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Today’s 333 Devotional: “The Resurrection Difference: Our Sins Are Forgiven”
I don’t think there’s a person alive that doesn’t want a do-over, or in golfing lingo, a mulligan. It’s where we can have a brand-new start in order to right all the dumb mistakes we’ve made.
All our failures, problems, bad decisions, and mistakes; along with all the stuff that has tortured us with painful memories, and which we believe we have to pay for the rest of our lives; the resurrection of Jesus Christ is about having all these things forgiven and done away with.
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” (Colossians 2:13)
And then, in verse 14, Paul goes on to say, “Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:14)
In JB Phillips translation of the New Testament, he translated it like this.
“He has forgiven you all your sins: Christ has utterly wiped out the damning evidence of broken laws and commandments which always hung over our heads, and has completely annulled it by nailing it over his own head on the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14 Phillips)
Jesus paid the full penalty for our sins when He became that perfect sinless sacrifice upon the cross. And by His death He accomplished what God had planned from the very beginning saying, “It is finished.”
What Jesus meant by those words is that His task, His work, and God’s purpose were completed and fulfilled. Therefore, when we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts, asking Him to be our Savior and Lord, we can have the same assurance the Apostle Paul had.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
Wednesday Evening Bible Study