn't ask for it, but once you realize that you have it, the journey to emancipation can now begin.
The reason so many people are offended by the life of Jesus is because his words always seem to cut through the quick of our lives like a piercing arrow. We think he's just ticked off- judgmental and just accusing us of being bad people. It is painful to have our past unveiled, open for everyone to see our misdeeds and shameful ways. Truth is, every one of us, if discovered in our worst moment or worst thoughts would be in jail. "It was a long time ago, can we just get over it?" Or even worse yet, "No, no, It's not true, I never did that."
Gospel = Good news.
Jesus did not come to condemn our past. He came to liberate our future. He didn't come to magnify your sins. He came to put them away,
..."to bestow a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair..."
Being ashamed of your past is one thing. Letting it define you is another. When the thief on the cross realized he was hanging next to, not King of the Jews, but the King of Kings, he asked him one question. "Can I come with you to your Kingdom?" Jesus' answer? "Friend, your life of disgrace has now been washed in grace. You are a New Man. Follow me."
He can do that. He alone has the eternal, piercing words of freedom.