Forgiveness

Tue, 07/24/2012 - 11:09 -- Joyce Long

“And you, being dead in your sins...hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;” Colossians 2:13

Jesus was born to die – to die for all the sins of everyone that was ever born or will be born. On Him was laid the iniquity of all of us. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins; the Old Testament sacrifices were only a foreshadowing of something greater to follow. Two thousand years ago, Jesus became the perfect Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. The wages of sin is death, and Jesus paid that price by dying for us. However, although the penalty is covered, many people do not experience forgiveness. The only way we can truly have forgiveness is to come to Jesus and confess our sins. We must confess that we are born sinners and accept Christ as payment for those sins. We must acknowledge what He did for us on the cross and ask Him to be our Savior. Only then can all our sins be forgiven! Our sins are not forgiven because we deserve it, or because God loves us, or because we ask Him. They are forgiven because Jesus paid that penalty and we believe it. Think of the songs we sing: 'Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross' and 'Kneel at the Cross of Jesus.'
God is a Holy God, and we are wretched and sinful. There is a wide, deep chasm separating God and man, because we are so opposite. But the cross of Jesus Christ bridges that gap and reconciles us with a Holy God.

Have you acknowledged your sinfulness and asked Jesus to be your Savior?

~Elizabeth Lapp

Women's Devotional Image 2012-07-24 07:09