To truly understand the more basic principles regarding Jesus being our Sacrifice and Lamb of God crucified is to never again postpone repentance for any reason, especially shame and guilt. It seems that the more fortified religious institutions today can delve so deep into scripture during a teaching that we almost have to be biblical scholars to even understand. Today, lets scratch the surface regarding Jesus who was and is the crucified Lamb of God so that we may be fully convinced of the raw power in His blood regarding repentance and forgiveness.
How did Simon Peter forgive Himself ?
It was obvious when I read the book of Acts that Simon Peter eventually took on a leadership role and served the Lord with great power and authority. However, I didn’t understand exactly what happened that transformed him from a scared, broken-down disciple to this mighty man of God. I certainly could identify with Peter’s failures. I understood what it felt like to be defeated, feeling like I had done the best I could for Jesus, but still failing miserably and publicly. I understood what it was like to be in love with Him and continue to hurt Him over and over again. I know that Peter felt the same way. Did either of us need a man of God to comfort us, or to tell us to buck up and look forward to better days ahead? No, and we wouldn’t have listened anyway. We did the best we could and our best was not enough.
So I was extremely curious to know how Peter was able to forgive himself and move on. How did Simon Peter receive forgiveness, knowing he would most likely screw up again? I didn’t understand until I received enlightened insights into the depths of Jesus’s sacrifice.It was obvious when I read the book of Acts that Simon Peter eventually took on a leadership role and served the Lord with great power and authority. However, I didn’t understand exactly what happened that transformed him from a scared, broken-down disciple to this mighty man of God. I certainly could identify with Peter’s failures. I understood what it felt like to be defeated, feeling like I had done the best I could for Jesus, but still failing miserably and publicly. I understood what it was like to be in love with Him and continue to hurt Him over and over again. I know that Peter felt the same way. Did either of us need a man of God to comfort us, or to tell us to buck up and look forward to better days ahead? No, and we wouldn’t have listened anyway. We did the best we could and our best was not enough.
Can you read the bible while spiritually Sick?
High on Oxycontin, I noticed in the Old Testament that during the Jewish Passover celebration, God’s people would choose their best lamb or goat for a sin offering and bring it to the high priest so that their sins could be forgiven. The priest would then examine the sacrifice to make sure it was worthy to cover their sins. If the sacrifice was without defect, the priest would offer forgiveness for their sins. I took note that the priest never examined the person. He always examined the sacrifice. If the priest found the sacrifice worthy, their sins were forgiven.
It was at this point that by the revelation of the Holy Spirit I began to get Jesus and His sacrifice into perspective. I wept as I recalled Jesus being referred to as the Lamb of God in the book of John: “John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” (John 1:29). I already knew that Jesus died so that our sins could be forgiven through Him. I understood that He had purchased our sins with His blood, and that upon accepting Him as Lord and Savior, we would be set free from the curse of sin and receive eternal life. However, I didn’t understand the truth hidden in the depths of His blood regarding repentance. I had somehow missed that Jesus, while on the cross, had presented Himself to Father God as the final sin offering.
Most of us already know that we no longer have to bring lambs and goats to a priest to receive forgiveness for our sins. God has provided us with a perfect sacrifice, without defect, in Jesus. When He died at Calvary and three days later rose from the dead, Jesus made available to us forgiveness and eternal life—free of charge and forever! What an incredible gift! Today He sits on His throne at the right hand of the Father in all of His glory. When we repent, we kneel before the throne of grace and ask God for forgiveness. So what is the deeper enlightenment of the sacrifice I have suggested?
What can the sacrifice do about the intense shame?
My shame would not allow me to receive forgiveness or to forgive myself, and you know why. I simply could not return to God a complete and total failure and force the sin-infested aroma of my addiction and failures into the nostrils of the Almighty. I was too ashamed to come into His presence, much less ask for anything. So here’s the truth that set me free: my mind was opened to the fact that the Lord does not examine us when we come into His presence to repent! It makes perfect sense if you think about it: God the Father understands better than we do that without Jesus we cannot fight the powers of darkness active in our lives. The Lord understands that fallen angels and demons are stronger than us! And why would God allow us to return to His presence in good shape after rejecting or walking away from His Son in the first place? When we return to God, why would the Lord examine us? He doesn’t. Instead, He examines Jesus who sits at his right hand!
“But, Bronson, one more thing! What about the ridiculous weight of my dinosaur-sized sin?” Tell me this: About which of your sins will the Father say to His Son, “Jesus, My plan was not perfect after all. . . . I’m terribly sorry, but You did not suffer enough for this person”? It’s not going to happen! The truth is that He did suffer enough, so His blood covers the darkest of our sins.
Let’s face it: we feel better when we pay the price for what we do wrong, whether we admit it or not. Would death by crucifixion be sufficient punishment for your horrible sin? Maybe so, but Jesus already paid the price.
When we are introduced to Jesus for the first time or return to Him after having fallen away, Father God does not examine us to see if we are worthy of forgiveness. While we stand in His presence, He examines Jesus, who has presented Himself to God as the final sin offering without defect. The Lamb of God is found worthy every time He is examined. No amount of sin or type of sin can rob Him of this glory!
One other principle concerning repentance is important to understand when you struggle to find the strength to forgive yourself or accept forgiveness. This next concept will give you the strength to receive forgiveness under any circumstance, no matter how severe the damage and shame may be. Should we be too ashamed to go to the Father and accept the sufferings of His Son as sufficient to cover our failures? Or should we be more ashamed to tell Jesus, “I appreciate that You suffered horribly on the cross at the hands of the most skilled professional torture man in history—the Roman-era Hannibal Lecter, so to speak. However, You did not suffer enough for me!”
I may mess up tomorrow. You may mess up tomorrow. However, we will never again be able to justifiably tell Jesus that He didn’t suffer enough to be able to offer forgiveness to us.
I hope that you received as much comfort from this message as I did when God first showed me this principle years ago. One of the most difficult parts of walking with Jesus is knowing that we are going to screw up eventually. Considering what He has done for us, it’s hard to accept that fact and sometimes easier to simply quit walking with Him because of our weakness and failure. I hope this post has helped you understand that we do not repent because we are worthy, but because Jesus is worthy. We don’t receive forgiveness because we deserve it, but because He has paid for it. More sad than having to repent of our sins after falling for sometimes the 77th time, would be to allow even a single drop of His blood to be taken for granted.
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