THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26
“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:7-8 (ESV)
JESUS CAME FOR GUILT RIDDEN PEOPLE
A defendant was on trial for murder. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no corpse. The lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, resorted to a trick: “Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom.”
He looked toward the courtroom door. The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly. A minute passed. Nothing happened. Finally, the lawyer said, “Actually, I made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I therefore put it to you that there is reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty.”
The jury, clearly confused, retired to deliberate. A few minutes later, the jury returned and pronounced a verdict of guilty. “But how?” inquired the lawyer. “You must have had some doubt, I saw all of you stare at the door.” The jury foreman replied, “Oh, we looked, but your client didn’t.”
We have all had that guilty look. And we have all been found guilty of sinning at one time or another. Another great message of Christmas, according to Romans 5:7-8, is that Jesus came to die for us while we were still sinning. Jesus did not wait for us to get our act together before coming to die for our sins. In the same way, we don’t have to get our act together before placing our faith in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation.
Do you live with guilt about your past sins? Begin the process of being set free from that guilt with God. God doesn’t minimize or deny our sins. No, instead our sin was so bad that God died for them so we could be forgiven. Ask God to help you live without guilt over past sin and walk in grace.