Forgiven

Forgiven

Think back to the moment you realized that Jesus was God, that He died in your place for your sins, was buried, and rose again on the 3rd day. Do you remember where you were, what you were doing, why you changed your mind and believed? Do you remember that feeling of burden and weight being lifted off of you? That is the feeling of forgiveness. You had been carrying a burden your whole life up to that point, a burden that only after it’s been lifted do many realize that they don’t have to carry it. The moment you decided to leave it at the cross with Christ He traded his burden, the one that’s easy and light, and took that burden of yours and carries it for you. Notice that I said you didn’t have to carry that burden. Let’s look first at 1 Peter 3:18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all,

the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm.”

Jesus died once for all sins, it doesn’t say that He died for just your sins or my sins, it doesn’t say He died for the Jews sins, He died for ALL. The burden that you carried, and some still carry, was paid for nearly 2,000 years ago, we just had to let it go and accept God’s grace and forgiveness. Let’s look at another passage, of several, that say this same thing Hebrews 9:24-26 “For the Messiah did not enter a sanctuary made with hands (only a model of the true one) but into heaven itself, so that He might now appear in the presence of God for us. He did not do this to offer Himself many times, as the high priest enters the sanctuary yearly with the blood of another. Otherwise, He would have had to suffer many times since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared one time, at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” Christ entered into the Heavenly temple and made the payment for the sins of everyone who was, is, and will be. From the moment Christ said “It is finished”, your bill was paid. You just had to accept it.

So what does that mean for our daily lives today?

For many of us we struggle day to day with some sin or another. The issue is that this struggle often times hinders us from serving as we should, but what we have to do is remember each day that we’re already forgiven of these issues! Does that mean we should just keep on sinning? Of course not, Paul was pretty clear in Romans 6 (a few times) that even though grace may abound when we sin it doesn’t mean that we can just keep on sinning. He even went so far as to tell the Roman church “not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace.”

Let go of the chains that so easily entangle us, when Christ set us free I don’t believe that He intended for us to go back and bind ourselves up again. We often times decide that these chains are where we belong and as such go back and pick them up. Let them go! Leave the chains where the belong, at the foot of the cross and serve God today!

When we finally recognize and begin to live like we’re truly forgiven then we can let them go, we can run the race with joy and gladness, we can be that new creation that we’re meant to be. Do you recognize the forgiveness of God in yourself? Do you still bind yourself with the chains of the past? Give them up, place them at the cross and leave them there where they were paid for long ago. When you do recognize a sin in your life, it’s not to be ignored, but don’t let it bind you up and keep you from serving as you should. Go and be the new creation that you are! 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”

If you haven’t reached a point in your life where you recognize that Jesus is Lord, you’re carrying a burden that hasn’t been yours to carry since Calvary. Stand up today and declare that Jesus is Lord, believe on Him and let him have your burden and free you from the chains that bind you!

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