He died the most humiliating, excruciating death. He hung there suffocating and in agony on the wooden cross with nails driven through His wrists and feet. He was forsaken by all and mocked, being appointed with the criminals. But none of that meant nothing to the innocent, sinless Lamb. It meant absolutely nothing compared to the real and utter loneliness He felt when the dirty filth of our sins were upon Him as He died for them. The loneliness that struck Him when the Father had to turn His eyes away from His only beloved Son for a moment because of them. How tender was this grace and mercy of God for us undeserving humans, how tender indeed!
The number of times statements have been made for the tolerance of sin by some Christians cannot be counted. One of the reasons used for sin justification is “Christ hung out and ate with sinners,” as if by this line of reasoning we can tolerate transgressions against God’s law without righteously making evident of the wrong that’s being (or has been) committed.
Admittedly, Christ did eat with sinners (Luke 5:29,30). However, He was not dining with them for the purpose of showing tolerance to their sins and excusing them. When questioned about it He stated a few verses later, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick… I have come to call the sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31,32).
Sometimes we truly do not understand what Christ did on the cross at Calvary; what He went through when He manifested Himself in the flesh. We are so intent on the things we have done in the past, feeling ashamed and guilty. We feel as though we won’t ever be forgiven, not even by God Himself. The truth of the matter is that when we begin to feel this way, we make void the sacrifice of Christ and minimize what His sufferings and death meant. The apostle Paul wrote that Christ’s shed blood was a free gift given by God in order for us to be set free from the guilt and shame of sin (Romans 3:24-26). When Christ said He came into this world to save us and forgive us of our sins, He absolutely meant it. He did not lie; it’s impossible for Him to do so (Hebrews 6:18).
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