when Jesus carried his cross to Golgatha He carried our sins too. He felt all the weight of sin and shame on that dreaded Friday. He understands what you are going through. Not in the cheesy “Jesus just gets it” kind of way, but in the true “Jesus gets it because He felt the weight of all of your sin in three hours” sort of way. Jesus took our sins to the cross.

before we sin, we have already been forgiven. Jesus knew what we were going to do before we did. that’s why when he said “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” our sins were nailed to that cross with Him. we may make one mistake and suddenly we are “no longer good enough” for the Lord’s love. honestly, we’ve never been good enough for His love and we never will be. Jesus makes us good enough. He took our sin and he crushed it. He separated himself from His perfect Father to allow us to live lives that wouldn’t be remorseful. The cross is a declaration of freedom from the power of sin.

if we sit around sulking in our sinfulness we will never experience the grace of the Lord. The grace that declares, “I know you are not perfect, but I love you and I am willing to be scorned, beaten, nailed, and separated from God just so you can live a full life with me and you may experience eternal life”. More often than not, we are the ones who wont let ourselves let go of our sin. We hold onto it. We make ourselves feel terrible for what we have done. But why? Why is it we always see Jesus on the cross and not on His throne interceding for us? God has already forgiven and forgotten about our sins. Why cant we?

Jesus died. He rose again. So why do we always picture him on the cross? He is sitting at the right hand of the Father.

I challenge you to forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for that “one time thing”, the “it was just a few times”, and for the “I can’t seem to get away from it”. When your eyes are focused on your sins you will be in the tomb, but Jesus is outside of the tomb. You cant experience Jesus fully until you stop looking for him in the tomb and you recognize His victory. He has risen. He is in his rightful place- His throne!

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