Forgive Them

Jesus’ words on the cross were profound.  I believe each of the seven phrases he spoke while on the cross had a specific purpose.  This whole event had purpose.  To take our sins away and declare us righteous before God.  For God’s glory.  For our salvation.  To do this, Jesus took our sins to the cross and paid for them, being forsaken (see previous post) and betrayed and mocked.  He endured all of this for us so that we may be forgiven. Continue reading “Forgive Them”

Redemption by Propitiation

How did Christ redeem us?  What does it mean that Jesus is our propitiation?  More of those big words (as we discussed in the last few posts) that is so important to the gospel.  Because of our sin, because of God’s righteousness and justice, the penalty needs to be paid, a sacrifice.  God the Father provided that through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus is “a propitiation by His blood” We are redeemed through Him.  So what exactly do these words mean? Continue reading “Redemption by Propitiation”

Let the Children Come to Me

God has high regard for children.  Throughout scripture He speaks of children often, that we are to love them, care for them and even be like them.  He calls those who believe children of God.  He sent His Son as a Child, to become the Savior of the world.

Mark 10:14-16

“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.  Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”  And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. Continue reading “Let the Children Come to Me”

Guilt and Forgiveness

In some ways guilt and forgiveness go hand in hand, but in other ways they are completely opposite.  Without guilt there is no need for forgiveness.  Forgiveness is more about the forgiver showing mercy.  We can all receive forgiveness if we just believe and trust in Jesus Christ…and we all need it.  In my last post, we talked about how we should forgive, knowing that we have been forgiven too.  Jesus not only took our sins away, but He also took away our guilt.  Knowing this, we should e able to not only forgive others, but also forgive ourselves. Continue reading “Guilt and Forgiveness”

Forgive You, Forgive Me

I was thinking about talking about forgiveness and as I was the line from the movie, Jerry Maguire, “Help Me Help you!” kept coming into my head.  That is sort of where this title came from.  In order to forgive others, I think one must learn how to forgive one’s self.  And, when being forgiven, one must learn to forgive.  “Help me Help you.”  God has shown us mercy through His Son, who loved us so much that He gave His life in order that we may be forgiven.  Nothing we do can earn forgiveness, it is God’s act of love.  We don’t deserve His forgiveness, but He forgives us anyways.  We just need to accept it.  In the same way, those who have hurt us do not deserve forgiveness but if we remember what Jesus did on the cross, we can forgive them too. Continue reading “Forgive You, Forgive Me”