[Jesus said,] “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:17 (CEV)
What is the worst sin you have ever done? I don’t have to list a bunch of possibilities because you know what that sin is. It is there, in the shadows of your mind, lurking, because the Accuser (satan) keeps it handy in his arsenal.
It’s Good Friday. All day my mind is on the Cross. I’m seeing, as well as I can in my Western, 21st century mind, Jesus, Messiah, Son of God, bleeding and dying on the Cross. And He did it for me. He did it for that sin that is so horrible that I committed 40 years ago this year. I know that it took Jesus to cover that sin. There is nothing in my imagination that could possibly cover such a sin but Him. There is nothing I could possibly do to balance the scale. Jesus did that. He separated Himself from the Father God for me.
There is nothing you can do to make God love you more. And there is nothing you can do to make Him love you less. – Rich Mullins
It has become a cornerstone of my faith to think of Father God as the true perfect Father. When I think of how much I love my children, my thoughts are not just of how wonderful they are. (which they are!) I also know that they have made some mistakes. They have sinned. But that hasn’t changed how much I love each one of them. Never has. Never will. One of the reasons I can say that with such confidence is that Father God has taught me well. To the best of my knowledge, my children haven’t done anything as horrible as I have, yet God does not love me less. I have learned that from Him. And no matter how much I do to bring praise and thanksgiving to God, none of that will make God love me more. And however much my children may do wonderful things, I don’t have any more space to love them more than I do today!
Paul attempted to kill off every believer and disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus died for him too. Read his testimony:
Can trouble, suffering, and hard times, or hunger and nakedness, or danger and death?
It is exactly as the Scriptures say,
“For you we face death all day long.
We are like sheep on their way to be butchered.”
In everything we have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us.
I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love—
not life or death,
not angels or spirits,
not the present or the future,
and not powers above or powers below.
Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord! – Romans 8:35-39 (CEV)
Draw near to Jesus today and know that His Blood, shed for me and for you, is enough to cover our sins with forgiveness. “It is finished.” (John 19:30)