On their own the Gospels can leave a person unsure of what Jesus was trying to tell us exactly. He spoke of judgement for all who have sinned, but he also spoke of God’s love and mercy and forgiveness. He told us to be perfect as God is perfect then pointed out that none of us are. He called all sin evil… but then he would freely forgive the humble and broken sinner.
It starts to make sense when he dies on the cross and you remember the things he said about being the good shepherd and the good shepherd laying down his life for his sheep. Things get a little less foggy when you recall that he said He was the way and the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except through him.
Then you remember that parable Jesus told about the sinful, ungrateful, disrespectful son, and you remember that the Father loved him anyway–and forgave him when he had done nothing to deserve forgiveness.
When his tomb is found empty things get even clearer and noticeably brighter.
Of course, Paul spells it out for us in letter after letter to the churches. Jesus took our sin upon himself, all of it. He didn’t die for most of our sins, then leave us to atone for the rest. Our debt is paid in full. John records Jesus’ last words as: “It is finished.” Do you think he meant his life was finished, or the purpose he came to fulfill?
It is finished! It’s done and gone!
“…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
The sin is gone. The condemnation is gone. The shame should be gone. Not that we aren’t supposed to do God’s will, but the pressure to do God’s will should be gone as well. We have been set free. If we truly believe that, all that weight we have been carrying for so long can be traded in for a nice pair of shades because suddenly things have gotten a whole lot brighter.