Jesus, the Innocent? If he really was innocent, why was Jesus sentenced to death?
38 ...After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. 39 But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.
Confess your sin, thank Jesus for being willing to die for your sin, tell him what you are going to work on changing, and ask him for help to change.
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation* for our sins.
1 John 4:10
*Propitiation means that as Jesus was crucified he experienced the full wrath of God. Our sin is deserving of God’s wrath and punishment but Jesus bore the wrath that we deserved, and by faith in Jesus we are totally forgiven! Jesus did what we could never do on our own!
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
Practice forgiveness this week. Who can you forgive? If no one comes to mind, look for an opportunity this week that might arise to accuse, blame or forgive someone. Choose to forgive. Make your motivation out of love for Jesus; remember, He forgave you first.
Is there something you would be willing to take on or give up this week for someone you care about? Do it in love, with joy. (Example: taking care of someone else’s household chores.)