MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Luke 23:34 (ESV)
HIDING IN OUR GUILT
When Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who were crucifying Him on the cross, He made an incredible statement about the grace of God. God’s grace is for the guilty and the undeserving. The message sent that day wasn’t just for those who would cause physical harm and death for Jesus on that Good Friday, but it’s a message for all of us who have sinned and done what is wrong before God. Many don’t accept Jesus’ offer of forgiveness because they are too busy trying to ignore or bury their guilt beneath money, success, good works, or even alcohol and drugs. How have you responded to the guilt that sin has brought into your life?
A pastor phoned the home of some recent visitors to his church. A voice on the other end of the phone answered with a whispered “Hello.” The pastor said, “Who is this?” The whisperer said, “Jimmy.” The pastor said, “How old are you, Jimmy?” “Four.” “Well, Jimmy, can I please speak to your mom?” “She’s busy.” “Well then, Jimmy, can I please speak to your dad?” “He’s busy.” “Jimmy, are there any other adults in your home?” “The police.” “Can I speak to one of the police officers?” “They’re busy.” “Jimmy, who else is there?” “Firemen.” “Well, Jimmy, can you put one of the firemen on the phone?” “They’re all busy.” “Jimmy, what are they all busy doing?” “They’re busy looking for me.”
Like Jimmy, a lot of people in life are hiding. They are hiding from God because of the guilt they are carrying. The good news is that Jesus carried our sin and guilt on the cross so we wouldn’t have to. Have you accepted Jesus’ offer of forgiveness? If there is still guilt that you are carrying around from past sin, give it to Jesus and quit trying to hide it. God knows about it anyway. And, He doesn’t want you to carry it around anymore.